Ed covers the Spring issue of Apollo Magazine, photographed by Aline and Jacqueline Tappia Reynaud
Check out the interview below.
I love what he said about Gossip Girl. He’s always very gracious talking about the show. I also love his motto. Very positive. Huge thank you to Sophie and AllEdWestwick for translating the interview from French 🙂
When did you start your career?
At 17. I’d been lucky to be hired for a role in the movie Breaking and Entering by Anthony Minghella. It was an incredible, formative, unbelievable experience. I’d already had theatrical experience with local companies before. There wasn’t a specific time when I told myself “I have to be an actor”, it’s been an evolution, a journey that became obvious. I like to tell myself that my future will bring me more than an acting career. There are so many wonderful things to explore
What represents the art of acting for you?
I don’t really know. It’s something I keep exploring. It includes so many things that it’s tough to define. I like to watch other actors work. Recently, I really appreciated the performances of the actors in Birdman.
What do you owe to your character [Chuck Bass] and to the success of Gossip Girl?
Gossip Girl was a gift. I already said that in the past. A wonderful and precious experience in many ways. I don’t think I owe everything to the series, but I’m definitely grateful to all the brilliant people who participated to it’s success.
TV series can be a good start in a career, but they can also associate an actor with a specific role. What’s your secret to free you from such a well- known character?
I think television offers great things right now. It seems to have no limits. I was part of Gossip Girl for six years, it’s a short period in a life time. It’s amazing that people still remember the series, I hope they will forever. But I’m not worried about what’s coming next. I don’t think I’m type-cast. I am interested in various projects. I ask myself if I like the project. In a way, that’s what brings me where I am today.
You’ve been directed by Clint Eastwood, it’s a once in a lifetime experience. How did you feel about being part of such an important casting?
It’s one of my best memories. Answering the call.. magic! He’s such an icon and an amazing man. It was a blessing being on his set everyday.
With which director would you like to collaborate?
There are so many! I prefer to not mention anyone so I don’t offend someone! I’m open to everything.
Is there a role you dream of?
James Bond ! Obviously (smiles)
Where do you find creative energy? A play, a book, an author or a hobby? What inspires you?
Nothing in particular. The places I discover inspire me a lot. I’m always inspired by England. But I can’t explain why.
Is there something you’d like to change in your life right now?
There are always things you can change and improve, but I’m actually quite satisfied with my life right now. I like to keep an appetite for life and for new things. The little things I’d like to change, I keep them to myself!
If you had to describe Ed Westwick to a stranger, what would you say?
I hate this question ! (laughs)…. That you’d have a really great time with me!
What are the most important things in life for you?
My family, my friends and red wine. Good red wine…
You were the face of an advertising campaign. Is fashion a passion for you?
I find it interesting and cool to look at the trends developing and changing. I liked working with the designers of these brands and shooting videos. It was a different experience.
What advice would you give to a young guy who wants this career?
If you really want it, go for it ! There’s nothing worse than regrets.
How do you spend your time when you are not filming?
It really depends on if I am close to my family and friends and what kind of things I have to do. If I’ve got nothing to do, I’m just relaxing. I clear my head. Sometimes it’s good to relieve stress.
What is missing in your wardrobe?
Keep going. Think positive. Everyday offers new opportunities…