Jeremy Strong has opened up on his infamous 2021 profile in the New Yorker, calling it his ’15 minutes of shame’.
The Succession actor, 44, came under fire after a profile in The New Yorker showcased his ‘method acting’ tendencies, with the piece starting with a quote about his character Kendall Roy: ‘I take him as seriously as I take my own life.’
The profile opens by discussing his childhood acting idols – all of whom are notorious for going great lengths to portray their characters – Daniel Day Lewis, Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman.
In the profile, Jeremy revealed he does not see the hit show as a comedy – a revelation that appears to have baffled his peers.
Succession executive producer Adam McKay, who directed the pilot episode, said of Strong, ‘He’s not playing it like a comedy. He’s playing it like he’s Hamlet.’
Candid: Jeremy Strong has opened up on his infamous 2021 profile in the New Yorker, calling it his ’15 minutes of shame’
Aftermath: Jeremy has now covered British GQ’s March Issue wearing a zebra printed dressing gown, and opened up on the aftermath of the article
Jeremey has now covered British GQ’s March Issue wearing a zebra printed dressing gown, and opened up on the aftermath of the article.
He recalled: ’15 minutes of shame, with a long tail. [The fact that the writer went to Yale, too, took him right back to his college days.] I hadn’t felt judged like that in a very long time.’
His fellow co-stars were voiced in the feature, including Kieran Culkin and Brian Cox who play Jeremy’s brother and father.
However, Jeremy is keen to iterate that he bears no ill will to his colleagues for their part in the piece or their comments critiquing his techniques.
He said: ‘Everyone’s entitled to have their feelings. I also think Brian Cox, for example, he’s earned the right to say whatever the f**k he wants.
‘There was no need to address that or do damage control… I feel a lot of love for my siblings and my father on the show.
‘And it’s like a family in the sense that, and I’m sure they would say this, too, you don’t always like the people that you love. I do always respect them.’
Reflecting on when he felt fully over the profile, he said: ‘If anything, I was worried – could it have harmed how I feel about doing what I do? And that kind of haunted me for a while.’
Discussing his preference to isolate himself from his peers on set, Jeremy defended: ‘It’d be one thing if I was working on Friends or something.
‘I worked on a Guy Ritchie movie, and I approached that very differently.’
Previously, Jeremy spoke about how taking on the role of drug-addicted, power hungry Kendall took its toll on him due to his acting method.
He told The Times’s T2 that playing the damaged sensitive child of a primitive master of the universe doesn’t get a lot of lightness, so nor does he.
He said: ‘Last season everything was in such a minor key, and held inside in a silent anguish that had to be sustained for six months…
‘I don’t think I’ve ever cared more or put more into a piece of work — it means so much to me. I feel like I’m getting to play one of the great antiheroes of our time.’
It comes after co-star Brian slammed method acting and admitted it is ‘f**king annoying’ when his Succession co-star Jeremy Strong stays in character on set this week.
The Scottish actor, 76, rubbished the performance exercise famously used by Jeremy and said filming doesn’t have to a ‘big f**king religious experience’.
Brian, who plays family patriarch Logan Roy, said his on-screen son Jeremy is ‘gifted’ but insisted he will not ‘lose’ his talent by not embodying his character off-screen.
Appearing on the cover of Town and Country, Brian said of being able to portray a character: ‘It’s just there and is accessible, it’s not a big f**king religious experience.’
When asked what it was like being around someone who is always in character, he added: ‘Oh, it’s f**king annoying, don’t get me going on it.’
Brian went on to praise Jeremy’s talent but argued his co-star should ‘celebrate’ his gift rather than constantly staying in character as Kendall Roy.
He said: ‘He’s f**king gifted, when you’ve got the gift, celebrate the gift. Go back to your trailer and have a hit of marijuana, you know?’
Staying in character: Jeremy has previously spoken about embodying his role in his daily life as a way of connecting and understanding Kendall
Cast: However, Jeremy is keen to iterate that he bears no ill will to his colleagues for their part in the piece or their comments critiquing his techniques
Succession follows the Roy family, helmed by ferocious father Logan, and their fight to take his place at the forefront of his media company Waystar Royco, with Kendall being the floundering middle son to the mogul.
Speaking on filming season four, Jeremy shared that he didn’t know how things would end for Kendall.
He explained: ‘I have a broad-strokes sense of things, but this season I didn’t want to know more.
‘What I can say is I’m on the rack… I feel a sense of really wanting to, now that we’re at the one-yard line, finish this season and possibly the show, in a way that delivers a real payload of what this journey has been.’
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