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.

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

June 12, 2016

December 30, 2015

It’s a cruel paradox for an actor. To get work, you first have to have done work: without credits and a compilation video of your earliest film and television work (even if it’s just playing a dead body on Law & Order) that you can present to agents, producers, and casting directors, you’re just one more random face, another pretty head shot, the next in a long line of impossible dreamers.

Several years back, when he was all of eighteen years old, British actor Jeremy Irvine realized that he, like so many before him, was caught in the industry’s inexorable catch-22. But unlike those countless others helpless to escape it, he conjured up his own performance history. With several friends, he shot scenes of himself in nonexistent films, credited to fictional directors. “I did my best to make them look like real movies,” Irvine says of his scheme. Stitching together those imaginary roles into one reel of his simulated greatest hits, Irvine then sent the assembly to London talent scouts.

“I don’t know if anyone really believed me, but one agent took pity on me. He signed me on a Friday,” Irvine says. The following Tuesday, the agent rang Irvine up: Might he be inclined, for his very first real film role, to star as the lead soldier Albert Narracott in Steven Spielberg’s epic battlefield drama War Horse? The answer, and the rapid acceleration of Irvine’s career, was clear. Soon thereafter, Irvine would appear opposite Michael Douglas, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Duvall, and Dakota Fanning. He no longer needed a reel of fake clips. (Even as his stardom has risen, Irvine remains represented by the same London agency that first signed him.)

You might on occasion be able to make your own luck in life, just as Irvine did, but talent and determination and an unshakable confidence in yourself are invariably as critical as providence. At one point in his youth, Irvine saw a future that was as limited and bleak as the local grocery store shelves he used to stock. His father was steering him toward a career as a welder, and he even applied for the army, only to be rejected because he has diabetes. Thankfully, a teacher named Jason Riddington recommended acting—almost as the equivalent of boot camp—and that sparked a passion inside the teenage Irvine that could not be extinguished.

“I was always a little bit of an outsider. I wasn’t excited by academia. It wasn’t really my thing.” So rather than prepare to study for a trade or profession (his father is an engineer, his mother a local politician), he performed as Romeo in a school production, joined the National Youth Theatre, and followed that with a stint at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. “It was the rebellious thing to do, to say ‘fuck you’ to all my academic studies.”

Yet rebellion doesn’t always (and usually doesn’t) yield tangible results, and Irvine for the longest time couldn’t get anyone to pay attention to him or his work. “You have no idea what it’s really like. You’re dealing with rejection on a pretty much daily basis. You’re going on as many as four or five auditions a week. And I didn’t get a call back for a year and a half,” Irvine says. About the best he could get was a part as a nonspeaking tree in a Royal Shakespeare Company show. “You need to have some real resilience. And I just said to myself, ‘I’m gonna show these fuckers.’”

That’s when he cooked up the idea for the bogus clip reel. Even if the movies weren’t legit, Irvine labored to make sure his acting in them was. “I really did my absolute best,” he says.
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December 16, 2015

Bokeem Woodbine, “Scream Queens” star Billie Lourd and Jeremy Irvine have joined the cast of “Billionaire Boys Club,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Irvine will play Kyle Biltmore, one of the members of the Billionaire Boys Club, and Lourd is Rosanna, his love interest. Woodbine will play a club bouncer who becomes wrapped up in the club.

Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton and Kevin Spacey are starring in the remake. Elgort is playing Joe Hunt and Egerton portrays tennis pro Dean Karny, while Spacey is Ron Levin. Suki Waterhouse and Emma Roberts have been cast as Karny and Hunt’s love interests.

The film will follow the rise and fall of Hunt and Karny, who ran a Ponzi scheme called the Billionaire Boys Club in the early 1980s. The club collapsed when Levin’s investment turned out to be worthless. Hunt turned to murder to raise funds and was convicted in 1987 of killing Levin.

Source: Variety

November 12, 2015

Jeremy is set to participate in a live reading of The Odyssey on November 12. He posted more details on his Instagram account.


The Odyssey follows the huge success of The Iliad, which involved more than 60 readers and reached an audience of over 50,000 people across the world, watching online or in person at the British Museum and the Almeida Theatre. It provided an opportunity for a groundbreaking level of online engagement, partly due to the 16-hour live stream of the event; video footage is available on the Almeida website.

The Odyssey will be live-streamed at almeida.co.uk/odyssey, and to join the conversation on Twitter, follow @AlmeidaOdyssey and use #Odyssey. For those who can’t attend the reading on location, the live stream will be shown throughout the day in the Almeida Theatre foyer and at a pop-up viewing shop on Upper Street (next to the John Salt Bar).

Source: Playbill.com

September 22, 2015