The Confessions of a Shopaholic co-star speaks with FLARE about his fashionable new role

The Confessions of a Shopaholic co-star speaks with FLARE about his fashionable new role

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic

I’m just gonna say it: I fancy Hugh Dancy. The posh British accent, his slightly disheveled brunette hair, how delicious he looks while dancing the tango. I spoke recently with the 33-year old actor (and arm candy to Claire Danes) about his new role as Luke Brandon, the workaholic magazine editor and object of everyone’s affection in Confessions of a Shopaholic. Dancy discussed what he loves about the movie, whether he speaks Prada and his unapologetic love for chick-lit.

What was it like working with [FLARE cover girl] Isla Fisher?
Great! Isla is incredibly talented and it’s rare for a leading lady to have that kind of range in terms of her dramatic and comedic abilities. It was fantastic to feed off of that. She also has great timing and is always prepared for scenes.

How familiar were you with Sophie Kinsella’s books?
Well, I was familiar with them but had no idea they were such a huge phenomenon. When I got the role I sad down read them in one session. They’re not at all what I thought they’d be – everyone calls them chick-lit but they’re very cleverly written – I told everyone how good they were. I think people perhaps secretly questioned my manhood but I still think they’re a really good read.

What made you want to take on this kind of comedic role?
It was definitely the people. I had worked with [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer before and wanted to work with [director] P.J. Hogan, as well as Isla and Kristen Scott Thomas. It was also the kind of movie that I haven’t done much of before – it’s a fun comedy.

Are you a shopper? Do you enjoy fashion?
Um, no not exactly. I mean, I don’t hate shopping the way some men do and I definitely appreciate fashion but I’m not a fashion person per se. I do occasionally wear Burberry and Calvin Klein though.

So you don’t actually speak Prada then?
[Laughing]. No, I definitely don’t speak Prada. I did do some Burberry ads though so if anything I speak that.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic

How did you prepare for the role – did you know much about being a magazine editor?
No, I knew nothing! I was completely unfamiliar with what they do so I ended up job shadowing an editor of a business magazine in New York and asking him many many questions. It’s quite stressful and fast-paced kind of work!

With the current state of the economy, were you concerned about the timing of this movie’s release?
Well, it’s actually interesting with the recession because part of the message with Confessions is one that’s really relatable. [Isla’s character] Rebecca Bloomwood is a really sweet and smart girl but has financial problems that anyone can relate to so I think it’s a message that will really hit home with anyone that watches the film.

What’s next for you?
My new movie Adam premiered at Sundance and was really well received so I’m really excited about that.

What’s your most prized possession?
Other than a few pictures and some artwork I have, I think my most prized possession is a George Elliot book. It’s an early edition that a friend gave to me and it’s very very special.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic

FLARE is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. What would you give FLARE for it’s birthday?
Well, I think the obvious answer is another 30 years. Happy birthday FLARE!

Confessions of a Shopaholic opens in theatres February 13th. Read more about the movie and Isla Fisher in FLARE’s February issue.