Born in Dublin Ireland, he has worked alongside Eoin Macken quit a few times: Christian Blake, Once Upon A Time in Dublin, Fair City and off course COLD. Other film credits include Between The Canals, Neverland, Toast of London, Utopia, … AND, just found this out, Game Of Thrones!
Michael doesn’t only act on screen, but also does theatre: Our Country’s Good, The Kings of the Kilburn High Road, School for Scandal & The Playboy of the Western World, Five Nights, Through A film Darkly, Sizwe Bansi is Dead, The Trial, 100 Minutes , BASIN, Serious Money.
How did you get into the industry? Did you always want to be an actor?
It all started in the UCD fashion a number of years ago. The fashion show involved modelling & dancing which was performed to over 5,000 people. It was an incredible experience for me as it gave me a great platform to explore the various avenues of entertainment. From there, I decided join the National Performing Arts School in Dublin to see if it was something I wanted pursue and that’s how I got the bug.
Which particular project in your career are you proud of?
Oh wow, that’s a tough one. I would say, “The Kings Of The Kilburn High Road” written by Jimmy Murphy which was a play directed by Bisi Adigun. It gave me a great degree of confidence and assured me that this was the path I wanted to take.
What would your dream role be?
To play Edmund in King Lear by William Shakespeare. He staunchly believed that if you want something enough, you can have it as long as you have the ability and belief to take it. A lot of people would consider him to be the archetypal “villain” of the piece, but you’ve got to ask yourself the question, what motivates Edmund? Why is he considered a villain?
Think about it this way, if you were at a soirée and your dad tells the guests “Oh here comes my son and by the way, his mother was a slut/prostitute who I had a lot of fun with and he is the product of that”, how would you feel? I’m pretty sure you’d be livid. Villainy is all about perspective. I find him the most interesting character in all of Shakespearian literature and one I’d love to play.
You’ve been working with Eoin on several projects and got to know him as acdirector and an actor. How did you meet and what’s it like working with him?
I met Eoin at the UCD fashion show all those years ago. He’s a very talented & clever artist. It’s a lot of fun working with him as he just lets you get on with it. There’s a lot of trust there because of our friendship over the years so that makes the process all the more easier.
What were your thoughts when you first read the script?
I thought it was clever and how the hell he was going to come up with the money to do it.
Are you a method actor? How do you prepair for a part, for the part in LEOPARD?
I’m not a method actor. I just let the dialogue inform my judgement about how to tackle the subject at hand. When the text is written as it is in ‘COLD’, it makes it so easy as an actor to perform it.
Is there anything you would like to change about your performance if you could go back and do it again?
Not a single thing.
I’m sure there were a lot of fun moments on set, do you have an anecdote you would like to share with us?
I don’t unfortunately as I was only on set for less than a day. However, being the professional and diligent worker Macken is , I’m sure it was a very professional environment to work in (cough cough).
How would you describe LEOPARD to someone who hasn’t seen in yet?
It’s based on the novel “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck about two disconnected brothers. If I give too much away, it would probably give the plot away but it is a lovely story executed brilliantly by Macken with thanks to you wonderful people for funding it. Much love guys.
What’s your favourite scene/moment in LEOPARD?
I don’t want to spoil it for the viewing audience but there are some beautifully shot and tender moments between the Macken & Hopper.
Thank you very much Michael!
And thank you to my partner in crime, Helen, for helping me come up with these awesome questions. Never ever did I get so many direct messages on twitter before, lol.