Who is your celebrity crush?
Viggo Mortenson as Aragorn. (laughs) I think if I was in the presence of Viggo Mortenson, that’s the one person I wouldn’t know what to say. I would get completely star struck. I think he’s an incredible actor and all the characters he plays. And I’m a massive Lord of the Rings fan. The person who plays Aragorn will always be my hero.
What’s your biggest pet-peeve?
People that are late. So many actors think that the world revolves around them and they’re late for everything. I think it’s such a bad habit to get into. Even doing Comic Cons! When you do them, you’re at the hotel with all these different actors and they tell you to meet down in the foyer at 9. But they’re actually intending to leave at 10 because there are always those actors who are so late that they tell everyone to meet at 9 because they expect everyone to be an hour late! So,
I get there at 9 and realize I’m waiting around for an hour for these actors who couldn’t be bothered to get up in the morning (laughs). I’m even thinking as a fan as well, they’re at those Comic Cons, standing in line for a very, very long time and then not only was that person supposed to turn up at their booth at, like, 10am, they’re strolling up at 11:30 and they’ve got a coffee in their hand.
And you see those guys at Comic Con all the time! And everyone’s probably in a queue for one actor and they’ve got a panel to go to a couple of hours later and they’ve planned their whole day out, but because some actor wanted extra bacon and eggs or couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed or set his alarm in the morning, those people’s whole Comic Con day is put into disarray. Drives me up the wall.
In one sentence, describe your job.
I get to go to work and do my hobby. It’s the old saying, “it’s not a job if you’re doing what you love.” The other answer is I get to lie for a living. (laughs).
Have you ever had a moment where you were talking to a friend and you thought, “Whoa, i just did the best scene of my life!” but it was in reality?
You have this thing as an actor, you don’t always “get it.” You start at the beginning and get to the middle and the end of a scene and you don’t really know what you did because you were so in the moment that you’re not monitoring yourself, you’re not monitoring your performance, you’re not monitoring the other actor and the nerves, the fear, it’s gone. You get to the end of it and you have no idea what you did! That’s usually your best take. That’s usually your best performance because you just leave yourself alone and are in the moment. It’s very hard to know until it comes out or until you get people turning around to you saying, “That was great!” It’s usually when you get to the end of a scene and you’re feeling like it’s actually a great scene, it probably wasn’t. That’s when you get all these comments and notes. Because you were too hard on yourself, you were monitoring yourself, you weren’t quite entirely present. So, it’s a very hard question to answer because I often feel that the best performance I do is when I get that moment where I wasn’t monitoring myself, I have no idea what came out of my mouth, what I did, because I was just listening and I was entirely present. Especially in theatre when you get off stage, people say, “That was an incredible performance!” and you’re like, “Was it?! I have no idea what I did! (laughs) I was just riffing!” But that’s the best feeling in the world.