Anders Hayward

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What was the most interesting location you filmed at for Gap Year?
It’s hard to pick just one place, because everywhere we shot was different, but I really did love Kathmandu. It was just a completely bonkers place with everything happening at a million miles per hour. Buildings being rebuilt, motorbikes and cars everywhere. Also just the people were so lovely and positive. It really felt like a properly old place filled with a lot of history.

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Out of your favorite films, which do you think would be the best and worst choice to screen for a date?
One of my favourite films is Dead Man’s Shoes by Shane Meadows and as incredible as it is, its definitely a film you have to be mentally prepared for. It was the first film I cried at and it just makes me sad every time I watch it. I don’t think the old yawn, arm round trick would work during that film.

What do you wish never got dirty or worn down through time?
I have a few pairs of shoes that I wish could last me an eternity that are looking a little battered at the moment, but I refuse to give them up.

Is it harder to tell a white lie that you then have to keep up on an ongoing basis or to tell someone a blunt and uncomfortable truth?
I am a terrible liar, which is probably for the best because I feel my brain would probably explode through guilt. Even though the truth can be hard sometimes I just feel that honesty is the best policy.

What did (or do) you find the most difficult act or exercise to practice?
I have and probably will always be a disorganised wreck of a human. I just never seem to be able to retain any important information, but oh of course the most useless and banal facts are stuck to my brain like barnacles. (Slugs have 4 noses.)

What’s the best or most memorable insult you’ve heard?
I’ll have to take this one from Monty Python, but it was “your mother was a hamster and your father smells of elderberries”.

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You can only eat food starting with the first letter of your first name or your last name, which letter/ food do you select?
I think I’m going with H because ham and haddock are things that I could probably live off.

What is a question that you don’t want to know the answer to?
When will the day come when I finally feel old. (Shivers)

If you had to listen to any (3 minute minimum) song 10,000 times in a row while awake, which song would you pick? Let’s say your auditory sacrifice would remedy world hunger and poverty!
I would definitely try to not go too sad and depressing. I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty is a fantastic song that just has everything you need for all listening occasions.

What seemingly benign film, book, or concept scared or unsettled you?
I remember watching Black Swan for the first time thinking it would be a chick flick. Oh how I was very wrong indeed. I was not prepared for it at all.

What was something that you found was way harder than it looked and something way easier than it looked?
Skateboarding was insanely harder than people make it out to be. I look at people do things on skateboards like it’s nothing, but I can barely push on the bloody thing. However I would say that I find myself most surprised in the kitchen. Things that look like it can only be created by magicians and people in tall white hats, but if you just stick to a recipe usually it works out just fine.

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Anders Hayward can be seen in Gap Year, now online on E4 On Demand (UK).

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Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Stylist: Indigo Goss
Grooming: Lillie Russo

Sacha Dhawan

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You recently appeared in the newest series of Sherlock. If you could have possessed Sherlock’s powers of logic/ detection for one day of your life, when would you have called upon it?
I had just come back to the UK from being on an 8 month tour of a play. I was still stuck in that monotonous routine; my comfort blanket, which meant my performance ability had become a little ‘rusty’. My first audition back was a workshop for a very high-profile physical theatre company. Upon entering the audition room I wish my logic/ detection kicked in at that very moment when seeing my fellow competitors in an array of yoga poses as they prepared for the ‘physical’ day ahead of them. My logic/ detection would have forced me to leave the room, and fake a sudden illness. Instead, with my tight jeans and slippy-soled winkle pickers, I found myself in an improv situation; the four of us gathered ourselves in the centre of the room, and without a moments notice I launched myself into role play with a desperate need to prove myself, and declared loudly: “I’VE SHIT MYSELF!!!” I honestly, to this day, do not know where IT came from… and to make matters even worse, the artistic director stopped me mid thespian pose and said “I haven’t told you to start yet?!” I crumbled as did the four walls around me… horrible.

What is something you wish you knew how to fix?
If I even begin to answer that we’ll be here allll day… I can already feel my obsessive nature starting to rumble so I’m going to move onto the next question…

Who was the last film maker or writer who you’d never heard of before their work blew you away?
Damien Chazelle. I loved his film Whiplash. I admire film-makers who take on different genres and he’s someone I feel who will continue to surprise us.

What is something that used to annoy you but that you now tolerate or even like? (Or vice versa)
Disingenuousness AKA ‘Bullshit’. I could never smell it a mile off. But I like to think my sense of smell has vastly improved since then so I’d rather cut to chase, or stay well clear of it.

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If you could replace any film from the IMDB top 10 and replace it with one of your choices, what would you swap in/ out? (They are: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Dark Knight (2008), 12 Angry Men (1957), Schindler’s List (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Good The Bad and the Ugly (1966), Fight Club (1999))
Replace: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Add: Cinema Paridiso

If you could pick one trait from a family member or role model to pass along to someone else, what would you pick?
My mum’s generosity.

What picture best sums up the idiom, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ to you?
I stumbled across an old picture of my uncle, who recently passed. He was the first sibling in my mum’s family to arrive in England from India. He looked pretty cool in the picture, having quickly adapted to the ‘western style’; but it’s the sheer joy in his eyes that will always inspire me. He’d not only made a success of himself, but he’d done this whilst supporting his family back home, and I know it wasn’t easy. I take one look at that photo and I’m reminded of the foundations that my family laid down for the next generation to build upon.

What’s a job you would love to learn about by way of a future character you would play?
Political speech writer.

You must work in any entry-level service industry job for one month, staffed by yourself and three fictional film characters. Where do you work and whom do you work with?
Private Butlers for the Queen: Randle McMurphy, Wednesday Addams, Forrest Gump.

What do you wish you had taken lessons for throughout your adolescence?
Singing, and learning as many languages possible. I wish I had a few life lessons as well, but I guess you learn from your mistakes…

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Sacha Dhawan can be seen now in Iron Fist on Netflix (US).

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Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Grooming: Samantha Cooper

Rory Fleck Byrne

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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

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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).

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Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Grooming: Samantha Cooper

Inside Look: George Blagden

George Blagden on the set of The Pitchfork Disney in London, UK on February 14, 2017.

We spoke to actor George Blagden about his role as Presley in the Shoreditch Town Hall production of The Pitchfork Disney.

What was the most challenging aspect of the play as you read it, that surprised you in how well it unfolded live?
The language. When you read Philip’s work for the first time, your imagination takes you to a million different places of where this sort of story-telling could work effectively. If you didn’t have the luxury of having Phil there (which we did!), you could interpret his writing in lots of different ways, and different productions of this have done the play in a number of different ways. But this is the genius of it. It is applicable and meaningful to a variety of different social/political settings. I think that is why it is just as engaging to an audience now as it was when it was first produced in 1991.

Do you generally have the same expectations for/ of your director from project to project?
Absolutely not. I think the role of director is so important because they are essentially the “chief story-teller” – we are telling whatever story it is that the director would like to express. And this can often be totally different to how you interpreted the piece when you first read it. It’s why one of the most important jobs of an actor is to trust in the director of the film/episode/play you’re doing and wholly engage in their process, because you are a tool in making their story come to life. And not having any expectations going into something is what makes our job so exciting – to be surprised and inspired by people makes you want to follow them into battle.

Much of the commentary regarding the play pays tremendous credit to the direction of Jamie Lloyd. How/ when did you become aware of his work? What separates his productions from others?
I had heard of his productions and knew that his work had inspired a lot of talented people in our industry to want to work with him. But I am so embarrassed to say that I had never seen any of Jamie’s work before this production! So when he asked me to do it, I suppose I had the luxury that I mentioned above of not having any expectations! The only thing I think I knew, from hearing about his previous work, was that I would be working with a very brave director.

Adding to the previous question, have you noticed these distinctions in Lloyd’s work altering your performance or outlook in any way?
Absolutely. When you work alongside people who are fearless in their approach to the work, it is infectious. And I feel much braver as an actor than I did before I started working with Jamie.

What made this particular project so immediate/ relevant /appealing to you at this point in your life and career?
I have wanted to work on stage for so long, and never been given the opportunity until recently. The idea that I could work with this incredible cast of actors on a Philip Ridley play with Jamie directing as one of my first professional experiences in theatre was too good to be true. It was an opportunity to challenge myself in a way that I haven’t been challenged over the last few years, and I knew it would definitely be a very rewarding experience.

What has been your favourite memory of The Pitchfork Disney that wasn’t onstage?
There were a couple of times in rehearsals where we were reminded (in amongst the chaos of trying to put on a play in 3 weeks!) of why we do this. Some real “pinch-me” moments. In an industry where you can easily get lost in focusing on stuff that isn’t about story-telling, there were times when I realised that this project is exactly why I do this. Being part of one of the best creative teams in our industry to tell a story every night that affects people in some way. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

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George Blagden in the dressing room he shared with his castmates.

Notes on the script for The Pitchfork Disney.

Blagden changed into his all black costume.

Blagden led us from the dressing room to the performance area that had been constructed in the basement of Shoreditch Town Hall.

Props which were used in the play.

Blagden gave us a tour of the performance area, standing by a bare bulb – one of many small fixtures which atmospherically lit the set.

Talking through various scenes, Blagden sat with castmates Seun Shote and Tom Rhys Harries in the chairs reserved for audience members during a performance. Unlike traditional plays with a separated stage and seating area, the audience was placed within the set.

Blagden sat for an interview with Shoreditch Town Hall.

Before every performance, Blagden ordered the soup of the day at a nearby restaurant.

Blagden and castmate Hayley Squires rehearsed a key scene.

Squires and Blagden continued to work through the scene.

Back in their dressing rooms, Blagden, Squires and Rhys Harries finished getting ready for the night’s performance.

Blagden mentally prepared himself by listening to the soundtrack to The Revenant. Hear him speak about this in our behind-the-scenes film.

Blagden and Squires worked through a few final points in the countdown to the evening’s show.

Blagden took his first position in character, awaiting the audience to enter the set.

George Blagden can be seen in The Pitchfork Disney, on now until 18 March 2017 at Shoreditch Town Hall, London (UK).

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Photographer: Jessie Craig

Eoin Macken

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Name three different skills or facts you learned from any three roles – regardless of how useful they are.
Horse riding – excellent for adventure holidays and pretending that you can converse with animals. (Merlin)
Actors will let you photograph them but only if you pester them into submission. (Resident Evil)
I do not have the skill set to be a real doctor. (The Night Shift)

Would you rather be able to read and write in any language except for English, or speak fluently in any language except for English?
French. I used to speak it quite well, but now it’s atrocious. I have always wanted to work on a film in French, in Paris. I love French art and literature and wish I could explore it more.

What was the last scene in a movie you rewatched, without rewatching the entire film?
The Last of the Mohicans – when Day Lewis and his father, Chingachgook, are chasing after Magua and then kill him on the top of the waterfall. Epic sequence.

The Resident Evil film series is adapted from a video game that was first released more than twenty years ago. If you could choose one invention from the past twenty years to possess for a zombie apocalypse type scenario, what item/ invention would you select? (It can be for purpose or pleasure, it’s your apocalypse!)
Have we progressed with technology to be better equipped for the doomsday zombie apocalypse yet? I guess it would have to be some sort of full body lightweight mesh suit that can’t be bitten through. There must be something like that floating around.

What is something you’d like to learn one day and something you’d like to teach one day?
I want to learn how to fly and get a microlight airplane, then teach somebody how to fly it with me so we could travel and I could sleep sometimes.

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What is your reflexive ‘safe choice’ when it comes to picking a movie to watch?
I don’t have one, I usually go off recommendations or from seeing the poster, or if I know somebody involved in the film. But generally anything with Vincent Cassel is a winner.

What is something that you used to avoid but now seek out or thrive upon, and something you now avoid but used to seek out?
I used to try and avoid public speaking, or live interviews but I’m beginning to enjoy it more – I don’t like being the centre of attention, it makes me uncomfortable. I am very social, and like being around people a lot, but I find myself seeking solitude more and more.

Have you ever had a ‘I’m too old for this’ or a ‘I’m too young for this moment’, and what was it regarding?
I never want to have a ‘I’m too old for this moment’, unless it comes to eating play dough, but I’m definitely too young to be a father.

If you could read the letters of correspondence between any two people in history, whose would you read?
Alexander the Great and Roxane.

What was a choice you’ve made that was the most difficult to explain to anyone else? Either as a character or just as yourself in life.
Why I wanted to move country and explaining that to somebody. As a character, it would have been in The Night Shift and for TC to tell Jordan that he needs to leave and go back to being a war medic for a while.

If you could pick any film character to be your companion in a zombie apocalypse, what character would you pick? Qualifications: cannot be supernatural or immortal.
Batman, cos he would have the toys to solve all that shit.

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Eoin Macken can be seen in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, in cinemas now globally.

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