Actors like to talk about their years in the wilderness before fame hit. Harrison Ford was a carpenter. Jon Hamm spent decades waiting tables. Channing Tatum stripped. It gives them some regular-Joe mass to weigh against their new celebrity. Sam Claflin, 29, star of The Hunger Games and Pirates of the Caribbean, is no different.
“Everyone has their struggles, I think. After I left drama school I had six months of rejection after rejection,” he says, sipping on a pint in Kentish Town, north London, in unseasonable autumn sunshine. “I thought about a plan B.”
Wait a second… Six months? Six months isn’t a period in the wilderness. In acting terms that is a mere long weekend of unemployment. After which Claflin was cast in Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White and the Huntsman, then The Hunger Games and The Riot Club, the film version of the play Posh, a fictionalised version of the Bullingdon Club. This was in addition to TV roles in Any Human Heart and The Pillars of the Earth. By any actor’s standards, hardly a rocky road.
Still, it’s easy to understand where he’s coming from. The speed of Claflin’s ascent to matinée idol, courtesy of two of the biggest franchises of the 21st century, would embarrass any normal bloke. And apart from his career, everything about Claflin screams normal bloke. He is friendly and self-effacing, handsome and articulate. He complains about the trousers he’s wearing for our shoot being too tight for his “footballer thighs”. He was a promising junior player growing up in Norwich (you can still hear a faint Norfolk lilt in his vowels). There’s a swallow tattoo on his bicep that he got for his 28th birthday and only after years of planning. He lives in Chiswick, west London, with his wife, fellow actor Laura Haddock, because he’s “not cool enough for east London”.
Claflin says the trousers he’s wearing for our shoot are too tight for his ‘footballer thighs’
He certainly seems more at home outside a grim Kentish Town pub than he was being fussed over by make-up artists in the hot studio. Does he even enjoy the fashion shoots? “I fucking hate them! Well, no…” he adds, perhaps mindful of his PR obligations, “I just can’t understand why people would wear any of those things. But I’ve learned to enjoy myself on the day.”
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I have added some recent production stills that have been released for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” to the gallery.
Film Productions > The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015) > Production Stills
Sam posed for the latest issue of Flaunt Magazine. I have updated the gallery with a few outtakes from the photoshoot!
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Flaunt
Sam Claflin is in negotiations to co-star with Rachel Weisz in Fox Searchlight’s “My Cousin Rachel,” an adaptation of the classic Daphne Du Maurier novel.
The dark romance revolves around Philip, played by Claflin, a young orphan, who believes his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel, played by Weisz, may have been responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian Ambrose, also a cousin of theirs. As Philip plots his revenge, his feelings become complicated as he falls under Rachel’s beguiling spell.
The book, originally published in 1951, was previously adapted into a film starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton and directed by Henry Koster. This version will be helmed by Roger Michell, who will also adapt the script.
After breaking onto the scene opposite Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” Claflin gained notoriety when he landed the role of Finnick in “The Hunger Games” franchise, which quickly lead to more studios eyeing the thesp for more leading-man roles.
Besides “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” bowing this November, Clafflin also reprises his role in “The Huntsman” opposite Chris Hemsworth as well as starring opposite Emilia Clarke in MGM’s “Me Before You,” both of which bow in the summer frame.
Claflin is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group.
Last night, Sam presented the “Woman Of The Year” award to his “Me Before You” co-star, Emilia Clarke. You can view Sam’s presentation and Emilia’s speech below.
Sam attended the GQ Men Of The Year Awards at The Royal Opera House tonight in London, England. I have started adding the first high quality from the awards to the gallery. I will continue to add more photos tonight and tomorrow!
Public Appearances > 2015 > SEP 08: GQ Men Of The Year Awards (Arrivals)
Public Appearances > 2015 > SEP 08: GQ Men Of The Year Awards (Inside Ceremony)
Sam posed for Urban Active part of Men’s Health UK Magazine. The gallery has been updated with a few outtakes from the shoot, check them out!
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Men’s Health UK
I have added a new production of still of Sam in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” to the gallery. Lionsgate has also released a new banner on the official movie site which you can check out in our gallery!