We continue to find wonderful articles profiling Jim Sturgess where he talks about his new film One Day, his music and career, and upcoming projects. Below are excerpts, however we encourage fans to read the entire interview from each publication:
Shortlist.com interviewed Jim earlier this week and had some unique questions:
People are passionate about this book. Have you Googled yourself to check the ever-fickle public are convinced you’re the man for the job?
[Laughs] I haven’t specifically looked but I have seen some comments. One of them said, “Why do they always cast American actors in these British films? Jim Sturgess’s British accent is terrible.” That was my favourite.
Did you model One Day’s Dexter on anyone in particular? You go a bit Big Breakfast-era Johnny Vaughan in your Nineties-TV-presenter phase…
No one’s said that yet. They always say Terry Christian. I watched The Big Breakfast during those years. It was part of my morning routine. And The Word. So, yeah, there’s probably a bit of Terry and Johnny in there.
Was there anything garish from the Nineties lurking in your cupboard that you could have worn on set?
I used to have a reversible tracksuit. One side was a black shell suit and if you flipped it was a sort of grey sweat suit. I lived in it for a period of time to have the best of both worlds.
Were you as successful with the ladies as Dex?
No, not at all. I’m smarter than Dexter so I ended up having a relationship with my best friend pretty early on. So I’ve been in a happy relationship for a long time.
Could you empathise with his descent into alcohol and drugs?
I’ve certainly drunk a lot over the years, as we all do in England. It’s amazing when you go to another country, what a big part of British culture drinking is.
The Irish Examiner reporter Declan Cashin learned this from Jim about his family and friends:
Jim Sturgess has been in a perpetual state of jetlag for the past month, flying to and around the US on promotional duties, but also taking in time to attend his brother’s wedding – as well as the numerous parties associated with it – in London. To the bleary-eyed 30-year-old’s eternal relief, his role in the nuptials was purely as spectator and reveller. “Luckily I don’t think he trusted me with being his best man,” he laughs, settling into the sofa in a hotel suite in London’s Knightsbridge. “I was best man for my best mate before. It’s a lot of responsibility. All of this is easy. Being best man is far more terrifying.”
Sturgess still tinkers around with music today, aided and encouraged in no small part by his long-term musician girlfriend, Mickey O’Brien. The couple have even made a demo album together in their home studio.
With a name like that, it’s no surprise to learn that O’Brien’s extended family all hail from Ireland. “We go over with the family to the middle of nowhere in Carrick-on-Shannon,” Sturgess says. “I love the pubs and the people. Mickey’s family are all farmers with no connection to the world of fame at all. They’re always like [adopting an impressive Irish accent], ‘How’s it goin’ with the fillums’?”
Lastly, though he says he’s not good at romance in reality, when pressed for a date that is significant to him – like July 15th in the movie – Sturgess replies: “My anniversary with Mickey, May 20th. “We chose that as our anniversary because we knew each other a little bit before, but we’d never been on a date. Then on May 20th, we hung out at this party, and didn’t leave each other’s side.
And lastly, Indie London has a lengthy, very in-depth interview with Jim. Below Jim talks about “love at first sight” and oddly, a bit on Dexter’s hair:
Q. Do you believe in love at first sight? And have you ever experienced it?
I do, for sure. And yeah, my current girlfriend… when we first met there was an instant connection and an instant sort of familiarity. It just wasn’t an effort. Of course, love just comes in so many different shapes and sizes and some people fall in love instantly, some people fall in love and then fall out of love and get divorced. But that’s what’s so great about this film – it’s their journey into love and out again. You could pick another two people and you’d have a whole other story and that’s why films about love get made and made and made – because there’s a million ways to tell it and no two stories are the same.
Q. How long did you spend doing your hair?
A lot [laughs]. It was a big part of the character, it really was. It became an infatuation for everyone, not just me! People have asked what I did to research the character and it’s weird, when you make a film like The Way Back you can research the political climate of that time and the historical backdrop that you’re putting yourself in. Yanush was a Polish officer, so you can look into the Polish history, and what it’s like to be a military man. You can learn survival skills in order to tool you up ready for the film.
But with Dexter, I was like: “What is he good at? What does he do?” He’s not really good at anything and it was a time period that I sort of knew anyway. So, I was at a bit of a loss really. So, the research really came from the wardrobe fittings and the make-up tests and the wigs and the hair because he really does work and put himself out there on that sort of surface, shallow kind of level. So, as long as he looked good he was all there.