A heart-wrenching role
So impressive as a young private in Dunkirk, Fionn Whitehead is back on the big screen in an even more challenging role.
Not only does the 21-year-old play a teenager caught between his faith and securing his future in The Children Act, but his character Adam Henry is battling the same cancer that had killed his own mother just months earlier.
Stuff talked to Whitehead recently about working on the emotionally charged adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel and starring opposite Dame Emma Thompson. like they had a definite ending. But it was made so much easier by having Emma around – she was so loving and kind.
It was really great to be able to talk to her openly and chat and joke around and everything to defuse the tension at the end of the day.
Before we started, we did a few rehearsals and had a bit of time to hang out and chat. I went to her house and she made me breakfast one day with [director] Richard [Eyre]. Thatwas really amazing, just to be able to get to know each other before we stepped on set.
I always think that the more you know someone, the better you’ll be able to act together. We talked about the script, talked about the role but we also told each other how we were and had some food together. I couldn’t have asked for more from her – on or off set.
A project with Sebastian Schipper [the German-born director of Victoria, which was shot in a single take]. Thatwas amazing, really different. That [called Roads, it is due out early in 2019] was like a road trip and all the cast and crew got really close. We were this tight-knit little group that sort of travelled all around Europe. The Children Act (M) is now showing in cinemas.