Owen, 47, who did not get into Hollywood for the fame, said it was difficult to adjust to his newfound celebrity status when he first rose to notoriety in 1990 with ITV drama Chancer, reported Femalefirst.
"I never wanted to be a movie star. And I didn't become an actor to become famous. I genuinely didn't. It was always theatre for me.
"Chancer was a baptism of fire. It's very weird to go from obscurity to suddenly being in newspapers. When somebody is hot, everyone wants a piece of it. If you explode onto the scene at a very young age, there are so many people pulling you in different directions," he said.
The Closer star, who has worked with an impressive list of A-list leading ladies including Keira Knightley, Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman, maintains that he does not get star-struck by famous actors.
"I never think of meeting actors. I think of the times I've met footballers."