Jamie Bower did an interview during Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Grazia magazine has published an exclusive interview with Jamie Campbell Bower on Having Laughs With Mario Testino & A Kanye West Bromance
Grazia Daily: Do you find it tricky deciding what to wear for an event like this?
Jamie: I’ve had a stressful day so putting this on was the most calming part it. I might have to do to go to Oslo later for work, but nobody knows for sure yet.
Grazia Daily: What are you working on at the moment?
Jamie: We’re releasing a record in the middle of the year and there are some other things going on that I can’t really talk about…
Grazia Daily: What a tease! But we can talk about your starring role in the Burberry campaign. How was that?
Jamie: The best bit for me was being on set with Mario [Testino] because I’ve known him since I was 17 when we did a shoot together about young Londoners. So I get on set [for Burberry] and start cracking jokes with him, but the other models had never met him so were like, “How come you’re being so rude with Mario?” [laughs]. I had to tell them not to worry and I wasn’t going to get kicked off set because we’ve known each other for a good eight years. That was really funny.
Grazia Daily: Is Mario a good laugh then?
Jamie: Yeah he is. He’s a lovely man and makes me feel really comfortable. There’s only two photographers that can really do that and one is him and the other is Rankin. I would do anything for either of them.
Grazia Daily: So now you’re a Burberry campaign star, how does it feel to follow in the footsteps of a style legend like Romeo Beckham?
Jamie: Oh man, I mean that is hard-core. As you can see, I’ve got the nose ring and that’s part of his look now. He just takes it out for when he goes outside [laughs].
Grazia Daily: Malaika Firth is our new model crush. What she’s like to work with?
Jamie: Malaika is amazing and so is Jean Campbell, who I’m semi-related to because of the Scottish Campbell clan [who knew?!]. We’ve got a great group of girls and it’s sweet to go on set with people and then end up being friends with them afterwards.
Grazia Daily: As for the Burberry show, who would you love to make front row friends with?
Grazia Daily: It could be anyone. Kanye West perhaps?
Jamie: Do you think Kanye and I would get along well? I can see that being a budding bromance.
Jamie Campbell Bower talk about making more The Mortal Instruments movie in the extra feautre from City Of Bones’s DVD. Sugarscape.com has transcript
You’ve been in several big films, but is this different to anything you’ve done before?
Yes this is different, I suppose, to anything I’ve done before. This is the male lead in the movie and that carries its own weight.
What was the biggest challenge in making the film?
The physical aspect was hugely challenging for me and the training prior to shooting was very intense and extensive – four months of gym and martial arts. Even when we were shooting, I was still training every day. That was a huge challenge.
Why so much training?
There had to be a physicality to the character, visually, and also in order for me to be able to do all the things that I was doing. We’re talking like three, four hours training a day – which is still a lot. And you know, watching what I was eating, having a nutritionist. I mean, all those kinds of things.
So when you finished, did you dive into the nearest tub of ice cream?
(Laughs) Sometimes I’d find myself jamming my face full of sugar going, ‘What am I doing?’ But I have to say, it actually helped me feel good within myself to have that sort of diet and physicality, so it’s something I’ve continued to do in my life. Not to the same extent, absolutely not. But to an extent where it’s still healthy.
After training for the action sequences, what was it like filming them?
We used very, very little CGI for the stunts and there’s only one instance I can think of where we used wires, so it was pretty hardcore. We were filming in a place called Hamilton, near Toronto, for scenes in the movie that take place in this location called The Hotel Dumort – where a lot of the action takes place. You know, you’re there at 3 o’clock in the morning and all you want to do is go to bed, but you have to jump on a trampoline, do a front flip onto a table and kill four guys in the process (laughs)… It was hard work, but it was also great fun.
What’s next for you – more Mortal Instruments movies?
Obviously, right now, we’re focusing on [film] number one. Would I like to do more of them? Absolutely. Do we have to wait and see how the first one does? Yes. So, you know, that’s where I’m at with these. So, what’s next? Salvation, hopefully at some point, and enlightenment. Who knows…