An interview with the highly talented British Actor Anthony Ilott. Here's what he had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
My name is Anthony Ilott and I'm British actor living in Oxfordshire (Near the famous Oxford University)!
How and when did you first get into performing?
I first had my taste of performing at a young age when I was involved in a theatre group who would put in small productions. I remember having to dance in a pink Tutu at the age of 12, which as you can imagine, wasn't cool at the time! I started singing and playing guitar and my love grew from then on.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Tom Hanks has always been a big inspiration of mine since I was younger. One of the first movies that I remember watching was "Forrest Gump", and I would just watch it on repeat. Hanks' portrayal hit a chord with me, and I have followed his work ever since. As I grew older and became more interested in film and tv, I loved, and still do love, Leonardo Di Caprio, along with Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Robert Di Nero and Robert Downey Jr. Most recently, I love the work of Andrew Garfleld in Spiderman!
What kind have training have you done?
I went to a small college after school at the age of 17, where I studied Performing Arts, and that's where the bug of acting was firmly planted. I then started auditioning for drama schools around London and secured a place at the prestigious "Guildford School of Acting" where I was given a full scholarship and honed my skills as an actor. I graduated with my degree and believe that the training I received there was some of the best in the world.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I have been a part of some truly beautiful productions, in both theatre and film and tv, but I would have to say my time filming "Wrong Turn 6" for 20th Century Fox. The group of actors that were brought together from all over the world to film in Bulgaria were outstanding. Not only were (and are) they all so talented, we all had such a great relationship whilst filming. It really was a blast, and if you can create a good movie, whilst having fun at the same time, I think it shows to the viewers. I have to point out Aqueela Zoll who I played opposite in the film. She is one of the most supportive actresses I have ever met, and also incredibly talented and made my job not feel like a job! Along with that, we had an excellent production team as well. The director (Valeri Milev) was so focused and yet playful when appropriate and the crew were one of the best I could have asked for!
What projects do you have coming up?
At the moment I am working on a TV pilot that is filming pretty soon. It is a great concept and the script is written very well with great characters that interweave with each other.
Who would be your ideal project and why?
My ideal project would be...that's a difficult one! As an actor I strive to involve myself in productions that say something. Something that will make the viewer stop in their tracks and think. Stories like, "Cast Away" or as I mentioned before "Forrest Gump". Im a big fan of psychological thrillers so being involved in a project like "Shutter Island" would be a fantastic opportunity! That being said, I would love to be a part of a comedy film. I have always reached for the comedy DVD's first and would love to bring something to a production that is comedic.
What are your plans for the future?
In the future I plan on bettering myself as an actor. I am always learning and that's what I want for the rest of my career. To learn. As far as future projects are concerned, I see myself continuing in film and tv. It would be great to be a regular on a TV series in the US and the UK. I always endeavor to produce projects that I love being a part of and that have great scripts. I want to squeeze all of the juice out of a character so that the viewer is getting the most naturalistic portrayal possible.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
My advice to aspiring actors would be to keep at it. If you're in training, or are a professional, we must as actors be persistent and patient. The hard work will pay off. I would also say that it is worth getting to know the "business". It's important to realize that the entertainment industry is a business as well as being crazy and wonderful and so many other things! Be level headed, take risks and most of all enjoy it!