April 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm #136576
Diane: Yes, I just heard that you’re playing Victor Frankenstein in ABC’s sexy new TV pilot Gothica directed by Anand Tucker, which features Dracula, Dorian Gray, and Jekyll & Hyde as well. I absolutely can’t wait to see it! So tell us about your journey in winning the role of Robin Hood in Once Upon a Time. Did you or your agent learn about the opportunity and subsequently pursue it, or did the producers or casting director for the show contact you to audition for the role? What was your audition like—were you aware you were auditioning for Robin Hood? (Sometimes OUAT actors aren’t informed of the exact role they’re reading for.)
Tom: Well, I didn’t actually have an audition for Once Upon a Time! I went to an audition for another ABC pilot with casting director Veronica Collins Rooney. She thought I’d make a great Robin Hood, and I was offered the role whilst I was there. Once Upon a Time is such a great show that I jumped at the chance!
Diane: What was it like to step into a show in its second season as the “new guy” on the block? Did you find the process fairly easy or full of its own unique challenges? Did you have any surprising moments during your scenes?
Tom: I found the whole experience of filming Once Upon a Time huge fun. The cast and crew were so supportive and welcoming—they’re a real family, and they made me feel part of it. Playing Robin Hood was a real privilege. However, I couldn’t believe what happened on my FIRST take! I had some rather pointy shoes on, and I had to come from behind a tree trying to look all heroic. And just as the director said “Action,” I tripped over the roots and stumbled into the shot like a baby giraffe!! Luckily things got much better from then on.
Diane: Now we know your episode doesn’t air until April 21st and you can’t reveal any spoilers. But we’re dying to know what type of Robin Hood you’ll portray. Written descriptions of Robin Hood go all the way back to the 15th century, and since that time Robin Hood has been depicted as everything from a hot-headed and dangerously violent rogue to a noble and heroic outlaw who uses his talents to provide for the poor. Can you give us a hint for how you’ll be approaching this iconic character? Were any of the previous Robin Hood incarnations an influence for you, or did you prefer to approach the role with more of a clean slate?
Tom: I grew up watching the Disney animated version and fell in love with the character of Robin Hood. After watching it again recently with my daughter Florence, the Disney version was definitely at the forefront of my mind— with a twist of Kevin Costner and slightly less foxy! Everyone knows the story of Robin Hood, so the character history is there already. As a result, drawing what I needed was easier than creating a character from scratch.
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Thanks for sharing! This is going to be a great one, I can just feel it."He was a lot of things to me" "The only conclusion was love"April 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm #186338laurieanneParticipant
From the pictures of this guy and his kind words about OUAT, I know he is going to be a favorite! Also, he shared an embarrassing story – very cool!April 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm #186342
Yea, I thought that story about him tripping was kind of funny too and it was nice that the shared it.
My favorite Robin Hood story was the cartoon Foxes that was cute. In the real story Robin Hood and Maid Merian never got married I believe.April 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm #186345obisgirlParticipant
My favorite Robin Hood will always be the one with Costner (I know, no British accent), but I’ve always loved the story. And Alan Rickman is awesome as the sheriff. I’m watching the BBC Robin Hood on Netflix, so it’ll be interesting to add OUAT as another depiction of the character.April 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm #186346Killian JonesParticipant
my favorite was also the Disney version (that rooster singing Not in Nottingham was so great) so it’s really cool to hear that he’s drawing influence from there.April 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm #186360
my favorite was also the Disney version (that rooster singing Not in Nottingham was so great) so it’s really cool to hear that he’s drawing influence from there.
Oh, yea I forgot about that Rooster that was cute loved the scene where it was the little fox who saves Maid Merian but didn’t know what to do after he caught her. The Hen was funny playing like she was killed by the arrow and telling the little fox what to do. 😆April 15, 2013 at 10:15 pm #186372MatthewPaulModerator
Great interview! Definitely looking forward to Tom’s take on Robin Hood!April 15, 2013 at 10:18 pm #186373spinninggoldParticipant
What can I say? Tom Ellis is great! And an idiot… A great idiot!
I love him I really do, and he’s so versatile, from comedy, to sci-fy (Merlin) to thrillers (Anyone seen The Secret of Crickley Hall?) It’s gonna be great to see him share the screen with Robert. They’re both a tiny (maybe not so tiny) bit crazy, so magic is bound to happen.I hope Robert will channel some Alan Rickman ( Locksley, I’ll cut your heart out with a spoon!.. And cancel Christmas of course) My expectations are HUGE for this episode.
Rumbelle & Gary! YayApril 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm #186374SlurpeezParticipant
My favorite take is still the spoof version of Robin Hood: Men in Tights with Cary Elwes. Also, the BBC did a mini-series adaptation of Robin Hood that was really good. But I’m really looking forward to OUAT’s take. Tom sounds like a fun actor.
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