Ophelia Lovibond, who recently appeared in The Libertine at Theatre Royal Haymarket (also known for her role in BBC1’s W1A), is currently starring in Githa Sowerby’s The Stepmother at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester. Written and set in the mid 1920s, the play sees the titular stepmother and orphan, Lois, caring for the two adolescent children of her husband. What emerges is one of the earliest stage discussions of patriarchy and gender, heightened in a period when women were still in the process of receiving the vote and gaining equal rights.
How did you explore the character of Lois?
A lot of it is there in the writing. Githa Sowerby’s writing is so rich, there’s so much intonation there in terms of the character’s internal monologue and their psychology – considering the play was written in 1924 and Freud was writing from 1912. What she’s talking about is groundbreaking: to rail against the patriarchy. This fleshes out why Lois acts the way she does but also why she swallows a lot of it – why she just accepts and protects her stepchildren, against the malignant influence of their father.
You have to play the same character aged both 19 and 29, how did you approach that?
The ten year age gap is really fun to explore – and how to express that physically, vocally and in terms of posture. You get no peek into that period – you have to think what it would have been like to see her living under the force of her husband. She would have had to harden in a lot of respects. You change a lot in your twenties. The period seems to have been a sink or swim scenario but she decided to swim. She decided which battles to fight and which to let go by. Continue reading Ophelia Lovibond: ‘Women’s rights are human rights’
The actress is making her professional stage debut in The Effect
Ophelia Lovibond is palpably excited to be taking to the stage. The actress, known for film and television roles including Man Up, Guardians of the Galaxy, Elementary and W1A, is making her professional theatrical debut in The Effect at Sheffield Theatres next month.
“I’m so excited; it’s really quite cloying how excitable I am. The luxury which I am realising I’ve not had working in film and television is the time to figure out every different facet of the character and discuss everything – it’s very addictive.”
Lovibond didn’t go to drama school, opting instead to study English at the University of Sussex – “reading novels every week – what a chore!” – where she largely stayed away from acting because the theatre group was “such a strong bonded group of people that I kind of felt a bit outside of it”.
She talks of her current experience watching the rest of the cast of The Effect in rehearsals as a “sort of training”, and also feels that she got a good grounding in her early work; her first TV role was aged 12 in The Wilsons.
“I was really lucky, getting television work and everything when I was young. You do all these TV jobs and you learn very quickly what works and what doesn’t so personally I’ve never felt ‘I wish I’d gone to drama school’ ever. When it came to making choices and filling out UCAS forms and all that, I just thought ‘I want to go and study English; I don’t want to go and study drama’ because I’d been doing it already.”
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures of Ophelia Lovibond as Carina in the 2014 film production Guardians of the Galaxy and the special features Galactic Adventurer feat. James Gunn and Blooper Reel. Enjoy the new additions!
Ophelia Lovibond is featured in the Marie Claire June 2015 issue with a new interview and photoshoot. A scan of the article has been added to the gallery as well as three outtakes. Enjoy the new additions!
The gallery has been updated with Elementary season 3 posters and behind the scenes pictures of Ophelia Lovibond on set of the series. Another production still of episode 3.03 has been added as well. Enjoy the new additions!
On May 13 Ophelia Lovibond attended a gala screening for Man Up at the Curzon Mayfair in London. The gallery has been updated with over 30 pictures of her at the event with hopefully more to come (with thanks to Mouza for the HQs). Be sure to watch an interview with her on the red carpet down below.
We love watching Brit-star Ophelia Lovibond in BBC’s satire W1A, and cannot wait for her hilarious turn in this month’s rom-com ‘Man Up’ – opposite Lake Bell and Simon Pegg. Here’s what we learnt when we interviewed the rising actress…
She’s a total romantic…
“I’m a sucker for a grand gesture – as long as it’s not too gooey. The most romantic thing someone did was surprise me at the airport, after being away for 3 months in Los Angeles. You always see people with signs and you’re like ‘isn’t that lovely?’ and then you see your own name on one – that isn’t a taxi driver’s! I was very impressed.”
Unlike her character Jessica in Man Up, self-help books aren’t really her thing…
“I’ve never read a self help book…the most self-help I’ve read is on a beer mat.”
She’s got the coolest birthday buddy…
“Me and Benicio Del Toro [her Guardians of the Galaxy co-star] were sat waiting between takes when he turned to me and went, ‘Aquarius.’ I was like, ‘Yes?’ and he said ‘we share the same birthday you and I,’ smiling and nodding. Like we were in some Aquarius club!”
Guess who was her career mentor…
“I was revising for my A-levels at the same time as doing Nathan Barley with Ben Whishaw, and I didn’t know whether to go to drama school. He was like, ‘What’s your instinct telling you?’ I thought I’d rather study English at university – acting I can do until I pop my clogs.”
She’s gets most recognised for her role in…
“Mr. Popper’s Penguins with Jim Carrey. He’s not the firecracker he is on screen; he’s calm and thoughtful. It was freezing in New York and he organised a truck serving hot waffles with chocolate sauce to keep everyone going.”
Ophelia Lovibond is currently attending the British Academy Television Awards at the Theatre Royal in London and we have our first look of her at the event. More pictures will hopefully be added tomorrow!
On May 6 Ophelia Lovibond attended the launch party for the BOB By Dawn O’Porter Pop Up Boutique in London. Over 10 pictures of Ophelia at the event have been added to the gallery with thanks to Mouza for the HQs.