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5 Things We Learnt When We Interviewed ‘Man Up’ Actress Ophelia Lovibond

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.”

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Why W1A’s Ophelia Lovibond and Hugh Skinner are fronting the next generation of British talent

Ophelia Lovibond and Hugh Skinner are back playing lowly cogs in BBC mockumentary W1A; in the meantime their high-flying Hollywood and stage careers are just getting going. They tell Samuel Fishwick about partying with Russell Crowe and dinners with Jim Carrey

Ophelia Lovibond

With her glossy good looks and private school diction, Ophelia Lovibond makes an unlikely tea lady. Yet the doe-eyed actress is so con-vincing as PA Izzy Gould in W1A, the BBC send-up of itself, that she is often asked to make coffee runs by unsuspecting staff while filming at Broadcasting House. ‘They all think I work there,’ she sniggers. ‘One lady even offered to show me where the nice milk was kept in the fridge.’

The line between art and reality is often wafer thin in the satire, a follow-up to Twenty Twelve, the BAFTA-winning fly-on-the-wall mockumentary that followed the trials of the fictional Olympic Deliverance Commission in the run-up to London 2012. By way of example Lovibond says: ‘We got stuck when we were filming in the Broadcasting House foyer this series because our passes didn’t actually work and the guard refused to wave us through.’

The first series of W1A had widespread appeal, despite its BBC in-jokes, as it parodied the jargon of modern management. Leading the cast is Hugh Bonneville’s Head of Values Ian Fletcher, who offers up lines such as: ‘[we are] about resetting the dial for the BBC and perhaps shining a new light on that dial, or at least shining the old light but with a new bulb.’ Another favourite is Jessica Hynes’ PR Siobhan Sharpe, who says: ‘OK, you wanna upsize your footprint, then you gotta get different shoes.’

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