ACTOR AND ART COLLECTOR
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OCTOBER 11, 2011
What upcoming projects are you most looking forward to?
The transmission of the second series of my show Him & Her in November and Emma Thompson's movie Effie, which I start shooting in mid-November.
How have you chosen to build your collection?
I only collect contemporary and emerging British and Britain-based artists.
What are your suggestions for someone looking to buy contemporary art for the first time?
Check out top grad school shows. Find small galleries whose roster you really respond to and focus your collecting within this gallery, forming a strong relationship, supporting the gallery and their artists.
Do you ever buy at auction and what are your personal rules when you do so?
Yes. No rules, but stay within your limit maybe - although on the day the auction rush can take over. I like to make sure I have seen the lot in the flesh before bidding. Sometimes lots don't sell on the day and I like to make cheeky after sales offers which are occasionally accepted.
What kind of art do you find makes the best investment?
Do you have any interest in making fine art in the future?
When I was young I loved cartoons and wanted to be an animator, I still draw things now for people in cards and letters. I wanted to take lots of arty photographs for a period too. I also would love to have a massive canvas in a warehouse and throw loads of paint at it and go wild. But at the end of the day, the artists I admire do it a million times more elegantly than me, and I like to keep them on a pedestal.
Do you find the art world and the worlds of cinema or theatre have many similarities?
Yes. There are artists and creative people who inspire and change the world in every medium. People want escapism and to be entertained, and art, film, TV and theatre do this.
How would you define style?
An expression of the soul.
What clothes do you like to work in?
T-shirt and a pair of loose chinos.
What is your most treasured piece of clothing and why?
A Rick Owens cardigan. At the time it was the most I have ever spent on an item of clothing, and I love it. It is the one item of clothing I own that exactly sums up and epitomises what I would love to be dressed like all the time, but never am.
In your opinion, what piece of clothing should a man take extra care to invest in and why?
Simple, good quality and well-fitting T-shirts.
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RUSSELL TOVEY TALKS ABOUT
HIM&HER SEASON TWO
Monday 10 Oct 2011
Russell Tovey on playing Steve
Him & Her series two is back. Tell us what is in store?
More of Becky and Steve! You're going to start to see how Becky and Steve live together – are co-dependent on each other, through a relationship. When you make the next step of committing to living in the same environment it throws up a lot of drama – but good drama. The parents meet, which is a big deal, especially for Steve who's just completely crazy/panicky. You see all the old loveable characters come back and you just get to spend time with these two wonderful characters again!
How does Steve feel about Becky moving into his flat?
At the end of the last series, Becky kind of catches Steve off-guard after Steve declares his love for her. She's like "well we may as well make the next step and move in together", and like a typical man, he panics suddenly at losing his bachelor pad to a woman – losing his kind of independence and all of that. So even though Becky instigates the move, Steve goes with it because he's in love with her.
The first series explored the minutiae of a relationship and how you are with your partner; the second series explores how you really are – because when you live with someone I think you really discover habits and the way that people really live… I think everyone kind of has a slight OCD about certain things in their own home, and I think that all starts to get explored and this exposes Steve's kind of eccentricities to Becky, which makes for good comedy value.
So the move is a success?
The move is a major success, yeah. They're so in love and so happily accepting of each other… but of course there are going to be downfalls. Becky's sister (Laura) for a start! The flat just becomes like a youth club for all and suddenly they're always just turning up whenever they want. And when they're first moving in together, Becky's just got boxes and boxes and boxes of crap that she just seems to take around with her. I get this though… I've been living in my house now for two years and I've got my spare room and my friend calls it "the dumping ground" 'cause there's boxes in there of stuff that at some point needs sorting out, but I never have as yet, and I just keep putting it off and throwing something over the top of it so I don't have to look at it all the time! And I think that's like Becky moving in – it's only a little place that Steve's got… and she also kind of makes it her own as well, she kind of gives it the feminine touch, which Steve is absolutely trying to make not happen to begin with.
What is Steve's relationship like with Paul and Laura this series?
He sees a lot more of them. I think if you ask Paul, Paul would think that they're best mates now and have kind of cemented their friendship. I think for Steve, it just makes him realise even more how much he hates Paul, and how terrifying he finds him! He wishes he just wasn't around, but again he puts up with him and is a bit of a wimp, just going along with whatever Paul says. With Laura I think you kind of see the grossness of her this series, which I've always found hilarious. I think she's like an icon – like a baddie in Dallas or Dynasty, I think she has that kind of like quality about her that people love to hate.
And how do Steve and Becky find Dan the neighbour?
He's back and as annoying as ever, but the beautiful thing with Dan in this series is that his relationship with Shelly is explored more. They're firing love arrows at each other and so Steve and Becky become more tolerant of Dan and actually quite appreciate him being around. He takes the weight off the hideousness of Laura and Paul – Laura still can't stand Dan and makes it even more obvious.
Finally, the show is shot solely in the flat. How did you find filming that?
Pretty exhausting, pretty intense, but most of the time, amazing. What's good is that as a cast, we all get on so well, which is just such a blessing in itself, so when one of us starts freaking out and getting a bit of cabin fever, the others are there to tell you to shut up, man up and get over it – and vice versa. Richard Laxton, the director, is also phenomenal. He can keep his energy up and his tenacity and his passion and his vision of the show when we're all flagging and collapsing around him.
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