In 2012 a talented journalist interviewed Colin three times. Two of these interviews are introspective and revealing of Colin’s early years. The third is a behind the scenes review of the photo shoot. We will provide that link, as well. The discussion will most likely surround the other two which contain the magic of Colin. These interviews are copyrighted, and we have no intention of violating that trust. We will post the links back to the complete interviews. But we will excerpt some comments which speak to us … and you are welcome to do the same for further comment.
Some of my favorites: Article #1
Up close and personal, Colin comes across as thoughtful, intelligent and engaging.
Morgan is an appealing mix of raw, natural talent, and a rare maturity and thoughtfulness, perhaps fuelled by the self-knowledge that he is only too aware of the extraordinary journey it has taken him to arrive here at all.
“When I first started playing Merlin, I relied on instinct and my own experiences,” he says. “ I thought about what it must be like not to be able to show who you are and what your greatest gift is in a world that persecutes magic. I guess you can relate that to a lot of things. For me it’s about wanting to be an actor, growing up in Northern Ireland; and not being able to express that desire, because the opportunities just aren’t there.”
His face lights up as he delights in telling me about the award-winning film he recently made with Irish director Darragh Byrne. In Parked he plays Cathal, a dope-smoking twenty one-year-old who magically transforms the life of a lonely man with nowhere to live but his car. “I really identified with the character. I liked the script, I liked working with Darragh, and I loved everything about the story – it couldn’t been more different from Merlin – it’s good not to be typecast – I’ve been very lucky.”
Link to the entire article: http://www.ethical-hedonist.com/colin-morgan-interview_991.html
There is something about the Irish, and their very special ability to convey what it means to be human with intelligence, and at times a dark, reckless, irresistible humanity. Colin Morgan has this ability, along with some of the greatest.
Morgan also seems drawn to play some of life’s outcasts – the uncomfortable, challenging fascinating roles,that linger long after the performance has ended. To that you can add that he is in possession of a rare authenticity …
Morgan certainly likes to live dangerously, and play the kind of people society often shuns or finds too uncomfortable to care about.
Colin is in a mood to talk about his heroes, about a great Irish tradition of storytelling and how he can’t wait to reprise the role of the wizard.
When I ask him what authors and books he likes to read, he contemplates the question for a long time before he tells me that when he was growing up,” I was hugely into Terry Prachett, because coming from Ireland, there was a real need for escapism.”It’s also important to speak to friends, as much as you can. You realise that you can’t just put your life on hold for seven months. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have any friends left! This work is all consuming, but you can’t let it consume you.“Acting is probably not a real job – but it is what I want to do.”