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.

 

 

 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

 

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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We talk to the breakout star of indie film CHICKEN: Scott Chambers

Sir Ian McKellen has called his performance “an astonishing debut: intriguing, enchanting, moving”. So enthralled by director Joe Stephenson’s indie film was he, that Sir Ian got on board as a financial backer. Here, we get an insight into the film by its lead breakout star – and British Independent Film Award-nominated actor – Scott Chambers.

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Fault: Your character, Richard, has learning difficulties. TV shows and films that address such issues are often scrutinized – how did you prepare for the sensitivity of the role? Did you do much research?

Scott: For the role a lot of preparation went into it, especially with Joe the director. We would speak endlessly about exactly happened to him directly from birth all the way up until the present moments in the film. I felt very cautious about stepping into playing a character who is mentally challenged , so I avoided watching other actors performances because I wanted Richard to be my own. Prior to the shoot I was lucky enough  to have some rehearsal time where myself and Morgan Watkins (who plays Polly) developed the entire background for the characters. Morgan Watkins who plays Polly is truly incredible to act opposite. We worked very closely prior to the shoot together writing our character biographies, but from our own characters perspectives. Morgan’s would be a lot darker then Richard’s, possibly because Polly knows the truth and was exposed to things Richard wasn’t, which was interesting. There’s a few areas that are answered in the film, but some that leave the audience to decide for themselves. Ultimately, it was for me and Morgan to really clarify every question, so that we knew exactly what had what had happened since birth to the present circumstances.

Fault: Sir Ian McKellen is a big fan – and a backer – of the film. How are you finding all the attention and support from such an iconic actor?

Scott: The generosity of Ian McKellen is mindblowing… for him to support the film how he has done. For a film like ours, it really truly needs any help it can get and with the following Ian McKellen has, he really can bring people that may not usually see the film into the cinema.

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Fault: What was it like working with ‘Chicken’ director Joe Stephenson? How did the two of you come to meet?

Scott: Working with Joe was genuinely incredible – he is basically Richard too. He was always there for me and supported every decision or idea. I think it was slightly easier in a way for us working together because we already had a strong bond and we both trusted each other completely, which I think with this project, if the trust wasn’t there that it could have turned into something else.

Fault: They say never to work with animals, but of course your best friend in the film is exactly that. What was it like working with chickens?!

Scott: I was definitely cautious about the chicken at first, and thought it would be a bit of a problem but she really wasn’t. We had two on set, I named one ‘Shy’ and one ‘Confident’. When I would have a scene that involved running, I would want Shy as she stays still. If I had a scene with a monologue to the chicken, or a bit of dialogue, I’d get Confident because she would always give me something back.

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Fault: What’s next for Scott Chambers?

Scott: Next up I have ‘The Hippopotamus’ coming out, which is a film based on the Stephen Fry novel where I play Roger Alam’s gothic son (think Green Day x10). I am currently filming ‘Hush’ in Glasgow which also stars Celia Imrie and Florence Pugh. After that I am about to reunite on something with Joe Stephenson too.

Fault: Finally – what is your fault?

Scott: I am complete over-thinker! I always look into things and tend to get anxious about the stupidest of things. Currently working on calming myself down.

Chicken is in selected cinemas now. You can watch the trailer below, and find Scott on Twitter.

Photography Jack Alexander

‘SING STREET’ star Lucy Boynton shines in her exclusive Fault shoot

At only 22 years old, it seems like Lucy Boynton has been in everything—music videos, horror movies, BBC mini-series, World War II period pieces, you name it.

Her extensive filmography has culminated in her performance starring in Sing Street, which comes out today, as the mysterious Raphina. Her next endeavor will be Rebel in the Rye, a biopic of iconic author J.D. Salinger, in which Boynton will play Claire Douglas, Salinger’ second wife.

Lucy and I spoke about character development, Irish accents, performing across genres, and what it means to be an actor.

Dress: Claudie Pierlot

Dress: Claudie Pierlot

FAULT: How did you first get into acting?

Lucy: I very much had an interest in it from the age of 10, when we had this fantastic drama teacher who introduced the idea of acting as more of an investigation into how people work—how people function, and why they function that way. And how to emulate that rather than just, you know, playing pretend. Then at the age of 12, I was very lucky to be in the right place at the right time; a casting director watched over a drama at my school, and she chose me to audition to play a young Beatrix Potter in this film called Miss Potter. I got the role, and the casting director, Priscilla John, then introduced me to my U.K. agent, Olivia Homan, who I’m still with.

FAULT: In Sing Street, Raphina is such an interesting character. Can you explain the process that brought her to life?

Lucy: Sing Street was actually really unique because the director, John Carney, wrote the script based loosely on his own experiences and people he knew growing up. I approached it wanting to honor that, and wanting to honor Raphina exactly how he had written her. But John was very keen for all of us to contribute so much more to our characters. On the first day of rehearsal, he kind of said, “What do you want to do with her. Where do you want to take her?” It was slightly unnerving at first, but as soon as I worked with John, we kind of decided on her story and her background. We decided the way that I was going to play her and the way we wanted the audience to receive her.

Dress: Claudie Pierlot

Dress: Claudie Pierlot

FAULT: How was doing an Irish accent?

Lucy: It was extremely intimidating. I had never had to do an Irish accent for a project before. So in preparation for the audition, I watched lots of Irish films and interviews with Irish accents to try and get that rhythm that is so unique to the accent. I didn’t actually work with a dialect coach while we were filming, which was rather daunting. But for the reason that John didn’t want the accent to be identifiable to a certain region. The whole point of Raphina is you can’t pinpoint her. You don’t really know her story or where she’s from. So that was definitely a daunting part of the process, but I think it worked out well.

FAULT: What does Raphina need in life, and what is she willing to go through to get it?

Lucy: Because of the life Raphina has had, she has learned to exist in a very specific way, which is to keep everyone at a safe proximity. She hides behind this façade of confidence and presents herself in a way that she is happy to be viewed. So at the beginning of the film, I think she just wants to be wanted. She wants to be close to someone, but she is also very much afraid of that. Connor is the first person who really pushes through her barriers and stays with her. So I think her motivation changes throughout the film; you see her go from a very lonely and hurt person, to wanting to let him in. You see that throughout the film, how she challenges him and throws him pieces of information about herself in very plain language. So things like jumping in the water and revealing shocking pieces of information about herself do challenge him to see if he can handle that.

 

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Top & Shorts: Markus Lupfer

FAULT: You’ve also done a lot of horror movies. How is acting in a horror flick different from acting in a drama?

Lucy: I think in a horror film, you still want to maintain the naturalism that you do in a drama film, and you want to make the situations as true as possible. But you’re much more conscious of the audience’s response while you’re filming a horror film. Whereas with something like Sing Street, you’re just trying to make the character and the situation as pure and real as possible. With a horror film, you’re still trying to do that, but with a motive to inject fear into the audience.

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Pierre Cardin, Vintage 1969 @ William Vintage

FAULT: In Rebel in the Rye, you’ll be playing a real, living person. How does your approach to playing an actual human being compare to your approach to playing a fictional character?

Lucy: I guess you’re more liberated when you have a fictional character in your hands. You have a lot more territory to roam, and you have a lot more freedom with where you want to take her. Whereas when I play someone who was real, or is still alive, there’s definitely a greater pressure to honor the person and do justice to their experience, or whatever you’re doing with the character. When I played Angelica Bell in Life in Squares, I was extremely lucky in that she had written a book called Deceived with Kindness which documented everything we were covering in the episodes. So I very much stayed true to that and didn’t try to add my own experiences or personal interpretations. I just want to stay true to their experience as well as I can.

FAULT: Is there anything else we can look forward to seeing you in?

Lucy: I’ve got The Black Coat’s Daughter coming out late this summer, which is written and directed by Ozgood Perkins. That’s a very exciting horror film with Kiernan Shipka and Emma Roberts. And I’ve just finished filming, in Canada, another film with Ozgood Perkins called I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. And that’s a ghost story with Ruth Wilson. Also, earlier this year, I filmed a movie in Vienna and London called Let Me Go. That’s based on the book by Helga Schneider. It’s a true account of her mother abandoning her when she was a child to go work as a Nazi soldier in Russia. It’s a beautiful film directed by Polly Steele.

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Pierre Cardin, Vintage 1969 @ William Vintage

 

FAULT: What is your FAULT?

Lucy: I’m very British in the sense that I apologize for myself probably more than I should. You know, when I go to L.A. and I bump into someone in the street, I’m always saying, “Sorry, sorry, sorry.”

 

SING STREET is in cinemas from today.

You can find Lucy on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Words Cody Fitzpatrick

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Holly Ounstead

Make-Up Justine Jenkins using Green People

Hair Fabio Nogueira @ Frank Agency using Bumble & Bumble

Make-Up Assistant Kat Sunnucks

The A Game: FAULT talks to one of the UK’s most versatile actors, Lee Ingleby

Typecasting is always the mortal enemy for actors, but that is a problem which Lee Ingleby doesn’t suffer. Lee is the antithesis of typecasting, sashaying from roles such as torturous serial killer in Luther, to a loving father of a five year old boy in BBC1’s The A Word. Lee’s adaptability which underpins his convincing performances in roles worlds apart from one another, has led him in to the position of being one of Britain’s most sought after actors.

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The A Word has been tremendously well received for tackling a sensitive issue that is too often parodied in TV and film: Autism. Written by the author of BAFTA-winning Marvellous Peter Bowker, I wondered if it was purely the writing that attracted Lee to this difficult role, or if the allure was more widespread than that.

Lee: Well, it was the writing entirely really. I got sent the script and I remember the producer telling me it was by Peter Bowker and I knew his work, of course, and I thought that if anything, it would be a good read and it really was. I think I mainly liked it because at its core, it was just about relationships and how they struggle; it is matters of the heart. There are a lot of dramas at the minute – which while great in their own way – are about crime or dragons and I love all of that, but with this, it is one of those dramas that is just about people and how they struggle.

 

FAULT: Certainly, and in a way, it’s often the simpler concepts that resonate with the viewer.

Lee: Absolutely, and I like that fact the script is so honest. It wasn’t set out to say “oh, look at me, please like me”. This is one story, about one family and one kid with autism. It is about how they deal with it and about how they don’t deal with it. It isn’t pretty, you know, it’s not showing how every family is, but rather how these guys dealt with it.

 

FAULT: That’s true; it’s as much about their failings as their successes, and that less linear approach rings more true to life.

Lee: Exactly. They aren’t an idyllic family; they struggle to communicate and they’re a product of where they are from, their time and the family circle.

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Jumper – Universal Works / Jacket – Percival

FAULT: Is it difficult to prepare for roles as emotionally charged as this one?

Lee: Well, yes it is in a way as you really want to get it right. Because it is a subject that touches an awful lot of people and even though everybody’s experiences of this sort of thing will be different, you really want to make sure you get it right when dealing with this subject matter. You do have to do a lot of research but also, it was funny: we all started off doing a lot of research but then we realised that perhaps we’re doing too much. We’re playing a family who doesn’t know how to deal with the situation. So we decided to pull back slightly and let ourselves discover it through the script as the characters would because we shot it sequentially.

 

FAULT: Preparation for roles is a topic I wanted to touch on again. I am a huge Luther fan and your role as a serial killer in that is in one of the most intense episodes there was. Obviously, that role is worlds apart from The A Word and I notice you play roles with enormous disparity between them. Is it difficult to go from one to the other?

Lee: It’s an absolute joy to be honest. To be able to disguise yourself and do something completely different – and in the case of Luther, literally disguise yourself – it’s great. I think as an actor that’s exactly what you want: to be almost unrecognisable. You might have the same face and the same build, but one minute you are a serial killer who is trying to create a myth and folklore and the next playing a Dad who relies on his humour as a defence mechanism and by all accounts is just a normal, Northern Dad. It’s lovely to play bastards and it’s also lovely to play people with real heart and soul.

FAULT: Yes and it really is a testament to you as an actor that you don’t find yourselves in very similar roles continuously. I’m naive when it comes to acting; I’ve never really done it. One thing that I’ve wondered, particularly in regards to your part on Luther, is how you research the part to make it convincing. I mean, I don’t know many serial killers. So how do you ensure you are convincing in that sort of role?

Lee: The thing with all these films and TV shows that people remember is – although you have a great crew and director – it comes back to the same thing: it’s all in the script. Of course, you do your research as much as you can but it’s all there [in the script]. Neil Cross who wrote Luther is so good that he creates these worlds with believability and I think when playing serial killers, you have to find the human behind them. I didn’t want to be the archvillain with the eyebrow raised, because then people will just spot him a mile away. I don’t know many serial killers either, but these people like the Yorkshire Ripper… these are guys you walk past in the street; they’re seemingly normal! People are always saying things like “oh God, I had no idea!” when they lived next door to a serial killer.

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Shirt – Farah / Trousers – Levis / Shoes – Clae

FAULT: Speaking of Luther, you’re currently in a show slightly closer to that at the moment which is called The Five which has its finale this week. The first thing that struck me about it, being the photographer I am, is how incredible the cinematography is!

Lee: It’s great isn’t it? Being a good looking show is quite unique for a British drama I think. They wanted it to have an edge and a different feel to it; it just brings you in. You may notice that a lot of the shots have the camera right in people’s faces; that’s exactly what the director wanted. He wanted the viewer to see exactly what’s going on in the characters’ eyes. There are these sweeping shots in this small British town because he wanted to create this grand piece because each of these characters’ lives is a big deal and that’s what he wanted to push. I think it’s brilliant; Mark [Tonderai] is a great director.

 

FAULT: The Five is slightly closer to Luther in terms of the type of show it is. Do you particularly enjoy this sort of role or are you happy just taking different roles as they present themselves?

Lee: I like to just see what comes in, really. Of course, I see films and I think that there are parts that are an actor’s dream and I would love to have played it. The classic roles like Hamlet or Richard III represent a challenge to an actor as you have to tackle the dialogue and create these worlds on the stage. However, I think that’s true of any theatrical part to play; you have to inhabit it and bring it to life. I get excited when I’m given a new script and I get to discover what it’s all about.

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Shirt – Farah / Trousers – Levis / Shoes – Clae

FAULT: I imagine it must be exciting jumping from role to role. Is there a type of part which you prefer to play?

Lee: No, I don’t think there is really. All I do try and do is play something completely different to my last role and I do that as much as I can. Obviously you’re limited by what’s out there and what people want you to do. I just like taking on roles and seeing what I can do with them and who I can collaborate with.

FAULT: Yes, I can see how that approach can keep things fresh!

Lee: Absolutely, I suppose it’s that thing where I knew pretty early on I was never going to be James Bond. Those sort of roles that have a chiselled jawed jock… I was never going to be that guy. So I decided I wanted to play the parts that have real character – not to say that they don’t – but instead play parts that I can make my own in a way.

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Jumper – Scotch & Soda / Jacket – Universal Works / Jeans – Nudie Jeans / Shoes – Clae

FAULT: What is your fault?

Lee: I find decision a hard thing… does that count as a fault? 

FAULT: Absolutely, I suffer from it as well!

Lee: I can’t deal with it! I think the grass is always greener and that’s my Achilles heel.

 

You can follow Lee on Twitter.

 

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Felicity Gray

Grooming Shamirah Sairally

Words Robert Baggs

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.

 

Words:Robert Baggs

Photography: Ted Sun

Styling: Angel Terrazas 

Grooming: Christina Guerra @Celestine Agency for Baxter of California

Photo Assistant: Tia Hollingsworth

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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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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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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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.

 

Photography Jack Alexander

Styling Felicity Gray

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