How old are you?
Have you always acted?
No actually. I started acting because I had a really good art teacher called Mr Williams who persuaded me to go and see my English teacher who gave me a monologue, Juliets death speech from Romeo and Juliet. I took that away with my mates to work on together and I found it incredibly good fun. I used to go in one room - I was only about fifteen, sixteen - and my mates would be in the other room having a smoke, and theyd just come through one by one and watch me. Id be going through it, and itd be like really go for it, because all your mates are there, you know. Anyway, from that I got an unconditional offer for a BTEC in drama and performing arts at Wrexham College. Thank god!
Was that useful?
Yes it was actually. I only stayed there for a year, but it didnt feel like I was doing much there. I felt a year was quite enough. Some people it suits, some people it doesn't - its like any academic life. You have to find ways around it. Thats one thing Id say about London - and Manchester even -that its easier to find exactly what you need. So you go around, go to the Actors Centre, try a few classes there see if any of those suit you. I had a good voice coach for a while. That was great, but its too expensive to go private. Then I found a great improvisation class run by a guy called Charles Darrow in Holburn, fantastic class. To anyone wanting to do drama, hes a great teacher. Ive started doing one-on-one, and since then Ive begun to find work. He is so nice, he knows what you need to work on. Ive been doing some of the classics and hell do whatever you want to work on. Hes like any good teacher, tell them what you need. Some wont listen, some have preconceived ideas as to what you need, it depends what type of person you are, but to me thats no good. I dont like being told what to do, and I know what I need. Im really critical of myself so I know exactly what Im bad at and what my strengths are. So you work on your strengths.
Is this your first feature?
Its my first big part, its not that big a part, but its a big part for me. Its my first feature and Im really really enjoying it. Its really good fun.
How easy was it getting an agent?
I was quite lucky. I didnt know it was so hard until Id lived in London for quite a while and met other actors. I think it had a lot to do with having a pretty face. I think she took me on without even knowing I had any talent. Thank god I proved her wrong. I just phoned her up and interviewed her over the phone, I basically said hi, I need an agent, can I come in to interview you to find out if you understand what I need. This is the mistake actors make, you see, they reckon that these agents are doing you a favour. Theyre fucking not doing you a favour. They want money as much as you want money. So if you go in and see an agent you've got to interview them as much as they interview you. Otherwise its a complete waste of time, you cant go with someone if you dont know how good they are, and how much time theyre willing to put in.