Fair enough. At least he has the sense to know when modesty is appropriate; - instead he reveals quite a bit about this personal life in between questions about his interpretation of Austen’s rake, John Willoughby.
Cooper shares that his character John Willoughby is a young man who made the wrong decision. He believes that Willoughby was truly in love with Marianne Dashwood and intended to propose marriage. Willoughby and Marianne do not have their own money, so he is dependent upon his inheritance from his aunt to live. His weakness is that he obeys his aunt, and throws her off.
The 29 year old actor is on the cusp of stardom, and has been grouped with several other up-coming British actors such as, James McAvoy, Ben Whishaw, Rebecca Hall, Emily Blunt and Hayley Atwell. (Jane Austen connections in 2007: James McAvoy stared as Tom Lefroy in Becoming Jane, Emily Blunt stared as Prudie Drummond in The Jane Austen Book Club, and Hayley Atwell stared as Mary Crawford in Mansfield Park .)Classically trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), he appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and then originated the role of Dankin in The History Boys, at the Royal National Theatre. In 2006 he stared in the film of the same production to much praise and acclaim.
His dance card has been quite full as of late, and has three films in the queue; Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Mamma Mia, and The Duchess co-staring Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, 2005). He is currently filming An Education, co-staring Emma Thompson (Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility, 1995), Olivia Williams (Jane Austen, Miss Austen Regrets, 2008), Rosamund Pike (Jane Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, 2005), Carey Mulligan (Isabella Thorpe, Northanger Abbey, 2007), Sally Hawkins (Anne Elliot, Persuasion, 2007). Quite an Austen actor lineup!
I don’t quite agree that he is the next Regency sex symbol, having not been convinced that his portrayal of Willoughby in episode one of Sense and Sensibility last Sunday elevated him to that status, but he may surpise me in the future.
Posted by Laurel Ann, Austenprose