August 18, 2022

In Season 2 of Sanditon, which airs on Masterpiece on PBS, Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) returns to the coastal resort along with her effervescent sister (Rosie Graham) on the similar time an organization of Military officers takes up short-term residence on the town. Despite the fact that Charlotte feels disillusioned with love, new romantic alternatives current themselves, and he or she embarks on a journey of discovery that won’t solely train her about herself however open her as much as the potential of sharing her life with another person.

Throughout this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, Tom Weston-Jones (who performs warfare hero Colonel Lennox, one among Charlotte’s attainable suitors) talked about how he received concerned with the present, initially auditioning for the function of Alexander Colbourne, engaged on such an immersive mission, how he felt placing on the uniform, the duality of the character, and the connection between Lennox and Charlotte. He additionally talked about returning for Season 3 of Warrior and the way excited he’s that the collection has discovered a brand new life on HBO Max.


Collider: How did you get entangled with the present? How did this function come your manner?

TOM WESTON-JONES: It was fairly easy, actually. It was the conventional avenue of auditioning. I received the script, and it was fairly a fast turnaround. I used to be in thoughts for Colbourne first and auditioned for that half, a few months earlier than filming began. Lennox was a little bit of a curveball. As quickly as I received the character notes and the place they envisaged him going, and what he reveals and who he’s, and the truth that there’s a public-facing persona and one thing fairly totally different in non-public, I instantly jumped at it as a result of I simply thought it sounded actually fascinating. So, it was fairly a fast turnaround, as quickly as I came upon who the person was and what he was about.

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When that occurs, they usually come to you and say that you must do a unique function, as an alternative of the one you had been initially auditioning for, what do you assume? How did you are feeling about that?

WESTON-JONES: I labored on Dickensian years in the past, and the characters shared a similarity, in that they aren’t essentially who they current on the floor. So, I believe they knew I used to be able to that and that I’m able to taking part in somebody who could be using social expertise and taking part in individuals off of one another. I hope it’s not a sign of me, personally and that it’s extra a sign of me, as an actor.

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With this mission, there are undoubtedly a couple of components that should add to the nerves or the stress and duty of doing a job like this. To start with, it’s a Jane Austen story. On high of that, you’re taking part in a love curiosity in a Jane Austen story. After which, you’re moving into play this character in a narrative the place followers had been a bit of bit upset that they didn’t get their fortunately ever after within the first season. What was it prefer to take all of that on? Do you ever get nervous about something like that, or is it simply an thrilling problem?

WESTON-JONES: In easy phrases, I believe I’d get nervous, if I actually paid consideration to it. I are likely to give attention to the granular degree, in relation to tasks and characters. I strive not to consider the large image an excessive amount of and what that character represents to individuals or what I signify to individuals. After all, these ideas do crop up. I’d be mendacity, if I stated they didn’t, however I attempted to not give attention to it. It didn’t actually get to me an excessive amount of. The duty in paying respect to the textual content is uncommon with this mission as a result of my character isn’t concerned within the authentic textual content. Loads of it’s invented, which I discovered fairly liberating as a result of I used to be in a position to dive into the supply materials and different Austen issues, however at my very own leisure. I used to be in a position to focus extra on the interval itself and discovering touchstones for individuals round on the time. The supply materials is admittedly firsthand diaries. That’s what I dove into, after which used the additional Jane Austen materials as background studying while I used to be capturing, as one thing to clean over me. I didn’t actually wanna focus an excessive amount of on the duty or the stress that was there.

You’ve achieved a couple of tasks the place you’re in a unique time interval, and it creates its personal world. What’s it prefer to stroll onto set the primary day, on a mission like this, and like these tasks? Does it have an effect on what you could do, as an actor? Does it inform the character, when you’re there, and also you’re within the wardrobe, and also you’re talking in that type of language and everyone is all dressed up on the units?

WESTON-JONES: It’s fairly wonderful and, I suppose, overwhelming once I first began out, being dropped right into a world that somebody has constructed for you. I strive to not assume an excessive amount of in regards to the interval and that overtaking my notion of the individuals and the relationships. Some actors, and naturally I don’t wanna title names, put an arm’s size between them and the characters, in the event that they assume that they’re stepping right into a time that’s separate. The nice factor is, if the mission is immersive sufficient, you don’t actually must do an excessive amount of work on the day to actually image your self there. That’s fairly an apparent factor to say, however it’s wonderful, the distinction it could possibly make simply as quickly as you place the sneakers on. It’s discovering that stability for me, between understanding that these individuals did transfer in a different way they usually had totally different sensibilities, but additionally ensuring that you just aren’t alienating your self or the viewers from them. That’s one thing that I all the time attempt to strike when doing a interval factor.

What was it prefer to placed on the uniform? Does that change your posture and the best way you maintain your self?

WESTON-JONES: Drastically, yeah. As quickly as I put that on, I simply felt like I needed to stroll on stage and sing Queen or one thing. I needed to sing Freddy Mercury’s again catalog. It was simply so flamboyant and highly effective and hanging and boastful. It adjustments every little thing, actually. The boots had been the toughest factor to search out. I attempt to get on web site with the costume division as early as attainable and borrow the sneakers, so I can put on them in a bit, really feel snug in them, and get used to them. Fortunately, the boots they managed to supply had been wonderful. They had been fairly painful, for the primary few weeks, however that’s the best way it goes with breaking in leather-based sneakers for horse using. That’s simply the best way it occurs.

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It is a character who comes with a sure degree of respect as a result of he’s a Colonel and he’s in command of all these troopers, however we don’t know sufficient about him to start with to know whether or not he’s deserving of that respect. Did he really feel like somebody that was difficult to get to know and determine, or do you are feeling such as you had a fairly good sense of who he actually is, even with that duality from the start?

WESTON-JONES: That’s a very good query. You’re launched to him by means of Tom Parker, in some respects, speaking about him as a warfare hero, how adorned he’s, and the way celebrated he’s. What I loved and what I received peak into, from the primary episode script, was that there was clearly one thing else occurring. There’s a facade, and there’s additionally a aspect that he actually discovers with Charlotte. It’s one thing that’s emergent from their first assembly. It’s not prompt. Studying a variety of the journals from that time period, there was a tremendous journal with drawings and anecdotes and poems from a soldier within the Peninsula Warfare. Loads of it’s fantastical as a result of, like so many individuals, they needed individuals to search out their diaries and for them to be imbued with extra grandeur than they really skilled. They needed to return throughout as heroes, and there is a component of that with Lennox. conflicts now, we will see every little thing and we all know every little thing. A lot of it’s phrase of mouth and legacy, and that’s what he carries. If you point out the general public face and the non-public face, these issues actually intrigued me. I wasn’t too involved about them. That was simply fertile floor that made me consider him extra due to that.

You got here onto this present with a whole group of troopers, if you all arrange on this camp collectively. What was it prefer to have all of these different guys to hitch the present with? What did you get pleasure from about working with them?

WESTON-JONES: Oh, they had been incredible. Frank [Blake], Maxim [Ays] and I had fairly a separate expertise from everyone else, in some respects. On drizzly wet days, we did really feel fairly eliminated. Like every filming expertise, everybody bonds by means of adversity, so we truly ended up having a good time. There have been sure particulars that we needed to work in and never simply be common troopers. We needed there to be relationships, hierarchies, tensions, and all that stuff. There was lots for us to speak about and plan, in between takes whereas we had been ready for rain to go away.

What did you most get pleasure from in regards to the relationship dynamic between Lennox and Charlotte, and dealing with Rose Williams?

WESTON-JONES: I knew immediately that she was very snug, and never as a performer, however within the character. It felt like being in a protected pair of fingers, actually. I might speak to her about any new concepts that I had, and he or she was very, very open to share with me what her backstory was, and what labored and what didn’t. It was very a lot an open dialog. I actually loved working with Rose. She was actually approachable, from the very starting. To be trustworthy with you, that goes for everyone. It was my first time, becoming a member of a present that had already been established. There was an enormous hole between the primary and the second season, and a few individuals would argue that this can be a rebooting, but it surely’s probably not. Everybody had relationships and there was a variety of element that I hadn’t skilled, however everyone welcomed me in and was very happy to share data. They had been all fantastically welcoming.

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There are such a lot of layers occurring, with the duality of Lennox and with him clearly having some ulterior motives in relation to the connection with Charlotte. How do you assume he turned the man that he’s, by the point he will get to Sanditon? How did you view him?

WESTON-JONES: He’s clearly a beast within the navy. He’s clearly somebody who actually owns that and has actually spent a variety of time in a specific nook of society, which has its personal guidelines and hierarchies. However truly, the factor I believe he’s, above all else, is an opportunist. I believe that’s in all probability true of fairly a couple of of the up-and-comers within the Military, or the Pink Coats, at the moment. Particularly after Waterloo, they had been primarily untouchable. The glow had began to fade off of them considerably, on the level the place Sanditon Season 2 begins, and that actually is explored extra, within the latter a part of the season, when persons are questioning what their intentions are and whether or not or not they’re truly there to assist the city in any respect. I actually do see him as an opportunist. He isn’t essentially manipulative. He would by no means describe himself as that, however he’s very, superb at with the ability to discover the reality within the lies. He’s in a position to deceive individuals by telling the reality, and he’s a really in a position reader of individuals. What I actually get pleasure from in regards to the scenes with Rose, particularly, is that when he’s laying all of it on the market, he’s telling the reality. He actually does really feel that manner. However on the drop of a hat, he might really feel one other manner and he can change on a dime. I beloved that side of Lennox. I actually loved that duality.

I additionally tremendously love Warrior and am so glad that present goes to be doing a 3rd season.

WESTON-JONES: I’m gonna be going out and doing Season 3 in a few months’ time. Very like Sanditon, it’s been resurrected, and I can’t wait to go and do this. They’re constructing the units proper now. They’ve began rebuilding them. So, I’m excited to step into that once more, for certain. On the time the present went off, I had simply left social media, for no different purpose than private ones. After which, I heard from numerous different actors in it, who had been nonetheless tending the hearth, “We have to come again.” I used to be so cynical. I used to be like, “Guys, it’s achieved. Wipe your fingers. Come on, transfer on.” However I’m so glad that they saved pushing as a result of individuals have actually taken to it at HBO Max, so extra energy to them.

Sanditon airs on Sunday nights on Masterpiece on PBS.


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