Matthew Lewis Broods Inside FAULT Issue 23

 

Matthew Lewis has played one of our favourite characters for ten years as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series. It’s been a while since the series has ended and his evolution as a performer is undeniable. We caught up with Matthew on his upcoming projects, working opposite Alan Rickman and the awkwardness of becoming a teen heartthrob in this FAULT Magazine photo-shoot and interview.

 

Can you tell me a bit about your life after Harry Potter? How did your career play out after wrapping 10 years of wizarding?

I decided to do a play, for 192 times haha. When it came down to it, I didn’t really know what I was doing. It was such a different school of acting than what I was prepared for. Getting up on stage, everything has to be bigger. You can’t internalize, as much as you can on camera, it has to be all big for the audience to experience it.  And I just didn’t get that and I think I was shouting for most of it. Someone described my voice as being ‘excruciating’ and I remember reading that review and going like ‘ohhh shiiiiit, 191 more shows to go’.  And I think I just had to really knuckle down and watch the other actors and directors. Before the end of it, about 3-4 months into it, I just clicked. By the end of the run, the reviews were the complete opposite. I learned how to project my voice instead of just screaming at eye-level.

 

Did you find it difficult breaking the Harry Potter mold?

Not really. The first thing after Harry Potter, I played a guy who was not very nice. He wasn’t exactly a desirable character. And then I did a film where I was rough and ready; I was capable of throwing my muscle and weight around a little, completely unlike Neville. I don’t really get offered those types of roles anymore. The lovable, vulnerable, cheeky, Neville-type roles. They just never come up, it’s not like I’m getting them and turning them down. Maybe I’m just really good at being a dickhead haha.  Neville was quite complex in his character, with his history and things like that, but I am more drawn towards characters that are shades of grey. I don’t like the idea of black and white. I’m drawn to characters that make me question things. What made him this way? Why does he want this? Why is he behaving in this manner? That’s what I find interesting. And you can only get that from complex interesting characters.

 

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 Alan Rickman must have been a pillar for both yourself and your career. How did you react when the news came through of his passing?

I was at Leavesden Studios the other day, visiting the set of Fantastic Beasts and I was with the producer who did all the Harry Potter films. He was taking me around the studio when the news came through. We were both just completely stunned. But also, to be in the studio when that came through, suddenly every room that I went into, every corridor that I walked down on, I suddenly remembered a story or an image of Alan. It got a bit odd. It was quite surreal. But also, powerfully moving as well. It was quite nice to be there. All those happy memories came flooding back and I got quite nostalgic actually. I went back home last night and just watched loads of interviews with him. It’s hard to describe. On his last day, I had a cup of tea with him in his trailer and we just sat and chatted about the future of my career and what I should do. He just offered me advice in where I should go and he said some things to me that filled me with a lot of confidence. And when you hear those sorts of things from someone of his stature, his ability, it means a lot

 

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What do you make of people calling you a sex symbol now?

Oh come on, that’s just a lot of make-up and good lighting. I’m not a sex symbol, Jesus, no.

 

Teen heartthrob?

No, come on, no, oh God.

 

I’ve completely embarrassed you at this point.

Yeah! Cause I can never see myself as that. When I grew up, my sister was obsessed with Take That. So people like Gary Barlow or Robbie Williams, they were like sex symbols. David Beckham and you’ve got your Ryan Goslings. They’re the heartthrobs. I’m not; I’m just a weird looking bloke from Leeds who keeps getting jobs on telly for some reason.

 

What’s your FAULT?

I’m very stubborn. To the point of almost childish immaturities. On the flipside, I do stick to my guns.

 

 

 

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FAULT Magazine chats ‘Dothraki’ with the Khal himself, ‘Joe Naufahu’

 

Joe Naufahu is a handsome, muscular ex-professional rugby player and now a professional actor on Game of Thrones working opposite Emilia Clarke. Give yourself a minute to overcome the jealousy that is surging through your veins. If you follow rugby, you may recognise him from his time at the Glasgow Warriors, but now he is most familiar from his role as Khal Moro in the sixth season of Game of Thrones, so even his acting roles are unreasonably cool. I’m sorry, I promised to squash the jealousy, but what makes it all worse is that Joe is a level-headed and personable guy. I suspect Game of Thrones will be the first of many big roles for Joe and I was keen to know what working on such a titan of a show was like.

 

Let’s get straight to it. You’re in the new series of Game of Thrones which, at this point, is tantamount to impossible to be unaware of. What attracted you to this show in particular?

If I were to be more specific it would probably be the characters in the show. They inspired me to want to be in the show. Some of the situations in the show and the way the characters react, things they say and do just make you want to be a part of it and inject your own performance. Things you would never be able to say and do in real life, that right there is the good stuff. Stuff that makes it more juicy and interesting. The game changers!

Your character is Khal Moro is a sort of chieftain of the Dothraki. How would you describe Khal Moro?

He’s the big dog amongst the Khals. He hasn’t lost a battle so therefore he has nothing to prove. His deeds speak for themselves. So he isn’t afraid to show his lighter side and is fairly tolerant of his followers. He enjoys a joke and a laugh as much as the next Dothraki. But at the same time is fiercely loyal and he stands by his word. He does not back down.

 

Although the Dothraki are, on the surface, portrayed as a horde of savages, they have far more depth than that. Did you find that you related with your character?

Yeah, they have layers and it was nice to be able to play some of those layers. I think it makes them more interesting and definitely more human. If I trust you I will treat you like family. I’ll do anything for you. Sometimes that can backfire but you have to live life that way sometimes. When it hits the payoff is worth it.

 

 

Conversely, which characteristic(s) of Khal Moro did you find the least relatable?

It would have to be his view on women. I could never treat women the way the Khals do. For starters my Mum would kick my butt then so would my sisters. I’m a gentleman and chivalry is not dead!

 

Preparing for a role usually requires research. However, the fantasy genre must make that somewhat more difficult. What preparation did you do in order to make your performance of Khal Moro convincing?

I read up as much as I could find on the Dothraki tribe which consisted first and foremost of hitting University of Google — haha. You’ll be amazed at what you can find! I wanted to keep it fresh though at the same time and put my own spin on the performance and not be too tied in to what watchers had already seen. I would have to say though that learning the Dothraki language was where I focused most of my preparation time. I knew on set there would be no room for second guessing so I really did the prep work.

 

The Dothraki are a physical bunch, which as an ex-professional rugby player, must not be completely alien to you. Nevertheless, did you have to undergo any special training or fitness regimes for the part?

I have done films and shows before where I had to put a bit of size on but Dothraki weren’t bodybuilders and so I trained accordingly. They were men of the land. They hunted, rode horses, had rampant sex, and fought vicious battles… on a daily basis. I run a gym in NZ and although we don’t do any of the daily Dothraki activities I’ve just mentioned, unfortunate as that may seem, we do train in a very functional way. Meaning lots of bodyweight and natural movements and using more unconventional equipment, stuff life sledgehammers and ropes and kettlebells. So these natural movements we use and the patterns that we train in, pretty much simulate the lifestyle of a Dothraki warrior. I did also manage to get out and do some horse riding which was a lot of fun. They are such beautiful animals.

Game of Thrones is populated with recognisable faces, in particular the Mother of Dragons and Queen of the Internet, Emilia Clarke. What was it like working so closely with her?

I  had a great time working with Emilia. Consummate professional but still able to have a laugh when the timing allowed. She was awesome on set, very generous all the time, and made me feel so comfortable. It was definitely the thing my friends back home envied the most about me getting the role.

 

Game of Thrones is a huge achievement for any actor and puts you in front of an enormous audience. Ideally, where would you like your acting career to go next?

I’d love to get my teeth stuck into something gritty and dark where I can really build some layers in a character. I’m a huge fan of The Wire, True Detective, Walking Dead, Luther… love those shows. So something like that would be amazing. Other than that, I think it’s every kids dream to be a super hero isn’t it?! I’m sure there’s space for more characters in the Marvel and DC universes!

 

What projects have you got coming up that we should keep an eye out for?

I’ve just made the move to LA and settling into life here so it’s a work in progress. I’ve got some projects that I’m developing with my older brother who is a writer/director but I’m still working on locking down my next gig here in the States. I’m constantly on the grind and I can’t wait to get stuck into my next role.

 

What is your FAULT?

None of it! I blame tequila — haha.

 

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Miguel Takes FAULT On A Journey Through His Artistry in FAULT 23

 

After a half hour phone conversation with Miguel it becomes clear there’s much simmering beneath the sexy veneer. Deeply influenced by his childhood growing up in San Pedro, California, Miguel is an artist committed to speaking his truth and sharing it with the world. That’s why it’s impossible to categories his music as purely just R&B.

His latest and third studio album “WildHeart” plays out as an extension of his experiences, and is carnal in its intimacy. Unlike his 2012 album “that included hit singles “Adorn” and “Do You…,” “WildHeart” takes more of a careful listen and sees Miguel fully coming into his calling as a storyteller and music auteur.

 

 

FAULT: You traveled back to your middle school in San Pedro and did a performance for their talent show recently. What was it like being back there after so many years?

Miguel: It was so much fun and the kids there are so talented. It’s great to see my old school and the talent that’s coming from my city. Going back to encourage those kids that was the purpose. I think they had as much of a good time as I did.

 

There’s been a lot of comparisons with you and other artists, especially Prince, which is definitely one of the best comparisons you can ask for. Do you sometimes feel like these comparisons are limiting to you as an artist and creating your own path as Miguel?

I need to think about that. No I think we’re all standing on the shoulders of giants. Especially at this point in time, we’re learning from and building upon things that have already occurred, that have already been dreamed up.

Being compared to Prince, it’s a tremendous compliment. I think it’s more about people being aware and exposed and really understanding the music then they’d see there’s a lot more to it.

 

 

What for you is the most personal song on the album?

They’re all personal. “Hollywood Dreams” is a very personal song just because I’ve had friends who’ve been washed out. I grew up in San Pedro where you can’t see Hollywood but the moment you get out of the South Bay, you see like the hills and the mountain ranges and it’s kind of an aspirational thing. And I’ve seen people come out of the South Bay, which I would consider being “down the hill,” move North and end up washed out because of the “scene” and the way things move here. You can walk down Hollywood Boulevard and it’s like that still. The idea of being “discovered” is there, it’s tangible. But then on that same street there’s homeless people. So “Hollywood Dreams” in that sense is a very personal song because it’s inspired by things I’ve seen.

It’s also an introspective song about literally being in between. On being understood because of the way that I look and the way that I was raised.

 

FAULT: What would you attribute your career longevity to?

Miguel: I really just owe it to the fans. “WildHeart” wasn’t a crazy commercially successful album. It was for me but as far as the way that it’s perceived it wasn’t known as that. To debut at whatever on the charts, that’s great, but as far as being a popular album it wasn’t. The fans made it important and the fans give me longevity.

I had a conversation with J.Cole, that’s my boy, like “what would you attribute all this shit to?” And he said “man, this is serving my fans.” It’s our responsibility to the people who found our music to continue to build that relationship. An artist creates according to what he thinks the world should be. Unfortunately not everyone is going to agree with that, but the ones that do, those are the ones you wanted in the first place. The ones that agree with you then you just keep giving them what is real to you.

 

The album artwork for “WildHeart” features a highly sexualised photo of you and a naked woman crouched over. In the context of the current PC culture where almost everything can seem to be taken the wrong way/out of context, how do you make sure that you’re not being misinterpreted?

It’s weird we’re sensitive about the wrong things but desensitised to things that matter. Someone is shot and killed and it only matters for five days and there’ll be weeks and weeks of conversation about why an artist said something about….I mean it doesn’t fucking matter. I think our priorities of what matter are so skewed because of the way the media and that interaction works. Unfortunately it’s not the time for imagination or creativity in a way that’s not obvious.

Now all of it really boils down to is what’s getting the most attention and what we can turn into money. It’s the simple fact that in a world where our attention spans are whittled down to be so finite that attention is the ultimate currency.

 

 

We love that you’ve collaborated with a slew of artists including A$AP Rocky, Lorde and Janelle Monae, especially since they run the gamut when it comes to genres. Is this intentional and what do you hope to bring into any collaborations?

I think it’s just artists that I love and respect. The ones that have a conviction that outweighs anything. I’d love to write with Taylor Swift.

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FAULT Film: Lana Condor Makes Her Explosive Debut in X-Men and FAULT ISsue 23

 

Acting in your first ever movie can be a very stressful time for any actor and not made easier when there’s a large fanfare around the project. Enter, Lana Condor. This month Lana make her big-screen debut playing ‘Jubliee’ in X-Men Apocalypse. Like many of the other characters in the movie, this won’t be the first time we’ll be seeing Jubilee in the movies however this will be the first time the character is used for more than just an Easter egg or throw away reference for the keen eyed.

For those who grew up with the 90’s X-Men animated series have a very soft spot for Jubilee. The majorly underused (and somewhat under-appreciated) X-Woman has defied the odds and become a character dear to many X-Men fans…So no pressure Lana!

As part of our FAULT #23  X-Men Special we caught up with Lana to find out more about Jubilee and see just where the character fits in the larger X-Men film Universe.

 

FAULT: X-men will be your big screen debut, what was it like to land a spot on such a big production for your first gig?

Lana: Very very surreal. It’s been a very humbling experience for me coming out of X-Men because I have realized things don’t happen in a vacuum, and that I was very blessed to have landed such an amazing project so early on in my career. While on set, I got to learn from some of the best which was definitely one the highlights. Just watching my castmates perform was very inspiring, let alone acting alongside them.

 

Are we going to see the badass 80’s mall rat Jubilee or will her character focus more on her vulnerability and youthfulness? 

We will focus more on her vulnerability and youthfulness. She’s still learning about her powers and developing them. Although I would be honoured to see the badass mall rat come more to life! She’s a kick-butty type of girl!

 

Jubilee has appeared in the previous X-Men films however has not had many lines and never displayed her powers! Now we see that she is doing both in the movie. Were you able to inject must personality into the character?

I tried to keep it as close to the comics/ cartoon as possible. I really want to do her fans justice!

 

Jubilee often gets ranked as the mutant with the most useless powers but at the same time is VERY dear to the fans of X-men. Is it daunting to take the mantle of such a popular character? Comic book fans aren’t very forgiving!

Well… since you put it that way… now I won’t be able to sleep at night! [laughs] but Yes. There has definitely been times where I really feel very nervous because I do not want to let her fans down. They are so devoted to her and I really admire that. It’s amazing, I’ve really learned that she means (as well as all the other characters) a lot to people. Maybe she reminds them of their childhood or was an escape for certain people. She certainly means a lot to me. So yes, the pressure to do her proper justice can be intimidating. But I also have to realise that some things are just not in my control.

 

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Ben Hardy Earns His Wings In Our FAULT #23 Photoshoot Preview

Ben Hardy first appeared on UK screens playing Peter Beale in the popular TV soap, ‘Eastenders’. Like many before him, there was always a chance that Ben would fall into the “soap trap”, becoming the face of his onscreen character and settling into a lifetime stint that’d find him rarely taking on other roles due to a rigorous filming schedule.

For Ben, this was not the dream. With his eyes set on the big screen he took off to the states and landed the role of Archangel in the upcoming X-men Apocalypse movie. As part of our FAULT #23  X-Men Special, we caught up with Ben for this exclusive photo-shoot and interview.

 

Leaving a solid role in the UK and heading off for the states must have been daunting. Did you have a job lined up before you left?

No, I just left really. It’s one of those things you’ve got to just get out there to do otherwise I might find myself waking up in 10 years wondering what could have been.

 

 

Angel is quite a different role to the one you played on Eastenders. Did you know much beforehand?

Ha yes, the characters are a little different. I’d seen all the x-men films and watched the cartoon growing up but I hadn’t read many comics. I have done since getting the role and learnt a lot.

 

Angel has appeared in the X-men films before played by Ben Foster, were you able to draw much from his character to play his younger self?

As the timeline has completely warped and while I did watch X-Men: The Last Stand,  I went into playing Angel as a brand new character altogether. I’m drawing on Angel’s character as dictated by the script and my own interpretation of him without worrying too much on past appearances.

 

Is the transformation from Angel to Archangel true to the comics?

I can’t say! But I will say that it’s a really awesome transformation scene.

 

How did you adapt to all the special effects used in the movie?

It was pretty weird. I’m like, ‘OH GREAT! I get to see the X-Mansion’ and I get in there and it’s one platform and green screen [laughs]. My wings are always CGI so I’m on set flapping my arms about a lot.

 

Moving forward, will you and the younger cast members be taking over the mantle of the X-Men?

As far as I know, the original X-Men actors will remain in the franchise. But I think there is a great young cast in Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alex Shipp and Lana Condor, who have so much talent to bring to X-Men in the future.

 

There are a lot of British people in the movie! Did you all gel well on set?

Definitely! And of course the British connection helped with the banter, we could always just say, ‘well, how about that Tesco amirite!’ as a counter haha.

 

What is your FAULT?

There’s plenty! I’m a massive binge-eater. I’m either training hard and eating super healthily or I’m the opposite. There’s no in-between!

 

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