Joseph very kindly agreed to do another interview for the website. The anwers have been posted a little sooner than expected; some forum members and I unexpectedly met Joseph after his fantastic performance in Possessed last night, and he had the interview with him! We were pleased to be able to wish him a very Happy Birthday. Full details of the encounter are on the forum.
Interview ideas were stolen shamelessly from Variety and the Daily Telegraph, with some cheeky questions from forum members. There are 3 sections.
Your guilty pleasures..
TV: Loose Women!!! Entourage, afternoon repeats of Midsomer Murders, Columbo, Location Location Location, I'd Do Anything.
Film: Horror films from the bottom shelf at blockbusters. Old Harold Lloyd films.
Reading material: Stephen King!
Web sites: Quite partial to josephmillson.com, usually to find out what I'm doing next.
YouTube video: Not a regular enough viewer.
Last dose of live culture: Two bits of homework for Hamlet. Hamlet (the ballet) at Sadlers Wells and Jamie Ballard's Hamlet in Bristol. Very good but not enough gags.
If you could have been born in a different era, which would it be? 1930s when married actors could work together as a unit and live in the West End.
Who, in the whole of history, would you most like to sit next to on a long-haul flight? Noel Coward or Richard Burbage (the guy who played all of Shakespeare's big parts first).
What question are you never asked and most want to answer? All time skateboarding hero? Tony Alva
Best hangover remedy? Full fat Coca Cola, beans on toast
What helps you get out of bed in the morning? Small children jumping on my head seems to work.
Are you a night-owl or a lark? I'm not a night owl or a lark, more of a tape worm.
Who was your celebrity crush growing up? Sarah Greene? I was too busy getting busy with real ladies to notice many celebs.
Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous? Not really relevant as I've never actually felt "famous"
What is the single worst purchase you’ve made in the past year? A TV cabinet which has never arrived.
How do you feel about your work being shown in the US right now. Are you hoping it will lead to wider recognition? If you are referring to SJA on a sci-fi channel, I am only hoping for a little money from sales overseas to be honest. Although if anyone notices me I'd be chuffed.
What work have you been most proud of? Blimey....I've been a lucky boy, erm...
TV - Talk to me, Macbeth, Ghost Squad
Film - Abraham's Point
Theatre - off the top of my head The Clearing, Dog In The Manger, Lifted Veil, King John, Much Ado.
You have a few films being released this year, is this a medium you would like to work more in? Definitely. Particularly something with a part big enough to get stuck into.
What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession? DON'T DO IT! No, don't do it for the £££. Dont confuse acting with celebrity. And its all about earning stripes. Clocking up mileage in front of audiences and cameras.
What is the best and the worst thing about being an actor? The best bit is the phone call saying you have the job. Worst is no security, fiscal or professional, and time away from the family sometimes.
Do you still have to audition as much? In auditions, are you always up against the same actors? Any good stories to tell? Oh my, yes, always auditioning. Almost every single job has been hard won. I am often the only name on the audition list I have never heard of! Many nightmare stories and extraordinary events in auditions. Maybe I should publish memoirs (posthumously)?
Do you have a wish list for a director or co-star that you would like to work with? I don't sit daydreaming of such things but enjoy working to the best of my abilities, so would love to try and keep up with some heroes one day. Daniel Day Lewis, Simon Russell Beale, Eddie Marsan, Anthony Hopkins..
Do you have any intention of recording any more beautiful poetry such as "Belle Dame" or perhaps Shakespeare or a love story of some kind? Or even narrate a book? We are struggling to find a lovely new voice clip for the website so if you could point us in the right direction… Never quite got a proper voice over agent. Would love to do audio books. Some plans afoot to record The Lifted Veil by George Eliot, which I did on stage once.
Do you have any idea how much we'd all like to see you in a period drama (forum members being particularly fond of breeches and cravats …)? Tell me about it!! You name any costume drama in the last 6-7 years and I can tell you a story of endless auditions, recalls and eventual heartbreak. (this autumns Little Dorrit on BBC = 4 meetings and no job!!) One day!
What would you have done if you hadn’t become an actor? Heavens above! I dread to think. Crime. Skateboarder / hippy. Manual labour. Nursing??
The Fan Section (completely random and cheeky)
There has been a lot of interest generated from your wardrobe in the Sarah Jane Adventures. We are particularly fond of the tops. Are any of the clothes your own? Did you get to choose your outfits? Did you get to keep any? Intriguing...none were my own. I kept some trainers.
There has been a lot of interest in the forum (and elsewhere on the internet) generated from your, er lack of wardrobe in Talk To Me, Cinderella and (our soon to be favourite) Abraham's Point. Is this a continuing trend, one that your fans can expect regularly? How do you prepare for these scenes? Aha well, it's not something I relish exactly but it is quite liberating.
The house is burning, wife and family are all safe, but what else do you need to rescue? I'd be quite sad to see my books and plays burn (a thousand or so of them)
We would love to send you lots of birthday gifts but have no idea when it is…is it possible you could enlighten us? April 27th
Who would you be on 'Celebrity Stars in their eyes' and which song would you sing? Maybe Morrisey with Reel Around The Fountain by The Smiths
Apart from your amazing skateboarding skills, do you any other surprising hidden talents we should know about? Good at nursing people, make good hot chocolate, am a good loser, not bad at football!
What are your favourite sweets / chocolate? Not a big sweetie fan, but do sink a lot of chocolate usually with tea.
You're on Death Row (sorry it sounds morbid) what would you choose for a last supper? I've been a veggie 12 years or so. My wife's pork and prune thing (made with Quorn)