YAHOO – Taron Egerton and Sophie Cookson are the bright young talents starring in Kingsman: The Secret Service. The action-spy film sees them co-starring alongside Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson — not bad for a couple of recent drama school graduates!
FAMOUS caught up with Taron and Sophie during their visit to Sydney.
How does it feel to work with award-winning actors so early on in your careers?
Taron: It’s all down hill from here mate! [Laughs] Sophie: How do you up from there?
Taron: I guess everyone’s now becoming aware of the film with all the promotion, but we’ve had 18 months to process it. It’s surreal. We’re actors, you know, and of course we have all of that respect and admiration for them, but ultimately there comes a point where you have to just get down to it and make some movies.
Were the cast what you expected them to be in real life and did they give you much advice?
Sophie: I didn’t really expect anything. I went in with complete open-minded because as soon as you start having any expectations of what it’s going to be like you are disappointed or it throws you off a bit. But they were just as nice as I hoped. Colin Firth is the gentleman you think he is. There was no lecturing or anything, it was all quite seamless.
Taron: Don’t fart in interviews, that kind of thing [laughs]. They were all very lovely. You expect to see the personas they present to the world, but then they also have their private personas. I guess we were able to see a little more of their private selves – everybody was as nice as I’d hoped.
Are you both thrill seekers like your characters in the film?
Sophie: Oh, no no! If you asked me to jump out of a plane, I’d pay you any amount not to. I like being physical but not like that.
Taron: I’m not like that at all. I really enjoyed the experience of doing it but when I left drama school, I did not envisage action! But it was great fun and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.Read More
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DARK HORIZONS – So far, filmmaker Matthew Vaughn is essentially five for five when it comes to delivering movies of quality – “Layer Cake,” “Stardust,” “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class” have all been very strong but wide-appealing films and his new effort “Kingsman: The Secret Service” keeps that very high standard going.
Both homage to and pastiche of the spy movies of old, especially early James Bond, the film still manages to carve out its own distinct identity thanks to a wicked sense of humour, some stellar action set pieces, and a cast of British talent ranging from legendary thespians like Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Mark Strong to a group of formidably talented young newcomers.
Earlier this week I sat down and spoke with two of those newcomers, specifically the film’s leading man and woman Taron Egerton and Sophie Cookson. Fresh out of drama school with some stage and TV work under their belt, “Kingsman” is their first foray onto the big screen and this very professional and charming pair were happy to discuss their experience in the video.
CLEO – Fresh out of drama school, Sophie Cookson hit the jackpot landing the female lead in Matthew Vaughn’s latest blockbuster, Kingsman: The Secret Service. The 24-year-old stars alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Colin Firth and Samuel L Jackson, as well as fellow newcomer, Taron Egerton. She spilt all about being the only girl on set, playing the super smart, sassy and beyond stylish, Roxy.
Congratulations on Kingsman. I’m not normally a spy movie person but I walked out and thought it was fantastic!
“Amazing, it’s really infectious isn’t it?”
Yes! What was it that attracted you to the film in the first place?
“Um, everything! [Laughs] I got an email asking me to put myself on tape and Matthew Vaughn [the director], who I love, was directing it, and Colin Firth was also attached. Immediately I thought, ‘Well that’s never going to happen’. But Roxy, my character, is like her own entity. She’s not a romantic lead and really stands her ground. So seeing someone that independent and strong, I thought I could really mould her into what I wanted.”
Were you star struck when you met Colin?
“I guess you freak out in your bedroom beforehand, like ‘Oh my God, oh my God, be calm, be cool!’ And then you’re like, ‘Hi Colin’ as he’s walking past. But you have to be, because at the end of the day they are just people wanting to make a good film. They were all wonderful and very generous people as well as actors so it was a pleasure being around them and they automatically put me at ease.”
You have some pretty amazing scenes like being stuck underwater. Did you do all the stunts?
“Apart from one stunt, we did everything. It was amazing to do the underwater stuff. We had some free water diving training taught by this champion who can hold his breath for something ridiculous like half an hour underwater. He was phenomenal. We were filming in December so you get totally drenched, reset, go out into the freezing cold, get changed, and go back in. Plus, we were shooting it for about three weeks and it was supposed to be four days but I think that’s slightly ambitious.”
You also have some fun scenes with little puppies! It’s like a dream come true!
“I still dream about my poodle, Max, and I’m not really a poodle girl either! He was the sweetest dog and he needed a home after, and I was so desperate but a poodle that big in a London flat just wouldn’t work.”
You’ve done TV in the past but this is your first film. Would you like to continue with film?
“I think anything where it’s descriptive and it’s about the people involved and the story telling, no matter what genre, be it radio, film, TV or theatre. It’s definitely opened my eyes up to what it means to make a good film.”
DOLLY – WE LOVE YOUR CHARACTER ROXY IN KINGSMAN. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT HER?
“She’s so strong and independent and keeps her femineity throughout it all. I find that it’s quite rare in films to find that. Often a woman will have to fit into a man’s world and often she does that by imitating them and their characteristics. But Roxy; she’s still a girl’s girl and proud of it!”
DO YOU SEE ANY COMMON TRAITS IN YOURSELF AND ROXY?
“She’s a lot of more slick than I am, I’m far clumsier. But determination, we’re both very determined, and if someone tells us we can’t do something, then we’re going to do it.”
WE’D LOVE TO GET TO KNOW YOU A LITTLE BIT BETTER SO, WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE MUSICIAN?
“I’ve just been listening to Vance Joy. I think I’m a bit later but I’ve had ‘Riptide’ on repeat.”
“A little furniture shop near where I live, I love antique furniture.”
FAVOURITE ICE-CREAM FLAVOUR?
“Coffee. I remember having it as a kid in Spain, and I hadn’t even tasted proper coffee, so my first memory of coffee was ice-cream!”
FAVOURITE TYPE OF CHOCOLATE?
“I’m not really a massive chocolate person, I’m going to go really simple, and go Bounty. And you’re getting one of your five a day!”
“Winnie the Pooh. As an adult, if you go back and read it now, it’s got some wise words.”
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANYONE FOLLOW YOU BACK ON INSTAGRAM, WHO WOULD IT BE?
“I don’t use Instagram! But maybe Ellen DeGeneres. Someone that will spice it up a bit!”
Sophie attended a special VIP screening of ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ with co-star Taron Egerton on January 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.
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