Firstly, congratulations on your newest project – Sky One’s ‘The Last Ship’. Can you tell us more about the show and what drew you to the role ?
Thank you so much… “The Last Ship” is about a global viral pandemic that has wiped out over 80% of the world’s population, a U.S. DESTROYER, led by Captain Chandler played by Eric Dane must try to find a cure, stop the virus, and save humanity. I play an immune Declan, an ex British Navy Sonar operator, who has come aboard a rogue nuclear submarine to stop the U.S. from creating a vaccine. We believe we are the chosen ones, and this is gods way of naturally culling the human race. It’s based on the William Beinkley novel which I loved. I’m fascinated with all things Sci-Fi.
‘The Last Ship’ also features other incredibly exciting established talent such as Grey Anatomy’s Eric Dane (McSteamy) and British actress Rhona Mitra. What was it like working with them ?
Well, I can’t give away any spoilers to the plot of the second season, so all I will say is that all the cast I got to work with were brilliant 🙂
What about your early musical success – do you think it played a part in molding your present day career ?
It gave me a lot of confidence. It taught me to cope with unpredictable schedules and believe it or not- creating characters 🙂
How does the auditioning process differ in the UK than in the US ?
UK is a kinder process. casting directors in the UK truly respect actors and our journey and will work with you (direct you) to guide you in the right direction that the director of producer might be looking for. In LA, some (not all) CD’s seem very rushed and you may only have one shot to impress them. Which is not representative of how it works on the set.
They’ve all been highlights. It might sound corny but it really is a privilege to be cast and work in the field you have chosen.
You also run an organization ‘BRITS IN LA’ which helps Brits in their move to the States. What is the Brit scene like out in Los Angeles ? Is it difficult to adjust or is there an active sense of community ?
It took me a while, which is why Brits In LA works so well. It grew organically and it’s truly a community that takes care of one another. It’s such a big and frightening place that it’s nice to be able to go to our Facebook group and ask questions that will help our transition smoother. We also host a breakfast club every Tuesday at a place called Cecconis in West Hollywood, where Brit visitors or expats can have a little taste of home. You can have a full English, a proper cuppa and overhear people complaining about how hot it is- we are British after all it’s in our DNA to moan 🙂