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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‘A New Type of Girl’- FAULT Magazine Exclusive Editorial

 

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Stylist: Mona Mayer
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We meet TV’s newest Jekyll and Hyde, actor Shazad Latif, for an exclusive shoot and interview

After landing his breakout role as Tariq Masood in SPOOKS, Shazad Latif has been popping up everywhere. And with the return of the new season of Penny Dreadful on 3rd May, he’ll be back on our screens taking on the iconic role of Jekyll and Hyde. Here, we caught up with him for a chat about his recent work.

 

You play Chandra Mahalanobis in the upcoming ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ movie. Did you know much about the man when you took on the role?

No. Chandra was a great mathematician in his own right. But the focus in this film is Ramanujan. I’m there to be his friend in the story.

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Shirt – Samsoe & Samsoe / Trousers – CSB London / Shoes – Base London / Socks – Falke

TMWKI features such a well seasoned cast, what was it like to work with them? What was the atmosphere like on set?

Again another wonderful and lucky experience, watching Jeremy Irons and Toby Jones discuss a scene was a joy.

 

This is also another time we’ll see you acting opposite Dev Patel. What Do you think it is that draws you both together?

It’s just the way it happened I guess. I’ve played his rival and his friend. What next? I think our energies work nicely together.

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We’re all very hyped up for the new season of Penny Dreadful. We saw a short clip of you looking very menacing in the trailer, what can we expect from your character (the infamous Jekyll and Hyde)? What’s your technique for getting into such a character, especially when you’re essentially playing two?

Expect emotional duologues between me and Frankenstein played by Harry Treadaway. Lots of dark science. Expect a brilliant new take on this wonderful character thanks to John Logan.  A lot of focus for such a role. An intense time on set. Exploring Angels and Demons can be scary.

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Shirt – Scotch & Soda / Trousers- Farah / Shoes – R.M. Williams / Socks – Falke

What is your dream role?

No dream role as such.. Just the dream of working with the best directors and writers, I would love to be in an Asghar Farhadi movie, a Jacques Audiard movie, Steve McQueen, Paul Thomas Anderson.

 

You’ve played in a number of period pieces as well as more modern dramas. Which do you prefer?

I love doing both modern and period. I really do love a family drama. Played out in an epic sense.

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Jacket – Gieves & Hawkes / Top- Villain / Trouers – Baartmans and Siegel

Shazad – What is your FAULT? 

My fault is my anger. Jekyll and Hyde’s fault. My friends and family keep me grounded though. I’ll be alright.

 

Shazad can next be seen in Penny Dreadful on Sky Atlantic from 3rd May, and you can follow him on Twitter.

 

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Styling Felicity Gray

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Vanessa White Exclusive Photoshoot And Interview With FAULT Magazine

 

Vanessa White rose to fame as part of The Saturdays one of the UK’s best selling girl groups. Vanessa is now out on her own with a clear vision and mindset for her artistry. Listening to Vanessa White’s debut EP ‘Chapter One’ (which is out now) we are pleasantly surprised by Vanessa’s sound. ‘Chapter One’ is a million miles away from the sound we’re used to from The Saturdays and instead we’re chucking on a heavy denim and ‘Tims’ and swagging out to the 90’s RnB inspired tracks like Lipstick Kisses.

We sat down with Vanessa to go over her new sound and new solo career. Vanessa will also appear in our spring print issue – with more exclusive images.

 

 

Being in a girl group, it can be very hard to let your individual selves shine. Being in a group of 5 musicians makes it even harder. Did you ever feel it was hard to show off your personal flair while a member of The Saturdays?

“I wouldn’t say it was hard.  I think it was often my own decision to take a bit of a step back.  Like with interviews, when you’re in a group with four other people and you’re asked a question you’re always going to get people talking over each other so sometimes I didn’t mind being the person who wasn’t going to talk as much.  But I wouldn’t say it completely affected my personal flair, even though I’ve taken a very different direction with my solo music.  Anything around the music I always had an opinion on, but of course that opinion was split with the other girls. I’ve always been into the music that I’m doing now, but once again when you’re in a group you’re aware that you’re not necessarily going to record and perform the type of music you listen to everyday.  So I guess it was affected to an extent but not completely. I love live music and always have so whenever I get a chance I’m out at gigs checking out some of my favourite artists and brand new acts too.”

 

 

 

Is it harder as a soloist?

“I knew it was bound to be harder in ways being solo and not having the rest of the group there, but I’m allowed to express myself so much more which makes me feel so fulfilled, so in that respect it’s not harder, in fact it makes it feel easier.  And now I have an amazing team of talented writers, producers and creatives I work with and who I trust so much and really get me, such as Tre Jean-Marie who I worked on a lot of the EP with and Thomas Eriksen who I’ve known for years now.  I’ve also been in the studio with Snakehips, who I love. Then there is Rob Heppell, who is such an incredible director and created the visuals for ’Nostalgia’ and ‘Lipstick Kisses’  He also put together some stunning visuals specifically for my first live shows last month. It’s also nice getting to collaborate with other music artists too.  I did a refix of ‘Exchange’ by Bryson Tiller that I mixed a bit of KP & Envyi’s ’Swing My Way’ into.  I was obviously singing the track from a female perspective and wanted to get a male response into that too so I asked Kojey Radical do a verse on it, which is so sick, and we’ve performed the track live a couple of times now which was  amazing to be able to do. And Wretch 32 who obviously features on the track ‘Lipstick Kisses’ which dropped on the same day the EP was out which was a cool way to launch that.”

 

The music you’re releasing now is very different to the music you released as part of the Saturdays. Did you ever feel like your creative was stifled while part of the group?

“I don’t think it was stifled. The difference now is I just have a lot more free reign so I’m able to explore my creativity a lot more now I’m doing this thing on my own.”

 

 

Who/what are your main influences?

“Back in the day, growing up I was listening to stuff like Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, Mariah, Janet Jackson, all of that kind of thing.  I still listen to a lot of that music but I’m also listening to a lot of Kehlani, Anderson Paak, Tinashe, Bryson Tiller and Ty Dollar Sign.  There are also a lot of things outside of music that influence me such as experiences and even places that have had a big impact on me.  Over Christmas I went to the Philippines, where my mum is from, for nearly a month and did a lot of island hopping while I was there. I was inspired by so much while I was out there as it has such an amazing and vibrant culture. Everything from the colours you see, the food, the music and the lifestyle too.  When I came back home from that trip I just became even more interested in the whole wider Asian vibe with the colours, flowers and different styles.  Also, on the trip I spent a lot of time on the beach and travelling between different places so I wasn’t really dressing up or wearing any make-up for a month, it was more of a simple, castaway feel so when I got back I immediately didn’t want to wear as much make-up, the lashes went and aren’t as long anymore so I really toned things down even more and I prefer it.”

 

 

Where do you want to see your career in 10 years?

“You know what, I’m just so excited about what’s happening now and what’s to come next after what’s happening now.  I have so many great ideas and things in the pipeline so I’m trying to take it all one step at a time and to enjoy the moments as they come.  I’m excited to put more music out there, to get on the road to give more people the chance to hear it live and seeing how that all naturally evolves. Music is such a huge part of my life so I hope I’m still doing all of what I love so much for years to come.”

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2016?

“For the rest of the year I’ll be putting out more new music, doing more live shows and some festivals hopefully.”

 

What is your FAULT?

“I’m a really big perfectionist, especially when it comes to music.  Even if it’s the tiniest little thing, I’ll never be happy until I feel it’s perfect.”

 

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Alexandra Shipp “Storms” her way onto FAULT 23’s Film Cover

 

Alexandra Shipp shares a familiar tale when probed about her early days as a starry-eyed performer with her sights set on Hollywood superstardom. The fast-rising actress/singer scored a manager and an agent at just 14, and she would spend the next several years splitting her time between Los Angeles and her family home in Phoenix, Arizona. “It’s a cutthroat, dog eat dog world,” she says.

Shipp has transformed into Aaliyah in the late singer’s biopic, starred in last year’s cult phenomenon Straight Outta Compton, and of course there’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest installment in the blockbuster franchise in which she plays Storm, one of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes first made popular in film by Halle Berry.

X-Men Apocalypse releases in the UK on May 18th and we’ve got 3 of the stars for our X-men special collection. Kicking off with Alexandra Shipp. Enjoy the preview and watch this space…

 

 

What can you reveal about Storm’s origin story in the film and how that might have shaped her worldview at large?

You find Storm just a few years after her parents have passed and she’s living on the streets of Cairo. She’s pickpocketing for cash to buy food, stealing clothes, and camping out in abandoned buildings. It’s sad to see someone so great being reduced to so little and I think that’s what attracts Apocalypse to her. For Storm, that’s all she’s ever known. All she knows is that, if you have powers, you can make money off of that. You can make money by protecting people or by taking it from them. So when Apocalypse tells her, “How are you living in the gutter when you’re a goddess? You should live your potential. Come with me,” Storm realizes, “You’re right! Don’t mind if I do, Apocalypse! Papi!” [Laughs] I hope they do a full origin movie with Storm and T’Challa. That would be so dope. That’s all I can think about.

 

How long did it take you to settle into Storm, your Storm?

It took a couple of months. What I wanted to convey with Storm is that she can kill you with a look, and if you know me, you know there’s no killing anyone with my look. [Laughs] I’m the biggest nerd! I’m way too silly to be that badass. It was hours and hours in front of a mirror, which is no surprise for an actress. It was about trying to find the right head tilt, the right gaze and the right thing, that if I shoot you a look, you will feel my power. It took around 3 months to find her body.

With ­X-Men, you’re entering a universe that has a longstanding comic book fan base and a movie fan base, not to mention people who look up to you for taking on such an iconic black female superhero. Is that a lot to take in?

I do feel pressure because I want to give girls an accurate representation of a powerful black woman. Halle Berry did such a great job that I felt the fear of living up to her Storm. But I also felt the fear of living up to my own nerdy expectations. I’m a fan of X-Men. I grew up on the cartoons. I grew up reading the comics. I wanted to do that right. I wasn’t sleeping, just going over my Arabic and my Kenyan accent all the time. I wanted to make sure that girls who see this movie, young girls of any race or color, are excited by Storm and the way I portrayed her.

 

Words: Kee Chang

 

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Boy George Photoshoot & Interview For FAULT Magazine Issue 23 Cover

 

Within the court of British pop royalty, Boy George sits on top of a (impeccably decorated) throne. Throughout his decade-spanning career he’s topped charts, collaborated with superstars, travelled the world and seen more than his fair share of controversy. He can now be found judging Britain’s latest batch of new talent on BBC One’s The Voice.

Boy George appears on the cover of FAULT Magazine Issue 23 (available for preorder now). 

 

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Congratulations on your work on The Voice so far. Did you have any reservations about joining the show? 

Not really. I think my only reservation was how involved I would be with the people that I chose; whether I could have any kind of impact on what they did. And, to my surprise, it is very interactive. You can get as involved as you want to.

 

 

You’ve had your fair share of demons: drugs, incarceration, negative press attention. How has this shaped you and your music?

Everything that happens shapes you and influences what you do, but I don’t tend to focus on the past. Why would I look back? Difficult things inform my writing but – if you want other people to move on – then you have to move on yourself… I try to live in the now – it’s the only sensible time to live. Living in the past or future is a bit insane: sometimes, in relationships, people spend all their time worrying about what the other person’s thinking or feeling, and get so engrossed in it that they miss living. I think it’s important to live in the now and not focus too much on what went wrong. Just learn from it and move on.

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What else does the future hold in store for you?

[Culture Club} have got a tour coming up in the summer. I’m also doing stuff on my own: I’ve got a tour with Cyndi Lauper in about a month on the East Coast of America. At the moment I’m trying to build my empire, so anything’s possible.

 

Who excites you musically at the moment?

I really like Christine and The Queens. The music they make is really beautiful. It’s in French though, so it’s a bit difficult to understand, but you don’t really need to. I’ve also been getting back into Kate Bush: recently I came home, laid on the floor and listened to Hounds of Love in it’s entirety, and it was wonderful. You can really learn from the way people made records in the past. People had more freedom.

I like Stromae as well: I think he’s the best pop star at the moment. He’s really androgynous, and really out there.

 

Finally, what is your fault?

Where do we start! My weakness is probably…bread! Haha – I have no patience. I’m completely impatient.

 

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Coves Exclusive Video Premiere On FAULT Magazine Online

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Coves first appeared on FAULT’s radar in early 2014 as we fawned over their then newly released album, Soft Friday. 

Fast forward to 2016 and we’re very excited to premiere video for their track ‘You’re Evil’. Arguably the best song (and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens agrees with us) from the duo to date! The video directed by Jos Crowley, sees  front-woman Beck walking her way through Folkestone in southern England as the head banging and truly unapologetic track plays in the background.

 

Beck had this to say about the video production:

“Working on the You’re Evil video was great because I was able to work with friend and director Jos Crowley, who managed to capture the image of the song in a really clever way. I also got to freeze my ass off in Folkestone for the day and slip down some very wet steps, which got captured on camera… I’m still waiting for it to be turned into a gif.”

 

‘You’re Evil’ is set to release on 25th March ahead of their sophomore album ‘Peel’ which drops on 1st April. Here at FAULT we’re not only excited to hear the whole album but extremely proud to see how far this once FAULT Future has come. If you haven’t, be sure to check out our shoot and interview with the duo back in 2014 HERE.

But that’s enough from us, we are proud to present the music video below!

 

 

Kehlani Slays at TAPE London

 

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Launched in September 2015, Tape has quickly become London’s hottest club with the likes of Justin Bieber, Future, Jess Glynne and Trey Songz choosing it as the place to hang out. With the venue also including its very own purpose-built recording studio, it’s clear why it’s becoming a favourite with musicians. Exclusive clubs in London are often incredibly tiny with tables taking up 99% of the space. At Tape, there’s plenty of room for people to get up and have a good time.

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The crowd was the perfect blend of people having a great time, without any of the posterity familiar with the exclusive clubs in London. They turned out in their numbers (on a chilly night!) to see Kehlani, the 2016 Grammy nominated singer from Oakland, California. Kehlani has seen her stock rise with her nominated mixtape You Should Be Here, and is already making huge waves in North America with her sold out tour. Set to be featured on Zayn Malik’s debut album, there’s no doubt the future is very bright for Kehlani.

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She decided to treat the crowd to a live performance of some of her hits, including ‘Did I’. Kehlani wasn’t finished treating everyone though as she brought on WSTRN, the west London group, to perform her remix of their anthem ‘In2’. The crowd was electric for the songs, with an excellent sound system making it feel like an intimate private gig. The energy of Kehlani was clear, and went down well with the crowd. Kehlani even took the time to take photos with some of her fans, happy to meet those who came out to see her.

 

 

As proof of how hot Tape is right now, probably the hottest star in the world Justin Bieber returned to Tape to hang out before his BRITS performance the next night. With Justin Bieber tweeting ‘any club in London saying I’m coming tonight to perform. Not true’; the fact is that there was only one place he wanted to chill out before the BRITS in London. Sorry the rest of London, that was Tape.

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In under 6 months, Tape has become the hottest club in London. With an incredible spot right in the heart of Central London and a host of world class artists continuing to head down, there’s no wonder Tape has already become the most exciting place to visit in London. The only downside to Tape is that it makes every other club seem average. We’ll definitely be back, no doubt in the company of another great crowd, with the odd superstar in attendance.

 

Words: Kevin Lyster