RAFESPALL, DESPERATE ROMANTICS
favourite. Hunt wasn’t one for making pretty pictures – he wanted to tell the truth, he wanted to make things look real at the expense of being beautiful. He didn’t really care about beauty; he just wanted reality. knew who she was. And she went on to marry a lord. She became a huge society girl.
Something else interesting about the series is how it depicts these artists as very much in the public eye.
The age of celebrity isn’t a new thing. The fact is they were really famous and the models they painted were the era’s equivalent of Kate Moss. These painters were more famous than [ modern artists] Tracey Emin and Damian Hirst, not to mention just as radical and just as strange. The reason I’m interested in the drama is to show that young artists have always got drunk, slept with loads of girls and taken drugs. [ Laughs] Nothing’s new.
Can you relate to your character in any way, Rafe?
I can relate to him in the fact that I’m an artist of sorts and I’m ambitious and I really care about what I do and put a lot of effort into it. The same can be said for Hunt. Playing him has taken a lot of research and a lot of hard work, though. Someone came in and showed us how to hold a paintbrush properly!
So you’re ready to take on the art world now?
I think you’ve either got it or you haven’t. [ Laughs] And I haven’t!