The Australian actor, 42, is branching out internationally, having appeared in Game of Thrones and now as a journalist in British drama Press (airs Tues., Nov. 13 at 8.30pm; BBC First), which looks at today’s media.
We see more of your character in this week’s second episode – and you got to keep your Australian accent … I went in and had a few accents ready, and the director said, “I want your spirit and humour and that ruffian Australian thing.” Is it any difference working on a British series from what you’re used to? You work overseas and go, “F--k, I’m doing a big show in England,” but you get on set and there’s dubious food catering, the actors are anxious and the director’s in a rush, and you go, “Oh, this is like Australia.” It’s the same everywhere. Did you enjoy your Game of Thrones experience? It was fantastic. It’s a huge break, but I only had two-and-a-half scenes – one where I’m holding the boat, one where I speak and one where I die. But once you put on those cloaks and they cover you in mud, it’s like, “Yeah, I’m in Game of Thrones.” What else have you got coming up? I’m writing a BBC show and a film for America. I’ve got a couple of projects brewing in the Southern Hemisphere but I’ve been told to be mysterious about them. I would have a GOT fate if I told you what they are.