You’ve worked across the world! Is it difficult working away from home?
I love it. Ive been fairly lucky with the places I’ve worked though: New York, Prague… Co. Roscommon. We filmed Seige Of Jadotville in Johannesburg last year which was a little tricky at times, but overall it’s worth it when you get to experience such different cultures and people. You see parts of the world that you would probably never have visited otherwise. The food is always my favourite part.
What’s the favourite place that you’ve worked?
Gotta be New York. It was my first time on Broadway and to be able to walk down that street, stopping for coffee and a bagel, fighting through the crowds on my way to rehearsals was something I’d fantasised about since I was a teenager. For such a massive city, New York can be lonely at times, but figuring out how to live like a local, making new friends and drinking the East Village dry was one of the highlights of my life.
What was your most enjoyable role to play?
Fantastic Beasts was obviously an incredible project to be involved in. The sheer scale of it and the excitement of showing up to that set every day made it a lot of fun. But then the challenge of The Silver Tassie at the National Theatre was so massive for me, so exhausting, that I got a different, slightly more satisfying enjoyment out of it. I don’t know, I can’t pick.
Do you prefer screen or stage.
I go back and forth between the two a fair bit. In film and tv you work on a new scene every day and I love that; the repetition in theatre I find difficult at times. Doing a play every night with the same company creates some weird bond, you’re reminded that acting is just a bunch of otherwise unemployable people running around in costumes telling a story together, and I love that.
Do you have any specific genre’s you want to act in?
I’m about to do a horror which I haven’t done before…I scare easily.
Do you ever want to direct?
No I don’t have the patience.
What is your earliest acting experience?
I played the 1st witch in Macbeth at school when I was 12, I’ve been telling everyone I’m an actor since. Though I also did a tv ad that year which still haunts me.
Who has been your favourite person to work with?
Most people I’ve worked with have been great, I have no horrific stories of divas and broken mirrors. Hard to pick anyone out but I recently worked with John Voight on Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them which was pretty cool. It was incredible to meet someone that experienced, an Oscar winner, who’s been in the industry for so long and is still completely dedicated to the work. Whenever you’re doing a scene with him, nothing else matters.
What has been the hardest thing to overcome in the acting industry?
Not having control, I used to struggle with that a lot. You’re aware that there are lots of conversations about you happening between producers, casting directors and agents in rooms across the world and you have such a limited influence on them. I used to want to know every single word that was being said on my behalf. But once you get the right people around you, it’s easier to relax about all that and focus on what matters.
In already existing films, who would you want to have played? Would you have done it differently to the actor who did do it?
Marty McFly! And I wouldn’t change a thing, I would just do my best wide-eyed Michael J. Fox impression and probably never work again. Would be so much fun though…
Interview by Ian Casey
Photography by Andrea Vecchiato