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So 2017 is going to be a big year for you. You’ve got a film coming out, and you’ve got Man in An Orange Shirt with on the BBC. Tell me about that.
I’m really excited about it. It was the first opportunity I had for filming in London — the city I grew up in, so that in itself was incredibly exciting. And it was with Vanessa Redgrave, who was phenomenal, and she was every bit as challenging and exciting and wonderful as I hoped that she would be. And then you have this material — this searing, strong, deeply moving material — that looks at the life of a gay man and, I think, at probably what’s true for many gay men and minorities, where you may be in a society that is welcoming of you, supposedly, but the shame that you grew up with becomes its own form of oppression. And I think that’s the worst kind of oppression, when it’s self-imposed oppression.

How difficult is it to play a role like that?
It was very difficult. It was probably the most difficult role I’ve played in terms of where the character goes, what happens to him. You know, there was a kind of rape scene of sorts, which was obviously very difficult to film… And surprisingly difficult, I didn’t think it was going to be that difficult. I thought I’d be able to handle it fine, but it did affect me… in quite a profound way. Shooting it, and certainly afterwards. But at the same time, the themes that were explored I believe are vital, and in that sense it was wonderful knowing that I was doing something that had higher aspirations other than just simply to entertain. It is entertaining — it’s a beautiful love story at its heart and its core — but it’s also an eye-opener. It certainly was for me, reading the script. I got to think about things that I perhaps hadn’t thought about. And I think when people see it they’ll enjoy the love story, they’ll enjoy watching it, but they’ll also get to think of things that they perhaps haven’t. In that sense it’s really important, and I think it will be really really special.

So you grew up in North London, but you’re filming in L.A. all the time. What are the differences between filming with the BBC and filming in Hollywood?
[Laughs] The craft service! So on bigger-budget American stuff… it’s my favourite thing about being an actor, you get the crafty table, which is like a table of snacks. Or in L.A.’s case, it’s a room or a whole trailer. And it’s like munchie heaven [laughs]. So you’ll just go in, and anything you could possibly want, like popcorn, or little hotdogs, or sweets. And I have a huge sweet tooth, and I love to snack. So it’s like my dream… Whatever anyone ever tells you about acting, the best thing about it is the craft service!

So the BBC don’t spoil you like Hollywood?
The BBC spoils you in other ways. That said, I didn’t really have a lot of time to sort of go and get snacks.

You mentioned that the part you just played for the BBC was really challenging. I’m sure being an actor has huge ups and downs, so how do you reflect on your career’s trajectory so far? Has it been an upward curve?
I think what I’ve tried to do in the past few years is make careful choices, and so choosing the projects that I take on, I do with consideration to whether it will be an enjoyable experience, a challenging one, an artistic one… and also making the choice not to do something. The best thing you can do in terms of your career as an actor is to say ‘no’.

And that’s got to be difficult.
It is and it isn’t. It’s more difficult when you have the good fortune of being offered more than one thing at the same time. And they may be two or three great projects, great directors, and you have to say ‘no’ to two of them. That’s when it becomes difficult. However, I’m very clear on what I want to do, in terms of the challenges that I want to take on. I want to be scared by a role, by a project. And I’m director driven. So ultimately, it’s always the director. It’s my favourite part. It’s the relationship and the dialogue with a director which makes the character.

Read the full interview on the 1883 Magazine website!




We saw the return of Wren in the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars, which was directed by Troian Bellisario. I have added 2 behind-the-scenes images, additional high-quality stills, and high-resolution screencaps into the gallery!




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Julian attended Esquire’s Mavericks of Hollywood cover party with James Corden, hosted by Hugo Boss, last February 8th in West Hollywood. I have added 4 high-quality photos into the gallery.




Entertainment Weekly shared three first look photos on Julian’s return as Wren Kingston in the final season of Pretty Little Liars!




Julian attended the Landon Ross: Landon Ross: ARTIfACT exhibition opening at LAXART yesterday in Los Angeles. I have added high-quality photos into the gallery.




Tell me a bit about FELT. 

It’s really exciting. Ridley Scott is producing, Peter Landesman is directing and it stars Liam Neeson and Diane Lane. I also think, as far as moment in history, it’s obviously one of huge significance but also speaks to things that I personally believe in, like freedom of speech and the power and importance of an effective press. And I also think it’s good timing while we have this election to remind us what’s at stake when we elect our government officials. It shows us how we need to have responsibility in choosing our leaders.

Has your family or cultural background played a role in your pursuit of acting at all?

Not in my actual pursuit, but as role models, my parents were incredible. They both grew up in Southern Africa at a time of huge racial tension, to the degree that they were so disgusted by the system in South Africa, that they left. They immigrated to England. I’m really proud of them for that.

That’s great they didn’t succumb to any kind of racial brainwashing.

It’s something that fascinates me, being English and Jewish, how a party like the Nazis were able to come to power and stay in power in Germany. Unfortunately we see this throughout history and we see it globally that there are tendencies for authoritative figures to claim power. They are able to slip into otherwise functioning countries, and then there’s that quote, which is something along the lines of “Evil triumphs when good people do nothing.” So it’s imperative when we’re faced with people who claim some sort of medal larger than what they should be given in politics, that we’re mindful of it.

You were also recently cast in “Hand of God.”

It’s another project I’m passionate and excited about. The thing that drew me to it was Marc Forster, who’s always been one of my favorite directors. MONSTER’S BALL was a film that was very significant in my life. So at that point when I was deciding if I should pursue acting professionally, and I was overwhelmed by the film and the performances in it and recognized that I had this deep love for acting. So the opportunity to work with him was really exceptional. And he was every bit exceptional, as you would hope. Then of course Ron Perelman, Dana Delaney, and Garret Dillahunt, they’re a really fantastic cast that I’m proud and honored to be working among.

Source: SOMA Magazine