VULKAN – UK talent, Clive Standen, is a jack-of-all-genres in the entertainment industry; he’s played multiple roles on historical dramas and is none other than Rollo on critically acclaimed “Vikings.” In 2017, he’s set to star in Alex Cary’s “Taken” and zombie thriller, “Patient Zero.” Lucky for us, the actor took some time to talk to VULKAN about everything from his character prep, to the joys of fatherhood, and doing his own stunts!
What are some of the key differences in the acting industries in the USA vs the UK?
One of the main differences is in the UK, were far more encouraged to go to drama school and do three years of training in acting. In the US, it’s not really a thing; it’s more about learning on the job. Some British actors seem to be made in acting school, and some American actors seem to be made in the gym…which makes sense when you spend more time working on what you look like than getting into character. The way that the industry works is completely different too. It’s a far bigger country, and with the amount of casting directors and projects going on, you can get lost if you don’t have the right representation or don’t get that lucky break. England is a much smaller country and it’s a far smaller circle and you tend to bump into the same people a lot more on auditions and castings.
You’re a married father of three! How do you juggle an international acting career and being a father and husband?
I don’t think anyone has the answer to that one! The amazing thing about being a parent is that it’s the only unconditional love you’ll ever find. You mess up all the time and you wake up and your kids turn around and say, “I love you, Dad!” And so you try and be better, not mess up so much, and learn from your mistakes. There’s nothing easy about being a parent, working abroad, and being away from them. On the downside, when I’m away, I don’t get to see them very much; working with time differences and long hours on set, I’m trying to catch them on Skype whenever I can. Sometimes I miss out on the nicer things that if I were home I’d get to enjoy with them-after school clubs, football matches, and school plays. On the upside, when I am back, I’m completely there! There are fathers who get home at 8pm, when the kids are already in bed and only get to spend weekends with them. When I’m resting as an actor or done with a job, I get to be at home permanently with them and make up for lost time. I give them my undivided attention, turn off the phone and just be dad! We’ve got three children, and I look back to when I had one and I know I’m a seasoned veteran. It’s tough being a parent, even if you’re not working away; finding that balance between giving them your attention and having fun but also remembering you’re not always there to be their best friend. It’s about finding time to do the homework and other things that aren’t so pleasant that mum had to do. It’s not a 9-5 job, it’s 24/7. Sometimes all you want to do is play with the kids because you’ve been away and you feel guilt for having to do the not so fun jobs. It’s also hard to find a balance with your partner again…that might be one of the toughest things.
Clive attended the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10 and 11th.
Public Appearances > 2016 > September 10: Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle’s Annual Celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival
Public Appearances > 2016 > September 11: 2016 Toronto International Film Festival – “Jackie” Premiere
Public Appearances > 2016 > September 11: Grey Goose Vodka and SoHo House Toronto Host TIFF Party For Jackie
I’ve added some photos from the Comic-Con events Clive attended to. Thanks to Alikat for some of the HQs.
Public Appearances > 2016 > July 22: ‘Vikings’ Panel at SDCC 2016
Public Appearances > 2016 > July 22: ‘Entertainment Weekly: Brave New Warriors’ panel at SDCC 2016
Clive attended on June 9th the Corus Press Event held in Toronto. We’ve added a photo from the photocall, enjoy
Public Appearances > 2016 > June 09: Corus Press Event in Toronto
I’ve added some new additions from past events Clive attended to, thanks to Ali for the help.
Public Appearances > 2014 > December 07: Comic-Con 2014 Portugal
Public Appearances > 2015 > September 26: Oz Comic-Con: Day 2
Clive attended on May 16th the CAA Upfronts Celebration Party. I’ve added a photo of the event to the gallery plus several new from the NBCUniversal upfront event.
Public Appearances > 2016 > May 16: 2016 CAA Upfronts Celebration Party
Public Appearances > 2016 > May 16: NBCUniversal 2016 Upfront
Public Appearances > 2016 > May 16: Entertainment Weekly & People Upfronts Party 2016