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So what initially made you want to get into acting?
I think I’ve always liked telling stories.

And career highlight so far?
Man in an Orange Shirt is certainly one: the experience of making it was wonderful, its themes are timely and powerful, and the film as a whole is one I’m hugely proud of making.

You’ve been cast in a lot of ‘darker’ roles – why do you think this is?
If by darker you mean more complicated, then certainly – I’m naturally drawn towards those characters and their profundities. The challenge of understanding a role, and revealing who that person is, excites me.

Are you ever apprehensive about the characters you play? Victor in [Kieran Evans’ 2014 picture]
Kelly + Victor for example, must have been pretty hardcore?
Any fears I had about what I anticipated would be a graphic and intense shoot were immediately dissolved by Kieran Evans. He is a singularly talented filmmaker, and I felt safe in his hands. I knew that what he would make would be provocative, moving and special. I felt it was so right that he was awarded a BAFTA for his work.

How do you gear yourself up for a day of shooting?
By preparation. I prepare enough so that I’m released from the words, and the emotion is as genuine as it can possibly be.

And for something like The Silent Man, where there is a certain level of history involved, what’s the prep like?
Again, as much as possible. The historical context was vital of course, but more than anything I wanted to understand what it would have been like for Bob Woodward – a young man at the time – to go after a person of such power, and what qualities he would have needed in order to do so.

What was it like to work with Liam Neeson?
Oh amazing. Every second of it. He’s an exceptional actor and is incredible in the film. He’s got a forceful quality, and yet remains vulnerable; the look of both the hunted and the hunter. Outside of work, he’s friendly and very funny.

So what’s the most difficult role you’ve played?
With Adam in Man in an Orange Shirt I felt a responsibility to the character like I don’t often feel. I knew his story would be close to so many gay men and women who have felt shame in their lives that to tell it truthfully was very important to me.

Do you like to get involved on projects that explore a deeper topic and theme (such asMan In An Orange Shirt)?
Always! Ideally you want something that can entertain meaningfully. Such are the films that linger in our memories and move us the most

Read the entire interview in the Wonderland Magazine website.




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