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FILM3SIXTY – We speak to rising star, Sophie Cookson about working with Matthew Vaughn on Kingsman: Secret Service, the perils of stunt-work, and the importance of perseverance.
“Drama school certainly doesn’t prepare you for hanging upside down in a tree whilst strapped in a harness for hours upon, hours.”
For most actors and actresses the journey to their first big-budget feature film is a slow one. Not, however, for Sophie Cookson, who, fresh from her TV breakthrough in Sky One’s Moonfleet earlier this year, will join Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine and fellow newcomer Taron Egerton in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsmen: The Secret Service, released in UK cinemas this Thursday 29 January, 2015.

Based on the graphic novel by Vaughn’s frequent source of inspiration, Mark Millar (Kick-Ass), Kingsman: The Secret Service details the life of a working class hooligan “Eggsy” (Egerton) who is plucked from a South London council estate by the dapper super-spy Harry Hart (Firth) to join a clandestine organisation, The Kingsman.

Sophie’s character Roxy, has also been enrolled in the Kingsman training program. We sat down with Cookson to discuss how, fresh out of drama school, it felt to be plunged into the limelight, and her experiences of working with such a talented cast.

This is your first film, and unlike many actors and actresses you are starting with a bang, with a great cast, and big budget. How have you found the experience?
It has been a baptism of fire. It is amazing working with such an established cast, and people who I have looked up to since I was a child. Working with Matthew was also an honour, because I remember the first time that I watched Layer Cake (2004), I was completely blown away. Working with people like Matthew was nerve-racking, but at the same time I knew that I was in safe hands.

You have gone on a fast-paced journey through drama school, TV and on to a film?
It was, but in a way it was great because it didn’t give me time to freak out about it too much. Also, I don’t know anything, so I have no frame of reference to compare it to. You cope with what you are given, don’t you?

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Labels: Interviews, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Movies

Scans from Empire and F*** magazines (February 2015) have been added to the gallery. I also added a new photoshoot of Sophie with her ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ co-stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson.

Magazine Scans > 2015 > Empire (February)
Magazine Scans > 2015 > F*** (February)
Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > 2015 > Session 005
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I’ve added new high quality stills of Sophie as Roxy in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’.

Film Productions > Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) > Production Stills
Labels: Kingsman: The Secret Service, Movies

Last year, Sophie attended a press conference for ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ during the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. Many thanks to Kaitlin for the pictures.

Studio Photoshoots > Press Conference & Portraits > 2014: Comic-Con International – ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Press Conference
Labels: Press Conference

Before the ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ premiere, Sophie attended a cocktail party on Savile Row in Mayfair, London. Thanks to Kaitlin for the donation.

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I have updated the gallery with outtakes from the Harper’s Bazaar (Germany)‘s photoshoot. Sophie appears in the February issue and I hope I will be able to add the scans soon but for now, you can enjoy this beautiful new shoot.

Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > 2015 > Session 004
Labels: Photoshoots