“JOY” MAGAZINE (GERMANY) INTERVIEW WITH MAX IRONS
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Max Irons turns 28 in October, but he still seems like a big, a bit shy boy. Soon everyone’s gonna know him because of his lead role in the Sci-Fi Romance “The Host” (turn to page 40). Such a career booster seems to make the Brit a bit uncomfortable. Until now, it was always his father Jeremy Irons (64) who was standing in the spotlight. Max slowly worked his way up: He studied at the Drama School in London from 2006 to 2008 and did some stage work after that. He was in the British TV series “The Runaway” in 2010, he had a guest role in “Dorian Gray” in the same year and he flirted as a blacksmith with Amanda Seyfried in the fantasy movie “Red Riding Hood” in 2011.
JOY: The expectations for “The Host” are obviously very big after the hype around “Twilight”. Did you read Stephenie Meyer’s books?
Not a single one! I didn’t even watch the “Twilight” movies. Only when I got the script of “The Host”, I started to catch up with it, because I was afraid, that “The Host” could be some Vampire stuff. Because a copy of a phenomenon never works. But when I was reading “The Host”, I learned that it was based on other ideas.
JOY: You’re seen as the new Robert Pattinson despite the completely different topic. What do you think about that?
I don’t know him in person, but I am honored by the comparsion. There are many English actors - but he has prevailed. But every coin has two sides: Robert lost his freedom due his success. But on the other hand he has the privilege, to work with big directors like David Cronenberg. That’s every actor’s dream.
JOY: In “The Host”, an alien has occupied the body of your girlfriend and you don’t know, if you can trust her anymore. In your private life, are you rather careful or are you in good faith?
A girl once told me on a date, that you have to earn trust. She always begins at zero and then starts working on it, until she finally completely opens herself. I’m the total opposite: I always trust people 100% and I have to take a step back if it doesn’t work. No wonder that it didn’t work out between me and her. (laughs) Basically, I see the good in people but I don’t trust everyone blind. The biggest No-go in a friendship is the betrayal of trust. Fortunately I got good friends - none of them is an actor.
JOY: Your father’s famous. Did it make you a benefit, to be Jeremy Irons’ son?
More of a disadvantage! Of course Casting agents are interested in my name but for that, the expectations are pretty high. Everyone has a bad day but when I have one - as the son of Jeremy Irons - everyone notices it. Also, no one ever gives a newcomer a role, only because his parents are famous.
JOY: Did your father give you advices for the life as an actor?
My parents believe, that I have to do my own mistakes. But my father told me that I should never forget what it’s actually about: enjoying acting. Also he said, that I should prepare myself for the Up’s and Down’s and that always someone’s around, who’s better than you.
JOY: Is it easier for you to deal with denial after these advices?
Well, I try to deal rational after a rejection in my job or after being dumped by a woman and I tell myself: “It wasn’t meant to be!” Of course, that’s not always working and I’ve already cried out of frustration - that much about my so-called tactics. (laughs)
JOY: Did you already move to LA?
No, I still live in London and I only travel there for shootings. LA’s too surreal for me. My mom’s happy that I’m staying in England, because she’s afraid, that Hollywood’s destroying young actors like me. She thinks I should do my own experiences, but she still wants to protect me - at the age of 27. (laughs)
- Interview translated by Taty (drunkirons) for MaxIronsUpdated → it was pretty hard to translate this, I’m not fluent in English, so - sorry if I made mistakes!