AGENT OF CHANGE. Growing up, William Moseley used to love films about a hero who triumphs against all odds. He is proud to be one now. DA MAN chats with the talented actor
To William Moseley, the idea of having a hobby as a job seemed almost too good to be true. The young actor couldn’t have known that acting was in store for him if BBC hadn’t come to his school looking for children to play in a TV adaptation of a local movie. As he finished his first acting gig, Moseley realized that acting was his natural calling.
The actor who is primarily known for his portrayal of the eldest brother in the “Narnia” Saga has never held back ever since. He has already signed on for a lot of movies in 2015 and he dubs it “having fun.” E!’s brand new drama series “The Royals,” which follows a modern-day royal family, is one of them. On another note, Moseley has been vocal about helping others. He thinks that ignorance is the reason why our society is so filled with hate, and he wants to change that one step at a time.
DA MAN: Hi William! You’re playing the lead character Aysel in indie drama “The Veil” by Brett Ryan Green. How was the filming experience like?
William Moseley: Filming was a real treat. We shot the whole movie in Oklahoma, which was my first time to the mid-west. I got to live my cowboy dream for a good six weeks!
DA: Could you tell us the basic plot of the story and your character?
WM: The basic plot is about a warrior who encounters a tribal civilization and trains them to fight. The character I play is the prince of the tribe who turns into a bloodthirsty killer after understanding the power of war.
DA: How did you prepare for the role?
WM: I prepared for the role by imagining that my home and my land had been taken from me—much like the Native Americans—and I wanted justice. I let that anger fuel the character. We also trained physically with the stunt men who were all professional fighters.
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“Being a British actor in Hollywood is an advantage if you want to talk to American girls, because for some reason they go head over heels for the accent”
DA: Serinda Swan from “TRON: Legacy” portrays Zera. How was it like working with her?
WM: Serinda was one of the leads and a wonderful actress to work with. She is very good about humanitarian work, specifically in Southeast Asia concentrating on sex trafficking.
DA: How do you think the audience could relate with the film?
WM: We all fundamentally understand how important our home and family is, and when that is taken from us, what would we do to right the wrong?
DA: You will also play in E!’s brand new drama series “The Royals,” following a modern-day royal family. How did this role land in your lap?
WM: “The Royals” was a pilot I read and loved. I was lucky enough to Skype with the director Mark Schwann. We hit it off over the Skype interview, and I flew myself to London to read for him. He fortunately chose me after that.
DA: You will play Prince Liam in “The Royals.” What is your character like?
WM: Prince Liam is a royal rock star. He is the life of the party and naturally enjoys the attention of women. However in the first episode, everything dramatically changes for him, and we watch how he copes with a whole new set of responsibilities.
DA: Elizabeth Hurley stars in “The Royals,” too. How would you describe the actress?
WM: Elizabeth Hurley is a very professional actress, she is the best in the cast with her lines, and I have yet to see her miss her mark. We are extremely fortunate to have her and beyond all that she is a great fun. She’s got a good sense of humor and is always available for a chat.
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DA: What projects are you currently busy working on?
WM: We are in the midst of promoting the show. I have also been working on the post-production for a horror film I did in South Africa last year, which should be released around the same time as “The Royals.”
DA: You’re known for your acting in “The Chronicles of Narnia.” What does the movie mean to your career?
WM: “The Chronicles of Narnia” is the reason why I am here. It opened doors for me, which never would have happened otherwise. Beyond that, the film series mean so much to me on a personal level. The experience of filming them was really like a dream and something I will treasure forever.
DA: You first acted when you were 10 years old. What made you pursue acting in such a young age?
WM: The BBC came to my primary school looking for local children to be in an adaptation of a local story. I enjoyed the auditioning process and just felt acting was right. So I told my parents that this was what I wanted and fortunately they supported me wholeheartedly.
“Your roots started in one place and no matter where you go, you should always keep those roots planted”
DA: How is acting different then and now?
WM: When I was young I was just instinctual, as you can only be as a child, but as you grow older you have to almost learn what it was like to be young. You have to do this without being self-conscious or caring how the world will judge you. I have learned a lot about acting, but I have to remind myself not “to act.”
DA: Which actor do you look up to?
WM: I really admire a lot of actors. I think we are so lucky nowadays with the standard of our actors. I have met Brad Pitt, and he was really kind and very normal. His career is something truly wonderful.
DA: Is being a British actor in Hollywood an advantage to you?
WM: Being a British actor in Hollywood is an advantage if you want to talk to American girls, because for some reason they go head over heels for the accent. Other than that, I don’t think it makes a difference what accent you have as long as your voice is clear. I have worked hard at the American accent and I will continue to do so because it gives an actor a variety in the roles you can play. However, I will say being British right at this moment in the industry is great. Producers and studios are very willing to cast actors with a British accent or to cast a British or Australian actor as an American.
DA: You recently joined the “Change the Odds” program. What is it actually and why did you join this program?
WM: I have known a lot of people affected by cancer. It’s very important to help organizations to gain awareness and Change the Odds should be recognized.
DA: If you were given ultimate freedom to do or create whatever you desire, what are the three things you’d do?
WM: I would rid people of prejudice; I would create and act in films that really mean something to people. I’d like to take the worry away from people.
DA: What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
WM: The best advice I’ve ever heard was from my school squash coach right after I got the “Narnia” film. He said, “Always remember where you came from.” At the time I didn’t understand it but I do now. He was saying to remember who you are. Your roots started in one place and no matter where you go, you should always keep those roots planted.
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