yesterday Twitter did a Q&A with Michiel and Blake Lively so that fans could ask them about The Age of Adaline. Since there were quite a few videos (one per question), there was quite a lot of them. I have compiled them all into two videos for anyone who wants to watch.
Actors Blake Lively and Michiel Huisman chat with Tony Toscano about the new film “The Age of Adaline”
Mention Game of Thrones star Michiel Huisman to a female friend, and the reaction is usually something about dreamboats, perhaps with some slightly labored breathing, and then a question: “Where did he come from, and how is he suddenly everywhere?” The 33-year-old Dutch actor is a rare hybrid species: appealing to fans of beefcake, medieval history, and television of the highest quality. On Thrones, he plays Daario Naharis, the dashing soldier who slayed for and seduced Daenerys Targaryen this past season, resulting in a nude scene that was the male version of #BreaktheInternet and a re-upped contract that made Huisman a series regular.
Huisman got started as a child actor in his native Holland, where he worked his way up to a top box-office draw. His first project in the U.S. was only five years ago, a role on HBO’s New Orleans drama Treme, after which the floodgates opened: In the past two years, along with Thrones, he’s appeared as a wizardly record producer on ABC’s Nashville; a tech genius and the main character’s baby daddy on Orphan Black; and Reese Witherspoon’s fling in Wild. Last fall, he also starred in a short film for Chanel No. 5 with Gisele Bündchen.
Next and notably, he aims for Hugh Grant territory in the upcoming cosmic romance The Age of Adaline. Blake Lively co-stars in the story of a woman who has an accident in 1935 that causes her to stay 29 years old forever. She goes on the run, leaving generations of heartbroken men in her wake, until she meets Huisman’s character, a wealthy philanthropist who tempts her to stay put. Huisman more than holds his own with both Lively and Harrison Ford, who plays his father.
Huisman—who lives in New Orleans with his wife and young daughter—called from Australia, where he’s shooting a movie, one of five to come out in the next two years. I talked with him about those projects, what’s next for Thrones, the prospect of posing for Playgirl, and aiming to be Cary Grant.
MICHAEL MARTIN: What drew you to The Age of Adaline?
MICHIEL HUISMAN: When I read the script, I was a little bit swept away, captivated by the sense of this young woman traveling through time. Right away, I could kind of see how beautiful that would be: to see this person through all these different decades. On top of that, one of the things that I was looking forward to was that he is this perfect single guy, right? He’s in San Francisco. He’s made a fortune. He’s now just a philanthropist. He’s a little bit too good to be true. So I thought it would be fun to try to undercut that.
MARTIN: He’s very persistent and seductive. What would you say is the key to on-screen seduction?
HUISMAN: [laughs] Um, I wouldn’t know. I guess look at the girl and breathe. It’s made very easy by such an amazing actress as Blake. So maybe that’s the secret to on-screen seduction: Blake Lively, in this case.
Sadly I don’t have the photos yet but I did find one from the Instagram of the stylist and I got the scans of the magazine
He plays guitar in Nashville and keys in Treme. He slays in Game of Thrones and charms in Wild. This month he seduces audiences in Age of Adaline. Welcome to the high-flying world of a very talented and very handsome 33-year-old Dutchman.
In this loud pub in Central London’s Soho, Michiel Huisman might be the only man not shouting. As the striking actor settles into a corner booth, surveying the sea of rowdies, he mutters in his slightly Dutch-accented English, “How will we hear each other?” He orders a glass of rosé wine and ponders the menu. “I eat everything, unlike most f—ing actors,” he says with a grin. Huisman has just come from dubbing lines for The Age of Adaline, a film out this month that will cement Huisman’s status as Hollywood heartthrob. In this follow-up to last year’s well-received Wild, in which he steamed up Reese Witherspoon’s tent, he plays Ellis Jones, a man so dashing he lures an immortal woman (Adaline Bowman, played by Blake Lively) into mortality. But if he’s débuting as a silver-screen leading man, Huisman has had a long run smoldering on the small one. His recurring roles as Sonny on HBO’s Treme, as Cal on the hit sci-fi show Orphan Black, and as Liam McGuinnis on Nashville have turned Huisman into something of an old hand at the TV game. And that was before he starred as Daario Naharis in the behemoth that is Game of Thrones.
Not only is Huisman the quietest man at the pub, he’s also the best dressed. He’s quickly mastered the fashion demands that accompany stardom. Huisman is wearing a luxuriously soft gray marled sweater, which he sheepishly admits was a gift he received after appearing opposite supermodel Gisele Bündchen in the latest Chanel No. 5 perfume campaign. “One minute the casting director was checking my availability, the next I’m being flown out to work with Baz Luhrmann,” he says, rubbing the ruffled beard that gives his handsome looks a rugged quality. “It was a blast.”
Looking over your résumé, I wonder if there has ever been a TV show you haven’t appeared on.
I went from Treme for four seasons, which filmed about eight months of the year, to Nashville. Treme is gritty, raw. Nashville is country music and glamour. I’m lucky because in Nashville, I got to collaborate with one of the best actresses on TV, Connie Britton.
And now Game of Thrones.
Yes, now Daario on Game of Thrones. When you work on a show that’s already so well established, it can be hard not to think about that when you take on the role. But with Game of Thrones, once you’re on set, the cast is so professional; everyone is about the work and the story. Then you go home and think, Oh my god, I just shot a scene in Game of Thrones!
Is it true that you lied about being able to play piano to get the Treme job?
I did. I lied. But the thing is, I had musical experience. I played guitar in a band in the Netherlands and under my own name for years. We did typical singer- songwriter, pop-rock stuff. So I had a foundation to work on. But I wouldn’t recommend trying to learn piano in two months if you have no experience. My wife [fellow actress Tara Elders, whom Huisman married in 2008] and I have a home in New Orleans now. When we go back, I head out to the bars and play in bands, but I can only pull off boogie-woogie and blues. It drives my wife crazy. The other day she packed me off to my daughter’s piano teacher to learn something classical. You know what I learned? “Jingle Bells.”
What’s it like being married to an actress?
The best way to describe it is that we share everything. She helps me with every decision I have to make about work; she reads scripts and runs lines with me. So when I achieve something, I feel like it is our success, not mine alone.
How did you meet?
Our first kiss was onscreen. In 2003, I did a Dutch movie called Phileine Says Sorry. The scene was pretty horrible, actually. I played Phileine’s boyfriend, an actor named Max. In the film I do an avant-garde version of Romeo and Juliet with lots of nudity. Phileine shows up at the première with her friend Lala, played by my wife. But to shoot that scene took a week—a week of being bare-naked on that stage—knowing that this beautiful girl was sitting there in the audience watching me. Awful. But I guess it all worked out in the end.
You’ve been acting since you were a kid. Is it something you always knew you wanted to pursue?
I once made the mistake of saying I was a child actor. It’s technically true, but it sounds so … wrong, you know? The best thing about it that I remember was that I worked with a dog called Pepper. He was one of the dogs who played Benji in the films from the 1980s, and I loved him so much. The animal handler was like, “You know he’s about to retire. You could take him.” I did. He was one cool dog.
In the very rare moments when you’re not working, how do you relax?
When we have time off, we go back to the Netherlands, where we have a 19th-century farmhouse outside Amsterdam. What I really like to do is use my hands. I’m pretty bad at home improvements, but I like to fix stuff around the house. With an old farmhouse there’s endless opportunity. I love tools. I just bought a Makita drill with lithium batteries. I don’t know what that means or why that’s good, but I love it. I might get a tool belt, but I don’t want to push it just yet.
Source of transcribed article: DailyMichiel
Thanks to our wonderful co-mod, Aniek, we now have a English translation for the great L’Official article. Enjoy!
L’Officiel Hommes NL – No. 8 2014
He walks in on flip-flops. we agreed to meet at a terrace in the center of Edam. Tons of tourists check out the old houses. Michiels family has a cottage in the neighborhood. He is staying here for a few day.s He left for the USA 5 years ago, to work. It seems to work out fine. Huisman, born in Amstelveen, was featured next to Brad Pitt in World War Z. More prominent roles are in post-production, with costars as Reese Witherspoon and Harrison Ford. Click here to read
Have you watched Game of Thrones this season and thought, “I wish Daario Naharis was my champion”? Did you then flipped over to Nashville and found yourself cursing music producer Liam for getting Scarlett addicted to uppers? And have you been attracted to them both? Yup, that’s the power of chameleon-like Michiel Huisman, who has brought his dark horse appeal to Westeros, the pop-country music circuit, and now, TV’s most beloved cult favorite, Orphan Black. For the uninitiated, the BBC America sci-fi thriller, which airs Saturdays at 9 pm EST, stars Tatiana Maslany as a collection of clones. In season 2 of the cult favorite, Huisman plays the beleaguered love interest to one of them: rebellious single mom, Sarah. We caught up with Huisman to discuss his roles on Orphan Black and Game of Thrones, as well as his upcoming film The Age of Adaline, which co-stars Blake Lively and Harrison Ford. And for the record he’s just as charming on the phone as he is clad in armor reigning victorious for the Mother of Dragons.
You really are all over TV right now.
Yeah, it’s a little weird almost. I just did a photo shoot for a magazine with a bunch of supporting actors and they’d ask me, “So what show are you on?” and I was almost embarrassed to say, “Well, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, and Nashville.” They’re like, “How’s that possible?” And I don’t know. Somehow it was possible to be guests on all those shows in the last year. It’s been fun. One of the fun things as an actor is to really spread your wings as wide as possible and do a variety of roles. I’ve been really lucky in that sense I think.
Are these shows ones you were a fan of before?
There’s so many great TV shows out there right so there’s no way I can see all of them. So Orphan Black, when I was asked to do an audition for it, I’d never seen it. So I started watching it and I loved it right away. I was completely blown away by Tatiana’s performance in it and that I’m looking at scenes with two characters that are played by one actress and I’m believing it. After watching the show I was even more eager to be part of it. The same goes for Game of Thrones. I’d seen a lot but after auditioning I watched everything. It’s weird to say I’m a fan of shows I’m working on myself, but I think I am.
Will you be in any scenes on Orphan Black that involve more than one clone?
Not really. There’s one scene towards the end where I get to see a couple more but not really. My storyline involves Sarah.
By Caitlin Brody
You’ve seen Michiel Huisman on Nashville, Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, and in our fashion story with him in our August issue (photos below!). We insisted on getting to know him.
Glamour: Let’s make sure we’re pronouncing your name right, as we say it a lot around here. It’s pronounced “Mik-KEEL,” right?
Michiel Huisman: Yes, it’s a very common Dutch name. Growing up in Holland, I always thought my name was boring, but in the U.S. all of a sudden I have a very cool name.
Glamour: You’ve costarred with some amazing women we at Glamour love: Emilia Clarke, Connie Britton, Tatiana Maslany. And you’re in upcoming movies with Reese Witherspoon and Blake Lively….
MH: I agree—they’re in the position they’re in rightfully. They’ve proven it. They’re all very talented and committed to their careers. They’re rock-solid, and they all have amazing hair.
Glamour: Did you have to up your workout game to play the warrior Daario [Daenerys’ love interest] on Game of Thrones?
MH: I had to bulk up! I worked out five days a week for an hour and a half. There were certain things I’d do before a shirtless scene, but I can’t tell you about them—it’s embarrassing.
Glamour: OK, fine, but I’m just going to say it: Seeing your bare bum on Game of Thrones was all the talk in the office for days….
MH: That was actually one of the first scenes I read, and I thought that it was going to be fun.
Glamour: What did your wife think about it?
MH: She said that I had a great ass. But she already knew that.