Paul plays the role of Steven in HORIZON.

Paul Tonkin – Answer our questions!

Paul studied at University of Wales, Newport. Since graduating with a 1st class Honours degree in 2009, his Theatre credits include: The title role in Hamlet; Honey in Recidivists; Of Mice & Men; Twelfth Night; East of the Sun, West of the Moon; My Previous Self ; Murder in Play; Wolf – The Musical, and most recently Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. His film credits include; Gingerbread man in AmStarDam as well as lead and supporting roles in short films Intruder and Broken for which he received a best supporting actor award.

Paul is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and has scored and composed songs for many theatre productions including Twelfth Night and East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

“Working on this project was artistically great and, even more importantly, fun from beginning to end. Everyone in the cast and crew were working at the top of their game, at every location, in every scene to make it work in the time we had. I’m looking forward to series two!”

How did you get the part in the show?
I had worked with Paul Dudbridge (Horizon director) whilst filming the short films, Intruder & Broken, that Paul was lighting for director Simon Pearce. We built up a friendship and mutual respect and Paul offered me the part without auditioning off the back of these. Knowing Paul really helped make the fast paced filming process on Horizon run as smoothly as possible. This is the first time I had worked with Paul in this capacity and every minute was a joy.

What were the highlights from the shooting of the show? Things you haven’t done before etc?
The biggest highlight of filming, for me, was acting with Simon Pearce…sorry I mean my biggest highlight was filming episode one, working on location with the upturned cars and all the extras really helped to get the mood of what we were trying to achieve. The fact my top lip kept freezing over is another story.

What was the hardest part of working on the show? Lots of lines, working with VFX, action stuff? The hardest part of working on the show was also one of the most exciting and that is the pace of the shoot. We had no time to dwell on take after take, so you had to be ready to go at the drop of a hat and, most importantly, trust your director. Also the January weather was ‘nippy’ to say the least.

Regarding the craft of acting, what did you learn about or what might you do differently?
During my time on the Horizon set I learnt one simple thing, not to over think my performance. Do your homework at home then leave it there, relax and your instincts will do the rest. Easier said than done when your freezing cold and waiting to do a take, but it helps.

Finally, what would you do if the events of the show really happened?!
If the events in the show happened in real life…I have no idea what I would do. Well I’m quite an instinctive and level headed person so I’d like to believe I would react well in that situation, and much like Steven, rally my loved ones together.

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