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Kimberley Nixon Talks Rupert Grint!

Kimberley Nixon is criminally underrated. The 23-year-old actress has flourished in just about every genre into which she has ventured: she got excellent reviews as Sophy Hutton in the recent adaptation of Cranford, is delightfully bitchy in both Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging and Wild Child, and looks set to be completely and utterly awesome in the more independent upcoming films Cherrybomb and Easy Virtue (her costar in which film, Ben Barnes, we spoke to recently as well!). There’s a lot to be said about her… but how about we let her speak for herself?

First of all could you talk a bit about your character in Cherrybomb?
I play Michelle; she arrives in Luke and Malachy’s world like a whirlwind and completely changes the dynamic of the relationship between these two best friends. She is sassy and confident but there is a vulnerability there that only one of the boys will see.

What was it like working with Rupert Grint? How did he seem to adapt to the indie atmosphere?
Rupert was great to work with. Ron Weasley was quickly forgotten when we started to rehearse and shoot the film. He instantly became Malachy and I was really impressed because it must be hard to shake a character you’ve been playing for almost half your life. But I think he preferred the pace of an indie movie; we would do between 6-10 scenes a day and he said on Potter they would just about complete one.

It almost feels like it’s against type for you, but it’s so hard to tell because your celluloid debut was last year. Is this a type of film you hope to keep making?
Definitely. This was more the kind of material and character that I worked on in drama school, so to get back to it within a year of working professionally was really thrilling.

Speaking of type, you actually have a pretty diverse repertoire thus far: chick flicks, period pieces, independent film. Is there a particular reason for this diversification?
I have been incredibly lucky so far and no-one’s more aware of it than me. There was a danger when I graduated of always been the ‘girl next door’ but working with a great agency I have been seen for a huge spectrum of roles, which is not the norm in this business. It’s very easy to get boxed in.
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How is your approach different for a period piece than for something modern?
I am always more relaxed in a contemporary piece than a period one. But with the latter, there is an ease there for me, which I can’t really explain. I like the restriction of the costumes and dialogue.

Speaking of which, Cranford, Easy Virtue, and in fact Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging were literary adaptations. How did this differ from playing an entirely originally created role?

I have never let this worry me. I always look at the character on my own and make my own decisions about who they are. You can never please all the people all the time, so I play them truthfully and I think that’s a good start.

Let’s talk about stage work. You were in Girl with a Pearl Earring recently. How was that?
I played Griet in Girl With A Pearl Earring on stage last year and I made the decision not to watch the film version with Scarlett Johansson, as I wanted her to be mine. But I can’t wait to watch it now and see how we differed or were similar in our choices. But having my professional theatrical debut in the Haymarket in London’s West End was breath-taking. I find stage work easier as that’s how I was trained…but I love the challenge of film. I find the difference in processes fascinating.

Do you wish to pursue theatre more thoroughly?
Yes, I am already excited about the theatre work I could do in the future. I have done quite a few classics, so a new, contemporary piece would be a great thing for me to do.

I assume you sing, since in college you appeared in Quadrophenia—do you ever think you’d participate in a similar project?
I was in Quadrophenia in drama school but am under no illusions that I am a singer. I find the entire thing absolutely frightening, which is why I auditioned for Quad in the first place: I wanted to face my fear. But there are much better singers out there than me!

Would you like to incorporate music more into future roles that you play? What sorts of roles are you especially keen on playing?
I do love when work I have done is fused with music and I don’t just mean where a film or play has a soundtrack laid on top but that music is a real part of the rehearsal process and helps shape the final product. I did a play called Road that we toured to Milan and I loved how we used music in that show. I would love to play someone super cool and together…who always looks immaculate and is one step ahead of the game. I am very clumsy in real life and really admire that ‘cool’ quality in people. I just don’t have it.

You’ve said you’re a film buff! Could you tell me some of your favorites—classics, scarcely-known indie films, anything else?

My favourite film is French Kiss with Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan. I accidentally came across it when I was younger and fell in love with it. I am a huge Kevin Kline fan. Princess Bride is definitely in my top 3 and the other one is probably Moulin Rouge. I hated it the first time I watched it but when I watched it a second time, it just got me and I love how a film or piece of theatre can do that. You can love something as a whole when piece by piece you’d normally hate it. But I love 80s and early 90s feel-good movies, usually with Michael J. Fox.

What actors in particular do you like, especially with regards to independent or lesser-known actors?
Kevin Kline and Robyn Wright Penn are two people I always loved watching. I think it’s their eyes. I always think blue eyes look more truthful that brown, haha. I have worked with some great actors who are well known but are geniuses in their own field. Katherine Parkinson and Christian Brassington (Easy Virtue) are hilarious and quirky and just brilliant, Sophie Wu (Wild Child) is an excellent comedic actress and writes a lot of her own material but it’s pretty off-the-wall and Georgia Groome (Angus, Thongs) is a great actress and I can’t wait to see her in her first play in London very soon.

Are you a big reader? What is some of your favorite literature?
I am an avid reader. My favourite author is Agatha Christie: I adore murder mysteries and the period in which her books are set from the 20s to the 50s. I also love Jane Austen, I know it’s not original but a classic is a classic and Pride and Prejudice is a wonderful book. And I have already worked with Mr Darcy, even though he played my Dad!

Is there anything else you’ve been working on (film or otherwise) about which you’re particularly excited?
There are several films in the pipeline which I am excited about. My boyfriend is writing a feature film at the moment, that I will beg for a part in and I just completed a short for my younger brother, who directed it. I can’t wait to find out what my next part will be.

Keep your eye out for the release of Cherrybomb and Easy Virtue.


Original article found here at GoodPrattle I April 11, 2009

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Premieres Boost Film Festival Success

cbnews1International cinema as well as UK and local premiers are all featuring in this year’s Jameson Belfast Film Festival, which is now well underway.

There are more than 130 screenings and special events from 30 countries, on offer during a 10-day cinematic extravaganza, ending on 4th April.

Premieres of first features Ditching, Pumpgirl, and Cherrybomb, are included with a ‘Spotlight on India’ section included, welcoming Adoor Gopalakrishnan – one of India’s finest contemporary filmmakers – to the Irish city.

Sir Ben Kingsley has already introduced his new film Fifty Dead Men Walking and Rupert Grint (who plays the character of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films), will attend the gala screening of Cherrybomb tonight.

A Co Down student, Bangor’s Kat Kirk, (pictured here with Rupert), stars alongside the big screen star in Cherrybomb.It has proved very popular, with the first showing tonight sold out, so that a second screening has had to be be arranged for Wednesday.Cherrybomb is described as a hard-hitting look at a group of teenagers as they embark on a wild weekend of drink, drugs, shoplifting and stealing cars.Kat, a Performing Arts student at the Bangor campus of the South Eastern Regional College, who plays the part of 15-year-old Sharon in the film, said: “Working in Cherrybomb has made me realise that it is film acting that I am mainly interested in. I really got a great buzz from immersing myself in the whole film thing.”The buzz has really given me the drive to seek out more film work and we’ll see what happens from there.”(BMcC/JM)


Original article found NorthenIrelandNews March 30th, 2009

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Projecting Success At Belfast Film Festival

Stars of the big screen, Sir Ben Kingsley and Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint as well as Ulster actor James Nesbitt are among those set to attend the Belfast Film Festival at the end of March.

The event, from March 26 – April 4 is also to reflect the growing importance of the film industry to Northern Ireland, with several locally produced movies getting an airing at the event.

Festival Director Michele Devlin said: “As the festival grows each year, we are so proud of the fact that as well as a strong selection of international and European films, we are able to showcase a burgeoning wealth of Northern Ireland film-making and acting talent.

“We have the premieres of the locally-made ‘Cherrybomb’ and ‘Ditching’ and we are also proud to be screening ‘Pumpgirl’ starring, Samantha Healey and Geraldine Hughes.

We are also celebrating Ulster legends such as Davy Hammond, Brian Desmond Hurst and John T Davis as part of the 2009 festival,” she said.

Among the stand-out attractions in a programme of 130 films are the premieres of ’50 Dead Men Walking’, the big-screen adaptation of the true-life tale of an IRA informer and ‘Little Ashes’, which tells the story of a young Salvador Dali.

In terms of an atmospheric setting, it will be hard to beat one special screening of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ – in the city’s St Anne’s Cathedral – also featuring a live score.

A showing of two aquatic-themed movies on a river tourist boat will also add a touch of innovation as well as a strand of the festival which looks at post-conflict resolution through film.

Appropriately too, as the TV cartoon hit show ‘The Simpsons’, is ‘coming to Ireland’ with a specially written new episode being broadcast on St Patrick’s Day, the notable comic festival event is an evening of adult films dubbed badly into Ulster Scots – or ‘Shockin’ly Spaiked O’er Smot’, as the event is called.

There will also be a short series of Ealing comedies, giving a rare cinematic outing for some gems of British movies including ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’, the ‘Man in the White Suit’ and ‘The Ladykillers’.

Speaking at the launch this week, NI Arts Minister Gregory Campbell said: “The creative industries are becoming increasingly significant for Northern Ireland’s economic, social and cultural wealth and the Belfast Film Festival plays a key role in celebrating the successes, diversity and talent within the local film industry.”

It was a point echoed by Belfast Lord Mayor Tom Hartley: “Culture and arts is at the very centre of what Belfast has to offer and this film festival is very much a part of that,” he said.

“The wealth of talent in this city is something which we should all be so proud of.

“It is wonderful to see up-and-coming film-makers having their work recognised and promoted – this Festival is a cornerstone in the city’s annual arts calendar and I wish it continued success.”


Original article found at Northern Ireland News I February 25, 2009

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Harry Potter pal turns to sex, drugs, and crime

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BERLIN (Hollywood Reporter) – Rupert Grint, who plays red-headed sidekick Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movies, has moved on to more grown-up pastimes.

In “Cherrybomb,” which had its world premiere Sunday at the Berlin International Film Festival, Grint plays a youth dabbling in drugs, joy-riding and the thrills of teenage sex. It’s a far cry from the innocent excitement of Hogwarts, but an inevitable transition for the 20-year-old actor.

“It was always going to be quite tricky. ‘Harry Potter’s’ a big thing really, so I’ve always known it’s going to be pretty hard,” Grint said. “But doing this film wasn’t really a conscious decision to try something different — it just worked out like that. I got the script, really liked it, and it all happened in a couple of weeks.”

Grint will start shooting this month at Leavesden Studios in England on the final book of the seven in the “Harry Potter” series, which is being made as two films.

“Fourteen months for Part 1 and Part 2, more or less back-to-back,” he said. “It’s going to be long, but it’s going to be good I think. I really liked the book and the script.

“It’s going to be quite a thing when it’s over because it’ll be half my life exactly. I think I will miss it, because I’ve had some good times on it.

“Cherrybomb,” directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, is set in contemporary Northern Ireland and co-stars Kimberley Nixon and Robert Sheehan in a tale of youthful high jinks and misdeeds that, inevitably, ends badly.

Grint joined Nixon, 23, on Monday in Berlin to meet the media and talk up the film, which required them to act in a fairly frank sex scene.”The hardest bit for both of us was the love scene,” Grint said.

Said Nixon: “It was toward the end of the shoot, so we knew this day was coming. But the crew were so supportive; they made us feel so comfortable, we just got on with our jobs.”


Original article can be viewed at MSNBC I February 9

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Rupert Grint takes gritty turn in ‘Cherrybomb’

Written by Charles Masters

‘Harry Potter’ actor in Berlin with more mature role

BERLIN — Forget quidditch. Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” franchise, has moved on to more grown-up pastimes. In “Cherrybomb,” which had its world premiere here Sunday in the Generation sidebar, Grint plays a youth dabbling in drugs, joy-riding and the thrills of teenage sex. A far cry from the innocent excitement of Hogwarts, but an inevitable transition for the 20-year-old actor.

“It was always going to be quite tricky. ‘Harry Potter’s’ a big thing really, so I’ve always known it’s going to be pretty hard,” Grint said. “But doing this film wasn’t really a conscious decision to try something different — it just worked out like that. I got the script, really liked and it all happened in a couple of weeks.”

Grint will start shooting this month on the final book of the seven in the “Harry Potter” series, which is being made as two films at Leavesden Studios in Watford. “Fourteen months for Part 1 and Part 2, more or less back-to-back. It’s going to be long, but it’s going to be good I think, I really liked the book and the script,” he said. “It’s going to be quite a thing when it’s over because it’ll be half my life exactly. I think I will miss it, because I’ve had some good times on it.

Directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, “Cherrybomb” is set in contemporary Northern Ireland and co-stars Kimberley Nixon and Robert Sheehan in a tale of youthful high jinks and misdeeds that, inevitably, ends badly. James Nesbit also co-stars.

Grint joined Nixon to meet the media Monday and talk up the film, which required them to act a fairly frank sex scene. (Grint gets his shirt off but does not go full frontal as “Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe did in the stage play “Equus.”)

“The hardest bit for both of us was the love scene,” Grint admitted. “It was toward the end of the shoot so we knew this day was coming, but the crew were so supportive, they made us feel so comfortable, we just got on with our jobs,” Nixon said.

Grint’s presence at the premiere certainly pulled the spotlight onto the film, with a large crowd outside the Babylon theater to greet him.

“It was lovely, because I wasn’t expecting it at all. It’s good that everyone’s excited about the film. I do get recognized pretty much everywhere now, but everyone’s really nice and it’s not a problem,” Grint said.


Original article can be found at The Hollywood Reporter I February 9, 2009

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Harry Potter Star Rupert Grint In Saucy Sex Scene

Child actor’s all grown up in new film role

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint performs a raunchy sex scene in his new movie.

The actor, 20, who plays sidekick Ron Weasley in the hit wizard flicks, strips off in Cherrybomb.

Rupert plays the lead role in the thriller and enjoys a romp with co-star Kimberley Nixon, 23.

‘It must have been magic,’ a source tells The Sun.

Rupert returns to the big screen in Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince this summer.

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is due to be released later this year.


Original article found here at Now magazine I January 16, 2009

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Rupert Grint Goes Naked In Cherrybomb

London (ANI): Actors who starred in the famous ‘Harry Potter’ franchise seem to have come all out after their stint with magic, with Rupert Grint now shedding off his clothes for new film Cherrybomb. English actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played the role of Harry Potter in the film series, was the first to shed off his clothes on stage in Equus.

Now, Grint, 20, who shot to fame with his role as Ron Weasley, has shed off his clothes in the new movie. The film is about three teenagers who embark on a debauched weekend of drink, drugs, shoplifting and stealing cars.

According to the Sun, Grint no longer sports the floppy hair, and he showed a lot of confidence doing the naked scene with his co-star Kimberley Nixon.


Original article found here at One India I January 16, 2009

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Another Harry Potter actor takes his clothes off/goes nude

After Daniel ‘Harry Potter’ Radcliffe, his filmbuddy Ron will also shed his clothes. Radcliffe already appeared naked in a play. Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, will be seen in hot scenes in the film.

m1bzxsia01ptThe 20 year old Grint acts in Cherrybomb, a story about two friends who turn into rivals when a seductive girl appears.

It also seems that Grint and actress Kimberley Nixon practiced a lot in real life as well for the film.

According to the Daily Mail the couple spend a few romantic night over at Nixon’s house in London. The film will premiere in February at the Berlin film festival.


Original article found here at: Achterklap I January 15, 2009 I Translation by Laura

Grint and bare it: Steamy scenes as Harry Potter star Rupert peels off with real-life lover

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has thrown off his boyish image to get into a steamy clinch for a new role.

Following in the footsteps of co-star Daniel Radcliffe, who bared all in the West end production of Equus, Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the hit films has stripped for a scene in his new film, Cherrybomb.

The 20-year-old British actor goes shirtless in the grown-up film which makes its world premiere next month at the Berlin Film Festival.

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My how you’ve grown: Rupert Grint with co-star Kimberley Nixon in Cherrybomb


And if he looks like he is taking to the role naturally, it may be because he is said to be having a relationship with co-star Kimberley Nixon.

Grint, 20, is reported to have been spending romantic nights with the 23-year-old Cranford actress in her north London home.

But the young actor has played down the rumours.

Ambitious Grint hopes to break into more adult roles through the film in which he plays a young man pitted against his best friend by the arrival of a beautiful stranger. 

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Real life romance: The pair are rumoured to be dating off-screen


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Summer of love: Best friends soon become worst enemies when newcomer Michelle seductively encourages a dirty competition for her heart


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.


Original article found here: Daily Mail | January 14th, 2009

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Rupert Grint is Cherrybomb Shirtless

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is trying to shed his boyish image but appearing in a drama thriller called Cherrybomb.

The 20-year-old British actor goes shirtless in the edgy flick, which makes its world premiere next month at the Berlin Film Festival.

Synopsis: Best friends Luke (Robert Sheehan) and Malachy (Grint) 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 relaxing vacation transforms into a wild ride of drinking, drugs, sex and a deadly end to the competition.


Original article found here at justjared I January 14, 2009

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