Posted on August 4th, 2014 by admin

A starring role in the summer Blockbuster The Lone Ranger and a front-row seat at the London Collections: Men, the British actor has come a long way. He talks to Tilly Macalister Smith about the importance of challenging and the path to true style.

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Harry Treadaway is elated. He’s just returned to London after an eight-week stint filming in Nottingham in the north of England, and today marks the start of his summer holiday. Well, once this morning’s shoot for The Style Reportwearing five of AW13’s hottest eveningwear looks is out of the way, anyway – but then there’s no rest for one as highly in demand as Treadaway.

His first Hollywood blockbuster The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter has opened worldwide, and he’s just wrapped Truckers, a five part bittersweet BBC series written by William Ivory (who also penned Burton and Taylor and Made in Dagenham) that will air in October 2013. Treadaway stars alongside Stephen Tompkinson and Ashley Walters as ‘Glen, a simple but incredibly optimistic young lad’. Prior to that, he was in North Carolina filming a two-hander with Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie called Honeymoon, tracking the first days of married life for an American couple ‘which doesn’t exactly go to plan.’ He explains: ‘I accepted the role when I was in Santa Fe filming The Lone Ranger because it’s the complete opposite in terms of length, budget, production.’

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Keeping creatively challenged is something the 29-year-old takes seriously. In 2005, Treadaway spent two months strapped to his twin brother Luke to get into character for their role as conjoined twins for Film4’s Brothers of the Head, and he learned to play the drums for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Joy Division drummer Stephen Morris in Control (2007). Look out for his appearance on the drums again in Mystery White Boy, a Jeff Buckley biopic in the making with the support of the late musician’s mother

‘I think, like most kids, I grew up messing around in the garden inventing scenarios and playing make believe. I realised at about seven or eight that it could be a job and I thought, “That’s the best one!” It was either that or being a policeman or a fireman. At 16, I went to the National Youth Theatre and then went off to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. It was quite intense moving from a small Devon village [in south west England] to living in London. You’re still a kid at 18, aren’t you?

‘Filming The Lone Ranger was a blast. Playing cowboys and indians is a staple of childhood and to find yourself 20 years later with a bunch of adults doing it in the most epic way was just brilliant. We were in New Mexico for the first three months and then we moved around Arizona, Utah and Colorado and California. It was a beautiful experience to see those parts of the world and the breathtaking landscapes.

‘We had to learn to ride and we were trained by real Western cattle runners and Native Americans. We trained for about six weeks, doing three to four hours’ riding a day, and then two to three hours a day roping and learning gun skills. In the 1850s, it was about how fast you could draw and these were the things that could save your life. The cowboys spent their lives on horses and carried everything on their saddles, and it would have been futile trying to play a character like that without understanding it. Also for safety – the first scene we filmed was charging up to a 1,000-foot drop canyon on horseback and if anyone was less than proficient it could have ended in disaster.

‘I think if you’re not being challenged creatively and you’re not kept on your toes, there’s a danger you can become lazy and I would hate that. Mixing genre and scale of production always brings new challenges and opportunities, and that’s what makes me happy.

‘Doing theatre is such a great test of yourself, to put yourself in that position. It’s a rewarding medium to work in, because it’s just you, and you have to take responsibility for it completely. In a film, there’s a lot of different people putting ingredients into the mix so it’s never solely one person’s thing quite so much. The idea of focusing on just one or the other wouldn’t make me particularly satisfied.

‘The personal challenge of this profession is being away from home and the unpredictability of what might come next and where you’re going to be living. Devon is my heartland and where I grew up, but I’m making a home in London so I spend time between the country and Highgate [north London] when I’m in the UK. I want to keep developing and for my work to keep getting better. You need to make sure you are coming from the right place as you approach each thing and to make sure you are not doing it for any reason other than for the character and the story.’

 Quick Fire Questions Round

 

Are you a bad loser?

(Hesitates) No.

Cowboy or Indian?

probably both

Favourite hair product?

Literally salt from the sea, there’s nothing better.

What was your favourite childhood book?

The Hungry Caterpillar, it’s the best.

Do you worry about growing old?

No.

Room service or hotel bar?

Room service probably, depends who you’re with.

 
How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Ah, yes, well that is an issue, far too many.

Can you cook?

Yes, i am a vegetarian so I like to think i can cook like Yotam Ottolenghi, but realistically you would get a cross between that and a pizza express.

The last record you bought or downloaded?

Tribes’ last album’ Wish to scream’.

Who would you play in a film of your life?

My twin brother.

What superpower would you like to have?

To be able to take all the negativity away in the world and turn it into positivity and see what happens with that. A negativity extinguisher.

What is your greatest regret?

 I don’t have any.

Source: Matches Fashion

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