Douglas Booth

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What does the word Drama mean to you?

Drama makes me immediately think of a class at school, a place where I found I was able to express myself and an understanding of what I wanted to do with my life.

Who ( past, present, future ) inspires you ?

Who inspired me in the past, Winston Churchill. In the present, Leonardo DiCaprio. In the future, well, I guess I’ll know when I meet them!

If you had an Ideal role, what would it be?

My ideal role would be one that pushes me to a place I haven’t been before, something that challenges me. Before I start a new job I like to feel like I’m on the edge of a cliff, I have no choice but to jump. It’s sink or swim.

 

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How did you get into acting?

I knew I wanted to be an actor from about the age of 10 after being cast in a school play. I am dyslexic so I was always going to go into something creative rather than academic. I got involved in lots of youth theatre and was accepted into the National Youth Theatre and Junior Guildhall when I was 13. I was then lucky enough to be taken on by a great agent and I’ve been working since I left school at 16.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve recently finished filming Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. I’m doing press for Jupiter Ascending and I’m going to New York soon to screen test for a film with one of my all-time favourite directors.

What would you like to work on?

I’d love to make a movie like Two Days, One Night. Marion Cotillard was sensational. That’s movie making at its most simple and effective.

What is your favourite film?

I grew up loving The Lord of The Rings. I wanted to get lost in adventures with all these different characters in fantastical worlds. As I got older I started to love films like One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

 

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You have worked on some incredible films, which one did you enjoy most making?

Worried About the Boy, where I played Boy George, was definitely one of the most fulfilling projects I’ve worked on. To play someone still alive, interact with them and get to wear his original clothes from that era, that’s an experience that doesn’t come around very often. I had an amazing time on both Great Expectations and The Riot Club and made some great friends for life.

Who has been an incredible co – star to work with?

I’ve worked with Ray Winstone twice now, and I can honestly say he is one of the kindest, most generous and most wonderful people I know.

 

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What’s your favourite colour and why?

I love green and blue, the earth and the sky.

What’s your favourite animal and why?

I love all animals and animal welfare is a great concern to me, but my two whippets have my heart.

In The Riot Club you worked with a lot of other young actors such as Max Irons and the rest of the crew, was it actually like being at University again?

I never got the chance to go to uni as I was working from the age of 16 so it was nice to be part of a group of young people, we definitely had plenty of riotous rehearsals!

 

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Can you tell us something about your new movie Jupiter Ascending?

Jupiter Ascending is a big, eccentric space opera straight from the wonderful and creative minds of Lana and Andy Wachowski, two very important film makers I feel honoured to have worked with.

If there was a soundtrack to your life, what would it be?

The soundtrack to my life is the Jungle Book. Ha!

Do you have a favourite artist?

I have a lot of Gilbert & George and Grayson Perry prints. My sister Abigail Booth is also an up and coming super talent.

If you had a chance to be anywhere else in the world right now, where would it be?

I’m currently in California with my family celebrating my Mum’s birthday, about to take my best my friend Johnzo’s dog Walter for a walk around the Silverlake Reservoir, so there’s nowhere else I’d rather be right now!

 

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Photography Ram Shergill

Styling Magdalena Marciniak

Make-up John Christopher using Mac

Hair Angelo Vallillo using Sebastian Professional