#ManCrushMonday: Skins and Money Monster star Jack O’Connell
On this dreary summer’s Monday we can only but dream that we were sitting next to our #ManCrushMonday, Jack O’Connell.
This Derby lad has seen his star rise and rise in the past few years. From his scene-stealing performance in Skins to the breathtaking epic Unbroken, he is undeniably one to watch.
O’Connell is currently starring in Money Monster alongside George Clooney and Julia Roberts and if that wasn’t enough to convince you how great he is, here’s a few more reasons:
1. He absolutely bossed it as Cook in Skins
After small roles in This is England and Harry Brown Jack sailed through numerous auditions and screen tests before getting the role of James Cook in E4’s Skins. Playing the adrenalin-fuelled, rough bad boy proved to be a breakthrough for O’Connell and the nation fell in love with him.
2. Since then he’s been creating his own unconventional path
Jack makes smart choices when it comes to the projects he signs up to. From the 2011 football film United to the intensely gripping ’71, each film has a poignant story and each of his roles is complex and gritty. We thoroughly recommend setting up camp in front of your TV and making your way through his filmography, you will be astounded and moved by the depth and variety of his choices.
3. Everyone loves him and thinks he’s super talented
“He might be the most committed actor I’ve ever worked with. Take after take, the sweat and the fury he brought, it was a joy to watch.”
“Jack has something very unique to him. I challenge you to find another young man full of more fire.”
4. He’s so dedicated to his craft.
For his role as Louis Zamperini he went on an 800 calorie-a-day diet in order to lose enough weight to authentically portray a prisoner of war. He also declined a stuntman during the production and even blacked out during the climactic plank lifting scene.
5. He’s bezzie mates with Angelina Jolie.
Just look at the photos for proof. Ang even came to visit his family in Derbyshire…
“She’s really gotten to know all my people. She’s done things like meet my family and taken us for dinner – one night in Derbyshire. She asked me to pick 10 or 11 people – aunties, godparents, my mum, my nana, who is 78 – and she flew up in her helicopter to this hotel.”
6. He really really wanted to be an actor.
After getting into quite a lot of trouble in his youth – the teen delinquent label still gets thrown at him in interviews – a teacher at his senior school turned his attentions to drama. Jack used to travel down to London from Derby for auditions and would sleep on park benches if he had to stay overnight.
7. His face isn’t bad to look at.