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Rupert Grint interview exclusive: The last scenes of Harry Potter will be overwhelming

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint talks about his new film Cherrybomb and how he feels about the end of Harry Potter

IF there’s anything Rupert Grint’s latest film has shown us, it’s that Ron Weasley isn’t as innocent as he seems.
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint gets hot and heavy in Cherrybomb with co-star Kimberley Nixon, breaking away from his goofy Potter character with a slightly awkward sex scene and a brand new ‘bad boy’ image.

Having shot to global stardom at age 11, Rupert hasn’t lived a particularly normal teenage life, but just half-an-hour into Cherrybomb it’s obvious his Potter days haven’t kept him sheltered from Skins-style teenage mayhem.

OK.co.uk’s NIKKI BARR sat down for a quick chat with Rupert about sex scenes, Potter parties and strange fan mail….

How did you feel after watching Cherrybomb for the first time?
It was two years ago that we filmed it so it’s weird. It was a great experience, it was a really different kind of filming experience, mainly because of the budget, I guess, but I was in a different country and it was a very quick pace and a very different kind of film [to Harry Potter].

What were the main differences on set?
The dressing rooms and stuff…they were a bit less comfortable! But the main thing was the pace. We were doing 10 scenes a day, it was a real pressure to finish everything, we couldn’t do like 50 takes on one job, we had to get it right the first few times. It had a real fast energy about it. Which I liked, it kind of puts you right in the moment. Harry Potter is a very unique thing and it’s a bit like a machine really, there’s a lot of waiting about where as there was none of that with Cherrybomb. It was all kind of full on. It was a real experience, I know how ‘real’ films are put together now.

Did you find it difficult breaking out of your role as Ron Weasley?
I didn’t think about it, Cherrybomb came up quickly, in the space of a week actually, I met the directors and read the script and then was on a flight to Belfast. But yeah, it’s kind of what attracted me to it. It’s a real different kind of character, he’s a bit more complicated and I suppose it was a more ‘adult’ role. I don’t think I was ever nervous about that because as I get older I’ll be doing more grown-up things.

You said the sex scene was awkward…
It’s this weird kind of thing. It’s got this bizarre atmosphere, you have crew watching you and different cameras everywhere and you feel really kind of self-conscious. Actually reading it on paper is a lot worse than filming it. When you see it come together it’s more abstract and it’s nothing too graphic. It’s worse for Kim [Kimberley Nixon], you see a lot more of her. Once we did it, it was fine. It was quick, we did it in not many takes at all.

Have your family seen it yet?
Yeah, that’s probably the worst part [laughs], we just don’t talk about it!

Harry Potter changed your life, do you ever wonder where you would be without it?
I don’t know, it’s a scary thought. I was very fortunate. I saw something on Newsround, actually [which OK.co.uk remembers seeing as well!] it’s weird. I really enjoy acting and if I can keep going I definitely will.

Do you get offered a lot of scripts off the back of Harry Potter?
There wasn’t really a lot of time to do other stuff because we were filming Harry Potter every day of the year, so it’s quite hard to find the gaps to do other things. Without Harry Potter I wouldn’t really be… it’s quite a tough industry to get into so I’ve been quite lucky. Harry Potter was a bit of a fluke anyway.

Would you ever quit acting and go to university like Emma Watson?
It’s always going to be an option but I’ll avoid it if I can. I want to keep on acting.

How has filming the last few scenes been?

It’s a comfortable atmosphere, but the end is quite daunting, we’ve known all the crew for half of our lives and we know the characters so, well, it’s just easy. But I’m excited as well, I’m looking forward to moving on and seeing what else is there for me.

Will you have a huge end-of-filming party?
I hope so, we haven’t had a party since the second one. That was a great wrap party but we’ll have some kind of a bash.

Has it been emotional on set?
Not yet, I’m guessing once we get to the last few weeks… I don’t know how I’m going to react it’s going to be quite overwhelming. It’s like ten years of your life is down to one shot, really, and then it’s all over. It’s going to be strange. I’ll probably get over it [laughs].

What has been your favourite Harry Potter moment?
It has all been really good. But the first scene, the first day, was pretty cool. Because, obviously, I had no idea what to expect or how many people were involved. It was exciting.

Will you remain friends with the cast?
Definitely, it’s an intimate process and you do kind of warm to people quite a lot. We’re good mates. There’s a big list of people involved but we’ll definitely stay in touch.

What’s happening next in your life?
A few things, I’ve got a film called Wild Target [Rupert plays an assassin’s apprentice] coming out next month. It was good fun playing with the guns and stuff.

And you’re going to play Eddie the Eagle [British ski-jumping record holder]…can you even ski?
I’ve never skied in my life so it’s going to be interesting. That will be quite fun I think, it’ll be cool.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve been sent by a fan?
I get a lot of pyjamas, all different kinds but mainly oriental style.

Have you ever had a crush on a co-star?
Yeah, maybe when I was 11, it’s kind of natural, it was like a school yard [on the Harry Potter set]. Probably some of the extras!

We hear you have an ice cream van, if you were going to impress a girl with an ice cream from your van, what would the topping be?

Hmm, I don’t really have anything in the van at the moment, but probably flake, the classic flake.

Which topping would you say represents you best?
Hundreds and thousands, rainbow.


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Rupert Grint Interview: My first sex scene was tough – watching it with my parents was worse

We know him as cheeky ginger schoolboy wizard Ron Weasley.

But as he films the sixth and last-ever Harry Potter movie, Rupert Grint is starring in a much more grown-up role which will shocks his fans and, erm, his parents.

From tomorrow, he stars in Cherrybomb, a gritty Belfast-based movie in which he plays a troubled teenager experimenting with a wild weekend of drugs, shoplifting and stealing cars.

And filming his first ever sex scene might have been embarrassing for Rupert, 21 – but not as much as watching it at home in Hertfordshire in all its glory with his parents.

He reveals film bosses gave him a preview DVD of Cherrybomb, which dad Nigel and mum Joanne were desperate to watch with their famous film star son. What neither of them knew was that it featured Rupert’s first X-rated nude scenes.

“Filming it was a really nerve-wracking experience but the worst bit was watching it with my parents,” he confesses.

“It was agonising. The scene’s quite tastefully done but it’s not the sort of moment you really want to share with your mum and dad. When the scene arrived we all sat there not really saying anything. Afterwards nobody talked about it, which was kind of a relief.”

Fans who’ve followed Rupert’s career are likely to be equally shocked at Cherrybomb. Also starring James Nesbitt, Robert Sheehan and Kimberley Nixon – Rupert’s love interest – it’s about as far away from the magical wizard world of Hogwarts and Quidditch as you can get.

“Shooting the sex scene was a pretty anxious time because I didn’t know how it would be shot. It’s the anticipation that scares you most,” Rupert says.

“Obviously, I really didn’t want my bum up there on the screen but the scene isn’t too graphic and most of it is suggested rather than seen. But you do feel very self-conscious. It was more embarrassing for Kimberley because a lot more of her body is shown. But you just have to get into that moment and get on with it.”

He explains: “I picked it because my character, Malachy, is a complicated lad with all kinds of teenage emotions and rebellion swirling around inside.”

But he admits he struggled to relate to rebellious, Malachy because of his unusual childhood, growing up in the public eye. “Basically, I was ­starring in the Potter films, earning a good salary and being recognised in the street – who’d want to rebel against that?” he quips.

“I know some people are going to ­criticise the use of drugs in the film but, as I get older, I’m naturally going to do more of these adult roles.”

The shoot lasted just four weeks, including rehearsals. The crew filmed 11 scenes a day – compared to just one with the Potter films.

We’re talking as Rupert’s being driven back to his home after a long day on the Potter set in Hertfordshire.


Original article found here: Telegraph | April 22, 2010

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Rupert Grint’s arrested development

Coke-snorting and fellatio are all part of the Harry Potter star’s new role in Cherrybomb

When Harry Potter fans learned last summer that Rupert Grint and Emma Watson had filmed their long-awaited kiss as Ron and Hermione, they went bonkers – don’t type “Ron+Hermione+kiss” into Google Images if you want to keep your breakfast down. Quite how they will contain themselves watching Cherrybomb, Grint’s new, non-Potter film is unclear. Within half an hour he has not only wrapped his chops around a busty bottle-blonde, but has received what looks to be an extremely enjoyable round of fellatio.

Sitting on the roof terrace of a London hotel, Grint, 21, squirms at the memory of it. How did he go about practising that face? “It’s really hard,” he says. “It’s very hard to lose yourself in the moment and just kind of get absorbed by it because there’s always going to be a big fat guy nearby holding a boom.”

Cherrybomb is a Skins-like romp about two Belfast teens vying for the attentions of the same girl. Grint plays Malachy, the nice boy of the piece, who nevertheless snorts coke and swears like a squaddie. So is he using Cherrybomb to prove he is more than just a ginger boy wizard? “I suppose kind of it does say that, but it wasn’t a conscious decision,” he says. “It did attract me that it was a much different, adult kind of role.” Was he trying to shock? “I suppose, yeah. I don’t know. I mean, it’s going to happen. I’m not 11 any more, so the films I am doing are going to match my age.”

Grint, of course, was just 11 when he was chosen to play Harry Potter’s best friend. By the time the shooting of the second part of the Deathly Hallows wraps up in a few weeks’ time, he will have been famous for half of his life. It is unsurprising, then, that Grint seems both older than his years and also young for his age. He is the world’s third highest-earning actor aged 21 or under, according to Forbes magazine – with only Radcliffe and Watson ahead of him – but he still lives at home with his parents, younger brother and three little sisters. Until five years ago, when he had already earned millions, he was sharing a bedroom. He now has his own room but no plans to move out. How come? “Because it’s really easy, really. It’s right by the studios. I get on with my family. My washing is done. It’s just nice. I probably will eventually move out,” he says with a languid air that suggests he is in no hurry whatsoever.

Grint’s unusual adolescence has led to him being far less independent than his contemporaries. He claims to have never cooked anything in his life – “But I can heat things up” – and wouldn’t know where to begin if he had to run his own life. Such as? “Like … getting a train. I’ve never done that on my own. I wouldn’t know how to.” He thinks being in Harry Potter has arrested his development more than accelerated it: “Everyone does everything for you. There’s always someone there to organise parts of your life.”

Endearingly, Grint says he didn’t really grasp what he was getting into when filming began on the first Potter film. “I remember being quite surprised when they said I was going to get paid for it, so [money] has never really been much of a motive,” he says. “I never really knew who I was working with either – like Alan Rickman, all these huge people who I really respect now. Back then I thought they were just some old people.”

He seems happy leading his slightly closeted existence, never getting on trains and having his mum cook his tea, though he does venture out when he fancies it, despite the hassle it can bring. His devotees constantly send him presents, and there is one particularly time-rich woman in Brazil who sends him oil paintings depicting scenarios from his films, both real and imagined. “A lot of them are love scenes with Emma,” he says. It can only be a matter of time before he gets that blowjob scene through the letterbox. Let’s just hope his mum doesn’t open his post.


Original article found here: Guardian | April 22, 2010

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Rupert Grint attends screening of coming-of-age movie Cherrybomb

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint talks about the challenges of his new grown-up and gritty film.

Cherrybomb, a sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll film in which three teenagers spend a wild and life-changing weekend, sees Rupert strip himself of Harry Potter character Ron Weasley and his clothes.

The young British actor told us at the film’s exclusive celebrity screening at Beaufort House last night that he felt ‘very embarrassed’ when filming his first sex scenes and he stuttered that he ‘didn’t really know where to put his hands!’

And what did his mum and dad say when they saw his raunchy, topless scenes? ‘We don’t talk about it! Nobody mentions it!’

Friend and fellow Harry Potter cast members turned up to support Rupert and other cast members Robert Sheehan and Kimberly Nixon, including twilight heartthrob Jamie Campbell Bower.

We asked Jamie if there was any competition between the Harry Potter and the Twilight boys? ‘Of course not!’ he laughed. ‘We’re all good mates’.


Original article found here: InStyle UK | April 20, 2010

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My London: Rupert Grint

My London: Rupert Grint

Hannah Nathanson
16.04.10

Actor Rupert Grint gets his rock’n’roll fix in Camden

Home is…
I live just outside London in Hertfordshire with my family. I rarely stay in London because I live 40 minutes away so I commute but if I do stop over, it is in different hotels dotted around London.

What was the last play you saw?
My friend Kimberley Nixon, whom I worked with in Cherrybomb, was in Girl With A Pearl Earring at the Theatre Royal Haymarket which was good. She played the main character, Griet, so I felt quite nervous for her but she was great.

What advice would you give to a tourist coming to London?
Take a good A-Z: I have a habit of getting lost everywhere I go.

Which shops do you rely on?
I’m not a massive shopper but I like Selfridges for clothes and gadgets. I usually just go online though.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had in London?
I’m into my steak and I really like the Gaucho Grill in Canary Wharf.

What’s your earliest London memory?
I was planning to go to the London Dungeon with my nan and grandad and I remember crying outside the door because I was so scared of the zombies. I’ve been back since and conquered my fear.

What would be on your tombstone?
‘Rupert Grint – THE END’ with engraved credits in order of appearance of everyone who has appeared in my life.

What are your guilty pleasures?
I really like antiques programmes: Antiques Roadshow, Cash in the Attic, Flog It… I’ve learned quite a lot while sitting in my dressing room with other cast members waiting to film.

What are you most afraid of?
Spiders have a real physical effect on me – I lock up and go all shaky. I can’t go near them. I’m so bad at killing them, I always seem to miss and then they crawl on me and it’s all quite dramatic. My entire family has this phobia.

What would you do if you were Mayor of London for the day?
Let all the animals free from the zoo and see what happens. I’ve been to London Zoo a few times and we filmed there for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the reptile house. I’ve always found zoos a bit weird.

What’s your life philosophy?
Laugh at yourself.

What animal would you most like to be and why?
A seagull: you can fly, live by the sea and eat human food. I think that would suit me.

What was the last album you bought?
I’ve got back into Arcade Fire, they’re really cool.

What would you save from a fire and why?
Probably my Banksy print, it’s a Tesco value soup can. I’m a big Banksy fan.

What makes you laugh and why?
People falling over always gets me. Obviously if it’s really serious and they’re really badly hurt then I will stop laughing. It’s also not so funny when you do it.

What makes you cry and why?
I saw Up recently which really got me.

What are you up to at the moment?
We’re in the middle of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows out in Watford in a studio in a disused airport. It’s going really well. We started February last year so it’s been quite a long one. It’s going to be really weird when it’s over. Obviously there have been the same people involved in it for about 11 years and then suddenly it’s all going to stop. We finish in June so there are a few more months left. I think it’s a very different film from the others. There’s not much Hogwarts and we’re all living rough with beards and messy hair.

Who’s your hero?
I would like to be Johnny Depp.

What do you most like wearing?
I have a crazy T-shirt obsession, it’s all I ever wear really. I’ve got one which has an x-ray of a smoker’s lung which is a bit heavy.

What’s the most romantic place in London?
Anywhere near the Thames.

Which is your favourite London club?
I go to Camden quite a lot and see a lot of bands in the Electric Ballroom. I’m into a band called the Black Lips which is 1950s rock’n’roll.

What are your favourite London discoveries?
Brick Lane market for vintage clothing.

Where were the last places you went on holiday?
I went back to Belfast and stayed at The Europa which is ‘the most bombed hotel in the world’. You could tell from the outside but inside it’s really nice. I stayed with my family in a hilltop villa by Lake Como but the weather was really bad and there wasn’t much to do so we turned it into a bit of a road trip and went to Milan, which my sisters enjoyed more than I did, and then on to Switzerland which was really cool.

Have you ever stolen anything?
I once took a hairbrush and a Billy Goats Gruff book from Asda. I don’t think I was intentionally stealing them though – I was really young.


Original article found here: London Evening Standard | April 16th, 2010

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Rupert Grint’s magic world of hex, drugs and rock’n’roll

The Harry Potter star has grown up and even gets naked for a movie about a hedonistic Belfast youth. But he’ll still miss the role that made him famous, he tells James Mottram

It’s just before 6pm and Rupert Grint has finished for the day. I feel like saying “Hard day at the office?” But I don’t. After all, the red-haired one from Harry Potter must be feeling it right now. He’s been filming the final instalment of the hit franchise based on the J K Rowling novels for just over a year now. “We haven’t got long left,” he says. “Just the final parts of the second part of the film.” Not that exhaustion has set in yet. Rather, a feeling of uncertainty has enveloped him. “It’ll be strange saying goodbye,” he says.

With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows split into two films (the first due out in November, the second in July 2011), it will be some time yet before we bid farewell to Grint’s character, Ron Weasley, and all the other Hogwarts pupils. But for the 21-year-old, a life-changing experience that began half his life ago is due to end this June when filming finishes. “It’s a weird feeling actually,” he admits. “I never really thought it would end. I never really saw this day coming.”

In truth, I’m expecting to find a rather nervous figure before me. It can’t be easy facing the prospect of unemployment for the first time. While most actors are hardened to it, Grint, and his co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have probably been institutionalised by their time at Leavesden Film Studios
, the former Rolls-Royce factory on the outskirts of Watford that has been the home to Harry Potter since shooting began in 2000. “I don’t know if I’m good enough to have a long career,” he told one interviewer last year. “I’ve got a bit of an inferiority complex about my acting. My self-esteem is quite low in that sense.”

Yet judging by his reaction today – and proving that Radcliffe was correct when he described Grint as “the most totally laid-back person you’ll ever meet” – he’s changed his tune. Quietly self-assured, while still as modest as the ripped jeans, T-shirt and dirty red- and-white-striped Converse boots he wears suggests, he simply shrugs when asked if he’s worried about his post-Potter future. “I’ve loved every minute of Harry Potter,” he says. “Yes, it’ll be quite sad to see it go. But I’m also looking forward to being a bit more free and seeing what else comes along.”

Admittedly, with estimates putting his wealth in the region of £9 million, such a safety net must help soften the blow. But there’s more than money to consider in what must be akin to the feeling of leaving home for good. “It’s been such a tight crew since the first film,” he says. “Not many people have changed. It’s a real family atmosphere. And the place as well… Watford in general really. I’ve spent more time there than anywhere. I don’t know. It’ll be weird not going there every day.” He considers this for a second, then laughs. “I’ll probably get over it.”

Like his co-stars, Grint has already started making preparations for his departure. As far back as 2002, he featured in children’s tale Thunderpants, and has since appeared alongside his Potter co-star Julie Walters (who plays Ron’s mother) in the coming-of-age comedy Driving Lessons, “the first grown-up thing I’d ever really done”, as he puts it. But while that saw him portray a shy teenager not a million miles from himself, his latest film, Cherrybomb is something else. “It was quite scary. It felt like a massive step. Filming in a different country, with a different accent, a crew I didn’t know… it was a little bit daunting.”

Directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, Cherrybomb is a Belfast-set drama with lashings of sex, drugs and drink that might raise a few eyebrows among the Potter faithful. “It wasn’t a conscious thing to do something completely controversial and shock people,” argue Grint, who plays Malachy, a straight-A 16-year-old who works on reception at a leisure complex. While it may not be an episode of Skins, it’s still a valid attempt to portray teen life realistically, as Malachy and his wild mate Luke (Robert Sheehan) find themselves competing for the affections of new-girl-on-the-block Michelle (Kimberley Nixon).

Playing the nerdy sidekick to the more charismatic hunk may be something he’s already used to thanks to Potter, but Cherrybomb does boast it’s fair share of sex scenes between Grint and Nixon, who came to prominence in the 2008 Noël Coward adaptation, Easy Virtue. It’s certainly a far cry from the rather chaste kiss he shared with Jessie Cave, who played Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. “That was just a kiss, really. It was suggestive more than anything,” he says. “This was a lot more intimate. It was quite nerve-wracking. I was quite nervous about it.”

While he does get his top off, Grint admits he’s uncertain whether he could echo what Radcliffe did on stage for Equus and go full frontal. “I don’t think I could. Just being on stage would be quite a scary thing, let alone with no clothes on. It takes a lot of courage.” Yet he feels Potter obsessives will accept him in this more mature role. “I suppose, as I’m getting older, the fans are getting older with me.” Has he ever fought with a mate over a girl, like Malachy, I wonder? “I never really did. I haven’t had the chance!” Comments like this make you realise how curious it must be to experience your formative years growing up on a film set.

But if Grint hasn’t spent his youth chasing girls, he’s as grounded as they come. Born in Harlow, he still lives in Hertfordshire, where he was raised and began acting in school plays. Preferring a round of golf to a night out on the tiles, he doesn’t come across as a movie brat on a path to self-destruction. Frankly, he doesn’t have the constitution for it. “I suffer really badly from hangovers,” he says. “I need two days to recover.” He’s even avoided that most distressing of stigmas – playground teasing over being ginger-haired. “When you’re at school, people call you ‘ginge’ and that. But it’s never been anything nasty. I know some gingers get a hard time over it. But I’m pretty grateful for it!”

Another reason he’s arguably grateful for his red hair is that it hasn’t quite turned him into a teen sensation. While his face doubtless adorns many a teenage girl’s wall, he doesn’t really suffer from the hysteria that greets Twilight star Robert Pattinson – just two years older than Grint – wherever he goes. “I get recognised occasionally but nothing like that,” he says. “It’s crazy. You just can’t really go anywhere. I’ve got a much more manageable existence. Must be pretty…” He stops for a second, imagining such an intrusion into his life. “It’s just come from nowhere [for him]. It’s such a quick thing. Good luck to him.”

The eldest of five, Grint’s equilibrium evidently stems from his upbringing in a strong family unit. “We’re quite close,” he says, before acknowledging that it’s “been a weird few years” for his family. “It’s been quite life-changing for everyone really. It’s been quite an adjustment.” While his father runs his own business dealing in Formula 1 memorabilia, even turning tyres into coffee tables, Grint tells me the whole clan have “been all over the world” with him for the premieres and promotional duties. “There are some good perks,” he grins.

Yet it’s clear he’s not going to spend much time pining for Potter. Already making further provisions for removing the spell its cast over his life, due later in the year is Wild Target, a remake of the 1993 French film Cible Emouvante about an ageing assassin (Bill Nighy) suffering a midlife crisis. He plays Nighy’s apprentice. “The character is closer to me than the one I play in Cherrybomb,” he says. “I can probably relate more. He’s quite laid back.” So it’s true then? “I suppose, yeah. I am quite relaxed. Not much fazes me. I don’t get angry a lot.”

Still, if Grint is looking for a role to eclipse Ron Weasley, he may already have found it. He’s currently attached to a project to play Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, the British ski-jumping record holder who became a hero of sorts for finishing last in the 1988 Winter Olympics. “Nothing’s final yet but I’m quite up for it. It’s always been quite a big story in my family. My dad’s always told me about the legend of Eddie the Eagle. He was a bit of a joke really. But he did actually jump, and set the British record.” For the record, he’s never skied in his life. “That might be a good thing!” he winks.

A comic tale of a plucky underdog, it rather sums up Grint’s career to date. Maybe he’ll never stray too far from this comfort zone. But with Ron on the run with Harry and Hermione in the final Harry Potter instalment, at least we’ll get to see Grint in a more action-oriented role in Deathly Hallows. “I have hair extensions for the latter part of the film,” he explains. “Ron gets a bushier hairstyle because they’re living rough and camping out. Me and Dan have got stubble as well!” Ron Weasley with facial hair? Perhaps it shows Rupert Grint is ready to leave Harry Potter after all.

‘Cherrybomb’ opens on 23 April. ‘Wild Target’ and part one of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ will be released later in the year


Original article found here: The Independent | April 16, 2010

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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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The Independent: Rupert Grint Backs Campaign

Potter star’s film secures release after Facebook campaign

By Arifa Akbar, Arts Correspondent

Monday, 5 October 2009

Rupert Grint bares all alongside Kimberley Nixon in the film  Cherrybomb
Rupert Grint bares all alongside Kimberley Nixon in the film Cherrybomb

To Harry Potter fans, he is the flame-haired best friend of the boy-wizard who has attracted an army of fans and dedicated websites. But when the actor Rupert Grint moved on from his boyish role as Ron Weasley at Hogwarts and signed up to star in a coming-of-age teen film featuring sex and drugs in Belfast, it did not put his fans off one iota.

After the independent film Cherrybomb, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, failed to attract a distributor, Grint’s supporters set up a campaign to petition for its cinematic release. Cinephiles from as far afield as Mexico and Los Angeles contacted The Little Film Company, its sales agent, to enquire about its release. And the “people power” campaign has now paid off.

Backed by a website petition and Facebook group boasting more than 10,000 supporters, including over 1,000 Britons, producers secured a major distributor in Britain. Details of the release, planned for early next year, will be announced this week. The Little Film Company is also in negotiation with an American distributor.

Grint said that he was delighted by the fighting spirit of his fans. “I am backing this campaign wholeheartedly,” he said. “I’m delighted by the huge support the film has already received on the official Facebook page and other sites on the web and am so grateful to my fans in particular, who have travelled the world to support the film at festivals and preview screenings.”

The drama also stars James Nesbitt, Kimberley Nixon – who appeared in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, – and Robert Sheehan.

Set in post-Troubles Belfast, the film stars Grint as a Northern Irish teenager who takes drugs and is featured in intimate bedroom scenes with Nixon, roles far removed from his childlike turn in Harry Potter. The film’s poster shows him lying topless on a lilo, with the tagline: “Two guys. One girl. Game on.” Working on Cherrybomb “was a world away from Harry Potter and one I’ll never forget,” he said.

Robbie Little, the co-president of The Little Film Company, said the internet campaign unquestionably helped the film’s success in attracting a distributor. Earlier this year, he said, he was inundated by emails from people who had seen the film’s trailer online, and wanted to know when they could see it in their cinemas.

A Grint fansite called Ice Cream Man came up with the idea of an online campaign. When Little realised the level of interest it was attracting, he organised a Facebook presence as well.

“We were being contacted by people wanting to know when they could see it. They were, at the beginning, Rupert Grint fans, tracking what he was doing. We got an incredible amount of emails saying how cool the film looked and they loved the music. We reacted to the demand we saw, and set up the campaign. “It has helped to have an online campaign when talking to distributors,” he said.

Lisa Barros D’Sa, who co-directed the film with Glenn Leyburn, said she was astonished by the fervour of the fans who built up the momentum of the campaign. “It started off with Rupert. We have been astonished by it. Even when they heard we were shooting the film in Belfast last year, internet fan sites were interested in Rupert’s role,” she said.

Ms Barros D’Sa said she was delighted – and astonished – at how many of his followers made their way across oceans to see the film premiered in Berlin. “Some of them came from America to stand outside the premiere in Berlin,” he said.

She confirmed that there was a bedroom scene which featured Grint, and said “the world will see him in a different light”.

Aidan Elliott, an executive at Generator Entertainment, which produced the film, said it incorporated the use of text messaging and modern technology, which evidently appealed to the “Facebook generation” that helped its journey to the big screen


Original article can be found here at The Independent I October 5th, 2009

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Cherrybomb Buzz: Daily Mail and More!

Ten thousand fans petition to get Rupert Grint’s unwanted sex-and-drugs movie on to the big screen

By Chris Johnson
Last updated at 6:45 PM on 30th September 2009

It’s won rave reviews and could catapult Rupert Grint into the realms of truly adult acting.

But, as it stands, Cherrybomb – the gritty coming-of-age independent film starring the Harry Potter actor – is still looking for a distributor to get it to the big screen.

It has been shown at numerous film festivals after its première at the Berlin Film Festival in February – yet still has not been snapped up.

 Rupert GrintChange of pace: Rupert Grint stars in some very adult scenes in Cherrybomb with co-star Kimberley Nixon

As concern grows over the future of the movie – which sees Grint appear in a series of steamy sex scenes and taking drugs – a legion of fans have started a petition calling on film distributors to take action.

More than 10,000 people have signed it so far, including 1,338 in the UK and 4,849 in the U.S.

The Cherrybomb Distribution Campaign (www.cherrybombmovie.net/)statement reads: ‘Many websites that publish features on Cherrybomb are saturated with comments from movie-goers who are eager to see the film.

‘The trailer has captured the attention of both teenagers as well as adults.

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The pair are seen here in a passionate clinch as they writhe around on a bed

‘Critics are noticing that Rupert Grint completely shakes off his trademark Ron Weasley persona from the Harry Potter movies.

‘Industry professionals are hailing the great performances by the leading actors, as well as the skillful and impressive direction of the film.’

The film also stars James Nesbitt, newcomers Kimberley Nixon and Robert Sheehan, and is a join directional project from Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn.

Belfast-based Leyburn is known a a designer and music video director and Barros D’Sa as a writer and development executive. They worked together on the 2006 short The 18th Electricity Plan.

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The seductive scenes are a far cry from his performance in the Harry Potter films

Cherrybomb marks the second film from Mark Huffam and Simon Bosanquet’s Generator Entertainment.

They have partnered with Belfast-based Michael Casey’s Green Park Films, who developed the project with Brian Kirk, and James Flynn’s Dublin-based Octagon Films.

The film got another airing at the LA Irish Film Festival last week and as these stills show audiences can expect to see Grint in a role worlds apart from that of boy wizard Ron Weasley.

In one still, the red head is seen being straddled by Nixon, who plays temptress Michelle in the movie, while in another takes drugs with friend Luke.

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Grint, who plays Malachy, and co-star Robert Sheehan (Luke) take drugs together
CherrybombThree’s a crowd as Michelle jumps into a pool with the two friends who she challenges to a competition for her affections

In the film best friends Malachy (Grint) and Luke (Robert Sheehan) and are finally ready to enjoy their summer.

Yet, when the stunning Michelle (Kimberley Nixon) moves to town unexpectedly, these two best friends soon become worst enemies.

With a resistance to boredom, Michelle seductively encourages a dirty competition for her heart.

What was supposed to have been a chilled-out holiday is transformed into a wild descent into drinking, drugs, sex and a deadly end to the competition.

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But it ends in a brutal fight with Grint seen here with a bloodied face

Earlier this year it was reported that Grint was also enjoying an off-camera love affair with Nixon.

He was reported to have been spending romantic nights with the 24-year-old Cranford actress in her north London home.

But the young actor played down the rumours.


Original article can be found here at The Daily Mail I September 20th, 2009

The Cherrybomb International Distribution Campaign proved to be a huge success generating further reports from the New York Post to U.S.A Today. For more articles and buzz surrounding the campaign visit here.

Exclusive Video about the Campaign on Sky News here.

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