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Interview: Jack O’Connell on His Career and Playing ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’

For years now, Jack O’Connell has struck me as one of the most interesting young actors out there. Whether it’s Harry Brown (where I first noticed him), Starred Up, ’71 (where he first blew me away), Unbroken, Money Monster, Trial By Fire, Seberg, or Jungeland, he’s often underrated and under seen. It’s a shame, too, since there’s some tremendous performances there. So, with Lady Chatterley’s Lover being a Netflix release, it may well end up being the film that the most amount of people see him in. Luckily, he’s great in the flick. So, when the opportunity came up last month to talk with him about the movie, it’s one I wasn’t going to pass up.

In my review of Lady Chatterley’s Lover (found here), I had this to say about O’Connell’s work:

Both Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell are more than on point here. Corrin anchors the title role with modernity that’s refreshing to see, while O’Connell positively smolders, though never at the expense of what’s going on in his character’s mind. Together, they have strong chemistry, set the screen on fire, and keep you invested in their affair. Matthew Duckett is solid as well, taking a character you could easily just want to shoo away and giving him his own emotion and pathos. Supporting players include Joely Richardson, among others, but it’s Corrin and O’Connell leading the way.

Below, you can hear my chat with O’Connell. He seemed very touched that I knew so much of his work, which is never a bad entrance point to a conversation. Mostly, we focus on Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which both allows him to utilize his trademark intensity, as well as show a new side to his talents. It’s a good discussion and a better film, so if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s streaming right now on Netflix…


Here now is my interview with Lady Chatterley’s Lover star Jack O’Connell. Enjoy:

Lady Chatterley’s Lover is currently available to stream on Netflix!


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3 months ago

I think you spent more time talking than Jack did. You didn’t ask him about the movie. You spent more time complimenting him. It would have been interesting to know why he chose the role, how he decided on the accent, how does he feel about the finished product, etc. Hopefully next time, you will ask pointed questions and let the actor response.

3 months ago

I disagree. I love how these feel like chats over drinks, not a job interview



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