Spotlight profile

I once got invited to appear on the Jimmy Kimmel show to do a Jon Snow impression in front of Kit Harrington… but I saw the message three months late.

© Michael Carlo

What kind of actor do you aspire to be?

I aspire to be the kind of actor that people want to work with and that people can trust and work at their best with. I want to be able to connect with people and stay grounded and truthful in my work and myself.

What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?
I chose a piece from ‘Nil by Mouth’ by Gary Oldman because I thought the film was brilliant and I love the writing. The speech has so much depth and at its core is so human. I was attracted to the character because on the outside they are angry, violent, controlling and abusive but deep down it all stems from a lack of real love and attention from his father.

‘Nil By Mouth’ by Gary Oldman

© Michael Carlo

What book, theatre, film or TV production has most inspired you?

It’s hard to pick just one, so I would say ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘The Two Popes’ definitely inspired me to push myself to improve and be more open to the work. The performances in both of those films captured perfectly what I want to strive for and that is having that truthfulness and playing thought to thought with great precision but also being technically sound and really using the words to make an impact on the other person.

© Michael Carlo

How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?

I have been wanting to get back into doing art, so I spent the start of lockdown doing digital paintings and some graphic design work for friends. I have also been lucky enough to be working at BBC Radio on some great dramas as one of the Carleton Hobbs Winners. In any spare time I have been video gaming and watching films.

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