Because the credit of Sam Mendes’s love letter to cinema Empire of Gentle rolled on the Telluride Movie Pageant, the viewers left the theater asking one another the identical query: “Who was that?” Starring reverse Olivia Colman as her character’s unlikely love curiosity Stephen, an aspiring architect, the 25-year-old Jamaica-born, East London–raised Micheal Ward is already a BAFTA winner and It boy throughout the pond (and acquired one other BAFTA nod for this function). However with Bond rumors swirling and Brad Pitt leaving phrase for the forthcoming Ferrari flick, it appears Ward’s megawattage has unfold from the Rockies to Hollywood very quickly.
LIKE MANY BRITS, an early brush with Shakespeare kicked off his appearing ambitions, aided by an encouraging drama trainer—in a made-for-Hollywood twist, she turned an agent, and ended up signing Ward. “With out her, this won’t have occurred.”
AS THE FIRST ARTIST in his household, he displays, “My mother’s mainly an unpaid actor. We’ve been by way of so much and he or she needed to placed on a entrance for us to really feel like we have been okay, even when she wasn’t.” The household caught a screening in London. “Apparently Mother simply began crying, seeing her son’s identify come up as one of many first credit.”
AND YET… “She walked out on the scenes the place I had intercourse with Olivia. I heard after the very first kiss, she was like, ‘No!’ and obtained up.”
AS FOR COLMAN? “She’s precisely who you see on TV in interviews. She’s so open, so humorous. She’d love to simply go for a drink and nobody would trouble her.”
HIS BIGGEST CHALLENGE, he says, is that “I’m afraid of animals”; it took months to get used to the concept of doing a single scene involving a pigeon.
WHILE ATTENDING his first Hollywood gala, Irish actor Kerry Condon, who discovered herself surrounded by supermodels, joked that Ward may need to swap seats together with her. It wasn’t that he needed to sit down subsequent to Hailey Bieber, he laughs, “I simply needed to be amongst the younger ones, to know how they’re residing in LA and stuff like that.” Ward was seated with a number of community executives. “To know that these folks even know who I’m, not to mention love my work in a movie that they love, is insane.”
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