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.
I felt confident that if offered immortality, Huisman would turn it down. The actor has a wife and a daughter that I believe he would like to grow old with. But I wondered if the “gift” of being ageless would be more agreeable if those loved ones were immortal as well.
“It would make the idea of living forever a lot sweeter,” he said, “because it’s one of the themes of the movie, that living forever without your loved ones is a very sad life, because you outlive everyone, right? But I think it would still be a burden. A curse. You don’t want that. Be thankful for the cycle of life.”
The fact that death eventually comes to everyone is not a fact that’s overlooked in something else you can watch Huisman in: Game of Thrones. The HBO show (and the book series it’s based on) is not at all shy about killing off its characters. So I asked Huisman, if he could choose his death scene, how would he go out?
“Well, I would love to see my queen on the throne of Westeros,” he said, referring to Daenerys Targaryen. His character, Daario, clearly has a thing for the Mother of Dragons. “So if I get my way and that happens, then I would love to have some epic last scene where I save her and she can take the place — her rightful place — on the Iron Throne.”
“Well I guess that answers my next question,” I said. “I was going to ask who the rightful ruler of Westeros is.”
Then he broke out of character a bit and said, “I think it’s Dany, but I don’t know if she’s the one who’s gonna be sitting on [the throne]. I’m starting to become more and more impressed with Sansa as well. She’s becoming a very strong character in my eyes.”
With Thrones, appearances on the BBC America sci-fi show Orphan Black and the sci-fi leanings of Adaline, I asked if the geeky genre of TV and film was a place he felt comfortable in.
“It’s funny, because it’s not really a genre I would naturally gravitate towards,” he said. “I would probably go more more for dramas and stuff like that are things that I’ve always watched and liked. It just happened to turn out this way.
“But at the same time I think that what these projects do have in common is that there’s a sci-fi element to it that speaks to the audience’s imagination — and also to mine, really — but at the same time the characters are all grounded. They’re all real people. I really enjoy being part of all these different projects.”