You and Taehyung are on a museum date because you’re
both art geeks but for some reason, the Mona Lisa doesn’t seem to take his
I’m an art freak and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t
imagining myself on a museum date with Taehyung ever since those Van Gogh
photos came out.
“Look! It’s the ‘Portrait of Patience Escalier 1888’! Oh
the colour is so much more vibrant than the pictures!”
duller due to old age, actually.”
It’s his ‘Portrait as an Artist 1888’!And the ‘Peasant Woman Portrait of Gordina de Gredoot 1885’! And the ‘Portrait of Adeline Ravoux 1890’!”
Jagi. You’ve been here a thousand times, do the paintings really still amaze you that much?” Taehyung asked, watching you
fret over the various Van Gogh paintings positioned on the pristine walls of
Poldark's Eleanor Tomlinson on Aidan Turner and why they can’t stop laughing during sex scenes
Hailed as ‘the new Keira Knightley’ after her role in the 2008 Brit tween comedy Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, she got her first lead in the $200 million box-office flop Jack the Giant Slayer in 2013 – and experienced first-hand how brutal Hollywood can be when you’re tainted, however unfairly, with a failure.
Still, a little adversity turned out to be good for her. ‘Now when people say, “Oh, you’re going to be such a big star!” I simply don’t listen,’ she said recently. And three years on, with a string of small-screen successes to her name – the BBC’s Death Comes to Pemberley, a TV version of Philippa Gregory’s The White Queen, and of course Poldark(which she is flying to LA to promote the week after we meet) – she is clear about what she wants on either small or big screen, here or in America, and that’s ‘memorable female protagonists’.
She may have got exactly that in two new films about to be released: Ian Bonhote’s thriller Alleycats, in which she plays a tattooed bike courier; and as the painter’s muse Adeline Ravoux in Dorota Kobiela’s much-anticipated Van Gogh biopic Loving Vincent.
But, as she says, ‘Demelza has set the bar quite high. That makes me glad I went for that challenge at the time, though, because initially they were looking for me to play the part of Elizabeth. I felt I’d done that very poised role before so I worked hard to transform my look and went in there wearing my brother’s clothes, not having brushed my hair for a couple of days… and it worked,’ she smiles.
Eleanor couldn’t have known then that playing such a fiery character – and dyeing her blonde hair red – would have the effect on her that it did. ‘It’s just so rare to come across a character as strong as Demelza: a woman who refuses to conform to society or etiquette and has that very modern streak to her, and I feel like some of her has rubbed off on me.
I also feel so much more confident being a redhead. I’ve been blonde and brunette but this finally feels like the real me, and although I’m obviously keeping it for the show, I can’t really imagine going back to blonde now.’
Whatever her hair colour, there’s a steel beneath that soft surface that reminds me of Jennifer Lawrence, a long-time idol of Eleanor’s. ‘Jennifer has really opened up a whole category of films for women. There are now superhero movies fronted by women and I think directors generally are moving away from that stereotypical woman’s role that is just about being flirted with by a man before falling into his arms.
I’m not interested in being the damsel in distress; I want someone who has her own storyline and her own mission – not a woman who, to use a comedy term, is just there to provide the feed line to someone else’s joke.’