‘Merlin’ star Rupert Young dishes on his fellow knights (2013)

Rupert was interviewed by Curt Wagner for the RedEye Chicago website as part of the fifth season finale promotion in the US. You can read the interview and see the associated photo gallery here. However, I’ve also copied the text below for the sake of having it all in one place (all rights remain with the author and RedEye).


1. [photo of] Rupert Young, who played Sir Leon

Rupert Young had plans to get together with Eoin Macken the day of our interview, and with Tom Hopper the day after. “It really was like a kind of sibling relationship–especially with the knights,” Young said of the bond between the “Merlin” actors. “We can wind each other up but also we just have a real laugh together.”

2. Knights of the Roundtable, with Merlin

The cast and crew of “Merlin” finished filming the fifth and final season quite awhile ago, but that doesn’t mean they don’t see each other any more. According to Rupert Young, many of the actors still get together. With that in mind, I asked Young to do an exercise in which I said a co-star’s name (mostly those who played the Knights of the Roundtable) and he said what popped into his head.

3. Eoin Macken, who played Sir Gwaine

“Hilarious,” Young said, laughing. “I would say, only because or yesterday and today he keeps cancelling on me. So what’s the word? … Not untrustworthy because he’s very trustworthy. Unreliable! There we go. Unreliable. But I’ll do vain as well. There we go.”

4. Tom Hopper, who played Sir Percival

“Huge. Needy,” he said with a laugh. “Very funny. He’s a genuinely one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet, which he doesn’t always show because he’s normally looking so tough. But absolutely hilarious. And a great little singer.”

5. Adetomiwa Edun, who played Sir Elyan

“Seriously intelligent. Literally he’s one of the most intelligent people you’ll ever meet. Almost threateningly so. Brilliant. I mean he would ask questions of the accounts department that even they didn’t know. He is kind of freaky intelligent,” Young said, adding with a laugh. “And again, he’s a great rapper.”

6. Santiago Cabrera, who played Sir Lancelot

“Just pretty cool, really. And really lovely,” Young said. “Again, quite threatening. We had our little group and he’d pop in and out and everyone was weak in the knees when he came so we got pushed right down the pecking order. He was like what we all hoped to be. The guy flew in from L.A. and did a couple of weeks and everyone was like, ‘Wow, he’s so dreamy.’ … Yeah, we’d sit there and try to compete with his coolness.”

7. Alexander Vlahos, who played Mordred

“Trendy. Very keen. Hard working,” Young said.

8. Colin Morgan, who played Merlin

“One of the most hardworking, welcoming people I’ve ever met. I think one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with. I would say that the reason the show is as successful–a major part of that is because of him. He was always on there and welcomed everyone to the set even if they’re there for one scene or for a few years,” Young said. “And he would just always give you so much. If you had a scene with Colin you would be better, I think. He’s genuinely one of the nicest people. He loves acting so much and so committed. He gave his life over for the eight months we filmed. He’s someone I am in awe of. I’d like to be a bit more like him.”

9. Bradley James, who played King Arthur

“Bradley–most like his character,” Young said. “A leader of men. Seriously competitive. I’d say that’s it. Yeah, one of the most competitive people you’ll ever meet.”

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