“I’ve calculated that I could fit an entire toe in the gap between my big toe and it’s neighbour. It’s like an episode of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” over here.“
What kind of actor do you aspire to be?
A brave one. One who takes risks. Risk every day.
What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?
I chose a piece from “God’s Own Country” by Francis Lee. I chose this piece with guidance from Amanda Brennan – course leader (and all round legend) at the MA Acting for Screen at RCSSD.
I mainly chose it because he’s so flawed. Playing flawed characters with sincerity and no judgement is always a challenge. But I feel that succeeding in doing so makes it all the more rewarding.
Johnny’s struggle in this piece is palpable and heartbreaking. At the same time it’s frustrating. You just want to slap him over the head and tell him to get out of his own way and speak his mind.
At the core of it is truth and beauty. The journey there is a trip.
What book, theatre, film or TV production has most inspired you?
A few years ago my best friend gifted me Season 1 of True Detective on DVD. Dang. If you know, you know. Where do I start? It’s a masterclass in acting. Such flawed characters yet so likeable. So real. McConaughey and Harrelson are so truthful & ballsy in their portrayals of Rust and Marty. Made me think, “I need to get better. One day, I’m gonna do that”.
(But also shout out to the U.S. Office because nothing else can make me laugh or cry in equal measure. #ImThef***ingLizardKing)
How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?
After initially not being accepted into Central, I doubled down, worked on my craft and bagged it second time around.
I’m very fortunate in that I can say keeping creative and improving my craft from then on out has been my primary focus.
I’ve just wrapped on directing my first short which was mad! At the beginning it was this overly ambitious, “it will never work” sort of project. But then as it grew and we got the right people behind it, we ended up with something very special indeed.
Earlier in the year I had the opportunity to work with a director who’s work I greatly admire as we thrust ourselves into the 80’s which was a laugh and a half!
In general, I’ve leaned into creating characters as far from my own reality and physicality as possible. I guess it’s sort of easier to flail your arms around and waddle like a maniac in pursuit of your character’s physicality when you’re within the confines of your own flat and out of site of concerned spectators.
I’ve listened too. I’ve found that the people around me and what they have to say have often stirred creativity within me.
As the full extent of lockdown clamped down and life got more insular I found solace in making my flat look like a jungle. Anyone want a houseplant? I’ve got some to spare…
This year has been a whirlwind! And boy, am I grateful for it.
What advice would you give for anyone else preparing for a showcase?
Look at it as an opportunity to do what you love doing. Nothing more. Get in there and have fun. Bounce some ideas around and bring some to the table.
What do you hope to be doing this time next year?
Well Tarantino’s announced he’s only doing 1 more film so I’ve got to move fast.
In a dream world, I’d be doing anything by A24 or doing a series. I’d be working with any of the people on my overly-ambitious “Directors I want to work with” list.
But in all honesty, if this time next year I’m still doing what I love and not having to go back to asking people if they’d like “fries, baked potato or a side salad with that” again then I’ll be happy.
For real though – A24 how you doing?