As I’m sure many of you know, Rupert Grint has recently started his first Broadway run. He is currently appearing in It’s Only a Play, which you can find out more about in our previous articles here and here, including promotional videos and pictures! The first preview and opening night was last week, August 28. While the play is now well underway, Rupert is busy talking about the play and his own stage influences. In an interview with Time Out, Rupert talks about how he came to Broadway:
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, ever since my first taste of theater last year in the West End, when I did Mojo. This just kind of came up. I was quite hesitant at first, but it’s such a fun play and a great cast that I had to do it.
He further explains why he was so hesitant:
Yeah, just because of the scale of it. I thought I might be a little bit out of my depth. Everyone in this cast is so experienced—people I’ve watched while I was growing up—it was quite overwhelming. I remember on the first day just looking around the table, thinking, ‘Oh my God, this is real.’ But it’s been a really good rehearsal process, and I feel comfortable. They all know comedy so well.
Rupert also comments on his character in the play and whether he can relate, as well as changing the character to a British one:
No, not quite. He’s not like other characters I’ve played before. He’s quite over-the-top and angry. He’s been praised since leaving RADA [The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art] for everything he’s done, and he’s a bit sick of all the attention and the rave reviews. He’s already been knighted. He wants a bad review to kind of get him back on track. And he’s a kleptomaniac. It’s a fun character.
The script has had a lot of updates to include social media and the way people view reviews now. It’s interesting to see people read reviews about themselves. I don’t think audiences think about that when they read reviews, about the person that it’s about. Watching a group of actors and directors reading reviews is quite an interesting thing.
He also comments on whether he ever rewatches the Potter films:
I don’t really look back on them. I don’t really watch them. Occasionally I catch glimpses when they’re playing on TV. It’s like watching high-quality home videos, watching me grow up. It’s quite strange. I’m really quite proud to be a part of them. They were a huge part of our lives.
Our friends over at RupertGrint.net were lucky enough to attend a performance last week and have posted their own review of the show, as well as a video of the curtain call. Check out the video below:
It’s Only a Play is open now for previews and opens for a limited run from October 9. Have you got tickets to see It’s Only a Play? Or have you seen it already? Let us know in the comments below!