Peaky Blinders star Finn Cole, 25, on working with Margot Robbie on new film Dreamland, whether or not he’ll be the next actor to play James Bond and crediting his brother Joe with his major TV role.
Where are you today?
I’m in LA working on Animal Kingdom, a TV series I’ve been on for a few years now. The Covid precautions are pretty intense but I feel lucky to be back at work. If all goes well I’ll be back home in London to spend Christmas with my family.
Give us the scoop on Animal Kingdom season five, then.
More of the same! Loads of stuff. The family kind of have to come together this season after the death of my grandmother, Smurf, the real matriarch.
As brothers, we have to figure this one out. There are lots of ups and downs this season that I won’t give away.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
A polar bear, just because they are my favourite. They look really cool and they look really warm.
Your new film Dreamland demanded you shower and go skinny-dipping with Margot Robbie. Have to think long and hard before signing up?
Ha! Well, the truth is that the script was amazing. Of course I am a huge fan of Margot. She is a role model for young actors like me.
How she approaches the work on and off screen is so professional and I learnt a lot but yeah… let’s say it was a very exciting role to be able to play and there are lots of reasons for that.
Is it true that you lost ten kilos for the role?
Yeah, just over that at my lowest point. Dreamland is set in the Dust Bowl in 1930s Texas. People were poor and starving.
I am not a method actor, I don’t necessarily believe in it, but the weight-loss was a huge part of getting into the character’s head. And then, of course, the clothes look a lot better on someone who is nice and skinny.
What’s your weight loss secret?
I stopped drinking alcohol pretty much completely. I was running about 5k every other day. I did the 16-8 fasting diet and I just ate pretty well.
I wasn’t super strict, I was still eating chocolate and things I enjoy.
Are you a disciplined person?
No! I find it very hard to be disciplined. But working on something is a real reason to test yourself and go for it all the way.
I did and it felt good. Knowing that there is a finish line definitely helps, though.
Was it your brother Joe who got you the part in Peaky Blinders?
I wouldn’t necessarily say he got me the part but if it wasn’t for Joe I probably wouldn’t be in Peaky Blinders.
He saw an opportunity and suggested that I audition. I remember learning those lines and really working on the character.
You were 17 then. Done much acting before?
Not really. I got a B in GCSE drama! I was the star of one of the school plays when I was in Year 10. It was Bugsy Malone. There is probably footage of it somewhere…
Do you keep and wear clothes from any shows you do?
I wish more than anything that I could have kept some of the costumes I had on Dreamland. Obviously the Peaky Blinders suits are just awesome but I’m not allowed to keep them.
What was your teenage obsession?
I was obsessed with the sea. I wanted to work on boats. I wanted to be on the beach.
I wanted to be outdoors, doing anything to do with driving boats and navigating. I was also obsessed with James Bond.
Those ‘Finn Cole to be the next 007’ rumours start here…
Oh, don’t worry, I’m far too short for that.
You’re one of five brothers – any more going into acting?
Not yet but who knows? Me and my brothers are all really creative in our own right.
For some of us it is more of a hobby and for two of us it is our careers. We are all very close so maybe you will see one of them come through.
Who is the best out of you at buying Christmas presents?
I am assuming I can’t say my mum, right? She’s definitely the best at it. I have asked for nothing this year, just for everyone to stay as safe as possible.
Any New Year’s resolutions?
I try not to make resolutions because I am not someone who sets too much expectation for myself.
I think that expectation gives you anxiety and depression, especially if you don’t achieve it, and so much of what we do is out of our control – and this year is the best example of that.
I’m just taking each day as it comes at the moment. I do what I enjoy and try to keep it sweet.
Dreamland is out now in cinemas.
Credit: Original article published here.