Who is Poldark’s Drake Carne?
A puppy dude, he's been really hurt and had to grow up a lot! Really a fantastic character who resembles an innocent boy turning into a man from the complexities of life thrown at him. And what sort of damage love can do to someone.
What is it like joining a hit TV show like with such an amazing cast?
I was amazingly cautious because the cast were already very established, however they were brilliant to look up to and show me the way so I felt very comfortable coming into an already established family. It was daunting to try and step up to the bar they had set so high over the past two years.
Can you tell us how you came to be involved in this production?
Just an normal audition like any other, I didn't think I had a chance in the world.
How did you approach this character?
I watched a lot of old films that reminded me of him, and that their story of ... is very Romeo and Juliette and anything that kind of encapsulated star-crossed lovers, and people who were kept apart. I spent a lot of time outdoors, trying to soak up the whole culture as well.
Who has been inspiring you lately?
I think Luca Guadagnino as a director, his last two films were so beautiful... And I think Paul Dano as an actor, I find him extremely inspiring, and recently, I've also been watching a lot of Jake Gyllenhall's work, he's a very interesting actor, incredibly inspiring.
So what got you interested in theatre and the arts?
High school, I was in a play. School was a great place to be a kid and be free, it was lovely.
What do you look for in a collaborator/director?
I look for a passion, and also a warmth of heart; I think that people who approach work with empathy, an open heart, and a passion to try and connect I thought it more attractive than the opposite, and people who are curious and child-like.
Can you recall a particularly memorable on the set ?
This time having to gallop on a horse across a cliff which, not being a horse rider was pretty terrifying but really fun.
You don’t do that often..
No you don’t get to do that often.
Do you miss Australia, and are you going there often?
I miss it a lot yeah. I do try and get there as much as I can, but only once or twice a year usually. My family still live over there and I really miss the easy lifestyle, and Sydney is such a beautiful city. I will be back one day.
So you’re in London full-time now?
Yes. Although I've just been in LA for the past three months, just exploring California. I'm kind of all over the place, I'm just about to travel to Greece as well before I go back to work.
Any upcoming projects ?
No nothing to talk about yet.
Thanks to Noor Ould Hocine
Poldark - Sunday nights at 9pm on BBC One