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Posted by Ana / On September 29th, 2014 / No Comments

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Posted by Ana / On September 27th, 2014 / No Comments

The new Brit pack: UK actors storm LA – The Guardian

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Holliday Grainger

Grainger, 26, grew up in Didsbury, Manchester. She gave up studying for an English degree at Leeds University to pursue acting; she subsequently got a first from the Open University. She has starred in Jane Eyre, the TV series The Borgias and in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations as Estella. She is currently starring in The Riot Club, next year appears in Tulip Fever and Cinderella, and has just started filming the lead in Lady Chatterley’s Lover for the BBC.

Who is your acting inspiration?
Cate Blanchett. After working with her [on Cinderella], I can say she is actually the image of feminine perfection. She has her really lovely kids on set, is super professional, incredibly intelligent and nice to everyone. I think she might actually be a perfect human being.

What are you must-haves on set?
A bottle of water, my sides [mini-scripts] and some chewing gum – you have to get up close in people’s face all the time and you might have just eaten some onions.

What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Realising that a lot of it isn’t acting. You spend such a short amount of time on set in character, compared with the nerves, the preparation for audition and then all the press stuff. It was hard coming to terms with the fact that this is all part of the job.

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Posted by Ana / On September 22nd, 2014 / No Comments

Daily Mail: ‘I feel like all doors are open to me’

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Best known for portraying an array of icy, upper-class girls, actress Holliday Grainger tells Benji Wilson why she’s excited about her latest role – in which she gets to reveal her true colours

Holliday Grainger is not, repeat not, posh. But she is also well aware that there might be a perception problem here.

‘I think a lot of people assume that I am a posh, public-school blonde, and a lot of people are shocked that I’m not.’

Her latest role in Lone Scherfig’s film adaptation of Laura Wade’s award-winning stage play Posh, now called The Riot Club, might also suggest a degree of la-di-da-ness. Except that in The Riot Club, for once, her character is the working-class heroine.

The film charts the course of one anarchic evening gone bad for a crop of filthy rich, entitled and thoroughly spoilt students at an Oxford University dining club – evidently The Riot Club is based on the Bullingdon Club, the exclusive all-male society at Oxford notorious both for its illustrious former members, including David Cameron and Boris Johnson, and also for their heavy drinking and sometimes dreadful behaviour.

The film boasts some illustrious names from the cream of young British acting talent – Douglas Booth, Freddie Fox, The Hunger Games’s Sam Claflin, Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay and Game of Thrones’s Natalie Dormer. Holliday’s Lauren is the chalk to the braying poshos’ cheese, a grounded Northern girl who falls in love with new recruit Miles (Max Irons) and tries to steer him away from the club. Lauren was a character created especially for the film, and it’s hard to imagine that Laura Wade didn’t have Holliday Grainger in mind, so striking are the parallels.

I’m glad I finished my degree. Having it gives me a quiet confidence

‘I do see a lot of me in Lauren, actually. She’s a Northern girl, not posh, who is obviously very intelligent and quite socialist in her views. She has got into Magdalen College along with the boys. I think of her as representing the modern Oxford, Oxford as it is now – except the truth is that there are still elements of The Riot Club at Oxford even today. Some of the male actors did their research and chatted to people, and it actually sounds as though what goes on in this movie is quite tame compared to what happens in real life.’



Posted by Ana / On September 16th, 2014 / No Comments

The Riot Club’s Holliday Grainger: ‘It’s not hard to have great chemistry with Max Irons’

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Holliday Grainger, 26, wowed audiences in  The Borgias and Great Expectations. Now she’s playing Max Irons’ love interest in The Riot Club.

Congratulations, you’re one of the most likeable characters in The Riot Club.

Yeah, mind you, I don’t think it’s that hard. There was a scene in a pub that was a hard scene to shoot. We tried to find the point when it turns from a bunch of guys being bloody rude to her feeling quite sexually threatened.

What do you think is the message of the film?

I think it’s about social injustice. What these boys do is almost forgivable when you look at them as just young lads who have taken a lot of alcohol and drugs, and things spiral out of control. But it’s what they do mixed with their political viewpoint. That’s what’s quite scary, when you think that this is a privileged class of boys pushing each other into positions of power. If they’re in the position of ruling an entire country, how are they going to have empathy with a different class?

Have you ever been a member of a club?

I was a temporary member of a private members’ club when I was at the Donmar Warehouse for a few months and I’m a gym club member. How boring!

Do you go to the gym a lot?

I never bloody go! It’s a complete waste of money! I used to go swimming before school. I was disgustingly motivated back then but for the last year, I haven’t actually used it. I enjoy jogging. I’ve got quite addicted to jogging.

Any other addictions?

Not that I can tell you about, darling!

Did you hang out with the boys during the shoot?

Not really. It was necessary for them to feel a sense of camaraderie. They’d be chatting in the back of the car about what they were doing at the weekend and they were like: ‘Oh, do you want to come?’ And it’s like: ‘It’s OK, guys, this is some process you need to go through as a group for this movie.’ But bless them, it worked. They’re a group of peers who all probably go up for the same parts but there was no sense of testosterone or competition. They could not be more polar opposites from the guys they were playing, they are so sensitive, they’re lovely.

How was working with Max Irons?

Max is lovely, we got on really well and we work well together.

You have great chemistry with him in the film.

It’s not hard. You just have to have rather sparkly eyes!

When did you last laugh really hard?

I laughed so hard my belly hurt after a whole day of press. I couldn’t formulate my words over the phone to my mate, the phone call just descended into ten minutes of me going BLLLLWWWW! [blows a raspberry] and for some reason it’s that very childish toilet humour – literally talking s***. It’s like your tongue needs a warm down, it sends you slightly psychotic when you’ve been on the same thing all day so hysteria comes out.

What do you get up to when you go out with your mates?

Usually it involves going out for dinner and going back to someone’s house and sitting on the floor drinking wine, listening to music, more wine and no one ever sits on the sofa.

What gets you excited?

When I’ve not had a day off for ages and I wake up and have that sort of anxious feeling of what time is it? What am I doing? Oh, nothing! [cackles]. And seeing my mum when I haven’t seen her for a while. Also starting a job that you’ve prepared for so you know you can just dive right in.

What gets your goat?

My mate and I were walking down the street and some guy followed us on a bike, being quite weirdly sexually threatening. Then some guy shouted at us out of a van, then another one shouted at us down the road and what did we get called? A slut, or a bitch, for not turning round. You forget that exists, then something like that happens and you think: how is that possible? Are you not embarrassed with yourself for doing that?

What’s coming up work wise?

I’ve got Cinderella, I’ve got Tulip Fever, it’s about love, lust and desire, set against the backdrop of the tulip trade. Then I’m doing Lady Chatterley’s Lover and a film called The Finest Hours about coastguards.

You sounds busy – nicely busy or manic busy?

Yes, nicely busy until you look at your schedule. People are like: ‘Are you going to book that horse riding lesson in?’ Literally, I’ve just been in Toronto, give me a minute! For the first time ever, I thought: how much is a PA?

Did you hire one?

Nah, I’ll go on to my phone’s calendar.

The Riot Club is out on Friday.

 

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