You’ll remember him as Curtis from Misfits but Nathan Stewart-Jarrett has been keeping busy since his Channel 4 days. Recently starring in Dom Hemingway opposite Jude Law as well as independent flick The Comedian, Nathan is also as comfortable on stage as he is behind a camera, with numerous theatre roles under his belt.
Before he hits our screens again, this time in War Book later this year, we catch up with the rising star to talk expensive suits and acting misconceptions, as well as taking a sneak peek behind the scenes on our Hackett fashion special.
WHAT MAKES BRITISH FILM AND TELEVISION EXCITING?
I think British TV and film is so vibrant at the moment. We are really taking risks with our stories and when I think about the range of talent we have and also export, it really feels like something is happening here. The Americans are remaking quite a few of our programmes and there is such excitement over British films which I think is a clear indicator.
DESCRIBE THE HACKETT SUIT YOU WORE FOR THE SHOOT.
I’m wearing a beautiful navy suit with astride tie and brown Oxfords. I feel very expensive.
HOW DOES WEARING A SUIT CHANGE THE WAY YOU CARRY YOURSELF?
Joking aside, I feel that anything you put on changes you. I generally understand clothes coming form the perspective of an actor where the slightest change in costume can entirely transform a character. Suits personally make me feel more authoritative and have the feeling of something special. Perhaps because I don’t wear them everyday, I hold me head a little higher, not just metaphorically, I really think it changes your posture.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT ACTORS?
That we are lazy, or luvvie or narcissistic. We can be, as can many people, but most actors I know are generous and work very very hard. I wish I could avoid the actor crying ‘I’m an artist’ cliche, but I do believe so much dedication goes into a character or a piece, and that we are. Sorry.
HAVE YOU EVER TAKEN A JOB THAT YOU’VE REGRETTED OR TURNED DOWN A ROLE THAT YOU LATER REGRETTED?
Never. I think it’ll probably happen, but I’ve been quite lucky up until now. I think it must be awful to turn something down and regret it, but everything happens for a reason. Carey Mulligan has a good philosophy apparently; she says, if it makes you upset that anyone else will do the role, then you can’t turn it down. Might use that.
OF ALL THE ROLES YOU’VE HAD, WHICH ONE HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THE MOST AND WHY?
Each one has been a learning curve but the character I played in The Comedian was a big turning point. Not so much the character but they way we worked, the improvisation and the depth of character, I was a different actor at the end of that job.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING FILM, WAR BOOK. WHAT’S YOUR CHARACTER LIKE AND WHY DID YOU WANT THE PART?
I play a junior civil servant who is very very green. It’s a really interesting film about what Britain would do in the event of nuclear war. It’s quite scary… I mean, there won’t be much we can do. I’d worked with the director before and was completely naive to the subject matter so was really intrigued.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VIEW IN LONDON?
Somewhere between the view on Parliament Hill and standing in Battersea Park looking at the river.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I’d be more.
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Dedicated to everyone who complained about the lack of NSJ in the last post. <3