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William Moseley Interview

William Moseley, best known as Peter from the Narnia series, is not new to royal roles, nor being the center of attention. So, on hearing that he’d be starting on E!’s new series The Royals as Prince Liam, we pretty much knew that we would be in for a treat. With family drama, politics, and the promise that someone will die, Moseley is sure to give us an interesting year.
Cliché: It seems like you’re always acting as some kind of prince. What is it about playing a royal that appeals to you so much?
William Moseley: I guess the money and the power. I’m joking, of course. I don’t really know why I keep ending up with these types of roles. It’s more like the role chooses me. I audition for a lot of different things. I just try to do the best I can on everything. Sometimes you get cast in something and other times you don’t get cast in things. Somehow, royal parts seem to be the ones I get a lot. But that may change.
Can you tell us what kind of prince Liam is? Is he kind of the young Prince Harry of the family?
Liam is a rock’n’roll prince. He’s fun-loving. He likes to be out with the boys having a good time and picking up girls. It’s not until he meets somebody special that he changes a bit. Then new responsibilities are thrust upon him and he has to reevaluate his life style. So, I guess you could say he would be like a Prince Harry. Not really like him, but slightly modeled after him a bit. There are some similarities between the two.
What kind of show is The Royals? What should we expect?
It actual blends a lot of different expects. At the heart of it, there’s a family story. That’s what we grew to care about as viewers. But it also has this scandalous sex appeal to it that will draw people in and keep them on their toes. So, it mixes a lot of different elements together. There’s a lot of Shakespearean qualities to it as well. The show has themes derived from Hamlet. The first season is the precursor to the play.
So, I should expect someone will die by the end of the season?
You should definitely expect someone to die.
You’ve done your fair share of television and movies. Which do you prefer to do more?
I enjoy the speed of TV. I like the way you can really get into character. You have a lot of time to really develop the story. It’s a lot like theatre in a way. But I think doing a big budget film is really a magical experience. It’s really something really wonderful. If I could do a few more pictures, that would be amazing. So, if I had to choose one, I would probably pick film.
20141209_DSC_3542Considering your past role in the Narnia films, would you like to return to the fantasy-based genre or are you all fantasied out?
I would love to do another Narnia film, but my character isn’t in the books again until the last battle. I don’t think I’m fantasied out. I would definitely go back to doing Narnia if I was given the opportunity, but I think that isn’t what my path is right now. That is just not where I am right now in my life.
Can you tell us about the upcoming films you’re in?
I have three upcoming films. I am in Margarita, with a Straw; The Veil; and Unfriend. Margarita, with a Straw is about a girl with cerebral palsy. She meets a lot of people as she goes through this journey to New York from India. That was a fun little project that I worked on.
The Veil is a film that I shot with Serinda Swan and William Levy, who is a very big star in Mexico and Latin America. That was actually a great experience to get to work with him. The Veil is sort of a tribal war story. There’s this man who comes to this village and he teaches them how to fight. Weirdly enough, I play the prince of the tribe. I slowly become corrupt as the story goes on.
I  also recently finished a horror film in South Africa called Unfriend. The film is about a college student who unfriends a mysterious girl on Facebook and finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.  It’s a very dark and beautiful movie.
What has it been like shooting a horror movie?
It was really cool and very different. I think I was really quite lucky with my character. There’s always the nonbeliever, or skeptic, in these kinds of films. My character was that person. I was the level-headed one in the group saying, “I don’t believe that.” So, I don’t have to go around screaming my head off, being neurotic, or out of control. I was pretty much the voice of reason throughout the whole film. It was just really different. They shot in a very interesting way. It was cool seeing how the scares were made, how the blood was done. It was a lot of fun.
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