From a childhood without friends, to a career on a slow burn, Sebastian Stan has come out fighting in the Captain America franchise
When Sebastian Stan arrived on the Los Angeles set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he felt at a bit of a loss.
In the film, his character – the aforementioned Winter Soldier – is a menacing Terminator-like presence, whose sole purpose is to destroy his former mate, Captain America. He also barely utters a word throughout the entire thing.
“It was a little bit strange,” says Stan, reclining in a fancy hotel room in LA. “The entire role was all physical, so I had to approach it from that standpoint. I trained like a maniac for six months. So the physicality itself kind of formed a lot for me because he really needed to have a presence on screen without a lot of dialogue.”
Stan, though, says he couldn’t get comfortable in the character until he “had the costume on”.
“Once I got the costume on, I started strutting around like I thought this guy was supposed to and that’s when I discovered, ‘Oh, OK, this is how it’s going to be’. I feel pretty tough now.”
It’s a good thing, too, given he and co-star Chris Evans pretty much spend the entire film belting the absolute stuffing out of each other.
“I love working with Chris,” says Stan, adding the two spent months on their fight scenes. “We have a good laugh about it all, and we have a sense of humour about what we do.”
Born in Romania, Stan moved to Vienna with his pianist mother then went to New York after she remarried when he was 12.
“At the time it was difficult, but I didn’t really have a choice,” he says. “The difficulty of all that upheaval was something I didn’t experience until I was older and felt the effects of it. But there’s something good about living in different places; it keeps things interesting. It’s kind of nice to switch it up a little bit.”
During his early days in the US, he discovered a love of cinema, becoming obsessed with the Back to the Future trilogy, Star Wars and films with Jim Carrey, who he would “imitate incessantly”.
“Movies were a wonderful escape for me,” he says. “I didn’t have any friends when I first moved and so I would just watch these classic American films all of the time. It helped me with my English.”
Stan says his love of film developed into a love of acting and he started performing in high school plays.
“There was a moment, when I was about 14 or 15 where I remember having a lot of fun and wanting that to continue. I was excited to have the opportunity to work on a school play or go to drama camp.”
Ultimately, Stan studied theatre at university and did what any New York actor worth his salt does – he nabbed a small role on TV’s Law & Order.
“When that happened, I thought I’d made it. That was amazing to me.”
His big break came in the scifi thriller The Covenant, after which he scored a recurring role in the hit TV series Gossip Girl.
His film career has been a bit of a slow burn but he gained further notice for small roles in critically acclaimed films such as Rachel Getting Married and Black Swan, before nabbing the role of Bucky in Captain America: The First Avenger.
He’s since gone back to television, starring in the critically acclaimed drama Political Animals opposite Sigourney Weaver.
is now showing.
star Tom Hiddleston is known for starring opposite Chris Hemsworth in the Marvel movies, but lately he’s been acting alongside another Australian. Hiddleston stars in
with Mia Wasikowska and is also filming Guillermo del Toro’s new horror film with the Aussie actress.
He says Wasikowska is amazing and he was looking forward to working with her again.
“I think she’s an old soul. She would probably hate me saying that, but she’s very, very wise and very, very level,” he says.
is written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and according to Hiddleston, it’s not your typical vampire movie.
“On the surface it’s a vampire film but actually it’s about these hipster lovers who get back together and talk about music and poetry and art and time,” he says.
In it, Hiddleston’s love interest is played by Tilda Swinton, while Wasikowska is her younger sister.
Hiddleston says both their roles are completely different from anything they have ever done.
“Mia turns up and she’s this kind of mischievous rock chick who’s a bit of a trickster actually,” he says. “She plays it brilliantly.” But in their dynamic “is a bit different”.
Hiddleston only signed on to del Toro’s new film last September, replacing Benedict Cumberbatch after he dropped out, with sources telling
it was because of a conflict with another project.
is released in Australian cinemas next Thursday.