Ben Whishaw Interview: ‘A Very English Scandal’
Ben Whishaw couldn’t help but blush when hearing he’s favored by many to win the Golden Globe for “A Very English Scandal.” While promoting “Mary Poppins Returns” with co-star Emily Mortimer the actor proclaimed he “loved” working on the Amazon limited series, which brought him a nomination for Best TV Supporting Actor. Watch him discuss “Scandal” above.
Directed by Stephen Frears, “Scandal” stars Hugh Grant as disgraced Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe, who tried to have his secret lover (Whishaw) murdered. In addition to Whishaw, the show received Globe nominations for Best Movie/Limited Series and Best Movie/Limited Actor (Grant). It also picked up a SAG Award nom for Grant and Critics’ Choice bids for both Grant and Whishaw.
Whishaw had “a great time” working with Grant, an actor he considers to be unfairly “overlooked … because he does comedies.” The two also appeared opposite each other in “Paddington 2,” in which Whishaw voiced the title teddy bear contending against a villainous actor (Grant).
And of course Whishaw can currently be seen in “Mary Poppins Returns” as Michael Banks, who was a child in the original 1964 film, but now is an adult struggling to raise his three children in Depression-era London after the death of his wife. Emily Blunt takes over from Julie Andrews as the title nanny who guides them in their time of need. Most of our interview above is focused on the Disney film along with his co-star Mortimer.
Whishaw’s “Scandal”-ous Golden Globe nomination this year is his first, but he previously received BAFTA TV Award bids for “Criminal Justice,” “The Hollow Crown” and “London Spy,” winning for “Hollow Crown.” And “Criminal Justice” also won him an International Emmy.