September 25th, 2014   Posted by admin

Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) is currently starring alongside Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) in the horror movie Honeymoon.

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In the film Treadaway plays Paul, and has recently married Rose Leslie’s character Bea. The pair retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin for their honeymoon. Bea goes missing one night and then reappears a changed woman. She is acting very strangely and falling apart mentally and physically. What happened out there in the woods? Paul attempts to get to the bottom of things, and won’t like what he finds out.

I was lucky enough to get some time to ask Harry about the making of the film as well as his other current project: the amazing bit of telly that is Penny Dreadful. Fair warning – there’s a series 1 spoiler in there.

Hiya Harry. I’m Alan from Live for Films. How are you doing today?

I’m good, mate. How are you?

Cool, cool. I’m alright, yeah. So, what drew you to Honeymoon?

Well… it was a really, uh… fresh, uh… raw, surprising, intimate little film. It felt very real, when I read it. They felt like people that you would know, you know? It had all the quirks and little details of a real relationship.

It was about having someone to know and love, and what you would do if that person starts to shift and no longer be the person they were. I think there are many ways that can come about in life: whether someone’s been in an accident, or having an affair and lying, or becoming delusional, or suffering amnesia… So it taps into that, and I didn’t know where it was going to go when I was reading it.

The combination of the script, Rose and Leigh, the director, made me believe it was going to be a really fun twenty-four days shooting it.

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How difficult was portraying a character constantly being pushed to the edge?

It’s that idea of care. For someone that you love. He’s grappling with… initially… trying to keep the honeymoon sweet and smooth and keep everyone happy. Then it comes to a point where he’s trying to deal with something completely out of his control.

So it’s really looking at the way we would behave when a loved one becomes… not the loved one that they once were.

And what was it like working with Rose?

An absolute joy. She’s an incredible, wonderful human being, and an amazing actor. We’d met before, but through other actors… through other people. We met up a few times before we went out to North Carolina and spoke about our characters. Then we had about ten days in North Carolina before we started and spoke at length, and in depth, about their history and background to flesh out that history.

Was it embarrassing doing your love scenes? It must be very strange…

I mean, it… the whole process of the film relied on total respect and trust between me, and Rose and Leigh, and that wouldn’t have been possible without jumping into it head first. I just felt lucky to be working with someone as  incredible as Rose.

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I don’t get a reason to ask anyone this very often, but as there’s an extraterrestrial element to the film – do you believe in aliens?

Ummm… I watched Melancholia last night, so was asking myself that very question last night. Ummm… I don’t know… It’s hard to say there’s nothing else out there, but it’s not impossible – I don’t know… I haven’t made my mind up on that yet! All I know is that where we are on planet Earth is an incredibly special, amazing place and [laughing] we should all cherish where we are right now.

Lovely. How was it working with the gore effects?

Yeah, yeah. We had an amazing guy called… Nielsen, someone Nielsen – he was an amazing effects guy. He came and created something that, on not a massive budget, really worked. Yeah, it’s… it was pretty gruesome, it was pretty graphic. Not the funnest moment of the day, to be honest, but, equally, it’s kind of fun because it’s more make believe, innit?

Do you think with smaller, more intimate, chancier films like this that you have to have more faith in your director than usual?

It’s definitely a good thing, and I think the faith more than paid off in this one. I think Leigh (Janiak) is brilliant. She had such a strong vision for the film and a great way of working with actors that I’m sure she’s going to go on and make loads of amazing films.

But, yeah, totally. On a small film, well, on any film, what you’ve got is the writing, the other actors and who’s shooting it. They’re the fundamentals, but even if they’re good it’s still hard – there are so many variables.

Are you a fan of the horror genre in general?

To be honest, I wouldn’t use the horror genre term for Honeymoon. I feel that it’s more of a psychological thriller, but I concede that there are total horror elements to it, and that does come into it. To be honest, it’s the story and character and the people. If they’re good, then you wanna do it regardless of genre.

Do you mind if we talk about Penny Dreadful a little? I loved the first series.

Thank you very much! Go for it.

Is there anything you can say about the second series? What stage is it at?

We’ve got the majority of the scripts for the second season now, and just started shooting last week. There were eight episodes in the first season, but are ten for the second season. It just goes deeper and darker and is constantly surprising… Beyond that, I’d better not divulge!

 Talking of surprises, your character was involved in probably the biggest of the first series. How did you react when you first found out about the death of your poor Mr. Proteus?

Oh, yeah! Yeahhh, I know! Well I didn’t see it coming! I just thought that it was a truly great twist, you know? And such a fascinating prospect to play Victor Frankenstein a year on from where you are used to seeing him. It was such a rich character that Shelley wrote, and getting to get him to where he needs to go is a joy.

That was a Game of Thrones level shocker! Do you think that post-Thrones people are starting to expect that kind of “event TV”, where huge moments that previously may have only happened in season finales are now expected weekly?

Yeah. I mean there’s a lot of ummm… It’s getting you to watch the next episode isn’t it? Knowing that people are reacting to it and questioning what’s going to happen next – that’s what you want really. The quality of series’ that are out there is so high, and the fact that you get to spend more time with the characters, rather than just an hour and a half in the cinema, means that when things happen to them it affects you more.

 You co-star with Timothy Dalton in the show. How exciting is it to work alongside a Bond?

Oh! You know… I love him! I think he’s a fantastic man, and it’s been a pleasure.

 Brilliant. My time with you is nearly up, but I have one final question: If you could be killed by any movie monster, which one would it be, and what would your last words be?

By any movie monster?! [thinking] I would say E.T. And my last words would be “Go home!”

[both laugh]

 Awesome! That’s a good one! Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to me. I hope Honeymoon does really well, and I can’t wait to see series 2 of Penny Dreadful.

 Thank you! You have yourself a lovely day!

 Bye-bye!

 Cheerio! Thanks! Bye!

 Harry Treadaway is a thoroughly lovely fellow and I would like to again thank him for his time, as well as the rad Ryan at Fetch PR for sorting this interview out for me.

Source: Liveforfilms


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