Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 9:07 pm | 0 Comments |
The MegaCon Tampa Bay Facebook has been updated with photos from this past weekends convention. Photos of Matthew at the event can be viewed in our gallery! If you were at the event and would like to share your photos be sure to send us an email! (We won’t be posting fan photos without permission.)
Matthew’s next convention stop will be in Tokyo at their Comic Con in December.
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 6:44 pm | 0 Comments |
The Dallas Fan Days Facebook page has shared photos off Matthew Lewis at this weekend’s convention. You can view all the photos over in our gallery. If you were at the event and would like to share your photos be sure to send us an email! (We won’t be posting fan photos without permission.)
Following this convention, Matthew will be attending MegaCon Tampa Bay on Friday October 28th and Saturday the 29th. Tickets for Friday cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door (you can also purchase tickets for the full weekend.) Photos and autographs will be available for an additional fee ($50 for autographs and $65 for a photo op.)
Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm | 0 Comments |
The official site for Matthew’s new play, Unfaithful, has shared some behind the scenes photos by photographer Marc Brenner. Some additional photos were posted by Broadway World. The photos can be viewed in our gallery!
Matthew also spoke about the play with Broadway World. He discusses his character, the themes of the play and his decision to return to the theater world.
Had you been thinking about a return to the stage for a while?
I’m always open to offers from all across the spectrum. But I was talking to Matthew Macfadyen, when we worked on Ripper Street, and he said he tends to get a craving to do theatre every three years – it helps him focus and go back to basics, getting that rehearsal time. It really reminds you what it means to be an actor.
I thought that was really interesting, and realised it had been about three years since I did a play. I then went into a meeting for a TV comedy and was offered that, but the show was put back, so I suddenly had this gap in my diary. I read this play and thought it was absolutely superb – I fell in love with it immediately and read it cover to cover, just racing through it. It’s funny and real, and I could picture it being a cracking piece on stage.
Tell us about your character
The play’s about two couples. I’m Peter, one half of the younger couple, and he’s actually a male escort. The way he can cope with that while being in a relationship is to treat it as business – just a job that makes money. But the question is, how much can he just ignore what’s he doing, and what does it mean for his girlfriend. He plays characters when he’s being an escort, so does he reveal everything of himself or keep something back? Can you have sex or be intimate without giving yourself?
The psychology of it is really interesting. The play’s so layered – I keep picking up on new things in rehearsal. It’s been fun to get into Peter’s head and figure out what’s it like to be him. Dark, but fun!
How do you think people will respond to it?
It’s a very honest play that I think people will find quite uncomfortable, in the sense that it will challenge them – they’ll relate to some of these characters and the situations they’re in. The responses will be very interesting – definitely one to pick over and discuss afterwards.
Have you ever performed in an intimate space like Found111 before?
No! When I first saw it a month ago, I was immediately very intimated. I thought “There won’t be that many people, so nothing to worry about… Oh, wait. They’ll be right in front of me.” So it adds a whole new dynamic, but that suits the play so well. It’s very dirty and grimy and visceral, and people won’t feel safely removed, in a big theatre with a programme and a glass of wine, but a fly on the wall, right amongst the action, feeling those feelings.
It’s like when you glimpse a domestic argument unfolding on the Tube platform and you don’t want to, but you have to look. This intimate space will give it a real, raw energy. I’ve been told once it’s full of people it takes on a life of its own, so I imagine it’ll end up changing the performance each night as well.
How does this compare to your other theatre experiences?
I did a six-month tour about five years ago, and then Our Boys at the Duchess in 2012 – all three have been very different. Because of the humble nature of the venue and the rehearsal area, this one feels like a group of friends putting on a show in someone’s living room.
It’s been very enjoyable, working in that relaxed environment, and it’s useful because my theatre credits aren’t extensive. This is definitely pushing me, and I feel quite a lot of pressure, so to have these people around me, the brilliant cast and our director Adam Penford, the environment they’ve created is brilliant – it feels very safe and supportive, all for one and one for all. We watch everyone’s scenes and offer up ideas together, really unpicking the psychology of the show. None of us realised quite many interpretations there are going into it.
As an actor, that’s something you don’t get the opportunity to do enough in telly and film. So it resonates with what Matthew said – that theatre is acting in its purest form, poring over all the characters and their motivations and reasoning.
Do you relate to the themes of the play?
The language of relationships and sex, generationally, is very different – we’re more open about stuff than maybe the older generation. With Peter in particular a lot of his story is about the face we put on when we step out the front door, and the characters we play in different social situations – whether at work, in the pub or at the football.
It’s interesting to think about do we ever show our true selves to anyone, and do we even know who we are after playing characters for so long? As an actor, I definitely relate to that, but everyone does it, whether you work in a shop or an office.
And it happens now more than ever, with the faceless, anonymous internet meaning we create whole new personas online. That’s similar to what Peter does, as a way to cope with his job, saying “It’s not really me”, but can that really work long-term? How long can you keep up those barriers?
Would you like to do more theatre after this or return to TV and film?
Whatever comes up really. I’m very fortunate to be in the position where I can choose roles – I know, as an actor, that’s hugely lucky. So the way I approach it is, rather than think “What is this going to do to my career?”, I think about whether I’ll enjoy doing it over several months, if it’s going to challenge me, will I get bored, or will I get a real kick out of it. This play I knew would tick all the boxes.
Unfaithful runs from 31 August to 8 October at Found111, with previews starting 25 August.
Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 7:28 pm | 0 Comments |
Earlier today, Matthew Lewis was in attendance at the 75th Anniversary of the Air Cadets at the Royal Air Force. Matt has been a supporter of the RAFI for many years having been an air cadet himself. At the event he said:
“This year, being the Air Cadets 75th anniversary, it has been extra special for me having been an air cadet many years ago. Being asked to cut the celebratory cake in front of so many cadets and visitors has been a big deal for me and I have been thrilled to be asked to do it.”
The Royal Air Force Air Cadets were treated to a special birthday gift for their 75th anniversary today – an appearance from Harry Potter star and former air cadet Matthew Lewis.
Matthew, who played Neville Longbottom in the legendary film series, kicked off the celebrations by cutting the cake for the 1,000 young cadets working at this weekend’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).
“When I was asked to come to RIAT this year it was a no brainer – it’s an incredible event to come to and it’s great to be the face of the Cadets; to spread the word about how much fun it can be and how useful it is for young people,” said Matthew, who currently stars in the romantic drama film, Me Before You.
When he wasn’t busy filming movies, Matthew was an enthusiastic member of 2168 (Yeadon) Squadron in Leeds, throwing himself into the cadet lifestyle.
“I’ve been a professional actor since I was five and so apart from that and school, I didn’t have much else going on: I was quite introverted and shy. Joining the Air Cadets was a great opportunity for me to do something different and interact with other people. I really enjoyed it and definitely grew as a person.”
A lucky group of cadets enjoyed their slices of cake with Matthew, who happily chatted away and posed for numerous selfies with his fans.
“It was quite special meeting someone we grew up watching on TV,” said one cadet. “But even more special knowing he was a cadet aswell!” added another.
The event was held in the ‘Techno Zone’ at RIAT which aims to get young people – the next generation – enthusiastic about technology. With activities hosted by companies such as Lockheed Martin, youngsters can try their hand at flying a simulator or learn how to become the next Red Arrows engineer.
Earlier today, the Air Cadets 75th anniversary was launched at RIAT with a visit from HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who became Honourary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets in February.
The RAF Air Cadets is one of the UK’s largest youth organisations, providing more than 40,000 young people with training, adventure and opportunities to fly.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 3:22 pm | 0 Comments |
In a new feature by Interview Magazine, Matthew talks about his career post-Potter including Me Before You, Happy Valley and more! The interview also comes with a new photoshoot which can be seen in the gallery.
When discussing what types of roles he likes, he said:
“Some of the more interesting characters are the ones that aren’t heroic, that aren’t James Bond-esque,” Lewis explains over the phone. “I quite like the interesting ones, so I never really say, ‘I won’t do that, I won’t do this’ or ‘I want to do this or that.’ I like to keep an open mind… [I’m interested in] the idea of people wanting to discuss something that’s happened in their life or that’s impacted or changed them,” he continues. “On the flip side of that, sometimes it’s nice to do something that’s fun, a movie where people are going to come in, and switch off for an hour and a half. I feel like if you can do one of those two things, if you can tell a great story that affects people or you can make them have fun, then you’re doing all right.”
He also talks about his latest roles as Patrick in Me Before You and Sean in Happy Valley‘s second series.’
What was your reaction to your character, Patrick, when you read Me Before You? I know Jojo Moyes also wrote the screenplay, but was there more in the book than in the script? It was quite different. In the book, Patrick is a bit of a dick. He is obviously very focused on himself; he’s self-centered and won’t give a whole lot of time to Louisa’s needs, wants, and potential in life. We wanted to keep the inherent features of Patrick in the movie but we wanted to make it a little bit less black-and-white, a bit more ambiguous as to her ultimate decision. We wanted to see more of a reason why Louisa was with Patrick for the seven years. In the book, it’s so heavily focused Lou and Will’s story, which is brilliant, but it was nice in the film to round off Patrick a little more. They weren’t right for each other—he was not right for her and he was holding her back—but we wanted to show that there was a reason why they were together in the first place and that her decision to ultimately make that leap was a lot tougher than you think it is. It can be a scary thing to suddenly leave your life behind and say, “I’m going to go and realize my full potential.” It can be quite daunting and we wanted to convey that.
I’d like to talk a bit about Happy Valley because Sean is such a dark character. What was the most challenging part of taking on that role? There were a few. It was very unlike anything I’d done before. One of the early things that I had to get over was that I was such a huge fan of the first series and a huge fan of Sally Wainwright and Sarah Lancashire, and everyone involved in the production, really. I had to shake that fear and that pressure of coming into the second series of a show that’s so spectacular and BAFTA Award-winning; you’ve got a responsibility to uphold that quality. There were quite a few nerves involved with that for the few months of preparation for it. I just wanted to make sure that I did it justice.
Then it was just the idea of trying to get into Sean’s mind. Luckily, for me, Sally understands her characters very well; she has vivid images of where they’ve come from, where they’re going, why they do what they do, etcetera. I had to pick at her brain and find Sean’s motivation, which was daunting for sure, but it all helped in trying to create this character—this young man who is very, very lost. You don’t play him as the bad guy; you just play what’s on the page and you play his life, and his life was that he moved from town to town, no one had really ever given a shit about him, he’s got a very bad temper and often he regrets that. He drinks a lot and he can’t remember and it’s that frustration more than anything. The anger is a result of the frustration and once you realize that, the rest of it starts to fall into place.
Matt also discussed his hometown of Leeds and his family:
What was it like to grow up in Leeds? Were you involved in acting and performing pretty early on? I started when I was five. It was basically the vast majority of my childhood. I went to a drama group, which was also an agency in Leeds, and I did a lot of Northern television. The North is a pretty decent place for television in the U.K.; they make a lot of things up there. Happy Valley was shot around the area where I grew up. I was really fortunate from a young age to be able to work quite consistently on things up in the North. Harry Potter came around at [age] 11 and I spent a lot of time down south filming it in Watford, near London, but I always went home on weekends back to Leeds. That place is very close to my heart and I have a lot of friends there. I’m [also] big fan of the sports team, the Leeds Rhinos. I see it less often than I’d like but I do try and get back whenever I can.
Is anyone in your family in the film or television industry? My older brother, Anthony Lewis, is an actor and he started first when we was about eight years old and I was about two. My mother had to chaperone him on jobs and then, my being two-years-old, I got taken along as well. So I sort of grew up being around it and I just wanted to copy my brother and carry on. Now, 22 years later, both Anthony and I are actors and our oldest brother Christopher has since gone into the industry behind the camera as an editor.