Dutch actor Michiel Huisman — who has starred in such fan favorites as “Orphan Black” and “Game of Thrones” — and I had a similar experience. We both had anxiety about turning 30 (mine decades ago) but realized after that milestone birthday came and went, it wasn’t that bad.
“I never thought about turning 30 until I was about to turn 30. That just seems like an age where things change a lot. Now that I’m 33, it doesn’t matter,” Huisman says.
The subject of age comes up because Huisman stars in the new feature film “The Age of Adaline” with Blake Lively. The feature film opened April 24. She plays a woman who in the 1920s has a freak accident that causes her to stop aging and remains 29 for decades.
Adaline has spent her life avoiding friends and relationships because she doesn’t want the heartbreak of watching her loved ones grow older without her. Huisman plays the man who comes into her life and convinces her that it’s OK to love. That relationship is complicated when a man she loved decades ago comes back into her life.
As far as Huisman is concerned, not aging is a curse.
“One of the things I liked about the script was how is shows there’s a reason why there’s a cycle of life,” Huisman says. “You would miss out on so many things by not getting older.”
If he was forced to pick an age to be for decades, he would be happy with being 33 a little longer.
That’s probably because in recent years he’s not only been on two of the top shows in TV but was a regular on the ABC series “Nashville” and HBO’s “Treme,” plus was in the feature film “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon.
As for the variety of his TV work, Huisman was able to juggle schedules so he could work on multiple series.
“I didn’t plan it that way, but I think it worked out OK for me,” Huisman says. “It gave me some momentum and the opportunity to work with Blake on this movie.”
Along with getting to work with Lively and Harrison Ford, one of the main reasons Huisman likes being in “The Age of Adaline” is that he gets to wear regular clothes. The actor laughs and says it takes hours to get him suited up for an episode of “Game of Thrones.”
Whether it be medieval garb or modern clothes, the way things are going, 33 has been very good to Huisman.
“This feels like an exciting time for me and I have made some giants steps toward my career,” Huisman says. “It’s also very early in my career and I really don’t know what opportunities are awaiting me. I always want to do more. Sometimes I just step back and think about how exciting the promise of more is.”
I just found out that there were some new production stills released for The Age of Adaline!
I loved Saturday’s episode of Orphan Black even though it means we won’t see Cal again for awhile. Hopefully before next season though. I’ve added screencaps as well as some more episode stills! Don’t forget to check out the new video gallery when you have time.
I’ve spent all weekend building the video gallery with all of the recent promotional interviews Michiel did for The Age of Adaline. I’ve added some other videos and going forward I’ll be updating it with all of Michiel’s scenes in his films and TV shows. Please check it out. Let me know if any of the videos aren’t working!
If you just want to see the recent interviews he has done for The Age of Adaline, choose The Age of Adaline Press Tour
Michiel Huisman, who stars alongside Blake Lively in the new romantic film The Age of Adaline, is a pretty charming guy both on-screen and off. As he leisurely eats an apple at the table where we were sitting, he tells me (after complimenting my pen, which admittedly is pretty great) he spent his night in Dallas last week eating oysters and a steak at Neighborhood Services before getting a full night’s rest to prepare for the interviews he had scheduled the next day.
He also said he’s struggling to learn Twitter.
“I still don’t really know what I’m doing,” Huisman told me during an interview last week. “I was looking for the responses from people last night [at a screening of The Age of Adaline], but I don’t really know where to look.”
In his defense, he jumped to more than 7,000 followers on the social network about a day after creating his account, so he didn’t really have a chance to ease into it. His notifications tab is probably a confusing mess. It will probably only get crazier after Adaline opens, as he feels its his first “proper male lead” role in “a beautiful romantic movie.”
The film has a bit of a science fiction hook: Adaline, the titular protagonist, does not age. She has watched the people she loves grow old around her while she herself maintains the youth of someone in her 20s. It’s hardly spoiling the plot to say that the movie has things to say about the idea of living forever, but it deals specifically with someone who’s timeless while all the people around her are not.
It appears Michiel will be in this episode of Orphan Black too!
Michiel has been so busy lately promoting The Age of Adaline. Last night he and his lovely wife, Tara Elders, attended the Tribeca Film Festival Chanel party and today he was on Huffpost Live and AOL Build. Thanks to Elizabeth for getting the AOL Build photos.