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)
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.
Want more? Watch our behind-the-scenes film.
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