Adam Driver says the biggest change in his life since he appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that he poses for lots of photos with kids.

The 32-year-old actor played lightsaber-wielding villain Kylo Ren in the sci-fi blockbuster and is reprising the part in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Since he donned Kylo's black mask and cape, Driver gets recognised a lot more by children when he's out in public but he's more than happy to oblige his young fans' requests for pictures.

He told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "Kids are a big thing (now): I feel like before parents kept me away from their kids; now it's like, 'Go get a picture.' "

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Other than acquiring a young fan base, the Girls star insists nothing else has really changed in his life.

But Driver - who is married to Joanne Tucker - is delighted the sequel was received so well and that people liked his character Kylo and are keen to see more of him on the big screen.

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Discussing his life in the wake of The Force Awakens - which grossed more than $2 billion worldwide - he said: "I didn't turn into a new person. Nothing happened to me. But a lot of people saw it, and that was good. I guess my Christmas is kind of easier now
- because I can get the toys and things for family."

Driver is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII at Pinewood Studios in England and he can next be seen in science fiction drama Midnight Special.

- Bang! Showbiz