Interview: Digging into the social issues of Carnival Row with David Gyasi, Tamzin Merchant & Andrew Gower

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Edward Douglas (The Beat) got on the phone with Andrew Gower, Tamzin Merchant and David Gyasi to talk about Carnival Row and their characters.

On the question what attracted them to their respective characters, Andrew answered:

I hadn’t read a script that has female characters so shaped and so formed and living and challenging the men in a Victorian period film is something that is really refreshing. […] That sort of works for me right now as an actor who is attracted to those projects consistently, and that is the work I’ve done in the past and this specifically is the one that I went, “Ah, we’re dealing with female characters that we haven’t dealt with before, and I get to be in scenes with them.

We can’t wait to see Andrew in yet another series set in Victorian times (the “real” one this time) with a strong female lead in Miss Scarlet and the Duke!

He further explained about his Carnival Row character Ezra and how he approached him:

I think a lot of people like to keep things out of how they are because they’re terrified of change. Why do you put a woman in a corset to stop her challenging you? Why do women and men sit in different rooms so they can’t gossip? I read this etiquette book to play Ezra and it was really helpful, because every time I was in a scene with my sister [Imogen], she was breaking every etiquette rule in that book, so basically, that’s obviously going to make me angry because she’s not abiding…

Read the full interview on The Beat!

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