Ruth Bradley

(L) Dress by ROSETTA GETTY. (R) Dress & skirt by CARVEN.

You’ve recently appeared in Humans, the highly acclaimed television series depicting a contemporary world with sophisticated android (Synth) servants. If in real life robots took over, how would you make yourself useful to our automated overlords?
I would write some poetry. The ramblings of a lesser being might be amusing to them considering they wouldn’t have much else use for us. Scary prospect.

Where is your favorite place or type of place to people-watch?
Coffee shops all over London.

What science fiction film did you find the most ‘realistic’ either in terms of the basic concept or the depiction of its ideas?
Her. Similarly to Humans, it felt based in a tangible reality and the themes of love; What is love? Is love defined by consciousness? Who is anybody to judge one persons love for another? are universally relevant. Joaquin Phoenix was so subtle and heartbreaking, as always.

What’s the longest amount of time you’ve spent waiting for something?
I spent 14 hours overnight one freezing January waiting for a connecting flight in Atlanta airport. There was a blizzard outside and the door was broken, letting snow in. I put on every piece of clothing I had in my carry on (which wasn’t much) to keep warm. At one point I considered taking a blanket out of a bin. We had to keep an eye on updates every 15 minutes so as not to miss the flight. A cold freezing night.

What is something you recently did for the first time and/ or what is something you did for the last time?
I recently judged a window competition, first time for everything. A few weeks ago I had a party where I made everyone espresso martinis. I ignored the measures after a while so between the coffee and vodka nobody slept too well and everyone had very sore heads the next day. I’ll never ignore measures again.

Coat by ISABEL MARANT.

What is the longest amount of time you’ve spent traveling between from one place to another?
I walked from the south of France to western Spain. On foot it took about 22 days.

What’s a film you didn’t understand or downright disliked upon first viewing and is now a favorite?
I didn’t understand David Lynch’s Lost Highway when I first saw it but it is a favourite. I still don’t think I understand. I feel that way about most of his films. I don’t know that they’re meant to be understood, maybe they’re designed to move. They always do and they are amazing.

What’s something you said or thought you would never do that you ended up doing?
Karaoke. I thought I’d be too embarrassed but the right group of friends in the right private booth and it’s hard to beat.

What was the first television show you would never miss an episode of?
Band of Gold. It was re-run when I was a kid and I was definitely too young to watch it but I wouldn’t miss it. A lot of it went over my head but I remember being disturbed, fascinated and utterly mesmerised by Samantha Morton.

Where is your current ‘go-to’ place to read scripts for the first time? 
These days it’s on the move, on tubes, on trains, in transit. It’s actually a great way to gauge my interest in a script. If you miss your stop or completely forget where you are, you know you’ve fallen in love.

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Ruth Bradley can be seen now in season 2 of Humans on Channel 4 (UK) and season 3 of The Fall on Netflix (US).

As told to Paul Vaughan for TPJ
Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Stylist: Francesca Turner
Hair: Yusuke Morioka using Bumble and bumble
Makeup: Nicola Moores-Brittin

Fady Elsayed

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Jumper & trousers by NEIL BARRETT.

How do you distract yourself when you are procrastinating a task or chore of some kind?
There are too many distractions! Music, Playstation, going to the gym, reading and sleeping being a few examples.

What part of aspect/ event of modern culture/ civilization are you most happy you were alive for?
A tricky question but I’d probably have to say equality. We live in a society where equality is becoming more of a forefront idea and although there’s more to be done, we’ve made huge progress. I have some strong women in my life and so for me, it’s incredibly important that barriers are being broken down to close the gap and that there is more acceptance of others.

What’s something random that you always remember?
I will never forget performing The Black Eyed Peas Hey Mama acapella to a live audience in Egypt. My mum made me do it!

Name something that makes you feel old and something that makes you feel young.
Receiving bills make me feel old! I went Six Flags theme park during a recent trip in LA and that made me feel very young.

What is the worst excuse you’ve ever heard or given? (In school, socially or professionally)
I have actually heard someone say that their dog ate their homework. They sounded so genuine.

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(L) Leather jacket by AMI. T-shirt by VINCE. Trousers by NN07. (R) Coat & trousers by J CREW. T-shirt by JAMES PERSE.

Where do you think you have watched the most films, and what was the last thing you watched there?
Probably in my bedroom. The last film I watched was La Haine.

What was the first/ last CD that you bought?
Little Simz – A Curious Tale of Trials and Trials + Persons

If you could pick between no longer having to eat or no longer having to sleep, which would you pick?
No longer having to sleep.

What’s the last thing you learned?
The last thing I learned is that I need to work even harder.

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Fady Elsayed can be seen in Class, now on BBC Three (UK) and coming to BBC America (US) in 2017.

As told to Paul Vaughan for TPJ
Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Stylist: Christopher Preston
Grooming: Oliver Daw

Morfydd Clark

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Coat by A.W.A.K.E. Dress by ISABEL MARANT.

You’ll soon be appearing in Interlude in Prague about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Discounting Mozart, which child prodigy do you find most fascinating?
Rimanujan or William Gadoury, the 15-year-old Canadian boy who discovered a lost Mayan city using Google Maps.

Describe your taste in music by way of a film soundtrack.
Thelma and Louise

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Dress by ISABEL MARANT.

Cast your favourite Shakespeare play with a contemporary cast/ director.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
Puck – Patsy Ferran
Oberon/ Theseus – Idris Elba
Titania/ Hippolyta – Hayley Atwell
Helena – Lydia Leonard
Hermia – Anna Kendrick
Demetrius – Simon Manyonda
Lysander – Sope Dirisu
Bottom – Michael Sheen
Peter Quince – Julian Barratt
Francis Flute – Matthew Beard
Director – Hamish Pirrie

When you want to consciously make an adjustment to your performance, do you generally find it easier to make a physical alteration or an emotional one? Or is it a stupid question because they are utterly interconnected and I’ve wasted precious bandwidth?
If I feel I need to make an adjustment to the character that I’m playing I feel it is almost always informed by the other actors onstage. I think physicality is a massive window into the emotional life of the character so I find physical changes can unearth emotional ones that would otherwise not be unlocked.

What’s something you discarded that you wish you hadn’t?
I wish I hadn’t thrown away loads of sketches I’d done of school friends as I would love to look at them now

What’s something about your life or the world right now that would blow your 12 year-old mind? (In a good way!)
Facetime! When I was 12 my best friend moved to Sheffield and I missed her so much.

If you could time travel into the audience of any 20th century performance of a Shakespearean play, which play would you pick and who was in the cast?
Anthony Sher as Richard III.

Put your iTunes or music playing device on shuffle, then switch to the next song… What is the song, and when/ where did you first hear it? What time in your life does it remind you of?
Magnetic Fields – Love Is Like a Bottle of Gin. It reminds me of sitting on the barrage in Cardiff in the summer drinking WKDs with my friends.

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Jumper by CARVEN. Skirt by ROCHAS.

What is something arguably trivial that you have come to realize makes you very competitive?
Every board game!

Assuming it is well past the statute of limitations, what was the first rebellious act you remember committing?
Pouring glue over the stationery cupboard in the classroom at school because I was sent to the back and not allowed to do arts and crafts.

King Lear: a timeless, masterful work of literature/ performance or an over-elaborate argument for vasectomies? In that same vein, how could one frame one of Shakespeare’s other works?
Romeo and Juliet – always check the other person’s dead before you kill yourself.

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Morfydd Clark can be seen in King Lear, on now until 3 December 2016 at the Old Vic, London (UK).

As told to Paul Vaughan for TPJ
Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Stylist: Francesca Turner
Hair: Yusuke Morioka
Makeup: Nicola Moores-Brittin

Inside Look: Bethan Cullinane

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Bethan Cullinane in her dressing room at the Barbican Theatre in London, UK on November 19, 2016.

We spoke to actress Bethan Cullinane about her role as Innogen in Royal Shakespeare Company’s Cymbeline.

What line from Cymbeline did you look forward to saying the most on opening night?
“A large Gin and tonic, please”.
My second favourite was probably my first line of the second half. It’s the first time I directly speak to the audience. I walk out, disguised as a boy and say “I see a man’s life is a tedious one”. It tends to get a laugh, and after a very emotionally heavy first half it’s a nice refresher. It is a moment of “lighter” relief before it all goes downhill again.

Whether they knew it or not, who was most helpful in helping you find your performance or the character ?
Hiran who plays my husband, Posthumus and Ollie who plays Iachimo are both very good friends of mine. We were in the same year at drama school so I’ve known them both for 8 years (our director Melly had no idea when she cast us). I think being in the rehearsal room with those two meant that I was able to take risks at a very early stage of rehearsal. Had I not known my co-actors so well I might not have felt as brave. We had a short hand and could be very honest with each other about what felt right and what didn’t. And although it’s weird kissing one of your mates, at least it’s not awkward afterwards.

What do you think is the most subtle but significant element of Cymbeline? Whether related to a character, or a theme, setting e.t.c.
I’d say it’s to do with Truth. Roughly 90% of the characters in Cymbeline tell lies or believe them. It’s those few characters that search for the truth that guide the story back to safety. If characters like Pisania, Innogen or the Doctor (who is the unsung hero of the play), were unable to see through others deceit, the play would end as a tragedy. It’s in the final scene when everybody decides to come clean that families and countries are reunited.

What was the first important detail you learned about the story or your character?
It was Innogen’s use of language and the insight it gave me into her imagination. Not only does she talk a lot, but she has a mad, creative way of seeing things too. I think once I embraced that as part of her character I could use the language rather than finding it intimidating.
I would also say that Melly’s decision to change the gender of many of the boldest characters to female was hugely important. It created a world where women could be in charge, and behave however they liked. I was given freedom from the “pious heroine” stereotype and the chance to find a woman with her own real strengths and flaws.

There are overlapping elements between Cymbeline and Hamlet, Othello and Romeo and Juliet. In what way is Cymbeline a unique departure from Shakespeare’s other works?
Well I think the fact that Cymbeline has it all makes it a significant departure from his other works. I like to think of Cymbeline as Shakespeare’s greatest hits. It’s as if he took all of his favourite bits and smashed them together into a completely wacky story. Cymbeline does not share a genre with any of Shakespeare’s other plays. In Hamlet, Polonius makes the audience chuckle when he starts listing all the genres the players could possibly perform. Starting with “tragical-historical” or “pastoral-comical” – he concludes with “tragical-comical-historical-pastoral”. I think it gets a laugh because it seems ridiculous to have so many genres in one play, but fast forward 10 years or so and Shakespeare has done it! If Cymbeline is any genre it’s “tragical-comical-historical-pastoral”- it really has it all.

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Cullinane came to her dressing room after a cast warm up to get ready for the performance.

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Cullinane did her character’s makeup.

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(L) Cullinane’s costume. (R) The hairpieces she wore at the beginning of the play.

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Cullinane with castmate Graham Turner, who plays Belarius.

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In a separate room, Cullinane had her long hairpieces attached in sections to appear more natural.

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A container of fake blood that was to be used in later scenes.

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Before long, Cullinane’s hair transformation into Innogen was nearly complete.

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Cullinane constantly had a water bottle with her to stay hydrated backstage.

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For Innogen’s costume, her shoes were Converse with customized lace detailing.

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Cullinane changed into her costume.

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After final adjustments, Cullinane headed out towards the stage for her performance.

Bethan Cullinane can be seen in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Cymbeline, on now until 17 December 2016 at the Barbican Theatre, London (UK).

As told to Paul Vaughan for TPJ
Photographer: Jessie Craig

Jenn Murray

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Jacket & trousers by ISA ARFEN.

What is a fear that you have willingly faced?
I am not sure I would call this a real fear, but when I was a teenager I always thought having very short hair would be awful. Then shooting my first film I was required to bleach it every week. My hair disintegrated and after filming I had to cut it all off to a very short pixie crop hairstyle. This is a look I had feared but then when I had it, I liked it. I would never have voluntarily cut it all off and because I had no choice, I realized I liked it. Years later, I chose to cut it all off again. Sometimes doing something like that can make you feel like you can begin again.

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Top by ROCHAS.

Would you rather know how long you have to live, or how long human kind will exist?
I would like to know neither. I always try to remind myself time is ticking and if I have something I really want to do and said I would do, then the time in now! I like to have a sense of urgency sometimes. One day, everything can change in an instant. This can be unexpected and or unwelcomed. So I want to appreciate what I have now and the surprises of the future are just that, surprises.

If you could select one item or incantation to exist in real life from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, what would you pick?
I would love my own version of Newt’s suitcase. If I could dive into my handbag at any given moment I think that could be a lot of fun!

What was a scary story or cautionary ‘fact’ that you were told as a youngster and took to heart far too gravely?
“Don’t talk to strangers.” I know that is sensible advice when you are a child. Living in a big city like London can make you untrustworthy of anyone you don’t know. You avoid looking people in the eye. Then all of a sudden someone will do a kind gesture unprovoked and wanting nothing in return. In the same breath someone can push you off the tube as they try to get on in rush hour. This happened to me and I landed flat on my face on the platform and someone stepped over me. Not a great moment! But I still like to believe in the kindness of strangers. It took me years to allow that in. Perhaps through confidence and travelling alone, I can now make room for a new conversation or interaction with someone I don’t know, especially in the neighborhood that I live in. I like the feeling of community but I think you have to act on that if you want it.

What’s something that’s fine to hear from a family member but would be terrible to hear from a romantic partner?
There are loads of things! “That colour doesn’t suit you” or “that perfume is really heady and not in a good way,” or “the salmon is a little chewy.” My family have said those things to me but if a romantic partner did, I would probably take it too personally!

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Dress by ALTUZARRA.

Is there anyone you would ever ask (or secretly want) an autograph from?
I would be more inclined to ask for an autograph now as people always want photographs. An autograph is something special, less intrusive and more personal. It is a connection between the asker and the asked whereas a photograph can then be put on social media and then the moment is dispersed. If I had to pick someone it would be Jack Nicholson. I remember Rob Reiner on a podcast talking about working with him on A Few Good Men. In the court scene at the end of the movie, Reiner said he had to shoot everyone’s reactions first, before they would come to shoot Jack Nicholson’s close up at the end of the day. All day, Nicholson gave it everything each time and Reiner said to him would he not like to save his energy for when the camera came on him. Nicholson said, “I just love to act.” So his autograph would be a reminder of why I chose this profession and how lucky I am that I get to do what I love.

Describe one of your favourite films in the form of a clickbait article headline.
“I taped a schoolmate’s ass cheeks together in a fit of rage against my father. I feel some remorse but also happy surprise at gaining three new friends and a girlfriend!”
Andrew Clark tells his journey. The Breakfast Club.

What is a seemingly useless talent that you wish you possessed?
I would love to be able to run up a wall and back flip. I think that would liven up even the most tense situations.

If you could pick one other corner of the Potter universe to turn into a film – or simply delve further into – what would you pick?
The Hogwarts Kitchens! I love when J.K. Rowling writes about the food! It is so detailed and creative and wonderful. I’d like to look more into the lives of the elves and their adventures in the kitchens.

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

Jenn Murray can be seen in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in cinemas now globally.

As told to Paul Vaughan for TPJ
Creative Director & Photographer: Jessie Craig
Stylist: Francesca Turner
Hair: Yusuke Morioka
Makeup: Nicola Moores-Brittin