What capability would you rather have, a photographic memory or the ability to impersonate anyone without practice?
Photographic memory sounds cool. But only if when I blink (to take the photograph) I can hear a small internal shutter noise sound effect.
You’ll soon be appearing in the psychological thriller The Dark Mile, concerning two holidaying women seeking R&R but finding anything but… Inverting the central premise, have you ever been in a situation that you utterly dreaded only for it to turn out to be just the opposite?
I was home alone and absolutely shaking with terror once. It was the middle of the night, I was extremely tired but I couldn’t sleep for hearing this very low, deep, wheezy breathing noise coming from inside my bedroom. The lights were off but I was too scared to even get out my bed to look around to see what was making the noise. I couldn’t move. I may have cried a little bit from exhaustion. But I plucked up the courage and decided to face whatever it was. And I found, under a mountain my toys/dirty washing – my Darth Vader mask with sound fx included. I was overjoyed and not only was I happy there wasn’t some dying animal lurking in my bedroom, but I found one of my favourite ever toys. I’m still glad I found it, it only happened last week.
Do you have a go-to joke, if so what is it?
Q: What do you call a fish with no eye?
A: A fsh.
What’s your worst ever instance of buyer’s remorse?
A suit that looked like it would fit me perfectly off eBay but I when I tried it on I almost drowned in it.
If you could have been in an acting class with any actor within a 15 year age-difference of you, who would you pick?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt seems like a really cool guy, especially with his new production company ‘HitRecord’, it’s impressive.
What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever broken?
My car *grrr*
What is the strangest or most baffling thing you’ve ever found or seen?
At 8 I found a cat’s skeleton that had been crushed between two rocks in Spain.
What doomsday scenario have you thought the most about in terms of how you would react/survive (i.e. zombie apocalypse, asteroid e.t.c)
For a zombie apocalypse you will need a headquarters with good protection, weapons, source of food, medicine and transport to obtain all of the above (motorbikes and SUVs). An abandoned school or prison could work, as long as you ensure there’s no contamination inside of course.
How did you get your first scar?
Fighting a ninja and a shark. At the same time.
You recently worked with Tim Burton on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The trailers suggest that the story surrounds characters who unlock underlying powers – if you could drastically improve something that you are already capable of, what would you want to become ‘super’ at?
I would love to be an amazing lead guitarist, currently I don’t play anything that exciting, just chords etc. I really like Eric Clapton’s acoustic version of Layla.
Want more? Watch our behind-the-scenes film.
Finlay MacMillan can be seen in Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, in cinemas now.
As told to Paul Vaughan for TPJ
Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Stylist: Christopher Preston
Grooming: Oliver Daw