Joe Alwyn - Boys by Girls interview (Spring 2017)
Walking home. They trudge home with aching soles and lifting souls, when the street lights are on, but it’s not quite dark yet. The boy’s thoughts escape to the past as his toes point forwards, step-by-step mumbles shuffling through empty harmonies. His stride quickens towards the place where the music is his own and the smell is his washing powder. Joe Alwyn is fresh out of drama school, living with his mum and treading on the heels of Hollywood.
The acting industry; an invitation to explore new worlds and understand different perspectives, to find a temporary home in an unfamiliar situation. Playing the eponymous 19-year-old in ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’, Joe was offered the hand of director Ang Lee, who roams through imagined landscapes, from the remote stretches of ‘Brokeback Mountain’ to the expansive reflections of ‘Life of Pi’. Taking his first steps on America; soil for his debut film, Joe marched in the boots of a US soldier who loses his story to the nation. In this homecoming photo shoot back in London, in the broad days of peace, we see Joe’s humble vision beneath the character. This is his own narrative.