MEET THE AMERICAN ACTOR WINNING ALL THE RIGHT FANS – INCLUDING STEVEN SPIELBERG.
It’s a Wednesday morning in London and Austin Stowell is missing home. “There’s an La-esque juice shop around the corner and I’ve basically been going there every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” Still, no amount of juicing can hold back the rain, which has been nonstop for the best part of a week. Or maybe London’s always like that. Either way, Stowell’s in high spirits. “My show premiered last night in the US so a lot of people have been reaching out,” he says of Public Morals, also starring Edward Burns with Steven Spielberg as an executive producer. “It’s been a busy morning.” It was while flming this TV drama that the 30-year-old frst met Spielberg. “He’s one of the best-dressed guys I’ve ever seen. I’d like to think he composes himself in the mirror like he composes his actors on flm – everything goes together so well,” says Stowell. “He looked just as I’d imagined – minus the glowing aura around him.” Spielberg was equally impressed by his young charge. While directing on Bridge of Spies, if reports are to be believed, he specifcally called for Stowell after spotting him on the set. “Oh yeah, I was handpicked by Steven Spielberg,” jokes Stowell, when we put it to him. “But it’s no wonder actors fght to work with him. He really is a wonderful man, and cares so much about flm and storytelling. It’s an honour to work for him.” Set at the height of the Cold War, Bridge of Spies sees Stowell play Francis Gary Powers, a US air force pilot shot down and captured during a reconnaissance mission over Russia. Based on a true story,