Interview: Ciara Charteris on ‘Mary Shelley’ & ‘Poldark’

Ciara CharterisCIARA CHARTERIS has been starring in one of this years most-talked about British dramas – ‘POLDARK’

Ciara will take on the key role of Harriet Shelley, first wife to Percy Shelley (played by Douglas Booth) in Haifaa Mansour’s ‘MARY SHELLEY’ – alongside Bel Powley, Elle Fanning and Tom Sturridge. The story is based on the love affair between a poet and a young Mary Shelley which led to her writing Frankenstein.

We talk to Ciara Charteris about her career beginnings, her role in ‘Poldark’ and what to expect from her new film ‘Mary Shelley’.

You trained at the Royal Welsh College, how much of an insight did that give you into the craft of acting?

It definitely helped me to understand the stamina you need to maintain the craft. Vocally, physically and mentally to keep yourself at optimum level for work at all times, whether you’re working, auditioning or resting.

When did you first realise that acting was your passion?

I’ve grown up in an industry filled family. I’m actually the 4th generation in my family to go into this business! It’s hard and it can unpredictable, so I’ve definitely seen first-hand all the reasons why not to, and in many ways I’m sure it would have been easier to have gone into something different. However my own love and passion for performing from a young age shone through; from training in dancing as a child, to singing, acting and making up my own shows (to the horror/delight of my fellow school friends and family!) Then I spent two summers with the National Youth Music Theatre and there was no going back.

Ciara Charteris

In just a few years you’ve starred in some of the most talked about dramas on British TV, how does it feel to have been a part of such great ensembles?

I just feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from so many amazing actors and talents.

Since College, would you say that a lot of your learning has continued with being on these sets?

Oh absolutely, you learn so much on the job, in fact I don’t think you ever stop! Every job, every set, every crew, and every cast is different, another amazing experience, another journey! It’s actually one of my favourite things about this world of work, you never stop learning and meeting new people. It’s a joy!

Everyone is talking about ‘Poldark’ right now – there must have been so much excitement filming this season with the success that the first had.

Yes it’s an incredible show to have been a part of! Once again I feel incredibly lucky! And the fact that it is so beloved by so many people just makes the chance to work on it even more exciting.

Ciara Charteris

Talk to us about your role – where do you fit into that story?

Emma is one of the love interests for Sam Carne, Demelza’s brother. She’s a very freewheeling feisty young woman, she goes for what she wants and at first she can seem like she’s around to stir up trouble, but she’s actually got a big heart and a lot of love for Sam.

‘Mary Shelley’ is both directed and written by women – in comparison to your other projects, do you think that there are enough women in these key slots? Is it improving?

I think we are definitely still part of a male driven industry, especially on the sets themselves. But that said, the work that is being done, and the power of the incredible movements currently at work throughout the industry by women is an amazing thing to watch, and be a part of. It was an amazing experience to work with Haifaa al Mansour, the powerhouse female director of Mary Shelley, alongside the incredible female leads, Elle Fanning and Bel Powley. It was a wonderful and empowering set to be on and an inspiring female story I feel incredibly grateful to be even a small part in telling. I hope to be a part of and see similar projects and sets like these in the future!

Tell us about your role in the film, I can imagine there being some research involved for your part – how much did you do?

I play Harriet Shelley, Percy Shelley’s first wife. Her story in itself is rather tragic, but I don’t want to spoilt anything! I did quite a lot of research mostly to be prepared for the role but also because I found the story just so interesting! Crazily enough when I was auditioning for the role and doing research I found out that Harriet actually went to school around the corner from where I live now! Spooky!

Ciara Charteris

‘Mary Shelley’ has a great cast – who did you particularly enjoy working with on-set?

It was an amazing experience to get to work alongside many of the incredible cast members! But to share the screen and have my scenes with Elle was pretty awesome, she’s a wonderful person and actress.

Of all the people you’ve starred alongside over these past few years – who have you learnt the most from?

I learnt so much from Alfred Molina on my first job, Close To The Enemy. I had never been on a set before and I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing! Most of my scenes were with him as I played his niece, and he was so lovely and really helped me get to grips with everything and learn the tricks! He was an incredible actor and person to learn from and work alongside.

Is there one thing that you’re the most excited about for the future?

Part of this job is finding the excitement in not knowing what’s to come in the future! So who knows! But it’s definitely exciting!

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Interview: Carlos Miranda – From Uber Driver to Hollywood Actor

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CARLOS MIRANDA was born and raised in San Francisco and is of Nicaraguan descent. In 2017, while driving for Uber to make ends meet, he was able to complete a short film he wrote, produced, and directed called ‘End Trip’. In the midst of finishing post-production on his short film, he landed a co-starring role opposite screen legends William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd in the upcoming indie feature, Senior Moment.

Carlos can currently be seen in ‘Vida’ – a Starz drama series about two Mexican-American siblings from East Los Angeles.

We talk to Carlos about his journey to Hollywood and the role he plays in ‘Vida’.

Tell us about how you ended up in Hollywood? Was it always the dream?

Yeah since I was eleven years old, it’s been the dream.

When did you first realise that you wanted to be an actor?

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’. I remember seeing the trailer for it and in the trailer, there’s a clip of Leonardo DiCaprio falling to his knees in the middle of a desert and scream “Juliet!”. That specific moment I remember gave me a whole bunch of intense feelings in my gut, like a crazy knot or butterflies when going up a roller coaster, in a cool way though. I wanted to make people feel the way I felt when I saw that.

Is it true that you made your first short film whilst being a driver for Uber? What was it about?

Yes, I did. Well, considering my resources – meaning I had none – I ended up writing something that took place in my actual car at the time. So it’s about a rideshare service driver and a particular ride that goes awry.

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How did your role in ‘Vida’ come about? How does your character fit into the story?

I was on location in Chicago working, when I received a self-tape audition for “Johnny” in ‘Vida’. He is a good hearted guy from the neighborhood that our story takes place, East Side LA, and he has a history with one of the Hernandez sisters, Lyn, which causes a little bit a of drama. I taped myself in my room – according to Tanya she actually almost passed on me because the lighting in my tape was bad! Fortunately, the casting director, convinced her to take another look. I sent in my tape on a Sunday. I stayed in Chicago another week. The following Monday – back in LA – I got called in for an actual in-person audition, and that was the beginning of an insane week ahead!

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You’re about to star alongside William Shatner and Christopher Lloyd in ‘Senior Moment’. What was it like working alongside two iconic actors?

That was one the coolest experiences I’ve had. William Shatner was real cool. He wrapped shooting a couple days before me and the next day I worked, after he left, I showed up to basecamp but couldn’t find my trailer. I thought I got moved to a honey wagon but to my surprise, Bill left me his own trailer to use.

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QUICK QUESTIONS WITH CARLOS MIRANDA

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

I don’t know. I’m kinda picky so I won’t eat stuff I think is weird!

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Mostly rap. Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ is on current rotation right now.

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

You have to sign an NDA before I reveal any potential app ideas I have!

A sport you wish you could play?

Basketball

Can you think of a funny story from your time as a Uber Driver?

I picked up Kehlani one time. I got a request and saw that the person I was going to pick up’s name was ‘Tsunami’. My first thought was “would that be Kehlani?” and sure enough it was. She wasn’t as huge as she’s become now, at that time, she was just nominated for her first Grammy, but I knew who she was. I’m from the Bay so I was already rocking with her shit. I was a little starstruck though. But she was dope as fuck.

Do you have a philosophy?

A broken clock is always right twice a day. Just kidding, I don’t know.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

I just really excited to be going back to work on such a remarkable show. ‘Vida’ season two – soon come!

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Interview: Mark Gatiss – The Prolific Character Reinventor

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MARK GATISS has revived and reinvented some of the most beloved fictional characters of screen and literature.

Growing up opposite a Edwardian psychiatric hospital, it’s easy to see how Mark’s imagination as a fictional writer could have found inspiration – whilst being a ‘Doctor Who’ fan, watching Hammer Horror films and reading Sherlock Holmes novels.

Mark is gearing up to do four weeks of rehearsals for what will be a new ‘The League Of Gentlemen’ Tour.

The BAFTA-winning black comedy originally ran from 1999 – 2002 on BBC Two, and returned to television last Christmas with three specials to celebrate 20 years since the act began. The tour will see Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Jeremy Dyson and Mark bring their dark and unhinged fictional village of Royston Vasey to theatres and arenas across the country – in what will be their first live tour in over a decade.

AC: How did this upcoming tour for ‘The League Of Gentlemen’ manifest itself?

MARK GATISS: We met up about two and half years ago and had dinner with a view to doing something again and we agreed at the time to do some accompanying dates. I think we imagined we’d do them closer to the specials but things change.  But it’s going to be one big dollop of fun!

You’ve spoken in the past of not enjoying weeks of rehearsal – how many weeks have you spent rehearsing this?

We start this week for essentially four weeks. It’s not a greatest hits show – there’s some new stuff but a lot of old favourites too so we need to get reacquainted with some of our old material. We’ve always directed our live shows ourselves.  I don’t think it will be too arduous putting it all together.

Has the dynamic between you as a group changed over these years?

Not a bit – it’s lovely and extraordinary really and as with all great friendships you just pick up where you left off.  We have such a shorthand way of talking to each other just based on years of experience together and everything just naturally falls back into place.  It’s really like no time at all has passed – except it has!

In his writing, Mark has tackled the reinventions of some of the most beloved fictional characters of screen and literature. In 2005, Gatiss began penning scripts alongside Russell T. Davies for the primetime revival of ‘Doctor Who’ – a role which he’d continue in for well over a decade, writing for four iterations of the Time Lord.

As Steven Moffat began his tenure as showrunner of ‘Doctor Who’ in 2010, the two writers also started developing a modern realisation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. The series would become both a critical and commercial success, catapulting its two leads (Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) to major Hollywood roles, whilst Gatiss and Moffat enjoyed many award seasons of recognition for their work.

Most recently, his latest reinvention of a fictional character – developed again alongside Moffat – is the iconic blood-thirsty villain from Transylvania – Count Dracula. Similar to the format of ‘Sherlock’ – the upcoming series will consist of three 90-minute episodes – although unlike the detective drama, it won’t be set in modern times.

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How far are you into writing ‘Dracula’?

We are quite a long way in and I’m very excited about it. Steven and I went away for an intensive week on the first two episodes and we are going away again soon to work on episode three and then we’ll be shooting next year. 

Have you thought about whether there’s a role for you as an actor in that story?

I have thought about nothing else [laughs] – but I don’t know if there is yet. We’ll have to see.

You’ve worked with Steven Moffat on range of projects now, what makes him a great writing collaborator? 

He’s one of the greatest, I think. He has an amazing mind and imagination. He’s also really fun and great to be around. If he’s stuck he rings me up, if I’m stuck I ring him up. He always brings something new to the table and he has ways of seeing around corners I think.  

You can see from Mark’s filmography – particularly in recent years – that he manages to split his time acting and writing fairly evenly. Whilst being a multi-hyphenate in various projects – Mark has also had recurring acting roles in other major shows like ‘Game Of Thrones’ and ‘Wolf Hall’.

At this point, do you see yourself as a Actor and a Writer, or a Writer and an Actor?

I’m both. Equally!

Later in the year, Gatiss will be seen in a supporting role in Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’ (Ewan McGregor), as well as in ‘The Favourite’ (Olivia Colman, Emma Stone) – a film which is already generating plenty of award-season buzz.

Do you have a particular writing process?

I don’t have a process – but of course I tend to do my best stuff when I’m in the ‘zone’.  If things are working out I can sit at the computer from dawn till dusk and get more done in one good day than I could over three weeks of doing an hour here or an hour there.  But you never know, I was on a plane the other day and maybe it was being in a cut off environment in the dark but I got loads done because I had a good idea which I was able to follow through as the flight passed. I didn’t even watch a film!

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What has been the most taxing script you’ve written to date?

Easily – ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’ for series two of ‘Sherlock’.  I called it ‘the bitch’ not ‘the hound’.  Two problems – it’s the most famous one therefore you feel an obligation to do certain bits of the book which you probably wouldn’t feel obligated to do with a less familiar Sherlock Holmes story.  Secondly, Sherlock is not in half of the book and Conan Doyle did that because he knew that if Sherlock Holmes turned up he would say “Ok, who’s got the biggest dog?” and solve the case in five minutes.  You can’t do that because you need to keep the suspense going however we decided we weren’t going to do that trick – you can’t have Sherlock without Sherlock and that became a big problem.  It was essentially how to delay Sherlock from solving the case – that was a very tricky script to write.

With his usual quick wit and charm, Gatiss took part in a Q&A session at the renowned Oxford Union last year. Whilst being met with many questions by a packed hall of Whovians and Sherlockians – Mark also took some time to talk about his feelings on the state of the world. I was keen to see if he could pinpoint the stem of this anxiety.

You’ve spoken over the past year or so about being genuinely terrified by the state of the world. Can you pinpoint the stem of that?

For me it’s people not learning the lessons of history – and here we are again in the same shithole.

Is there one particular thing in the near future that you’re excited about?

Survival!

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Interview: Christian Brassington on his villainous ‘Poldark’ role

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CHRISTIAN BRASSINGTON is at the center of British television-buzz with his new role in BBC’s hugely popular 18th-century set drama ‘Poldark’. Christian portrays the villainous Reverend Osborne Whitworth – in which he looks unrecognisable.

Christian Brassington recently had a quick chat with us, touching on all-things ‘Poldark’ – with the exception of spoilers.

AC: ‘Poldark’ has become a major hit with British audiences, why do you think it is so successful?

CHRISTIAN BRASSINGTON: I think it’s about people, isn’t it? An audience needs to be able to relate to the characters they’re watching; to have a connection to them. Debbie Horsfield has done a magnificent job of making characters from an era three centuries distant from us feel relevant and recognisable by writing fully rounded people for us to play. I’m sure it helped that the original series from the 1970s was so well loved. At the heart of it, Winston Graham wrote novels on that theme immemorial: dark vs light. The clever bit was to nuance that with interesting, flawed characters. There are some wonderful performances: from Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing, Ellise Chappell, Luke Norris to name only a few. It’s a sprawling, marvellous cast. Also, it’s bloody pretty.

Where do you fit into the world of ‘Poldark’; can you tell us a little more about your character?

I play a hugely entitled, minor aristocratic Reverend called Osborne “Ossie” Whitworth. He is not some pious minister who has devoted his life to god. More a man of enormous appetite for self-gratification who uses the cover, and status, of the clergy to get what he desires. George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) threads Ossie into one of his Machiavellian tapestries with dire consequences for the female inhabitants of Cornwall. He initially appears ridiculous in his pomposity and self-regard, especially considering his grotesque appearance. But any humour dissipates when the full horror of him as a husband is revealed. He repeatedly rapes his poor wife Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) and seems to have no regard for anyone else’s feelings beside his own. He’s a monstrous character. I’m very grateful that I get to play him but he’s about as far away from decency and kindness as you can imagine. I think he’s probably a sociopath.

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How much time did you have to spend in the costume and makeup department?

Quite a long time for a male actor really. About 45 minutes. I had to have my hair curled and tonged every morning and then greased if it was too clean – I would beg Pippa Woods, our hair and make-up designer, to let me wash my hair of an evening! I also had type of liquid rouge added to ruddy my complexion. This series I asked to have dark circles applied under my eyes too. There’s no space for vanity as an actor when you’re playing Ossie! Though that’s quite refreshing; to let go of any personal hang-ups about how you look and just play the character truthfully. Ossie still thinks he looks irresistibly gorgeous, of course.

The girls have it worse with all their hair, wigs and make-up. Plus, I didn’t realise for a long time that the female actors have to get laced into their corsets by a member of the costume department every single morning. Can’t be much fun trying to eat your lunch (or sit down) when you’re constrained like that. Although I did have to put my costume on in a certain order; my outfits were intentionally made slightly too small so they’d be tight and ‘accentuate my curves’(!) If I did my breeches up there was no way I could bend down to put my shoes on. I’m eternally grateful to the costume department for helping me out of my buckled shoes and into comfier Ugg-type slippers between scenes, but it was quite an unedifying spectacle!

Christian Brassington BBC Poldark

What locations did the show take you to?

The majority of my scenes are filmed at a studio in Bristol. It’s amazing what the set builders and the lighting designers can achieve. This will sound trite but it’s entirely true: one day I was sat on the sofa in the ‘parlour’ of the Whitworth Vicarage as a scene was being set-up and thought to myself “what a beautiful day” as I looked at the sunlight streaming in through a window…we were inside a cavernous studio, it was pre-dawn, raining outside and the light was entirely artificial! They’re artists.

We got to spend a day filming in Cheddar Gorge this year which was great. I really enjoy filming inside the old country houses. I did get to go down to Cornwall this year also. We filmed a scene on a natural jetty with seals bobbing around in the Atlantic. It would’ve been incredibly picturesque…had the wind and rain not been coming in sideways. I don’t know how I managed to stay upright on the slippery stone slope with my heeled shoes on. The crew were soaked through. But still we had a gathered audience enduring the elements to watch us film. Poldark fans are the best, we’re very lucky.

Are you big on travelling?

Massive. I love, love, love travelling; seeing new places and revisiting older ones. I think you’d really need to live in cities like New York, Barcelona or Budapest to properly get under the skin of them. I’d like to live abroad one day.

I’m itching to see more of Africa. My wife and I fell in love with The Gambia. South Africa is so beautiful. And I think the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania is the most incredible place I’ve ever had the good fortune to visit. Then you think about the diversity between the cultural richness of the Masai, say, and a country like Morocco. It’s staggering. Sierra Leone, Togo, Benin and especially Ethiopia are next on the (ever-growing) list.

You’re starring in ‘You, Me & Him’ and ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ what can you tell us about the projects?

I’m really excited about Fisherman’s Friends. It’s an independent British movie with a wonderful cast and great story. I’m not quite sure how I’ve managed to bag a part in it. We’re filming right now down in Cornwall and London. Film sets are such great places to be. I love cinema and still get excited when I see all the crew, cameras, trailers and equipment.

You, Me & Him is a very funny, surprisingly moving, film – the debut feature from writer/director Daisy Aitkens. I don’t really star in it though. I’ve been in a couple of Daisy’s short films and she decided it would be funny to have Georgia (the film’s producer) and me pop up as a dysfunctional couple in a hypnobirthing class. I personally think I should’ve played the male lead John but he’s a wiry hipster and I was two and a half stone overweight filming Poldark so they got some guy called David Tennant to play that part. He’s apparently some up and coming young actor with a great career ahead of him! [laughs]

It wasn’t that long ago that you portrayed a young Boris Johnson in ‘When Boris Met Dave’, if you could portray another public figure – who would it be?

Yes, I played a young Tony Blair too so based on the difference between those two hopefully I could portray a range of characters. But I think my North European colouring is just too different to Caravaggio’s to ever play him. Which is a shame because it sounds like he had an incredible, turbulent, life.

I’m grimly fascinated by Kurt Cobain. This incredibly talented, beautiful, young man tortured so terminally by his demons. And I’m in awe of the dedication it takes to become a professional sportsman so I’d be up for the challenge of trying to get into that head space. I think flawed characters are more interesting to play.

QUICK QUESTIONS WITH CHRISTIAN BRASSINGTON

Last movie you watched?

I finally caught up with ‘The Death of Stalin’. It was glorious (and worryingly pertinent!)

Best show to binge-watch?

‘The West Wing’ was my ultimate ‘just one more episode’ show. At the moment I’m loving ‘The Good Place’ and ‘Bloodline’.

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

We had a meal in Laos which came with an ant sauce. Literally whole ants in a sauce. That was an odd thing to shovel toward your mouth!

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Barbarossa’s new album ‘Lier’, Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer and I can’t stop listening to the track ‘You and I’ by Toro y Moi. I keep going back to The Rolling Stones’ Havana Moon too. It’s the recording of their groundbreaking gig in Havana. What a show that would’ve been to see live. And Mick Jagger speaking Spanish to the audience is exactly how you would expect, and hope, it to be!

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

I’d mused for years on the idea of an app that collated lots of different news sources: football coverage from The Guardian; cricket from The Telegraph; op-eds from The New York Times, for example. But then those clever lads at Apple brought out the News app so now I’ve got nada. I don’t even own Apple stock! [laughs]

A sport you wish you could play?

I played a bit of rugby when I was younger but I was always too small to play openside flanker. Imagine playing wing-forward in an international test? But my ultimate would be to play anywhere for Manchester United. Or any position in the NFL. I’d like to be a professional sportsman, basically!

Best present you’ve ever received?

My wife took me on a surprise trip to New York for my 30th birthday. She only broke the news at the airport – I genuinely believed we were going to Benidorm!

Worst joke you’ve ever heard?

Brexit? That or utilising Paul Pogba as a defensive midfielder!

Last book you read?

‘Mothers by Chris Power’. It’s an astounding debut. And I’m making my way through Frank McCullough’s biography of Truman. What a life, what a writer.

Would you rather be at a mountain hideaway or a beach house?

Beach house please.

Do you have a philosophy?

Not really. “Be kind” seems a succinct, helpful, mantra though.

One thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?

I don’t know if I’m excited about this, unfortunately. But I really hope that we rediscover the importance of expertise and knowledge over opinions shouted for personal gain. And that we as a species realise we’re but one tiny part of an ecosystem with no more right to be here than any other creature.

Poldark to air on Sunday 10th June at 9pm on BBC1.

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Interview: Ellise Chappell on returning to ‘Poldark’

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ELLISE CHAPPELL joined the hit-historical drama ‘Poldark’ last year.  Set in the late-18th century, the plot follows the titular character return to Cornwall after the American War of Independence.

As the highly-anticipated new season approaches, we talk to Ellise Chappell about her time on the show and what we can expect in the coming weeks.

AC: Who did you particularly enjoy working with on the cast of ‘Poldark’?

ELLISE CHAPPELL: Christian Brassington who plays Ossie – he’s so fantastic, and nothing like his character!

What can you tell us about your own character in ‘Poldark’?

Morwenna is very gentle, kind-hearted, caring and sentimental – she
wouldn’t hurt a fly. She’s also been brought up to have a real sense of
duty, and it’s this dutifulness that allows her to be taken advantage of
in certain instances. She does however, have a lot of hidden strength,
resilience and resourcefulness, and has so much integrity. For me, she’s
a heroine; she’s incredibly brave, loyal and selfless; when it comes to
defending the people she loves, she’s prepared to step up and show
her courage.

Do you have any funny stories from the set of ‘Poldark’?

I wear a full wig as Morwenna, which means that my actual hair is
flattened, plaited, pinned, bald-capped and hair-sprayed. A lot of
hairspray. It’s such amazing work by the hair and make-up team, but
at the end of the day, when the wig comes off…it’s a sight to behold.
The cast would sing the Darth Vader theme tune!

Ellise Chappell Photoshoot 2018

So I’m guessing you worked with the costume designer quite closely on what your character would have worn?

Absolutely, it’s such an important part of the process. If your costume
accurately reflects the part you’re playing, it’s a really useful tool to
help you get into character. Morwenna wears soft colours and earthy
tones, usually with a delicate floral pattern. For me, this reflects her
gentle temperament, and her love of nature.

‘Poldark’ is so popular here in England, what do you think it is about the show that audiences find so appealing?

There are so many great characters, relationships and storylines – it’s
got something for everyone – there’s passion, romance, conflict,
action, adventure and so much more!

Ellise Chappell Photoshoot 2018

If you weren’t acting, what path do you think you’d be taking?

I like to think I’d be doing something else creative, like illustration. I do
love history too though, so maybe Art History.

Ellise Chappell Photoshoot 2018

QUICK QUESTIONS WITH ELLISE CHAPPELL

Last movie you watched?

I just finished re-watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They’re so so brilliant.

Best show to binge-watch?

I recently heavily binged ‘The Good Place’ on Netflix with Kristen Bell – it
was so great! Each episode is only twenty-minutes long which makes it perfect binge material.

What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?

I went to Florence last year and had marmalade with the charcuterie –
I thought it was so delicious which is surprising because I usually hate
fruit with meat.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Little Dragon and Bonobo are always on my playlist. I am loving the ‘Call Me By Your Name’ soundtrack at the moment too.

Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?

Okay how about an app that you use when you have a few hours to
kill and don’t know how to fill it? It could suggest potential classes in
the area, good cafés, restaurants, places to visit – basically things to
see or do. It probably already exists, but if not, you saw it here first!

Advice to your younger self?

Don’t worry so much! Also, you can miss a day of school when you’re
ill, it’s okay.

Is there one thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the
future?

CHRISTMAS! I’m always excited about Christmas. I’m one of those people who will happily buy an advent calendar in October.

A sport you wish you could play?

Tennis. I can kinda play, but there is absolutely no technique involved.

Worst joke you’ve ever heard?

I’m not sure if this is the worst joke, but it’s the only one I can ever
remember (and I always enjoy it): What did the fish say when it swam into a wall? Dam.

What was the last book you read?

‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara. So beautiful. I was so invested in the
characters I cried when it ended.

Would you rather be at a mountain hideaway or a beach house?

Impossible question. Mountain hideaway maybe.

What is the furthest you’ve been from home?

Geographically, the States, although when I was eight I went on a school
trip to Normandy, France – it was awesome but I was only little and a
bit homesick so it felt really far away from home.

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