Kierston Wareing – The Shadow Line interview

Actress Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, Martina Cole’s The Take) plays Detective Sergeant Lia Honey in Hugo Blick’s seven-part conspiracy thriller The Shadow Line.

Currently airing at 9pm on Thursday nights on BBC Two, the series brings to life a cinematic world of blurred morality and the conflicted characters that inhabit it.

What did you think when you first read the script for The Shadow Line?

“That it’s a genius piece of work. I had to re-read it because it is really confusing – in a good way – basically you have to take note of everything because there are so many directions, so you have to pick up on everything otherwise you will miss out on bits and pieces that are important.

“I started reading it on the plane on my way back from a job and rushed into the audition. I didn’t get through [episodes] five and six, and my audition went absolutely awfully. I stopped halfway through and I went: “Oh no, this is so awful,” and Hugo (Blick) goes: “You don’t want to do the next scene do you?” It was just because I rushed it all. So I phoned my agent and I said “Worst audition I have ever done!”"

When you read the script did you feel it was different?

“Yeah, absolutely! It completely stood out, it’s literally a genius piece of work – Hugo’s a complete genius.”

How would you describe the drama?

“Well, it starts with the murder of the drug baron Harvey Wratten and after that a story unravels. You could describe it as dark but witty at the same time, and it’s an extremely intelligent drama.”

And what about the role of Honey, what attracted you to the part?

“Well, she is very different to what I normally do. I’ve never played a detective, I’m always on the other side playing the criminal, so that was completely different for me, a complete change. And she is very action based and I have always wanted to do action. Working against Chiwetel [Ejiofor] helped, it was just a fantastic opportunity for me.”

A lot of your scenes are with Chiwetel?

“Yeah, most of my scenes are with him, he’s great, just the best actor. I mean I have worked with some fantastic actors, don’t get me wrong! But he is someone I look up to, because I find him so natural, you don’t even know he is acting. So I feel extremely privileged to work with him.”

What’s Honey’s relationship like with Gabriel?

“We are work partners – we work together, she’s very dedicated to her work, he’s very dedicated to his work. I’m a bit wittier, a bit more sarcastic, but they are both very dedicated. If something happens they both go together and just get on with it.”

You mentioned you have some action-based scenes?

“I had a big fight scene with Sean Gilder (Beatty), which was fantastic. I did my own stunts – and in the end I actually did do that back flip! And the stunt guy goes: “Kierston, honestly I have worked in some Hollywood films, with some big people like Angelina who do their own stunts and you should be proud of yourself”. And I really am!

“Never in a million years did I think I would do that. But the weird thing was the day we did it nothing went wrong, and then right at the end there was an accident. It was nothing – just Sean swinging the gun around – but it hit me on the cheek. But they have kept the blood in, so it’s real blood – and I’m proud of that!”

Were the action scenes the most enjoyable aspect of this job?

“Yeah, that was my favourite part – and doing the chase scenes with Chiwetel, running around the tube station. I asked Chiwetel if he was looking forward to the action scenes. And he was like: “Not really Kierston, no” [laughs]. I was like “I can’t wait!” But he said – well I can’t repeat how he said it! But it was a joke, that he’d rather do the talking scenes and I would rather do the action scenes!”

Do you think you approach acting in a different way to Chiwetel?

“To be honest, there is a similarity which I have never seen before. I will say I noticed that Chiwetel doesn’t do anything before he goes on set, he will just do it, and I’ve always done that and people have picked up on that before with me. Like some people psych themselves up – I mean there is nothing wrong that, I believe there is nothing wrong with how you do it, it’s whether you get the result.

“He is just amazingly natural – someone that I can subconsciously learn from. And I asked him how he did it because he is so natural and he said: “I don’t know really, I don’t know.”

What was it like working with Hugo [Blick]?

“He was lovely! Everyone on the series was just lovely, so it was a really nice atmosphere. But as far as professionalism, Hugo is just a genius, an absolute genius. All directors are very clever, of course they are, but he just is a genius, and the only other director I said that about was Ken Loach.

“When the audiences see the script and realise that he has written it, and directed it… I mean for it to come out of someone’s head like that is just amazing. When you watch it you can’t just pop out to make a cup of tea because you’ll miss something that is important down the line!”

Posted on June 1st, 2011 by Samantha • Category: Interviews, Television Projects, The Shadow Line
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The Runaway out on DVD

Following the success of Martina Cole’s The Take, an impressive British cast lines up for Sky 1’s second adaptation of the bestselling author’s gritty crime novels, The Runaway, coming to DVD on 9th May 2011 courtesy of ITV STUDIOS Home Entertainment.

The stellar cast is headed up by Emmy® nominee and Tony Award winner Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, X-Men) starring in his first British TV role in fifteen years.

His challenge is to take on the role of Desrae, the flamboyant transvestite who takes the young runaway, Cathy Connor, played by debutant Joanna Vanderham, under her wing.  Cumming and Vanderham are joined by Ken Scott (Messiah), Keith Allen (Robin Hood) and Jack O’Connell (Skins) to form an intriguing mix of characters.

When Cathy (Vanderham) is sent into care, it rips apart the fragile dreams she had with her childhood sweetheart, Eamonn Docherty, played by the edgy O’Connell, forcing her to choose a life on the streets of London’s Soho. The runaway flees straight into the arms of Desrae, who helps her survive in the heart of London’s underworld.

Left with little in his life Eamonn refuses to resist temptation and is drawn into a life of crime, fleeing to New York to escape his demons.

The story descends into a tale of sleaze as London reaches its murky climax in the 70’s, with police corruption, the IRA and industrial strikes capturing a nation’s mood that many will remember.

The past is never far behind and as Cathy and Eamonn are drawn back together, it eventually catches up with them.

Burn Gorman (Torchwood), Kierston Wareing (The Take), Max Irons (Dorian Gray) and Mark Womack (Liverpool 1) also star in this unmissable six-part drama.

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Posted on June 1st, 2011 by Samantha • Category: News, Television Projects, The Runaway
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Lack of Updates

Hi everyone,I apologise for no updates over the last month but I broke my laptop and had no internet access. Over the next few days I’ll catch up on everything that I’ve missed.

Posted on May 31st, 2011 by Samantha • Category: Site
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The Shadow Line Airdate

It’s just been confirmed that The Shadow Line airs on Thursday May 5th 2011 on BBC Two! Don’t miss it and we’ll bring you captures and clips shrotly after..

Posted on April 30th, 2011 by Samantha • Category: News, Television Projects, The Shadow Line
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New Gallery Layout

As you can see we have a new layout up in the gallery made by Becky. Hope you all like it,I thought it was time for a change!

Posted on April 27th, 2011 by Samantha • Category: Site
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The Runaway Episode 4 Captures and Clip

So sorry I’m late in uploading these but I was away for a few days. Captures and clip of Kierston in last thursdays episode of The Runaway are now up.Enjoy!

Gallery Link:

- Television Shows > The Runaway > Episode 4

Posted on April 24th, 2011 by Samantha • Category: Gallery Updates, Television Projects, The Runaway
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The Runaway Episode 3 Captures and Clip

Again,only one scene of Kierston in last nights episode of The Runaway but by the looks of next weeks sneak peak we saw at the end,we may see a little more of her character Madge in next weeks episode! Last nights episode was great didnt you think? It’s really starting to get interesting! Captures are up in the gallery and the clip is now on our youtube channel.

Gallery Link:

- Television Shows > The Runaway >Episode 3

Posted on April 15th, 2011 by Samantha • Category: Gallery Updates, Media, Television Projects, The Runaway
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Kierston Wareing Talks The Shadow Line

What did you think when you first read the script for The Shadow Line?

That it’s a genius piece of work. I had to re-read it because it is really confusing – in a good way – basically you have to take note of everything because there are so many directions, so you have to pick up on everything otherwise you will miss out on bits and pieces that are important. I started reading it on the plane on my way back from a job and rushed into the audition. I didn’t get through [episodes] five and six, and my audition went absolutely awfully. I stopped halfway through and I went: “Oh no, this is so awful,” and Hugo (Blick) goes: “You don’t want to do the next scene do you?” It was just because I rushed it all. So I phoned my agent and I said “Worst audition I have ever done!”

When you read the script did you feel it was different?

Yeah absolutely! It completely stood out, it’s literally a genius piece of work – Hugo’s a complete genius.

How would you describe the drama?

Well it starts with the murder of the drug baron Harvey Wratten and after that a story unravels. You could describe it as dark but witty at the same time, and it’s an extremely intelligent drama.

And what about the role of Honey, what attracted you to the part?

Well she is very different to what I normally do. I’ve never played a detective, I’m always on the other side playing the criminal, so that was completely different for me, a complete change. And she is very action based and I have always wanted to do action. Working against Chiwetel [Ejiofor] helped, it was just a fantastic opportunity for me.

A lot of your scenes are with Chiwetel?

Yeah, most of my scenes are with him, he’s great, just the best actor. I mean I have worked with some fantastic actors, don’t get me wrong! But he is someone I look up to, because I find him so natural, you don’t even know he is acting. So I feel extremely privileged to work with him.

What’s Honey’s relationship like with Gabriel?

We are work partners – we work together, she’s very dedicated to her work, he’s very dedicated to his work. I’m a bit wittier, a bit more sarcastic, but they are both very dedicated. If something happens they both go together and just get on with it.

You mentioned you have some action-based scenes?

I had a big fight scene with Sean Gilder (Beatty), which was fantastic. I did my own stunts – and in the end I actually did do that back flip! And the stunt guy goes: “Kierston, honestly I have worked in some Hollywood films, with some big people like Angelina who do their own stunts and you should be proud of yourself”. And I really am! Never in a million years did I think I would do that. But the weird thing was the day we did it nothing went wrong, and then right at the end there was an accident. It was nothing – just Sean swinging the gun around – but it hit me on the cheek. But they have kept the blood in, so it’s real blood – and I’m proud of that!

Were the action scenes the most enjoyable aspect of this job?

Yeah, that was my favourite part – and doing the chase scenes with Chiwetel, running around the tube station. I asked Chiwetel if he was looking forward to the action scenes. And he was like: “Not really Kierston, no” [laughs]. I was like “I can’t wait!” But he said – well I can’t repeat how he said it! But it was a joke, that he’d rather do the talking scenes and I would rather do the action scenes!

Do you think you approach acting in a different way to Chiwetel?

To be honest, there is a similarity which I have never seen before. I will say I noticed that Chiwetel doesn’t do anything before he goes on set, he will just do it, and I’ve always done that and people have picked up on that before with me. Like some people psych themselves up – I mean there is nothing wrong that, I believe there is nothing wrong with how you do it, it’s whether you get the result. He is just amazingly natural – someone that I can subconsciously learn from. And I asked him how he did it because he is so natural and he said: “I don’t know really, I don’t know.”

What was it like working with Hugo [Blick]?

He was lovely! Everyone on the series was just lovely, so it was a really nice atmosphere. But as far as professionalism, Hugo is just a genius, an absolute genius. All directors are very clever, of course they are, but he just is a genius, and the only other director I said that about was Ken Loach. When the audiences see the script and realise that he has written it, and directed it… I mean for it to come out of someone’s head like that is just amazing. When you watch it you can’t just pop out to make a cup of tea because you’ll miss something that is important down the line!

Posted on April 14th, 2011 by Samantha • Category: Interviews, Media, Television Projects, The Shadow Line
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Small Site and Gallery Updates

Hi guys,I made a few small updates on the site/gallery today.If you check out the filmography page,I’ve now added info for each of Kierston’s projects.. I also uploading a few misc pics into the gallery.

Gallery Links:

- Photoshoot Sessions > Session #13

- Photoshoot Sessions > Session #14

- Public Appearances > Appearances from 2007 > Sevilla Festival

- Public Appearances > Appearances from 2008 > October 5th: 18th Dinard British Film Festival : Day 2

 

Posted on April 8th, 2011 by Samantha • Category: Gallery Updates, Site
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The Runaway Episode 2 Captures and Clips

Unfortunately Kierston only had 1 short scene in tonights episode of The Runaway,but hopefully we’ll see more of what happens to her character Madge in next weeks episode.. I’ve uploaded captures in the gallery and the clip is now up on our youtube channel.

Gallery Link:

- Television Shows > The Runaway > Episode 2

 

Posted on April 8th, 2011 by Samantha • Category: Gallery Updates, Media, Television Projects, The Runaway
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