20 Questions with Julian Morris
From political thrillers to heartbreaking dramas, Julian Morris has done it all. We catch up with him in Courthouse Shoreditch to ask 20 quick questions on his life and taking pride in guilty pleasures. Full interview in Dear Boy Issue 02 BAD.
What are you doing these days?
Just finished filming Little Women for the BBC and PBS over in the States. I play John Brooke in the new adaption of the classic book.
How did you get started on your acting career?
I got into drama class and got this lucky break where I was able to play the young roles for The Shakespeare Company. It just so happened that during my gap year I got lucky and the rest just unfolded. I’m incredibly grateful that I get to do something now that I love so much.
Tell us a typical day of being an actor on set?
Morning, wake up – generally early. Once I get to set, I like to get into my costume first in my trailer, then you get to the make up truck where they do your makeup and fix your hair for the character. Then you might talk to the director about what you’re about to do that day and think about it and the rest unfolds. Each production is different, but you just get in and tackle the scene and try and find those moments.
Do you have a guilty pleasure? Something so bad that it is good?
[laughs] Where do we begin? I have to say that I have lots of pleasures and I take pride in them and I don’t feel bad about them. [laughs]
What advice would you give to someone just starting out their career?
To someone starting out, I’d say: Work hard, play hard, be kind.
What is one bad habit that you can’t seem to get rid of?
I’m a terrible procrastinator. It’s terrible. Only because I really enjoy taking it slow. My favourite day of the week is Sunday, and it’s because I love Sunday mornings. I can’t treat too many days like my Sunday mornings.
What do you do on a Sunday morning?
Oh it’s my favourite day. I like to take my time with it. It’s the one day of the week I actually get a physical newspaper so preferably I’m reading a newspaper in bed with toast, marmalade and coffee.
Blue, shades of blue.
Best gig you’ve been to?
Frank Ocean at Brixton Academy, and Bjork at the Hollywood Bowl
Antagonist or Protagonist?
Two things you can’t live without?
Coffee – strong, sweet, hot and with milk. The other thing I can’t live without… my dog
What’s your favourite song that you can’t stop listening to?
Wicked Games by Chris Isaak
Weirdest fan experience?
I have to say I’ve been really lucky and I have a really good group of people who follow my work and they are all lovely. But I did read a funny online comment once – someone once said that I made them wanna lay down like a carrot on the ground… I just thought that was such a funny image.
An emoji to describe yourself?
The monkey with the hands on his mouth
Apple or Android?
What perfume do you use?
Timbuktu. I love scents.
Have you got a favourite scent?
I’m told that it’s ambergris and it’s whale puke. It’s a whale that gets sick in the ocean and sometimes it will coagulate and float at the surface of the ocean and it’s the waxy substance that very occasionally washed up on the beach, so it’s very valuable. It’s this intense smell that I just enjoy and it’s intoxicating.
How would you describe your daily fashion style?
Cosy! I like to be comfortable.
Last question! On a scale of 1 to Riri, how badgal are you?
[laughs] ha ha ha. Let’s go with Riri level, or trying to be Riri level.
Read more of Julian's interview and editorial in Dear Boy Issue 02 BAD
Photographer JUN H
Stylist PEARLINE YEO
Groomer LEE MACHIN
Photographer’s assistant VICTORIA MCGEE
Stylist’s assistant VINCENT LOH
Special Thanks COURTHOUSE HOTEL SHOREDITCH