‘ACTORS HAVE THIS AMAZING SKILLSET — OF MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN SPITE OF THE WORST-CASE CIRCUMSTANCES’

Freddy Carter, the star of the Netflix series Shadow and Bone, talks to THE RAKE about acting in the pandemic, fighting green footballs on sticks, and why fantasy (still) rules…

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Freddy Carter has more than the required amount of high cheekbones and unfettered charm to propel his career as an actor. While the 28-year-old was growing up surrounded by the farms and coastline of Somerset, and amid short stints in Cyprus and the United States, a life in front of the camera wasn’t always obvious. But his parents loved the theatre, and a particular trip to London to see Mark Rylance play the wild man of the woods in Jerusalem inspired a 16-year-old Carter. He debated applying to university, even just as a safety net, but instead auditioned for the Oxford School of Drama, and got in.

Carter spent no time hanging about after graduation, immediately joining the cast of the Sir Trevor Nunn-directed Wars of the Roses at the Rose theatre in Kingston. Carter performed more than 25 parts in the production, a complex trilogy of Shakespearean history plays. The auditions kept coming, and after arriving in Edinburgh to spend a few days soaking up the Fringe, he got a voicemail from his agent. He’d landed the part of “moody horse boy” (his agent’s words) in a new Netflix family drama called Free Rein, and filming started in four days.

Next, he won a small part in a mammoth film, 2017’s Wonder Woman. He spent only a few days on the Warner Bros. set in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, but the tumult from hundreds of actors, crew, stunt people and supporting artists on set was even more extraordinary than he had imagined. In 2019, Netflix called again, this time about Shadow and Bone, a new fantasy series with all the elements for stratospheric success.

Shadow and Bone will premiere globally on Netflix on April 23.

 

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Bridget Arsenault

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April 2021

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