Tomorrow’s Stars: Josh Sutherland
Anyone can jump on a bandwagon when a ‘name’ gets hot or discovered or anointed with some new franchise character. But we at Movie Viral feel compelled to go further and give platforms to the next big thing before they become that.
It’s a salute to every star that started out as a ‘jobbing’ actor. It’s an investment in the future. And also, an invaluable insight we feel to a precarious profession that can nonetheless become the most rewarding of creative outlets.
We present: Josh Sutherland. He’s versatile and determined. It can only be a matter of time before his is a big name to watch.
Q: How did you decide on becoming an actor?
I knew from a young age that it was one of the many things I loved doing, but it was at university where I started taking it more seriously. The play was Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Q: Give us a typical ‘day in the life’, if there is one?
There isn’t one. Viewfinder is Jason and mine’s first film, so it’s been a steep learning curve. It’s taken nearly two years to get this film done with limited resources (not that long considering Eraserhead took seven). A real labor of love/hate.
A typical filming day whilst shooting this film would include me turning up on set bleary eyed, demanding coffee, a quick chat about what we’ll be doing and then going from there. I’ve been very lucky in that Jason has allowed me to change a lot of the dialogue I’ve had a massive input when it comes to plot, mood, music and even some of the lines. On a film like this, where the narrative is centred around one character I feel this is crucial, and hopefully this will show on film.
Q: Does it help to be physically co-ordinated / sporty as an actor?
I used to be very sporty. Not anymore! Although I’m planning on getting better at it. I’m ashamed to say I’m still a smoker, but I eat very healthily and keep generally active. I should probably sort a bike out.
Q: Which actors inspired you at first /continue to inspire you in the field and why?
Joaquin Phoenix and Daniel Day Lewis are probably my main inspirations, but there are endless actors I look to. The way they approach roles can vary; but both have equal merit. Day Lewis spends months, sometimes years preparing for roles, Phoenix has said more recently that he doesn’t really prepare that much (at least for Inherent Vice – a film I still haven’t seen but need to).
Q: Got any celebrity anecdotes yet? Any you’d care to share with us?
Q: What roles would you REALLY like to play?
I’d love to be in a Paul Thomas Anderson film. Coen Brothers, too. There are no particular roles I’d like to play. As long as the work is challenging and varied I would be very happy.
Q: Is there anything you would NOT play?
Do you get involved in other creative /performance projects? Any modelling or music work? Does an actor NEED to have back up options and what happens when those back up options become more lucrative: is there a clash / conflict and could the acting take a back seat?
It’s very difficult for a young actor to get a foot on the ladder. I moved to London in September 2012 and only now things are beginning to take off. I was in an O2 advert (as a frog); tried to get into modelling but decided it wasn’t for me/I wasn’t attractive enough. It’s important to keep busy. If you want to be an actor you will eventually find a way of getting there.
(Saying that I am writing a play, have been writing some songs, and eventually want to run my own production company. Ha)
Q: Is acting supposed to be politically /morally neutral or does it call on all its practitioners to be voices for change?
It depends. I try and approach characters completely subjectively wherever possible, taking on their perspective. If a character were in conflict with say a Conservative Government, I as actor take on their particular political perspective. If I was directing it would be completely different of course. Something I’m planning on doing fairly soon.
Thank you Josh for your time. Readers: look out for him on stage and screen; Casting Directors / Studio Blockbuster Bosses: Josh is your man! (Especially suited we think to an ensemble, big budget, comic book super-hero showcase like X-Men? Just a thought).