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Kimberley Nixon Talks To Relate Magazine!

Chit Chatting with Kimberley Nixon

Written by Jill Sheets

Picture Credit: Magnus Hastings

Talented and beautiful Kimberley Nixon is an actress that you should keep an eye on. She has already started to make a name for herself in the movies Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and Wild Child, which are both cute and funny movies. She is also sharing the screen with Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint and Season of the Witch actor Robert Sheehan in the long awaited movie, Cherrybomb. We recently had the honour of talking to Kimberly. Keep your eyes open, there are a lot more things that will be coming from her.

R: How long have you been acting?

K: I had always been involved in school plays, so I guess from the age of 10. But I wasn’t a paid actress until Cranford…

R: How did you get your start in acting?

K: I was always in the background of most things I was in, the thought of being the lead was terrifying but a big break for me came in the form of The National Theatre’s Shell Connections. I was in a play called ‘The Queen Must Die’, which we put on at our school in Pontypridd, where the NT’s judges awarded us 1st place and we then performed at The National in London.

R: Other than acting, what are some of your other talents?

K: I’m still not convinced that acting is one of them! I have a very good memory and I’m a good swimmer.

R: What are some of your favourite pastimes?

K: I love reading Agatha Christie, going to the cinema and having dinner with my friends.

R: Cherrybomb is finally coming to the U.S. Would you mind telling us a little bit about the movie?

K: Cherrybomb is about two best friends, Luke and Malachy who are torn apart by the arrival of Michelle, my character, as they vie for her attention.

R: Tell us about your character Michelle.

K: She’s manipulative and minxy, but only to compensate for being hurt and lonely, I think. Her relationship with her mother has turned sour and trying to build one with her Dad is not going to plan.

R: How hard was it to learn to speak with an Irish accent? How did you learn to do it?

K: I only had about 2 days, as originally Michelle was going to have a London accent. But through rehearsals we came to decide together that she does have a Belfast accent but it has twinges of English in it, as she has lived away for so long. Learning it was difficult but being surrounded by it in the cast and crew helped.

R: What do you do to get yourself ready for your characters?

K: I like to work on my own with them. I read the material and I use a lot of methods taught to be at drama school, such as their back stories, their previous circumstances and their objectives.

R: What was it like working with Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan?

K: Rupert and Robert are great. They are exactly as they appear to be. Rupert is sweet and quiet, while Rob is chatty and excitable. They seem to strike the perfect balance.

R: What has been your most “star struck” moment? Who was it, and tell us about it?

K: It has to be with Colin Firth. Being a huge fan of the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, when I saw him at a Cranford screening, I blurted out “Mr Darcy”, turned and ran into the Ladies. Little did I know that a few months later, he would be playing my father in Easy Virtue.

R: If you could work with any actor or actress who would it be?

K: I would love to work with Angela Lansbury, Ricky Gervais and Clint Eastwood.

R: Do you prefer to act on stage or in movies/television? Why?

K: I love film. I always have and now I work in it, the process fascinates me even more. Theatre is better for an actor, there is more time to rehearse and strengthen relationships with your fellow actors and crew. You can also self-edit. You decide if you take a pause or make a move. In film, you have to trust the director to edit the best version of the movie.

R: What are some of your favourite roles you have done and why?

K: I played Abigail in The Crucible – which I loved. It was exhausting and all-consuming but such a great learning curve. As I am a huge Agatha Christie fan, getting to perform with David Suchet in a feature-length episode of Poirot was a dream come true.

R: What has been the best advice you have ever gotten and by whom?

K: My Dad told me to always ‘go with my gut’ – so I do and it’s worked out so far!

R: Do you have any advice for someone who would like to become an actor or actress?

K: Work hard and take criticism on the chin.

R: What advice would you give teen girls today?

K: Don’t worry about your body. We’re all different. Just try to be healthy and embrace what you have. Whether that be curvy hips, no hips, big or small boobs…it doesn’t really matter. That’s what makes you who you are.

R: Tell us about your up and coming movie Black Death and about your character Averill.

K: Black Death is a gory tale of love and loss in the 13th Century. I play Averill, the love interest of Eddie Redmayne’s character, Osmund. With the outbreak of the plague and Osmund being seconded on a witchhunt, they must fight to be together.

R: What are you currently working on?

K: I recently wrapped on Law&Order: UK. I, also, have Cherrybomb and Black Death coming out in the next few months. And I’m hoping to head to LA soon.

R: What are some of your future goals?

K: To work with great actors and directors and make films like the ones that inspired me to be an actor.

R: Do you have any favourite charities of causes? If so, which ones?

K: My boyfriend is very interested in environmental causes and I think it’s rubbing off on me.

R: If you could change five things in the world, what would they be?

K: Trying to stop the extinction of endangered species, the debt everyone seems to be in, the illegal drug business in this country, stopping the oppression of anyone, anywhere and making ’snow days’ a national holiday for all!

R: If you could go back in time, what time period would you pick?

K: I always wanted to live in Austenesque times but having thought about it, girls have never had it so good, as we do now.

R: Describe yourself in eight words?

K: Friendly, loyal, sensible, impatient, anxious, pessimistic, fun and pensive.

R: What are five things you can not live without?

K: Coffee, my cat – Hercule, Ricky Gervais podcasts, my bed and my family – of course!

R: What singers and or bands can be found on your mp3 player or ipod?

K: A very ecclectic mix. You’ll find Alanis Morrisette, Billy Joel, The Rat Pack but mainly film soundtracks.

R: What are five things people do not know about you?

K: Although raised in South Wales by a Welsh family, I was born in Bristol. I am the only girl with 6 brothers. I have an irrational fear of prawns. My favourite colour is green. And, lastly, my favourite film is French Kiss, starring Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan.

R: Are you on any social networking sites? If so, which ones and what are their addresses?

K: I recently joined Twitter – I’m still getting my bearings. I think it’s www.twitter.com/KimberleyNixon1

R: Other than this one, what is the weirdest question you have ever been asked?

K: What do I think of Rupert Grint’s hair?

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

K: Just that I can’t believe I have any but I am very grateful to them.

R: Kimberley, thank you for the interview and have a great day.

Credit: RelateMag.com


Original article found at Relate Magazine | March 18th, 2010

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