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“Rupert Young reveals the joys of ‘Bridgerton’ series two” by Far Out Magazine

An interview by Calum Russell in response to Bridgerton’s second season.

Read the full interview on faroutmagazine.co.uk.

Do you think there’s a reason behind Bridgerton’s success?

It’s something that everyone can watch and it’s easy to follow, you’re interested in all the characters. People are represented on the screen, it just seems like a glamorous, joyous time and a celebration of people. I think it took everyone by surprise how popular it was, but it just shows that people deep down love a great love story and love that kind of period.

“Rupert Young” by Viewties (2022)

Interview by Vanesa Miraglia with Rupert – featuring more lovely photos by Mark Cant, with Rupert styled by Ellie Witt.

Find the interview on viewties.co.uk.

We’re very honoured to sit down with the fantastic Rupert Young to talk about his brilliant performance as Jack, the handsome but mysterious addition to the Featherington family in the phenomenally successful Netflix period drama, Bridgerton.

“Rupert Young” by 1883 Magazine (2022)

Interview by Sydney Bolen with Rupert about Bridgerton’s second season – featuring some truly delightful photos by Mark Cant, with Rupert styled by Ellie Witt.

Find the interview on 1883magazine.com. (This was published for their April issue, but I can’t find an exact date.)

Rupert Young’s empathic sensibilities coupled with his talent create authentic and compelling portrayals of easily disliked characters.

“The ‘Bridgerton’ Cast Questionnaire” by shondaland (2022)

Another wonderful piece by Valentina Valentini on our Rupert!

Find the questionnaire on shondaland.com. Rupert shares lots of lovely thoughts on his own family, and then finishes on a delightful high note:

Is there a character in the series, who is not your own, whom you are drawn to or can relate to, and why?

Eloise. I love the way she doesn’t want to conform to what society expects of her and tries to live her life on her own terms.

“‘Bridgerton’ Has a New Lord Featherington” by shondaland (2022)

Wonderful interview by Valentina Valentini with Rupert about joining Bridgerton’s second season… but beware spoilers!

Find the interview on shondaland.com.

Rupert Young talks about joining the mega hit, and those spicy scenes between Lord and Lady F.

Bonus: There is also a Telegraph interview with Polly Walker (who plays Lady Featherington). It’s behind a membership wall, but this Twitter thread provides a good summary. Among other things, Polly says:

There’s not a lot of room for the exploration of mature love in the marriage mart world of Bridgerton. … it’s so good that they’ve shown that people over 25 have feelings, desires and needs.

Amen!

“Why Jack From Bridgerton Season 2 Looks So Familiar” by Looper (2021)

Sabienna Bowman explains why we recognise Jack from Bridgerton Season 2!

The ton is absolutely buzzing about the latest additions to the cast of Bridgerton season 2, including the mysterious Jack played by Rupert Young. Even though he’s not a household name just yet, fans of British TV have likely seen Young before. The 42-year-old actor has been working steadily since 2004, and has managed to make small appearances in everything from Doc Martin to Doctor Who.

Read the full article at Looper.com!

“10 Questions with DEH London’s Larry Murphy – Rupert Young” by DEH Official (2019)

This short interview appeared on the official Dear Evan Hansen Tumblr account. I am “archiving” it in full here, with great respect but without permission.


He plays the father who teaches us how to break in a glove, so it’s cool to know that Rupert learned how to play the piano from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mother. You may have seen him in some of Britain’s favorite TV shows like “Merlin” and “Doctor Who.” When he’s not performing, you can find him walking along the South Bank or binge-watching “Stranger Things.” Learn some more fun facts below.

1.) Where can people follow you on social media?

Twitter: @rupertfyoung.

2.) Where did you grow up?

London.

3.) What’s your favourite line / lyric from DEAR EVAN HANSEN?

“If you only say the word, from across the silence your voice is heard.” [from the song “You Will Be Found”]

4.) What’s the first show you saw (West End, Tour, Broadway, etc.)?

My Fair Lady West End and Rent on Broadway.

5.) What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?

“Stranger Things”.

6.) What’s your favourite app and why?

Podcasts. Takes me into my own little world in the middle of a crowded train in rush hour and makes it bearable.

7.) What’s your favourite song to sing in the shower?

Usually vocal exercises.

8.) What’s your go-to London spot?

Walking along The South Bank. Eating at Hoppers on Wigmore Street. Drinking at Vindinista in Acton.

9.) What’s a hidden talent you have that people might not know about?

I can leapfrog a London postbox.

10.) What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“Don’t compare yourself to anybody else.”

“Merlin Anniversary: An Interview with Rupert Young” by Kapow! (2018)

Rupert was interviewed by Chris Daniel for Kapow! to mark the tenth anniversary of BBC Merlin.

“I was always interested in the stories of King Arthur and Merlin growing up, but I definitely became more immersed in it after becoming involved with the show,” Young said. …

“Merlin definitely opened doors for me,” Young said. “Being in a worldwide hit show definitely has got me into audition rooms I wouldn’t have got in before and so pretty much all of the jobs I’ve had since the show finished, I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to audition for had it not been for the show”. …

“What surprised me most was how well the series was received,” Young concluded. “I always knew I was joining a great show with brilliant people and a fantastic story that people would enjoy, but the sheer volume of people who watched it and connected with it from all over the world was staggering.”

You can read the full interview here.

Chris also interviewed Rupert’s Merlin colleague Alex Vlahos the previous week; you can read that interview here.

interview by Julie at MCM Comic Con, London (2017)

I had the honour of interviewing Rupert on the Sunday afternoon at MCM Comic Con in London. He was just as obliging and delightful about it as you would imagine. One of the reasons I like him so much is that, whether it’s on panels or individually, he really does try to give honest and meaningful answers to whatever he is asked.

So, let’s get into it! I started off with a couple of easy ones…

What has been your favourite role, and why?

I’ll say Sir Leon [Merlin], because it’s opened up lots of doors, and I got to spend time with people, get close to people, film with amazing people, and film in amazing locations.

What was your favourite location?

Pierrefonds Castle.

Everyone says that!

Yeah, but it was amazing. It really was.

Chateau de Pierrefonds in France, also known as ‘Camelot’ (photo by Julie).

What do you look for in a director?

One that wants to hire me! Someone who has done their work, and is very passionate about the project they’re doing – and who I trust and can get the best out of me.

You really like Metin Hüseyin.

Love Metin, yeah. Love him.

Any particular reason?

I think he’s just kind, and very good and very gentle, and not too much ego. He wants the best out of actors, he really cares about performance. So, that’s why I love him.

What did you do in the few years between leaving school and studying with LAMDA?

I did lots of things. I taught in a school, I worked in the City, I worked in The GAP, I directed plays for children, taught drama – quite a lot of things.

Actually, when I first left school, I got accepted into musical theatre at drama school, but I couldn’t get the funding together. Which, in hindsight – I think when you’ve first left school, you’re desperate to start your life – and then you go, actually, it’s quite good to not do that. But obviously I wanted to be able to do musicals. I waited, and started doing a couple of plays before drama school – but it was very hard, and I knew I had to train. I applied for LAMDA, and that was it. Because by then I knew I didn’t want to just study musicals. I liked them, but I knew that I wanted to do other things.

Do you think it’s useful, though, to live a ‘real’ life for a while, work in ‘real’ jobs?

Yes, I think so. It’s weird because when you first do acting at school, it’s an extracurricular thing, which is amazing and really fun. However, when you go into it as a job, sometimes it’s so… it takes over your whole life, and sometimes you need to have other passions to keep you sane – and in acting you need to learn a lot of different things, different skills – that’s one of the reasons I love it.

I think it’s good to take time, but some people’s careers happen when they’re very young, and others’ careers are – I like to think I was going to be a ‘leading man’ as opposed to a ‘leading boy’. [laughs] Well, maybe not ‘leading’, but ‘man’.

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