Oliver Coopersmith

Who is your favourite public figure to watch interviews of? 
There’s loads, I’m a sucker for The Graham Norton Show. I haven’t missed an episode in years.

What part of your family history did you find interesting or surprising to learn?
My dad had to stop for petrol when my mum was in labour with my brother. It didn’t go down well.

Would you rather give advice to yourself 10 years ago or receive advice from yourself 10 years in the future?
Receive advice from myself 10 years in the future. Although I’m sure that person would say the same thing.

What was at one point one of your favourite films that you now enjoy the least?
When I was 13 I was obsessed with a film called Stormbreakerwhere a teenager is chosen by MI6 to be a secret agent. I was hoping it was based on true events but it turns out that doesn’t happen… does it?

If you could only bring one book with you to work for the next year, what do you bring?
A dictionary: people in this industry use words I don’t understand.

Who have you learned the most about film and acting from?
I can’t narrow it down to one person. I learn the most from other actors, watching them, working with them and talking to them.

What living person would you like the chance to talk to again?
My agent.

What is your most uninteresting interest?
Watching England play football.

Tin Star, your newest project revolves around a small town murder. This is a recurring theme in film and literature that parallels/ juxtaposes the stories set in urban cities. Where do you perceive the greater fear, in the isolated tension of the rural or the manic chaos of urban living? 
I don’t think locations are scary, I think people are. In Tin Star there’s a sense that crime shouldn’t exist somewhere naturally beautiful and peaceful and it doesn’t really until people come and shatter it. God, that’s a tragic metaphor.

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Oliver Coopersmith can be seen now in Tin Star, on SKY Atlantic (UK) and Amazon Prime (US).

As told to Paul Vaughan for TPJ
Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Grooming: Helen Asher

Katie Leung

(L) Top by SANDRO. Skirt by LE KILT. (R) Top by NORSE PROJECTS.

Who do you know who has the ‘best’ voice – and qualify what your standards are for them being ‘best’
Sara Kestelman who I worked with recently in a production at Hampstead Theatre has a magnificent voice which resonated effortlessly in the space on stage, piercing through the soul without the need for volume/ shouting. She also happens to be an incredible actress.

What was the last habit that you took up and the last one that you’ve given up?
Taken up menthols. Given up coffee.

If the last three places you read about or watched became a travel itinerary, where would you go? 
Pyongyang, Los Angeles, San Sebastián.

Similarly to ‘writers block’, have you ever experienced or heard of actors suffering from a ‘performers block’?
Yes and especially in theatre when you’re given the time to explore the character. Sometimes I find myself resorting to clichés that are untruthful and have to start over.

Jacket & skirt by HOLLY FULTON.

Regardless of how accurate it is or was, which actor (or character) did/ do you relate the most?
Bob Harris from Lost in Translation.

What shouldn’t be looked at as a chore?
Your job.

What is your greatest fear or concern pertaining to creativity?
That it might be stifled by self doubt.

Are there any days in the past year composed of moments you can recall vividly? What made it so memorable?
Watching my 17 year old sister opening up her presents on Christmas Day. It was our first Christmas together.

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Katie Leung can be seen in The Foreigner in cinemas worldwide this fall.

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Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Stylist: Harriet Byczok
Hair: Tracie Cant
Makeup: Gia Mills

Millie Brady

(L) Top by PETER PILOTTO. (R) Top by WHISTLES. Skirt by PETER PILOTTO.

What book/ movie/ TV show do you think you’ve recommended more than any other?
Philomena, The Help and Big Little Lies probably are my most recent big 3 for recommendations.

What are you happy that happened while you were alive and at an age where you could/ can understand and remember?
Being taught to read is a personal memory that’s so important to me and one I remember vividly. On a wider scale, I’m happy to have been able to witness the outcry from women across the world for equal rights and see everyone come together for the Women’s Marches. It was unbelievably moving. The legalisation of same sex marriage across the world is something else I am so happy to have witnessed in my life. There’s still a way to go but it’s been amazing to watch the domino effect of positivity allowing love to be recognised – no matter what the gender combination.

What stands out as the best or worst day you’ve had in recent memory?
I actually had a best/ worst day recently when I’d had one too many job rejections. It momentarily crushes you. I was sat in the hairdressers crying with mirrors all around and everyone looking over staring. They were probably thinking I was having a breakdown about a bad hair cut. I was at such a low point. I think that’s the hardest part of being an actor. You never get used to rejection but when you get the call saying you’ve got the job, it makes it all worth it. Thankfully at the end of this day, I got the call which makes it all worth it saying I’d got a job.

(L) Top by PETER PILOTTO. (R) Top by WHISTLES. Skirt by PETER PILOTTO.

What is the last song you looked up after hearing it in a film or on TV?
September Song from Big Little Lies

Is there a particular piece of imperfect art that you admire more because of its flaws?
Lowry’s matchstick figures milling around in depictions of industrial Northern England. I love how childlike they are. They’re not big loud paintings, they show every day life from a perspective that doesn’t glamourise it. They’re painted in a simple style in basic neutral colours which then becomes something beautiful.

What job should be tip-worthy?
Teachers, doctors and rescue workers. The people that are unsung heroes and fighting to help the world. They should get all the tips!

Do you find that it is more challenging working with ‘name’ or ‘established’ directors (ex. Guy Ritchie on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), where you’re coming to work with an expectation of them and their body of work?
In my small experience so far in the industry, I haven’t noticed a change or a challenge working with more established names. Perhaps I will but, so far, the people I’ve worked with have been passionate and easygoing. I think there’s a certain air of confidence that a person gets if they’ve been highly recognised for their work, or perhaps they’re just better at disguising their insecurities – I haven’t worked it out yet.

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Millie Brady can be seen now in The Last Kingdom on Netflix (US) and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in cinemas worldwide.

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Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Stylist: Francesca Turner
Hair: Fabio Nogueira
Makeup: Adele Sanderson

Freya Mavor

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Describe one of your favorite actors without naming a character or a film.
Vincent Cassel. I think I could watch him hoovering his house and I would find it fascinating.

What is something you’d like learn how to build, if time, difficulty and resources were no longer obstacles?
A giant badass pirate ship I could sail around the world on with my friends.

Would you rather have the ability to make your clothes feel like they are always fresh from the dryer or your bedsheets?
Clothes. I cycle most places so I usually turn up looking like a bit of a wind swept mess with my clothes sticking to me.

Have you ever experienced common or routine act or exercise that unequivocally surpassed all the other same/ similar experiences? 
I recently got a plane from Barcelona to Paris where the two air stewards who were looking after the cabin couldn’t stop laughing. They would put on funny accents when making announcements to the aircraft and they kept on cracking up when doing the safety demonstration. I was by myself but there was this beautiful atmosphere of togetherness in the plane because everyone was smiling at each other and laughing at the stewards banter. It felt like a really beautiful moment shared with complete strangers.

(L) Top by RELATED. Jeans by JOVANNA. (R) Top & skirt by LE KILT.

What was your most uncomfortable film experience?
When I was about 8 years old my father took me to see a weird Czechoslovakian film whilst in Prague called Otesanek – a really creepy film about a childless couple who decide to carve a baby out of a tree. The wife takes the root and pretends that it is real until one day it actually does come to life. I was genuinely terrified and wanted to leave the cinema about 10 minutes into the film but my father was enjoying it and laughing so much we stayed. I spent most of the film curled in a ball on my seat with my hands in front of my eyes. I laugh looking back on it though because it’s one of the creepiest most memorable films I think I’ve ever seen, even though I was so uncomfortable at the time. It’s also become a fond memory of my dad as it was just us and I spent the whole film with my face buried into his side.

Do you find it easy to make up your mind? Do you have a go-to method or outlook for making a choice?
I think it takes me a while to figure things out. I think thoughts and decisions need time to mature and grow. I’m quite pragmatic and am obsessed with lists (nothing more satisfying than crossing things off a list!) but I am also a firm believer in trusting instinct. I always listen to my gut and what my body’s telling me. That is ultimately what drives my every decision.

What used to be hard and is now easy?
Not wearing makeup. When I was in my early teens I was a punk/ goth. I wore tutus and ripped tights, had knee high boots and purple hair and wore about 1cm of kohl under my eyes. The thought of not wearing all that seemed ludicrous. Now I’m the opposite. I only really wear make up when I’m working or going out.

What is the best and worst part about working on a set as compared to other work environments?
The best part is the camaraderie you create on a film set. Meeting people of different backgrounds, ages and personalities. It’s like you create a whole new universe and family with every new job. The worst is the fight for authenticity and getting over the hurdle of self-awareness on camera. Really striving to lose yourself to the craft and not to be afraid to embarrass yourself in front of a huge film crew. That requires a degree of bravery and confidence that is not always easy to muster up.

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Freya Mavor can be seen in The Sense of an Ending in cinemas from April 14 (UK).

As told to Paul Vaughan for TPJ
Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Stylist: Harriet Byczok
Hair: Tracie Cant
Makeup: Gia Mills

Rory Fleck Byrne

(L) Coat & jumper by PETER WERTH. (R) Jacket by ALLSAINTS.

What’s your favorite word or expression that isn’t part of the English language?
“Il y a du pain sur la planche. It’s French for ‘there’s a lot to do’ – it literally means there is bread on the table.

If from now on you could only play characters that have already been performed, or ones that do not exist/ haven’t been performed yet – which do you play?
Haven’t been performed/ do not exist yet.

What was the last thing you learned about yourself?
I don’t think I want to tell you that 😉

What is a tradition you love and a tradition you loathe?
Love: Christmas dinner.
Loathe: The traditional “masculine” image in the media. Time to break that down.

What product or service is worth paying extra for? (i.e. no-name toilet paper vs. the ‘luxury’ of 4-ply)
Headphones.

What three songs would be part of the soundtrack to the past year of your life?
M83 – Outro
The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
This Will Destroy You – The Mighty Rio Grande

Coat & jumper by PETER WERTH.

If you could insert one falsity into your ‘official’ bio, what would you alter, add, or change?
I can fly/ worked with Xavier Dolan

What do you consider the most risky thing you’ve ever chosen to do?
Jump out of a plane

What is your favorite compliment that you received from someone you didn’t know? 
A stranger I met in the line for a play said that every time they looked at me they saw something new, that my face changed like the seasons. That was about 5 years ago and I only just remembered that answering this question! How bloody lovely is that! I think that’s the nicest thing someone’s ever said to me. Because it’s poetic I guess. I wrote a song about it. The song was terrible. Haha.

What was a “well, I guess I shouldn’t believe everything I see on T.V.” moment?
Well, the other week when I went shark cage diving I experienced that the great white is in fact a very majestic, serene predator. Not the scary man eating monster we’ve all come to know from films like Jaws and Deep Blue Sea. They are misunderstood and we really shouldn’t believe everything we see on tv!

You’ll soon be appearing in the revenge film The Foreigner. What is your favorite film driven by the theme of revenge?
True Lies – a good old Arnie / Jamie Lee Curtis classic with a young Eliza Dushku (Faith from Buffy) – had a huge crush on her when I was a kid. – that is a revenge film right? If not – the action is good and it’s fun.

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Rory Fleck Byrne can be seen in Harlots this April on Hulu (US) and ITV Encore (UK).

As told to Paul Vaughan for TPJ
Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Grooming: Samantha Cooper