TOM PAYNE FOR NUMÉRO BERLIN

 
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How are you?
I’m good thanks! Working on the second season of Prodigal Son during COVID was very stressful and I’m happy to be able to now relax at home. I’m very proud of what we achieved and excited for people to enjoy the rest of the show.

What are you most excited for post covid-19?
To be able to see peoples faces again! A lot of what I enjoy about my job is spending time on set with the cast and crew, sharing jokes and working together. During COVID it was easy to feel quite disconnected and to be honest it wasn’t as fun being at work as it normally is. Having said that I feel very fortunate to have worked during this time and to have provided employment for so many other people.

What’s next for you?
I’m moving into producing while waiting for the right acting role to come
along. My brother and I have formed a production company and have a few
different projects at various stages of development. It’s exciting to be working
on bringing stuff to the screen from the ground up.

During lockdown did any ideas or projects develop as a result of boredom or being confined?
The production company was definitely something that sprung from this time. Finding a way to occupy myself and not just waiting for someone else to give me a job!

Do you ever draw inspiration for your roles from your personal life and or experiences?
I think each role comes to you when you are ready for it. There are always elements of yourself in the parts you play. I have been in exactly the right place emotionally to play each character that has recently come my way. Sometimes without being aware of it. It’s the nature of the business.

If we were in the year 2035, what type of movie do you think you’d be interested in making, and or being a part of?
I really don’t know. The movie business goes through stages and I have no idea where we’ll be in 2035. Hopefully there will still be a healthy appetite for stories and people will still be wanting to see movies!

What makes you say yes to a role? Do you have a checklist, or is it a specific link to the character that makes you take a chance?
Nothing in particular. It is normally a combination of elements. Most importantly the story, script and character. Then it’s about seeing whether you trusts the people behind the scenes to honor that story and make it the best it can be. Making movies is hard and making good movies is very hard. I want to work with people who care as much as I do about the end product.

Do you have a dream role, or film you’d like to make?
Not especially! I just want to keep being allowed to work in this amazing industry with wonderful collaborators. I have no expectations for what is next but I’m excited to see what it is!

Words and Editorial by Jordan Boothe

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