Page 44 - liveitloveit

This is a SEO version of liveitloveit. Click here to view full version

« Previous Page Table of Contents Next Page »
My Leeds
MY
LEEDS
MY
LEEDS
MATTHEW
LEWIS
By
Sophie
Haydock
Writer for
The
Leeds Guide
THE ACTOR WHO PLAYS NEVILLE
LONGBOTTOM IN THE HARRY POTTER FILMS IS
LEEDS BORN AND BRED, AND HASN’T LET THE
LURE OF LONDON OR HOLLYWOOD TAKE HIM
AWAY FROM HIS HOME CITY. IT’S BEEN A LONG
JOURNEY FROM THOSE FIRST AUDITIONS AT
THEQUEENSHOTELADECADEAGO,WHEREHE
FIRST CAUGHT THE EYES OF THE HP CASTING
TEAM. NEVILLE STARTED OUT AS A PLUMP
AND RATHER AWKWARD YOUNG WIZARD,
BUT HAS GROWN INTO AN UNEXPECTED
HERO OF THE SERIES, AND
LEWIS - MUCH LIKE HIS ON-
SCREEN CHARACTER - HAS
BECOME SOMETHING OF
A HEARTTHROB. HERE HE
DISCUSSES HIS PASSION
FOR RUGBY AND FOOTBALL,
THE PLEASURES OF A NIGHT
OUT ON THE TILES WITH
HARRY POTTER AND RON
WEASLEY, AND WHY HE’S
NOT PLANNING ON LEAVING
LEEDS ANY TIME SOON.
HOW DID YOU GET THE PART OF NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM IN
HARRY POTTER?
I got the part when I was about 11. Being an actor was down to my brother.
He was into acting, he started at eight and I was about two at the time.My
mum had to chaperone him, so I got dragged along, too. I thought it was
normal. I started doing it myself when I got a bit older. I’d read the Harry
Potter books and loved them.My mum says that I said, ‘if they make a flm,
will you take me to see it?’ I never dreamed I’d be in it. I went to an audition
for it at the Queens Hotel. I queued for fve hours and didn’t think I had
much of a chance. It was two months before they said they were interested.
WHY DOYOU THINK YOUWERE CHOSEN FOR THE PART?
I don’t know. It’s strange to think of all the people who must have
auditioned for that role. I had a round face and I was a little chubby, which
is how they wanted Neville to look.
HOWHASBEINGPARTOFHARRYPOTTERCHANGEDYOURLIFE?
I grew up quickly. I was interacting with adults on a daily basis. You had
to get used to the cameras. I don’t feel like I lost my childhood.Tere were
loads of people the same age in the studio, so it was like being at school, but
every now and then you’d do some flming.