Interview: Mason Guccione on Night School, Fonzo & 13 Reasons Why

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MASON GUCCIONE is currently having his breakout moment in acting – with his name in some of the most highly-anticipated shows and movies of the year.

Mason began the year as part of the all-star cast of box-office smash hit ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’. In the adventure-comedy remake, Mason portrayed the younger version of Nick Jonas‘ character.

Fast-forward a few months and Mason Guccione is now on the small screen in Netflix’s hugely-popular ’13 Reasons Why’ as Toby Fletcher.

Next, Mason is going to be starring alongside Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in comedy-film ‘Night School’, as well as having a role in biopic ‘Fonzo’ with Tom Hardy as the notorious gangster Al Capone.

We chat to Mason Guccione about his busy year so far, whilst talking about the process of acting and his upcoming roles.

What’s it like joining ‘13 Reasons Why’ in it’s second season? Were you fan before auditioning?

I was a fan! It’s been such a great experience being apart of such an important message. Everyone has so much passion behind bringing these important issues to light that is happening in our schools, so it makes me happy knowing I’m working with such passionate people.

How does your character fit into the story?

Toby’s is a quiet kid who is best friends with Cyrus. He is basically a follower to him. He looks up to him and sees him as a leader.

As an actor at 22, do you prefer playing teen or young adult roles?

As of now, the young adult roles. The reason being that is only because the young adult roles has been more meaty and different experiences, while the teen roles have been kind of the same experiences repeated.

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You went back to school again in ‘Night School’ – what was it like to work alongside Kevin Hart?

It’s amazing working alongside Kevin. The guy is so talented and humble. They man knows how to roast someone I’ll tell you that. Never try to roast him [laughs].

You’ve just landed a role alongside Tom Hardy in ‘Fonzo’, what can you tell us about your role?

Unfortunately I can’t say anything at the moment, but I assure you it’s an interesting one and his name is Tony.

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Has research on Al Capone formed some of your preparation for the part?

It definitely did. It gave me a sense of Capone and his personality, also it helped me understand what syphilis can do to someone!

What’s the best piece of advice another actor has given you?

The casting directors are your best friends. They want you to book. They are there for you to succeed.

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QUICK QUESTIONS WITH MASON GUCCIONE

Best place to visit in your home state Texas?

I think you should visit Austin, TX. It’s so amazing there and there’s a lot of cool locations to check out.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Some Post Malone, AJR, J. Cole, 21 Pilots – all sorts really!

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

I can’t tell you – you might take it!

A sport you wish you could play?

Soccer

Worst joke you’ve ever heard?

What did the buffalo say to his son when he left for college? Bison.

Do you have a philosophy?

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

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

Being able to tell as many stories as I can.

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It’s been just seven years since HANNAH BRITLAND first emerged onto screens with a very small role in ‘Home and Away’, while she is now most recognisable for ‘Skins’ and ‘Freshmeat’. Hannah has been appearing in a main role on Netflix’s ‘Lovesick’ for three seasons – with the most recent airing earlier this year to further acclaim from critics and wide-spread love from fans.

Her new role in the new ITV crime thriller ‘Innocent’ is a major departure from the tones of her previous work. ‘Innocent’ tells the story of man who has been recently released from prison after being convicted of murdering his wife – with Hannah’s character getting caught up in the middle of the drama. Told over four nights, ‘Innocent’ promises to be event television, giving Hannah Britland a huge primetime platform to show her talents.

I caught up with Hannah Britland to chat all-things ‘Lovesick’ and ‘Innocent’.

AC: The third season of ‘Lovesick’ aired earlier this year, what do you think is the secret to its success?

HANNAH BRITLAND: I think that ‘Lovesick’ has helped re-define the romantic comedy for the Netflix generation. There were so many amazing comedies in the 90’s and early 00’s (‘Four Weddings’ and A Funeral’, ‘Notting Hill’, ‘Never Been Kissed’) and then the romantic comedy fell out of favour for whatever reason and largely disappeared. ‘Lovesick’ makes the genre fresh again, it is obviously hilarious and at times heartbreaking, but it’s also very real which I feel is the difference. The characters are all flawed but ultimately likeable – they remind you of your own relationships and friends. Its secret is that you feel that you really know these people, you care for them.

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I can imagine it’s a funny set to work on?

The set is great to work on. One the reasons being that it’s largely the same crew, so every year we come back it’s like a family reunion. We all get to catch up over the three months spent in Glasgow – and Glasgow itself is such a fun city – the music and the whiskey is on a different level!

You’re new show ‘Innocent’ couldn’t be any more different! What can you tell us about the show and your role in it?

‘Innocent’ is a world away from ‘Lovesick’, it tells the story of man who has been recently released from prison after being convicted of murdering his wife. It’s led by Lee Ingleby who is a brilliant actor, but it’s a very large cast and ultimately has a great ensemble feel. We follow these characters as the police try to uncover who is innocent in the community and who is guilty, there are secrets and lies hidden around every corner. My character is a young woman caught up in the madness, who is battling with her own demons.

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Is there a particular reason as to why it is told in four parts?

I think it’s told in four parts because the story demands that level of detail. It’s an intelligent script and keeps you guessing the whole way. It’s an exciting ride with a shocking twist.

British TV really seems to be pulling great drama shows out the bag at the moment, if you could compare it to be a mix of two shows, which would they be?

I’m afraid I haven’t watched too much TV recently, but I could compare it to the American version of ‘The Killing’. It has the same sort of intensity.

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You’ve recently been on stage as well at Southwark with ‘The War Has Not Yet Started’, is theatre something you’re looking to do more of?

I went to Guildhall so I am classically trained, I worked on theatre for three years! I have been lucky enough since leaving to work on some of London’s most exciting stages – like the Hamstead and Regents Park Open Air theatre. I’m happy to go wherever the work takes me as long as it’s a great script and an interesting part.

Do you have a favourite genre of work at the moment or do you like dipping between multiple?

I think each genre teaches you something new about acting each time. I think comedy is probably the most challenging for me and ironically the genre I have worked the most in. Comedy is like learning to play a new musical instrument each time. there’s a rhythm and  skill to it unlike anything else. If you miss the beat you’re out. There’s no way around that. I tend to do more dramatic work in the theatre, but again I feel very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity and the training to do both.

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QUICK QUESTIONS WITH HANNAH BRITLAND


Last movie you watched?

‘A Quiet Place’

Best show to binge-watch?

‘LOVESICK’!

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

I don’t know about strange, but I absolutely hate oysters.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

Billy Joel, Pink Floyd and Beyonce.

A sport you wish you could play?

Basketball

Best present you’ve ever received?

I’m obsessed with my red leather Filofax my mum and dad  bought me. Genuinely.

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

Beach house

Do you have a philosophy?

Go hard or go home.

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

I’m developing two scripts at the moment so I am super excited about how far I can take them. I want to create my own work and work for other people whose talents I admire.

‘Innocent’ begins at 9pm on Monday 14 May on ITV

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Amanda Abbington Photoshoot 2018
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In recent years, AMANDA ABBINGTON has had some of the most intriguing roles in British drama. In 2013, Amanda took on a leading role in the hugely popular ‘Mr Selfridge’ – portraying the Head of Accessories at the renowned department store for four seasons. In between this, Amanda landed the role of the enigmatic Mary Watson in BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ – which has since achieved international recognition. Amanda’s character was at the center of the show’s many twists and turns – which was not only a ratings hit, but also a critical success.

Amanda Abbington is continuing her trend of vastly contrasting roles with Netflix’s ‘Safe’ – in which she plays the lead detective. Written by crime author Harlan Coben, the series focuses on a widowed father (Michael C. Hall) of two teenage daughters and pediatrician who is grieving the loss of his wife from cancer. After his oldest daughter goes missing, he ends up knowing all of the secrets of the people closest to him.

We had a chat with Amanda Abbington about her acting career so far – as well as spilling the beans on the exciting new leading role she has in ‘Safe’.

ALIECIA: What draws you to acting the most? 

AMANDA ABBINGTON: I love that I don’t know what I’ll be doing from one job to the next. I love reading new scripts, I love finding characters and working with other actors.

Do you think there are enough roles written for a female lead between the ages of 45 and over?

Of course there aren’t! No, not at all. I mean, it’s changing but we need more characters created for that age range. I’m not sure why there isn’t. Maybe because we deem women over a certain age not attractive or watchable. We think of youth as a commodity and while there is a place for that, there is almost certainly also a place for older women. Older women are beautiful, sexy and bankable.

Is there a common role that women 45 years of age and over play in television and film? If so, how could the industry break that stigma?

Detectives, mothers, wives of politicians, that sort of thing. As I say it’s changing but not nearly as fast enough. We need more writers to be brave and write good, well rounded characters.

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You have been an actress for over a decade. What changes in the industry have caught your eye?

To be honest, I haven’t noticed that much of a change. I really haven’t. We are more aware of and are moving towards equal pay and equal representation within the industry. That’s a brilliant thing. There is work to be done, of course but it’s a slow movement. We will get there.

Do you think younger actors and actresses have it easier breaking into the industry now as opposed to when you started your career?

I really don’t know. Maybe. I think it’s hard for women, generally. I think it’s always been hard. Maybe nowadays it’s more difficult because women have to look a certain way. Be a certain weight. I think it’s always been tricky for females.

What is the biggest misconception that people have when wanting to pursue an acting career?

The idea that it’s glamorous and easy. It’s not. Sometimes you get to do glamorous stuff but sometimes it’s rejection, waiting around, wishing you’d got a certain job. Having said that, I love this profession with all my heart and wouldn’t do anything else. You have to love this job. Otherwise it gets you. You have to learn to cultivate a thick skin.

Do you remember the feeling of landing your first role? What was it and how did you feel?

I was still at drama school and was doing a play with a friend. His agent came to see it and the next day he put me up for an episode of ‘The Bill’. I did the audition and got it. The agent then took me on. I felt so happy. I thought, ‘this is it! This is how it’s going to be’. It wasn’t. But it was a great start! Since having my children, I’ve become less self-absorbed. I’ve learnt to let things go more. I’ve learnt that not everything is for me and I’ve learnt that it’s okay to say no to things.

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You’ve starred in both comedies and dramas – which genre do you prefer?

Oh gosh, I love both. I love doing both. I don’t think either is mutually exclusive. I will endeavor to do both throughout my career.

In your new drama series ‘Safe’, you play a single mother named Sophie. Tell us more about your character and what drew you to her?

Sophie is a detective sergeant who is brilliant at her job. She has two children one of whom is very ill. Her ex-husband lives in a caravan in her front garden. We meet her as she is about to investigate several crimes that all feel linked.

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(Left) Amanda Abbington and (Right) Michael C. Hall in ‘Safe’ (Netflix / Ben Blackall)

What preparations do you do to get into a character? Did you take that same approach with Sophie?

I really only learn my lines and read and re-read the script. If the part requires some research, I’ll pre-plan and write all the necessary points in a notebook for reference. I’m not a method actor.

What can viewers look forward to in ‘Safe’?

‘Safe’ is a brilliant thriller that has you on the edge of your seat at the end of each episode. It’s pretty brilliant. I feel very lucky to be a part of it.

(Left) Amanda Abbington and (Right) Hannah Arterton in ‘Safe’ (Matt Squire / Netflix)

What has been the most memorable experience while filming the series?

The laughs we all had. Knowing we were in something we all cared about. I made beautiful friends that will remain so for life. It was one of the most fulfilling jobs I’ve ever done.

What are your plans for the rest of the year?

For the foreseeable future: a pilot sitcom, a one-day musical and a play.

Safe will be available on Netflix on 10th May

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Emmett Scanlan Photoshoot 2018It’s often difficult to capture a person’s character by reading their words in an interview – but with a person bursting with character like EMMETT SCANLAN, it’s not difficult at all.

After starring in British soap opera ‘Hollyoaks’ for three years, the Irish actor landed a main role in crime drama ‘The Fall’ alongside Gillian Anderson. One of the projects that he seemed to be most proud of was the supernatural drama series ‘In The Flesh’ (2014), which Emmett described to me as “hugely underrated” despite the show winning a BAFTA for Best Mini-Series.

Now, Emmett Scanlan is heading to a global audience with a leading role in Netflix’s ‘Safe’ alongside Michael C. Hall and Amanda Abbington – centering around a gated community, whose buried secrets are brought to light after a murder and a disappearance occur in a single night.

Emmett has also finished filming for the upcoming ITV drama series ‘Butterfly’, where he is playing the male lead opposite Anna Friel. The series is about the acrimonious relationship between separated parents and their division in opinion over how to support their gender variant younger child.

Stories are like music. Everyone has a few chords to play with and what makes yours stand out from the rest is how you put them all together.

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AC: You’ve been in so many hit shows, were there any that you were a fan of before getting a role in them?

Emmett Scanlan Photoshoot 2018EMMETT: I usually end up doing original shows. I know all shows at one point are original, what I mean is that I’m there from the beginning, whether they are hits or misses and there have been plenty of both. Weirdly that’s just the way it has unfolded these past few years, so I’ve never really had the opportunity of being a fan of a show and then joining one, like a ‘Peaky Blinders’ or something. So, when this is the case, as it often is – my fandom comes from a different place. For example, ‘The Fall’ – I am a massive Allen Cubit & Gillian Anderson fan.  Peoples previous work becomes the thing that gets me excited. With ‘Constantine’ it was David Goyer, Daniel Cerone and the fact it was DC comics. That was one of the misses unfortunately.

In the last five years the only show I’ve been part of that already had a season and a fan base behind it was ironically one that I was a massive fan of beforehand which was ‘In The Flesh’. Hugely underrated. The first season is only three episodes. I suggest whoever is reading this to stop, look it up and watch it. Dominic Mitchell created a piece of genius in my humble opinion and the BBC was its home. When they asked me to come in and read for season two I couldn’t wait. Despite season one winning a couple of BAFTAS, and season two being greatly received , we didn’t get to do a third season. I think we’d all have loved the opportunity to finish that story. But these are the breaks and if it wasn’t for the BBC we wouldn’t have had the chance to air it in the first place. So, you have to respect that, deal with it and move on.

Netflix’s ‘Safe’ sounds like we’ve heard it before: a gated community, ridden with secrets, a murder. What sets this show apart from other dramas?

Stories are like music. Everyone has a few chords to play with and what makes yours stand out from the rest is how you put them all together. That’s where imagination comes in, and that, thankfully, is limitless. 

So where as “the missing girl” or “murder mystery” cases might have been done before, our chords are Harlan Coben, Danny Brocklehurst, Netflix, Michael C Hall, Amanda Abbington & Red Productions and I think that’s the making of some beautiful music. 

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How did the role come about?

I was sent the scenes to tape for. It was my first time auditioning for Priscilla John, so I wanted to make a good impression cause she’s great. Since I didn’t have the episodes I had no idea about the show or the size of what it was I was going up for. Which can sometimes work in your favour. At least it did for me because once I’d put myself on tape, Priscilla wanted me to come down to London to meet Executive of RED [Productions] Michaela Eccleston, and Director Daniel Nettheim.  

Now I love being in the room with people like these, it gets me fired up. Cause I know the chances are, we’re going to talk, discuss and play and I fucking love to play. If I get to play in a room, I know I’m in with a great chance of smashing it. If I don’t get to that effects my energy and I flat line. It’s terrible. A few weeks later my agent rang to tell me I booked. 

At the read through I met Harlan Coben – our esteemed Creator [of ‘Safe’] – for the first time. He came over to me and said they’d been having great difficulty casting the role but when he saw my tape that was “it.” Now I’m not sure what that “it” was but I thanked him for his low standards nonetheless.

Can I just say by the way, that Harlan was constantly on email after he watched the daily rushes, letting me and the other actors know when we were doing a good job. That might not seem like much, but I’ve never known anyone to do that on any gig. He gave us confidence. Which is so important for people to have. I wish the world confidence. He’s a brilliant talent and an even better man.

Do you find auditioning challenging?

It can be yeah. I used to hate it and in a way I still do. Last year I read Shonda Rhimes book “A Year Of YES”, after that I started saying yes to every audition that came in, regardless of whether I wanted to do it or not. In fact, more so if I didn’t. I needed to start to make auditioning my friend. Even if it was for shows I didn’t like, or parts I knew I wouldn’t get, I said yes. I put myself in the ring and it became my training. That’s been a game changer for me. 

I’ll tell you what used to be challenging for me – it was the silence after an audition. Actors do tons of auditions, and hardly ever get feedback. I think feedback, constructive feedback can cultivate your soul, and can only make you better. But unfortunately, that’s not my experience in the industry and since I wasn’t liking my experience I needed to change my thinking to make it work for me. I now use the silence as my feedback. It’s not failure, it’s feedback. Silence means “next time be better, next time fight harder”. And I do – every time. 

Many of the projects that you’ve worked on could be considered as quite dark in their subject matter, does it affect you?

Can do. If you carry it with you – acting is a feeling. Feelings affect the physiology of your body. If you have to marinate in dark subject matter then it affects your body, it affects your mind. It’s so important to have outlets to let off steam – gym, martial arts, yoga – so you don’t bring any of that shit back home with you – which happens. Luckily, I’m married to an actress who understands that, and won’t tolerate it either.

I love stories. I love divisive stories, stories that challenge, that take a risk, that spark debate. I think “darkness” is very important to explore, to shine a light on. We grow through what we go through, and you can only do that when you push yourself out of your comfort zone and you can only do that when you take on things that scare you.

Across your career, is there a role that has challenged you the most so far?

I went method on ‘Charlie Casanova’. The first movie I was offered a lead in. Working on that with Terry (director) was the most challenging, exhilarating acting experience. A project to this day I am most proud of. 

‘Butterfly’ as well. But for very different reasons. I broke my leg half way through the shoot and was told to “rest up” by the doctors. Of course, I wasn’t going to do that, drown or swim, those were my options. I had four weeks left to film. So, I made the choice not to take painkillers because I needed to know my limits, when my leg was hurting and when it wasn’t. But even that pain pulled in comparison to the raking guilt I felt in letting production down, RED, ITV, the cast and crew. Yet everyone and I mean everyone on ‘Butterfly’ from the runners up to the execs were so understanding & helpful. And I love them for it. Even though the schedule didn’t change and not one scene was dropped, I fought with myself every second of the way. It was a terribly lonely place to be in – mentally – but I deserved it. I’d go back to my apartment – alone – at the end of every day with my leg elevated and be filled with frustration & anger at myself. Those last four weeks where really tough, even though I pretended at the time they weren’t. Leg has healed now – stronger than ever – so silver lining and shit!

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I remember when ITV first announced ‘Butterfly’ late last year, it’s a great cast! What can you tell us about the project?

Very kind of you. ‘Butterfly’ is a drama, a family drama penned beautifully by Tony Marchant. It is a story that centers around a young boy who feels, who knows with all his fibre, all of his being, all of his energy that he is a she. That she was born in the wrong body. I play the father of that family. A father who is finding it difficult to come to terms with his “son” dressing up as a girl. He does something that’s almost unforgivable, packs his bags and leaves. He leaves his wife and visits his children every other weekend. He hopes and prays that whatever his son is doing is only a phase, something he will grow out of. Anna [Friel] plays the mother. Millie Gibson and Callum Booth play the kids. Those are three sublime actors right there. Watching them work was a joy. 

Having been working alongside some of TV’s best-known actors from Alison Steadman to Amanda Abbington to Gillian Anderson, what kind of characteristics in a co-star help you as an actor on-set?

[Laughs ]I’m a lucky bastard to get to dance with these powerful women. Not a moment goes by where I don’t appreciate it.

But since we’re here to talk about ‘Safe’ let me talk about Amanda Abbington specifically and the characteristics that make her a great co-star. As a person first, she’s generous in her time and spirit to everyone. As an actor she shares the scenes selflessly with every partner she dances with, instead of trying to compete with them. She wants the best for the scene, the show, first and foremost. She has fun. Always. Open and available to play. And as you know I love to play. She is drowning in gorgeous qualities. A remarkable human. A stunning actress.

QUICK QUESTIONS WITH EMMETT SCANLAN


Biggest pet peeve?

I’m too mellow and chilled to let stupid things annoy me. I’m kidding – limp handshakes, the sound of someone eating a banana, when you tell someone you are a vegan and they ask if you still eat fish, when people describe wine using phrases like “full-bodied”, “complex notes”, “a bouquet of spices”. So, as I said, mellow.

Last movie you watched?

‘The Shape of Water’

Best show to binge-watch?

Has to be ‘Friends’. But the last show I binge watched was ‘Britannia’. 

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

Ok, so it’s not strange to me. It’s been passed down on my mother’s side for a few generations; it’s egg and Rice Krispies. Basically, boil an egg for five minutes so the yoke is still dippy, take it out of its shell and put it in a cup half full of Rice Krispies and mash it up with a spoon. Drop some pepper on it and enjoy. It’s fucking sensational. My daughter makes it for her sisters. I got more Scanlon recipes, but we don’t have time.

What’s on your music playlist at the moment?

I’m a vinyl player. At the moment I’m listening to Bob Marley. 

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

Do they? Shit. Why? Remember in ‘The Matrix’ where he could just download stuff into his brain and know it? I want an app that can do that. I’m learning French at the moment and I’m stunningly slow at it. It’s almost impressive. 

Advice to your younger self?

Meditate every morning. Be still. Be full. Be patient. Be kind. 

Do you have a hidden talent?

Not one. Honestly. What you see is what you get… I can’t believe I don’t even have one to talk about.

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

I have a watch. Specially made. Everything about it looks like a watch, except it doesn’t have any hands. What it does have is the word “now” written across the face. I have an end game; I know where I’m going to be in the future without question. But the only thing I feel excited about is “now”. 

A sport you wish you could play? 

On hindsight I wish I could play football. That’s how I broke my fucking leg. 

Safe will be available on Netflix on 10th May

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Hayley Law Photoshoot 2018
Jacket – Barry Yu / T-Shirt – Off-White / Coat – Sandro
For an actor, starring in one of the hottest and highly-anticipated television shows is a dream. To have main roles in two of the most talked about shows at the moment is a major win. HAYLEY LAW is taking over your binge-watching screens on ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Altered Carbon’, both of which are quickly developing cult followings and momentously gaining popularity.
This is Hayley’s moment – as she quickly emerges as a teen idol, gaining hundreds of thousands of followers on social media from her work. We had a quick chat with Hayley about her current TV projects, her upcoming film ‘The New Romantic’ and her plans to imminently release new music.

AC: You’re starring in two of the hottest shows right now, Riverdale and Altered Carbon – how does it feel to be at the center of everyone’s binge-watching right now?

HAYLEY LAW: It’s crazy to hear that. It really doesn’t feel that way to me. But, I’m really happy people love the shows, are committed to the characters, and the story they have to tell. I love it.
It has been said that the working hours on the Riverdale set are long, how does a typical day on-set start and end for you?
I mean, I would be very surprised to hear about a film set that doesn’t have long hours. We have long days, but I usually prepare myself for a 14ish hour day of work. It’s crazy, but I love the job so its worth it.
Who is the funniest person on set?
Me!
How long can you see the show continuing for in the future?
Who knows. I guess for as long as the Archie Comics are still going they could really continue the show forever.
Is working on Riverdale faster-paced than when you’re working on Altered Carbon?
That’s tough. They’re both very fast paced. However, Riverdale has so so many characters, and so many scenes that need to be done in a day, that we have to finish things quicker than anticipated sometimes.
Hayley Law Photoshoot 2018
Skirt – Malaika NY / T-Shirt – Barry Yu / Sweater – Barry Yu / Boots – Topshop / Ring – Sterling King NY / Bracelet – Edgar Mosa
Are you a big sci-fi fan?
I love sci-fi so much. So being able to be a part of Altered Carbon is still insane for me to grasp.
what are some of your favorite sci-fi movies?
I love the Matrix, Avatar, and I don’t know if you can categorize this as sci-fi – its more fantasy – but Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies. Ever.
There must have been loads of futuristic props in Altered Carbon, were there any that particularly amazed you?
I think the whole set amazed me more than specific props. Head in the Clouds was amazing. They made that place in the stages and it was wild.
Do you have any mementos that you’ve kept from your acting roles?
Sometimes I try and keep things that they won’t notice. Like a blush or something that they won’t use [laughs]. But if they would let me, I would LOVE to keep something more sentimental. Like the cat suit in the finale of Altered. That would be sweet.
What was the most surprising thing for you about working on Altered Carbon?
I was so grateful that the production was so committed to having everyone embody the character as much as they could. To keep it as authentic as possible. Everyone who had a fight scene, trained. Things like that.
Hayley Law Photoshoot 2018
Shorts – The Kooples / Shoes – Dr Martens / Ring – Sterling King NY
‘The New Romantic’ has such a great cast, how did you get involved in the project and what can you tell us about it?
I’m so excited for this film. I was sent the script and read for the role of Nikki. I had no idea who else was doing the film but I tried not to get too attached to it before I heard what the director thought of my read. I liked the script a lot and after I met Carly [Stone] (the director) on Skype, I prayed and prayed that she would let me do this. And it worked out.
If you weren’t acting, what career do you think you’d be pursuing?
Music. Well I’m also doing music now so I guess I can’t pick that one [laughs]. It would take me a long time to find something else. I love this so much. Maybe a pastry chef.
What are your ambitions as a singer? Can we expect any new material soon?
Yes. New music very soon! I’m being a crazy perfectionist with it. I really want it to be amazing before I put it out, but I’m hoping to have it out next month.
Is there one show you’d love to guest star on?
Insecure.
Hayley Law Photoshoot 2018

 

QUICK QUESTIONS WITH HAYLEY LAW

Last movie you watched?
Best show to binge-watch?
What’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?
Kraft singles on Eggo waffles. I didn’t enjoy it. My mom did, yuck.
What’s on your music playlist at the moment?
Kamaiyah, Ravyn Lanae, A$AP Ferg.
Everyone has a cool app idea, what’s yours?
I can’t tell you. I can’t have someone steal it!
Hayley Law Photoshoot 2018
Advice to your younger self?
Stop crying. He ain’t SHIT!
Biggest pet peeve?
Bad manners.
Do you have a hidden talent?
Gah…I don’t think so.
Is there one thing in particular that you’re really excited about for the future?
Creating a platform for myself, and using it for important issues and for kids who need a voice.
A sport you wish you could play?
An unreal boxer.

You can catch Hayley in ‘Riverdale’ & ‘Altered Carbon’ – which are both streaming globally on Netflix

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INTERVIEW: ADAM CROOKES
STYLING: OLIVIA PERDOCH
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