jim sturgess Jim Sturgess Interview For One Day

‘One Day’ is a charming story of a couple as they grow through life as quarrelling meant-to-be lovers. It’s based on the internationally praised best-selling novel by David Nicholls and stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as two students who meet on July 15th, 1988, on the night of their graduation. Anne Hathaway’s character Emma is a working class girl of principle and ambition, Jim Sturgess’ Dexter is a wealthy charmer. For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dexter and Emma through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself. ‘One Day’ co-stars Patricia Clarkson, Romola Garai, Jamie Sives, Rafe Spall, Ken Stott and Jodie Whittaker. Look out for ‘One Day’ in UK cinemas August 24th, and August 19th in the US.

What initially interested you in playing Dexter?

Jim Sturgess: First of all just because it’s a different character from any character that I’ve played so far. That’s always interesting, when it’s something new, a new type of character to play. He’s a big personality so there’s a lot going on with him, he has a great outward presentation of himself, this overprivileged underachiever. This spoilt brat with a good heart. There was a lot of layers to him. As much as he was arrogant, irritating, and slightly obnoxious, there’s also this very gentle, very kind, very loving man. I was interested in that sort of balance I suppose.

How was it playing him over the 20 year span?

Jim Sturgess: He’s constantly changing, and that’s been the hardest part of making this film, and also the most exciting part as well. As an actor it’s so much fun to get under all those different sort of personas – which we all have in everyday life. We’re so many different things to so many different people. It’s nice to see this span and this journey, and see how he evolves and learns how to acknowledge the experiences he has and how he uses that with his relationship with Emma.

You and Anne Hathaway’s character go through such a broad range of emotions in this film. How did you build this chemistry you two have on screen? 

Jim Sturgess: Just by listening to music and playing cards, that’s pretty much all that went down. We didn’t really try to create chemistry, we just got along and didn’t really think about it. We didn’t over think it. We hung out, talked, and luckily we got on really well, it was pretty effortless.

Working with Anne was amazing. She’s such a lovely person, so easy to get along with. I first met her in LA, when we first done a little read through together, even that small amount of time with her, I could tell she was a very warm person. There’s a lot of Emma in Anne, whether she’d be able to admit that or not I don‘t know (laughs). There’s a lot of similarities, she has an intellectual wit that Emma has.

How was it working with director Lone Scherfig on ‘One Day’?

Jim Sturgess: She makes me laugh a good six or seven times a day. She has these classic one-liners that are just hilarious (laughs). I sort of wish I wrote them all down and made a little table book out of them, some of the stuff is just truly hilarious. She cares about every single person on the set, not just the actors, not just the Director of Photography, or whoever, she cares about everybody. She’s sort of the tonal pilate of the whole piece, she sort of navigates us through this quite complicated film to get right tonally.