Do you ever get sick of being referred to as a child star?
I just try and ignore it really. It was such a long time ago for me, especially for the kids TV. I didn’t really know what I was doing. Say I was 12 or 15, I was turning up, treating it as a job, just to buy money to get XBOX games at that time. In terms of people referring to it now I just find it weird as I can’t really remember it so it’s crazy when other people can! But growing up in it, I didn’t really have the standard bringing up, my summer holidays would be going to a set. But there are worse things in the world to do.
Your films (and Red Oaks) often depict ‘coming-of-age’ – what were you like as a teenager in Wales?
I think by default, my roles are affected by my upbringing. It was very different to what it’s like in Red Oaks. I mean my parents don’t belong to a country club or whatever. I played a lot of XBOX, I listened to a lot of Eminem – I still do that, which is probably something I should grow out of. I watched a lot of movies. I wasn’t social, I didn’t do much at all. My parents put me into acting because I wouldn’t leave my room very often, I was content within those four walls. So they put me into a Stage Coach kind of thing, and that’s where it all started. I think the kind of characters I play, are quite rabbit in the headlights, coming-of-age characters, which was different to me.
Do you feel like acting hindered your childhood and teenage years at all?
It purely informed me of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, so I’m grateful for that. It gave me information and knowledge that has led me where I am now. It was almost like I never went to drama school so doing kids TV that was my education, I learnt a lot about the etiquette, the grammar of making stuff.