November 17, 2016

What was your first theatre experience?

I remember seeing The Seagull with Ian McKellen – it was a standing performance, and I didn’t even notice I was on my feet for three hours. But I was quite late to acting, about 16 or 17 – I’m definitely not one of these stage school kids. It was rebellion. I wanted to do something different to everyone else – I hated school and I didn’t want to go to university. I had a great drama teacher who went to LAMDA, where I ended up going – he made out it was this really tough boot camp: 6,000 apply, 30 get in, and they beat the shit out of you. I liked the idea of that challenge.

And the people really drew me to theatre. I worked backstage as a tea boy at Her Majesty’s Theatre and had a great time. It’s a myth about Hollywood and the theatre industry that it’s full of divas and drama queens – 99% are really nice. I wasn’t around nice people in my day-to-day life at the time, so that definitely appealed.

Is it true you’d also applied to the army?

Yes, at 17 – and I’m very glad that didn’t work out! That was the mood I was in. Typically rebellious teenager.

How long did you study?

I did a year at LAMDA. I’d probably had enough of education by the time I arrived there. I think drama school is one of those things that’s what you make of it – I’m still not convinced you can teach someone to make an actor, but it’s a great environment for you to figure yourself out. I spent my weekends with friends trying to film scenes for a show reel, which I then told agents was professional work. One humoured me enough to take me on. Then I got the lead in War Horse, which was pretty unreal.

And you were playing a tree before that?

Yes, in Dunsinane for the RSC – I was in the chorus. But I really thought that was as good as it got; I was always taught that that’s the height of what an actor can wish for, and I still think that really. To be with acting greats, who are respected all over the world, and working in that incredible environment is pretty special. I’ve been really pining to get back to theatre. Then I heard about Ed Harris doing Buried Child, and knowing Sam Shepard wrote a lot for Ed, I thought it would be a once in a lifetime experience just to see the production, let alone be in it.

Was it an easy transition coming back to the stage?

I kept doing play readings while I was making films. And the first day of rehearsals I thought “Oh yeah, this is why I got into acting.” That collaborative process, you just don’t have time for a rehearsal period in films. In cinemas, you’re probably seeing the first or second time an actor’s done that scene, and they only met the actress in the make-up trailer that morning.

What do you enjoy about Shepard’s writing?

It’s so good – the deeper you go, the more you discover. Like all great playwrights, you never stop finding new things in their work. Ed and Amy [Madigan] have done the show on Broadway, but in the rehearsal room you wouldn’t know it – every single time they did it differently. It’ll be the same with performances: each one will be magical and unique, and that’s very exciting for audiences.

Did you do much preparation?

I did, but no matter how prepared you are, you have to be able to throw it all out the window and completely alter your performance nine, ten times a day. It doesn’t work unless you can be fluid with whatever the director and other actors throw at you. There wasn’t a shred of ego from anyone on this.

Read the full interview at BroadwayWorld.

September 23, 2016

Daily Mail has reported that Jeremy will be joining Ed Harris and Amy Madigan in the upcoming West End revival of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios from November 14.

Director Scott Elliott and producers at Ambassador Theatre Group signed Irvine to play Vince, the grandson of Harris and Madigan’s characters.

‘He’s from this dysfunctional family of alcoholics. Vince is supposed to be the normal one,’ Irvine said of the role, which is regarded as one of the best parts written for a young actor because of a searing monologue he gets to deliver in the second act.

September 22, 2016

It’s finally here! Check out the first official trailer for Fallen.

August 25, 2016

Check out the first official trailer for This Beautiful Fantastic!

July 09, 2016

Jeremy recently posted a blog article about the organization, tve, that he’s supporting, and he posted on his Instagram account about tvebiomovies 2016, a short-film competition they’re doing. All the details are in the caption of his post, or you can go straight to tve.org.

tvebiomovies 2016 The theme for tvebiomovies 2016 is the planetary boundaries, about living within the earth’s limits. The competition is about you, sharing your ideas of the actions we must take, the ways we must live and how we must value the planet we share. You’ll have a chance to tell the vital story of our planet today.and to win one of our fabulous prizes –including a trip to the COP in Marrakech, Morocco, to work in the UNFCCC newsroom or $US1500 for the short film and Minecraft competitions. Telling this story is more urgent than ever. Every day, the world uses more natural resources than our planet can replace. Wildlife is fast growing extinct and our most important natural systems are breaking down. How do we turn around this degradation of our planet? We can champion ways of living more sustainably – and we can tell people about it. tvebiomovies 2016 is now open and the deadline for entries is 23:00 GMT on 19 August. There are four challenges in tvebiomovies 2016: The Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change asks for three-minute video diaries of actions you are taking to address climate change or to raise public awareness. The short film competition seeks proposals for a one-minute film in five categories: biodiversity, forests, family farmers, recycling, and oceans and seas. Use your Minecraft skills to enter our Connect4Climate Sustainable Worldscompetition to design an environmental habitat. Post a short 30-second video to Instagram about how you save water with our #stopthatdrop competition. You can go to www.tve.org to find out more.

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July 08, 2016

Hey guys! Make sure you read Jeremy’s blog post on Huffington Post UK entitled Only When Everyone Gets Behind Sustainability Will We See Change Really Happen, and retweet/share with your friends. Here’s an excerpt:

I’m not a crier. I don’t cry in real life. Yet when I’m watching a good film, I can be easily turned into a blubbering mess. And I’m not alone. I have friends who couldn’t bring themselves to see my first major movie, War Horse, because they didn’t want watch horses in pain – even after I’d explained that, on set, the horses were treated better than the actors. Films are just films, after all…. Or are they?

Since the release of the film Blood Diamond, the percentage of conflict diamonds on the market has been said to have dropped from 15% to as little as 1%. In 1993, Philadelphia, a movie about homophobia and the AIDS crisis, became the twelfth highest grossing film in the US. It made homosexuality and HIV/AIDS subjects that people no longer needed to be afraid of talking about. Just six weeks after the 2004 release of Supersize Me, McDonalds changed its portion sizes worldwide.

Films can change our perceptions, the way we live and think. They move us. They make us laugh, cry and empathize. A film really can change the world.

The film industry, and Hollywood in particular, have a reputation for shallowness and vanity and yet, it gives me goose bumps when I see a film with a true moral conscience.

I love film, as you can probably tell by now, and have been incredibly lucky to have been able to work as an actor in the film industry. One of the other privileges of working in film is the opportunity to work with charities. This is something I’ve been very selective about. Nothing makes me cringe more than watching an actor talk about a cause from a script, something their agent has maybe set up, that even with the best of intentions from everyone involved, fails to come across as genuine. It’s hard to say no to good causes but I looked hard find the ones I was genuinely passionate about. This is where I discovered an organization called tve, standing for Television for the Environment.

Read full article at Huffington Post UK

July 07, 2016

Jeremy attended the Warner Music Group Summer Party yesterday in London, England. Not much pictures of him in this event, but I have added 2 into the gallery.

June 17, 2016

Jeremy attended the launch party of the Tate Modern extension yesterday in London. I have added 10 high-quality photos into the gallery.