Making us Smile Again
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Colin remains for us an introspective and interesting man.
* Humans originally is a Swedish series. Did you watch that when you got the part?
No I didn’t, I went at it for what it was, how it was written. I wasn’t really interested in seeing another version that had been done before. It’s not like a Shakespeare play, where countless actors have played the part. I wanted to put my own stamp on it, that was really important. For me, it’s about playing the character from instincts instead of already having an idea in your head.
* Robotics is one of the central themes of Humans, did you have an interest in it before you got the part?
– when you give someone the ability to think for itself and be on a par with a human do you then afford it the rights of humans? Where do you draw the line? It’s a comment of technology but also a comment on ourselves and our arrogance. Do we programme it with our way, which we deem the right way, or let it think for itself.
* Are you into technology yourself?
I’ve described myself before as a bit anti social media. I’m not into Twitter or Facebook. When I socialise I like to do it face to face. I think a lot of people prefer to look at their screen than someone’s face and that’s happening more and more. I’ve got my phone and laptop but I don’t rely on them so much, or substitute them for reality. I do see that social media is great for people that benefit from it in positive ways, but I just wonder how long it takes before it has a negative effect.
* What were some of the challenges when filming Humans?
A big thing was getting into Leo’s head. He has a lot going on in there all the time so it was important for me to be able to define what had happened to him and how it affected him. He has a constant tug of war going on inside his head. The writers really challenged all of us in the show and I think the drama and psychology of Leo was the biggest challenge for me.
* Let’s speak about your fans for a moment – you’ve got a lot of them! How do you deal with the craze that comes with your name?
I suppose I don’t really deal with it. I feel like I’m able to go about my life normally except for the odd occasion when someone recognises you. It’s obviously strange when it happens but the other side of it is that’s nobody’s coming up and throwing an egg in your face, people are always very nice! It’s part and parcel with what being in the public eye is. When I just did theatre I’d go there, do my job and go home but as soon as I did some TV work the next theatre job was completely different! A little part of me was gutted that suddenly it wasn’t just about being on stage and performing, I was a part of celebrity culture that I wasn’t used to. It’s strange, I don’t know if anyone ever becomes used to it.
Photo by Neil Bennett, Hunger Magazine