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.