Watch out Hollywood, there’s a new Heartthrob in town- Oliver Stark!
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
My name is Oliver Stark, I’m an actor born and raised in London.
How and when did you first get into performing?
It’s something I’ve always had an interest in. I was always the entertainer (or show-off) in my family when I was growing up. But it wasn’t until I was 18, that I decided to pursue it as a career. I was originally meant to be going to university to study Economics, but at the last minute I decided that it wasn’t for me, and that I had to follow my heart into acting.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
One person who massively inspired me was my high school principal, Mr McKellar. He was a really brilliant man who sadly passed away earlier this year. He gave me a lot of courage to take risks and do what I wanted to do. ‘Acting is all in the eyes’ he’d always tell me.
What kind have training have you done?
I’ve done lots of classes over the years. I think the best was an improvisation class I took as a teenager. It taught me that there are no wrong answers in acting as long as you are true to what you feel. It taught me to trust myself and to let my instincts guide my performance.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
It’s hard to choose! It was a big deal for me to work on ‘Luther’ for BBC One. It’s a Golden Globe winning show and has been nominated for lots of Emmy’s too, for me it’s the best show on British television – so I was really excited to be a part of the final series.
What projects do you have coming up?
I’ve just wrapped on a film called ‘DxM’ which is a Sci-Fi action movie! It was so much fun, we shot for 3 months and it was probably the best time of my life. It’s about 5 friends who are at an incredible academy for Quantum Mechanics. They discover that they can use Quantum Theory to transfer motor skills from one brain to another, and it’s about how they proceed to spread this new found technology. I play Dylan, who is an American indie rockstar who also has an incredible brain for technology. He was headhunted by the academy after they saw some of what he had invented!
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
There are so many people I want to work with and all for such different reasons. I’d love to work opposite Daniel Day-Lewis. The way he immerses himself in the character I think is fascinating and I’d love to just watch him work. I’ve heard he can be quite an intimidating actor to work with because of his commitment to staying in the role, but the intimidation factor is part of the appeal for me.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to continue working in unique projects that push the boundaries.‘DxM’ is a movie unlike anything I’ve ever seen before and that’s so exciting for me. I also, like many Brits, grew up watching American TV so I’d love to be on a great show in the US.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
To listen to what everyone tells you, but disregard what doesn’t work for you. You have to trust your own instincts, because when you go to sleep at night you need to know you made the right decision for you, and not for anyone else…