Mark Rylance “more nervous at the BAFTAs than the Oscars” – our behind the scenes interview
Mark Rylance was arguably the biggest winner at the BAFTA TV Awards last night (May 8th 2016), taking home both the award for best actor and best drama series for acclaimed BBC Two historical drama Wolf Hall. It’s been a big year for Rylance, who also picked up an Academy Award and BAFTA Film Award for his role in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War blockbuster, Bridge of Spies. We had the absolute joy of catching up with the humble actor backstage after his big wins. Here’s what he had to say about the Oscars, the BBC, and Harry Styles’s hair…
Congratulations on your double win for Wolf Hall. How do you feel?
Mark Rylance: “I have to say, I was more nervous tonight in front of this group of people – many of whom are friends – than I was at the Academy Awards, or any of the other awards I’ve been at. Just because of the quality here, of television acting and all the different skills that we saw tonight, I really thought this is incredible.”
TV drama is in a pretty incredible place right now.
“It is. And it’s people who are newscasters, and people who film animals, and so many different people… It’s so very diverse, and yet [tonight] it felt like a room of a community, much more than the Academy Awards, where it felt like people were often in different little production companies and vying against each other. Here there’s a real sense of community in the television world.”
“There’s a sense of the BBC being the mothership of the whole profession” – Mark Rylance
Do you think the sense of community you speak of has something to do with people getting behind the BBC tonight?
“I think it is. I certainly learned how to act in front of a camera with the BBC, and all my work in front of cameras is due to that training. I wasn’t trained at RADA to act in front of a camera, I learned by being taught by people on the floor at the BBC. There’s a sense of her being the mothership of the whole profession. So I hope things will get better.”
This is your second BAFTA this year – one for TV and one for film. How does that feel?
“Yes, that’s right! It feels like it’s an extraordinary time in my life. I’ve met so many people on the street since we made Wolf Hall who came up to me and talked to me about it, in Canada and America as well, that I thought we might be celebrated. I was surprised to be so celebrated for Bridge of Spies, which seemed like a small part, and a quiet part, but I think it’s maybe that a lot of people had not seen me before, or something like that. It’s always a surprise when you win, though. You’re mostly so worried about what you’re going to say, which I was not very prepared for tonight!”
You’ve got Christopher Nolan’s World War II action-drama Dunkirk coming up; have you started filming it yet, and have you already met Harry Styles?
“We haven’t started filming yet, and I haven’t met Harry Styles yet, no! But my little eleven year old niece has taken a great interest in my profession suddenly, and I think it’s because of Harry Styles. [She] showed me a video of him and yes, he has very very nice hair.”