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Rupert Grint Knows Exactly How He Would Haze Eddie Redmayne in the Wizarding World

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Rupert Grint stars in the upcoming film Moonwalkers as Jonny, a good-hearted yet blundering band manager, who — with the help of his drugged-up roommate Leon (Robert Sheehan) and an unbalanced CIA agent (Ron Perlman) — attempts to pull off the coup of a lifetime: faking the 1969 moon landing. While the film is a complete 180-degree turn from Grint’s most famous role as the faithful and funny Harry Potter sidekick, Ron Weasley, his character does possess a few of Ron’s characteristics: he’s well-meaning, shows spontaneous moments of bravery, and sees things through until the end.

We spoke to Grint about what it was like to shoot the film, which is set in the ’60s and based in London, and how he felt about working with the “terrifying, intimidating” Perlman. Of course, we couldn’t not squeeze in a few Harry Potter-related questions: you’ll have to keep reading to see what Grint had to say about his iconic role as Ron and the weird Harry Potter-related pickup lines he’s heard. He also opened up about all the new, exciting happenings in the wizarding world, from the upcoming stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to how he would initiate Eddie Redmayne into the family ahead of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Be sure to catch Moonwalkers when it hits theaters Jan. 15.

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POPSUGAR: What was your favorite thing about making this movie?

Rupert Grint: It was such a fun film to work on. It was very spontaneous, and nobody really knew where it was going. I loved working with Ron Perlman and Robbie [Robert Sheehan]. Also, being on the moon and wearing an astronaut suit is kind of every kid’s dream. Overall, it was a very unique, special experience.

PS: You play a band manager in the film. If you could have been the manager for anyone back in the ’60s, who would it be?

RG: I’ll say The Velvet Underground. I’m a big fan of them.

PS: I loved how Stanley Kubrick was incorporated into the storyline. Do you have a favorite film of his?

RG: Oh, A Clockwork Orange really stayed with me. But I also love Dr. Strangelove, and The Shining is one of my favorites.

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PS: The movie is set in London, but centers around the US Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Did you know a lot about America in the ‘60s before you made this film, or was it something you studied up on once you signed on?

RG: I went through a period of time when I was obsessed with the moon landing and especially the conspiracy theories [which speculated that it was fake]. Obviously I believe that we definitely did go to the moon, but it’s quite an interesting alternative. We had a full moon set, and I was surprised by how easy it was to re-create everything. If it was that easy to do in our film . . . it could have been very possible to do back then.

PS: You might be on to something. What was it like to work with Ron Perlman? He seems like he’d be so intimidating.

RG: It was terrifying. [Laughs] I was so intimidated and nervous to meet him — he’s Hellboy! But he was so sweet, so much fun, and so funny. You don’t equate him with comedy, but he’s hilarious. The scene of our characters tripping on acid took us hours to get through. We couldn’t hold it together.

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PS: There are so many new things happening with the Harry Potter franchise.

RG: It’s really kicking off, isn’t it? With the play [Harry Potter and the Cursed Child]. It’s amazing and quite surreal . . . to not be a part of it feels weird. I’m definitely gonna see the play. It’ll be interesting: it’s a great story in its depth, and I know it will translate well on stage.

PS: How do you feel about Eddie Redmayne joining the wizarding world [in Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them]?

RG: I’m excited to see it!

PS: If there was some initiation ritual for the franchise, what would it be?

RG: A few hours on a broomstick, maybe, though I’m not sure if there’s any Quidditch [in the film].

PS: Maybe some sort of Butterbeer drinking challenge?

RG: Yeah, or eating slugs.

PS: How does it feel to have this whole new generation of kids discovering the series for the first time?

RG: It’s a trip. It makes me feel quite old! It’s surreal, but amazing. I feel proud to be a part of it, because the books and films are so important to people. It’s great that it lives on. and people are still excited, and it’s still so relevant.

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PS: Just so you know, today is International Kiss a Ginger Day.

RG: Is it? Oh my gosh.

PS: Yes! So, congratulations! And good luck.

RG: [Laughs] Thank you.

PS: On that note, have you gotten any really amazing or really bad Harry Potter-related pickup lines?

RG: Not so much chat lines, but more innuendo. Things about broomsticks and wands and “going deep.” You know, “chamber of secrets.” All that. Have you heard any?

PS: Oh man. I can’t think of any off the top of my head. I . . . I need more time.


Original article found at popsugar.com January 13th, 2016

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Rupert Grint talks Moonwalkers with Fans

Rupert Grint took over @ouralchemy ‘s Twitter and answered fan questions collected by IMDb.com. Here are your Qs and Rupert’s As!




Original article found at storify.com January 12th, 2016

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Robert Sheehan – Little White Lies Interview

The Cherrybomb star talks about finding his feet alongside some of cinema’s most distinguished faces.


Robert Sheehan is best known for his character Nathan in the E4 teen drama Misfits. He has, however, been appearing in feature films for seven years after his breakthrough performance in critically acclaimed Irish film, Song For a Raggy Boy. His new film, Cherrybomb, will shortly be followed by Seasons of the Witch, which sees him sharing the screen with Stephen Lee, Ron Pearlman, Stephen Graham and Nicolas Cage.

LWLies: So you’re and up and coming actor, what’s next for you; LA?

Sheehan: No, not to live there. I’d gladly work there. I find you go where the work takes you, you let yourself go and see where you end up, and I’ve been lucky to end up in a few very nice places over the course of it. But yeah, I was over their last May for two weeks. I went on my own so it was mostly business and a bit of holiday. I was doing meetings 10 to 5 every day, general meetings which are fucking futile and pointless in my opinion. But they lead to nice things I suppose. One was really cool because I sat down for an hour with Christopher Nolan and just chatted about stuff.

You can’t get a lot better than Christopher Nolan. You’ve got a film with Nicholas Cage coming out right? Was that through that sort of meeting?

No, that was was general auditioning in London, and yeah we shot for four months in Austria and Hungary and I don’t know when it’s going to come out, it’s got postponed. I think it’s just them being cautious because there’s a lot of Nic Cage in the cinema right now.

You’ve been doing this for a while now though, we can remember seeing you in A Song For A Raggy Boy back in the day. Have you ever had, or do you have, concerns about getting into this industry?

I think you can’t control what kind of person you become. You have no choice there, you just do what you do, do what you like. Speaking on a personal point of view, or a philosophical level or whatever, I think it’s a fantastic way to spend your life. I’m very happy to be doing it, and want to keep doing it, and want to do more and more and more, because you get rusty very quickly, and you can get complacent very quickly. It’s a constant fight against that.

So you’ve experienced that in your career already?

Yeah because you can do a character and you can do it for several months, and then you stop and you have to think ‘Well what am I going to do now,’ and you’ve got to really learn how to do something else.

How difficult to you find that, to find new roles and climb into new skins, is that a struggle?

Yeah, it’s a struggle in the sense that you can go from ‘I’m never going to find this character’ to all of a sudden going, ‘Yeah that’ll work for me.’ It can happen very quickly. But there’s been so many brilliant characters in the past, so there’s been a lot of inspiration there, and it’s not just guessing in your own head, you can go away and look at stuff. I find that watching good actors provides inspiration.

Take Cherrybomb, who did you have in your head for that?

I kind of had a bit of a Jim Morrison thing in my head for that character. I remember seeing The Doors and seeing real footage of Jim Morrison, and he had this great sway to him. Those little things, as soon as you confirm those in your head then you can make a character, which I suppose to the outside eye is just me doing my thing, but in my head you’re creating a character.

Is there much of your personality in Luke? Did you find it difficult to find him?

No, it was quite easy to find him, the ideas came quite easily. It was fun because it was easy.

What made it so easy?

Just because I had quite a clear mind of what I was doing, which you don’t always have with characters, and everybody was very at ease on set all the time. It was very very laid back, relaxed, chilled out.

Cherrybomb is a very hermetic narrative and you spend a lot of time developing the inter-relationships. Were they something that came quite naturally between you and Kimberly [Nixon] and Rupert [Grint]? Did you spark off immediately as soon as you met?

I think there was a reasonably immediate spark off as soon as we met, I mean the banter started up pretty quickly. People strike a dynamic, and it was similar because it was me being mouthy, Rupert being lovely and sweet and himself, and Kim in the middle telling me how much of a tosser I am. So it was great. What I’m trying to say is that we got very comfortable with each other and that needed to happen, which doesn’t always happen.

There’s been a bit of controversy in the right wing press about the film’s themes like drug use. Were you conscious about sensationalising it?

No, I don’t think it needed that. The film is quite a stylised version of reality. I like that, I like how cool it looks and how visual it is, but I don’t think it’s completely true to reality in the way the drugs are shown. It doesn’t matter, it’s not trying to tell you any message or anything. That’s the thing, it’s not trying to impose a ‘this is what it’s like’ thing on anyone. There’s no morality to it. I like films that just happen and don’t really try and explain to the audience.


Original article found here: Little White Lies | April 23rd, 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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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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Robert Sheehan Cherrybomb Interview

~Robert Sheehan Cherrybomb Interview~

Robert Sheehan was born in Portlaoise, Ireland on 7 January 1988. His breakthrough came at the age of 14, when he got a small part in a film Song for a Raggy Boy. Since then, Robert has done a lot of TV and film work; his most recent projects include a show called Rock Rivals, and a film Summer of the Flying Saucer.

Here’s how Robert Sheehan explains the plot of Cherrybomb: “Two best mates, who are at that age where it’s kind of like, oh what’s next, is it college or is it living on the streets because mammy and daddy won’t pay the rent? Yeah, so there’s two guys and they’re on the edge of adulthood and best mates and they come from two very different backgrounds — one more wholesome than the other — and then, as all this is going on, a girl comes along (and) both the lads fancy her and see it as a challenge to get her.”

Of course there’s more to it, but Robert did not want to spoil it for the fans! However, he did reveal many details about his character Luke, who is a complete opposite to Malachy: “He’s a naughty, nasty boy! Very much your case of aggressive, but aggressive because he comes from a very unstable background. He’s gotten himself into — well he and his whole family have gotten themselves into — a very awkward situation, with their power structure and how they live their lives. And the reason Luke’s such good mates with Malachy is because Malachy is an escape from this whole, very uncomfortable and horrible reality he has to face every day.”

However, there is another side to Luke’s and Malachy’s friendship, as explained by the directors: “Luke is charismatic, eccentric; the golden guy with rock-star cool who always gets the girls, but he’s really a neglected boy who needs his friendship with Mal perhaps more than Mal needs him — Malachy’s more like family to him than his own brother and father. So as the competition starts to drive them apart, Luke’s confidence and security are at stake, not to mention the fragile balance of his family life.”

Luke’s family life largely revolves around drugs — both his brother and father are in the business. Robert further describes Luke’s love-hate relationship with his father: “Me and my dad are in a trapped, warped family situation where we’re kept in a newly developed house, a hollow shell, by my older brother — Chris. And Chris is using us as employees of his drug business. He has us in this kind of Catch 22 situation because we can’t really support ourselves and we are practically hobos in disguise because there’s a roof over our heads. And dad and I battle with that whole reality; whilst I kind of mind him, he doesn’t mind me. That’s the irony of the whole thing.”

Robert confesses that this is the most adult and violent role he has done to date, and mentions that there is a scene where he and his on-screen dad “kick the crap out of each other”! As Robert puts it: “It’s an accumulation of the tension that’s been building between the three members of the family – where my dad, Smiley has just shown himself incapable of taking care of himself — again — and Luke’s constantly having to go, ‘Pick yourself up dad! Be a dad, be a bit paternal for a change, will ya?’ And it all blows up in a very violent fashion.”

Robert has only words of praise for his co-stars. He described the experience of working with the rest of the cast as “lovely” and elaborated: “You get to that point where you’re working for twelve hours, every single day, day after day for weeks, where it’s such an intense bout of time being very close to a person, that you just don’t have time to be polite and nice. You know you have to get to know each other or else the whole thing goes topsy turvy. So when people are thrust into that situation they do become mates who can say whatever they like to each other.” According to Robert, the thick “Norn Iron” accent wasn’t much of a problem for his co-stars: “And fair play to Rupert, you know? He’s got it dead on and Kim as well.”

About filming the emotionally intense scenes Robert said: “It does help when you know the crew well, and you can push yourself emotionally in front of them without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. I’ve been on stuff before and felt self-conscious doing crying scenes or anything very emotional and we got beyond that.”

Just like Rupert Grint, Robert has found the experience of working with two directors thrilling, but he also noted that the good thing about Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn is that “they have their own territories marked out — each being in charge of different things; like Lisa was 100% on the drama and going through the script in the rehearsals, and Glenn is much more of a visual worker. I mean he was a graphic designer before for years — so they don’t step on each other’s feet and you’re not getting two voices in your ear at the same time.”

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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.

Rupert Grint
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.

Cherrybomb
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.

Cherrybomb
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.

Cherrybomb
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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