New Yorker Festival Panel on Period Acting, featuring Dan Stevens.
As seen from the 2nd row, using iphone camera…also took notes and audio recorded (but not tumblr competent enough to post that)
Recap and Impressions:
-NGL, guys. Dan is actually better looking in person, if that’s possible. (My pics don’t do justice). My SIL speculated that, as Matthew, he’s so dressed and coiffed that he looks like a doll, sorta unreal. My first impression is that he’s shorter than I thought, which is odd because I know he’s 6ft ish. Again, I think as Matthew he stands/sits up really staight and today he was doing the modern guy slouch. He wore GAP Kids-sized skinny jeans and nice brown shoe/boots.
-His personality definitely spills into the Matthew. He seemed a little diffident/ awkward/embarrassed, especially at all the fangirl squeeeels upon his introduction. Then the first question about the difference between playing a contemporary vs. period character was thrown to him and he looked sideways as if to say, “Who me?”
-His answer involved a discussion of how Alisdair Bruce worked on his hat “doffing.” “He worked me hard on that.” [Fangirl giggles.]
-Dan turned bright red when the moderator asked about if the period costume went down to undergarments and Cherry Jones replied that they go “all the way right down to Florida!”
-Dan’s smartest answer was to a question about acting to express repressed emotion. He noted that while we are all still trying to work out how the modern world works, in a period drama, it’s nice that the costume and social mores offer constraints and set the parameters. At the same time we can see people like that today. “There are guys like Edward Ferrars. I HOPE.” Funny: ”We are all looking for him [said in girly voice].”
*loud, estogen-laden sigh*