When did you know [acting] was something that you needed to go do? When I was about 17, I think, because I had been acting since I did my first film when I was 11 years old, and did it for a while on a TV show, and then I stopped for a while. When you’re in high school, you have someone telling you, “You need to pick a career. You need to decide what you’re gonna do for the rest of your life,” and I was like, “Oh, well, I need to do that. That’s what I need to do,” but they wouldn’t let me just do that, so I had to apply to do computer science as well because they were like, “You’ll never get into drama school, and if you do, you’ll never get a job as an actor,” and I was like, “Alright. Okay,” but then I did get in, so…boom.
“I thought, ‘I’ve done Game of Thrones- it doesn’t get harder than that.’ There were days on that show when I was freezing cold and I couldn’t feel my feet. But the second day on the Klondike set I got frostbite on my face and thought…this is going to be a bit harder than Game of Thrones, isn’t it?”
doing jobs that are completely different to the last thing i did pushes me as an actor to change as much as i can. it would be easy for me to stay in a similar vein of characters or jobs, but i’m drawn to challenging myself.