Tom talks to iamRogue.com about his role in DirectTV’s Full Circle, read the interview below.
iamROGUE - Actor Tom Felton practically grew up in front of a camera!
Felton first appeared in the film Anna and the Kind with Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster, but it was his role as Draco Malfoy in all eight Harry Potter films that made him an international star. Since the Potter series ended, he has portrayed several different types of roles in films like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Apparition, and shows no signs of being pigeon holed into one specific type of role. His latest project is a TV series called Full Circle, which premieres on DIRECTV October 9th, and was written and created by director and playwright Neil LaBute(Death at a Funeral).
The project is quite unique in that each episode takes place at a restaurant and only features two actors at a table talking. Each following episode will include one of the actors from the previous episode, and also introduce a new character. Felton appears in the first and final episodes as Tim Abbott, a British student studying in the U.S. who has had an affair with Bridgette Murphy, the trophy wife (Minka Kelly) of a family friend (JulianMcMahon) he has been living with. The first episode features Tim confessing his love to Bridgette, only for her to admit that she has made a mistake and is staying with her husband.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Tom Felton about his work on Full Circle. The popular actor discussed his new project, why he wanted to be a part of it, reciting Neil LaBute’s words, why the series is like shooting a play, working with MinkaKelly, the difficulties of creating a full character arc in only two episodes, DirectTV, how television is changing, and finding good roles in his post-Harry Potter career.
Here is what Tom Felton had to say about Full Circle:
IAR: To begin with, Full Circle is a very unusual TV project. Were you sold on doing it once they told you that Neil LaBute created the series?
Tom Felton: I’m glad someone asked that because that’s pretty much how it was. I had said to people for years that I’d love to do some really high quality TV and my agent brought me this and said, “You’re doing it.” But as soon as I heard that Neil actually wrote it I was pretty keen. In fact, after reading the first few pages I really kind of got to see the quality of it. You don’t want to be going into something like this where the dialogue is not first class and I think this is about as good as it gets, so that really lends itself well when you’re doing something like this.
Tom talks to Collider.com about his role in DirectTV’s Full Circle, read the interview below.
Collider – The DirecTV 10-episode drama series Full Circle marks the television debut of award-winning screenwriter and playwright Neil LaBute, with two half-hour episodes airing every Wednesday. Examining the human condition and relationships through a series of conversations between 11 people whose lives are intertwined, each episode takes place in a restaurant and features a conversation between two characters, with one of the character’s storylines then carrying over into the next episode.
The first episode of the series features Tim (Tom Felton), an exchange student from England, and his love interest, the unhappily married Bridgette (Minka Kelly), who Tim pleads with to run away with him. While at the show’s press day, actor Tom Felton spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted him to this project, how intimidating it was to take on so much dialogue in such a short amount of time, establishing an entire relationship in a half-hour episode, and working with Minka Kelly. He also talked about his new TNT drama series Murder in the First, as well as what’s it like to forever be a part of the Harry Potter franchise. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Collider: How did this come about for you? Did you hear that Neil LaBute was doing a TV, and then you said, “Sign me up!”?
TOM FELTON: Pretty much! I was working in Mexico, not far from Tijuana, doing a film down there, and they called up to say, “There’s a 10-episode thing with Neil LaBute. It’s two episodes for each character. And they want you to be in the first and the last one.” I was already pretty signed up, before I’d even read a page. Obviously, when I read Neil’s writing and saw the cast that was being attached to it, it was a no-brainer for me. Even though I was pretty nervous about it and slightly anxious about this kind of project, because it’s worlds away from anything I had done previously, I was excited to give it a go.
I’ve added the HQ scans of Tom from the newest issue of ‘Bello‘ Magazine and thanks to Mila, I also have added other set portraits of ‘Therese‘ cast from TIFF 2013 to the gallery. Enjoy!
P.S : I still have lots of photos from TIFF 2013 that I forgot to upload, but stay tune and follow our twitter at @dailyfelton so you can follow more upcoming updates!
Also check out the BTS video of Tom’s ‘Bello’ photoshoot below.
TheWrap – The actor discusses the role on the Neil LaBute series and his career after playing Draco Malfoy
“Harry Potter” actor Tom Felton stars on the premiere episode of playwright Neil LaBute’s DirecTV series, “Full Circle.”
For the role, the 26-year-old and co-star Minka Kelly had to shoot their half-hour episode together in one 14-hour day, which proved challenging for the movie star.
“Contrasting to the days of ‘Harry Potter’ — we’d get 30 seconds done in an entire day — it was new to me and a challenge,” Felton told TheWrap and other reporters at press event for the DirecTV drama.
“I was pretty nervous when we started to see if we’d hit the ground running or if whether it would take a long time to go,” he continued. “Without question, it was the most intense day of my life. Emotions were coming out when I didn’t want them to or need them to but ultimately it helped in the performance. No one really had a chance to stop and get their phones out or go make a cup of coffee. It was just back-to-back and off we go.”
CraveOnline - DirecTV’s new original series has a creative way to land an A-list cast. “Full Circle” features a new couple every week having dinner and discussing a different, though connected, dramatic issue. The actors sort of hand off to one another as well.
In the premiere episode of “Full Circle, Tom Felton stars as Tim, a man who begs his lover, Bridgette (as played by Minka Kelly) to leave her husband for him. In the next episode, Bridgette dines with her husband, Stanley (Julian McMahon). Felton will return as Tim in the final episode of the series. At a publicity event in Los Angeles, we got to sit down with Felton one on one to talk about the new series, his next TV gig for TNT, and his movies in the Harry Potter series and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
CraveOnline: Between “Full Circle” and “Murder in the First” have you wanted television after your career in film?
Tom Felton: Yes and no. TV has come leaps and bounds since I started watching television, especially in the last five years. Bryan Cranston, Damian Lewis, these are all actors now that I think are the cream of the crop, the A-listers of their industry. If I could follow in their footsteps, I’d be very lucky and happy to do so. I think just because the quality has gotten so good and so engrossing that any actor would give their left arm for a chance to play some of the roles that are coming out now.
Now that you’ve done “Full Circle” and the “Murder in the First” pilot, how has television met or exceeded your expectations?
To be fair, “Full Circle” being the most unique, it’s hilarious how contrasting it is in regards to the Harry Potter script is 110 pages give or take, and it would take six to seven months to do principal photography. There would be days where you would literally shoot nothing.
The newest issue of ‘Bello’ Magazine is finally out! Tom looks so handsome on this spread. Check out the digital version below to read the issue. Don’t forget you can purchase the issue on your iPad/iPhone via iTunes Newsstand. We’ll update with the scans soon.
SpeakEasy – Former “Harry Potter” villain Tom Felton has signed on to star in the premiere episode of “Full Circle,” a 10-episode miniseries opposite Minka Kellydebuting in full Oct. 9 on DirecTV Everywhere, which allows consumers to watch television on their smartphone, tablet, or computer.
The show marks playwright/director Neil LaBute’s television debut, and revolves around 11 characters whose lives are intertwined.
The series takes place in a restaurant called Ellipsis, with each episode following one conversation between two characters. One of those characters carries over into the following episode.
Felton stars as Tom, a 20-year-old British college student who is leaving Los Angeles, but before he does, he has one final dinner with Bridgette. During the meal, he attempts to convince her to leave her husband and elope with him.
David Boreanaz, Billy Campbell, Cheyenne Jackson, Julian McMahon, Keke Palmer, Ally Sheedy and Kate Walsh also signed on to star in the series.
Felton phoned Speakeasy to discuss starring in the first and last episodes of the series, his true feelings on Los Angeles and how binge viewing is changing the entertainment landscape.
How did you prepare for this role? It’s decidedly different than your film work.
Tom Felton: We shot this all on the day. Minka and I met each other two days before we shot to familiarize ourselves with the text. Physically speaking, we only had one dress rehearsal and in a weird way I think that helped. It was a situation that was never supposed to be the most comfortable of dinners. A lot of the stuff is physically about being in the moment.
On August 26th, like we’ve already reported here, Tom visited Young Hollywood studio to talk about DirectTV’s Full Circle. Now you can watch the interview of Tom, Keke Palmer, and Noah Silver below.
Full Circle will broadcast on 9th October 2013 at 9:00 PM ET / 9:30 PM PT on DirecTV’s exclusive channel, Audience.
Bello Magazine posted another teaser of upcoming issue of their magazine featuring Tom Felton on their instagram. Check out how great the teaser of Tom in here.
The Columbus Dispatch – Much to his satisfaction, Tom Felton has discovered life after Harry Potter.
The young British actor played the devious Draco Malfoy in all seven films of the series, spanning 2001 to 2011.
He has worked steadily since, turning up recently in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), The Apparition (2012) and two episodes of the upcoming miniseries Full Circle.
And he has several additional projects in the hopper.
“Going back awhile, even to the fourth and fifth Potter films,” Felton said, “I don’t remember actively thinking, ‘I want to do this for the rest of my life.’ It was never something that I embraced and thought, ‘I really want to do this.’”
At that point, though, he began thinking about his future, he said.
“It was probably during the sixth film, when I was 18 or 19, that I had an appreciation for, A, how lucky I was and, B, for what I was doing. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the process.