Actor Neal Gavyn: “The door is always unlocked until the wrong person walks in”

If you, for some reason, haven’t heard the name Neal Gavyn yet, it is time – or else you’ll hear about the young and talented British actor, director and producer soon from ‘ everybody talking ‘. Neal who has many exciting projects coming up this winter is kindly showing you around in his world – enjoy the journey!

1.FAVOURITE QUOTE

“Acting is truth, in imaginary circumstances”.

2.WHAT DOES ‘BUTTERFLY’ SYMBOLISE FOR YOU? 

Embracing and exploring your inner-self and unlocking the shackles of suppression. Being free. A beautiful change. Vulnerability. Can society adapt too? Can society hold you back from positive change? So, many questions are asked in this film? The music is beautiful, and the story is heartbreaking in places. 

3.DESCRIBE YOUR CHARACTER’S INNER WORLD.

It’s a colourful world, full of expression and one that has been built with many struggles. A world built on beautiful scars. The door is always unlocked, which is wonderful, until the wrong person walks in.

4.WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ACTING? HOW DID YOUR JOURNEY BEGIN?

Well, when I was a kid, I used to run around the house pretending to be Dr. Grant (Sam Neill) from Jurassic Park and Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean) from James Bond, well I say I used to, I still do now! I have always loved exploring different worlds and wearing the shoes of other people. I worked and studied hard, I went to drama school and I was lucky enough to get an agent, the rest is history! I had amazing teachers from a young age and a supportive family, I’m very grateful and very fortunate, I owe them all so much!

5.WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF THE FILMMAKING PROCESS AND/OR HOW DID YOU GROW THROUGH THE PROCESS (IF YOU FEEL YOU DID)?

The creative team was fantastic, meeting Leeni was a highlight, a talented and creative genius, a friend for life! I worked very well and closely with Ian Armer, he challenged me with some strong and emotional scenes, I had to break down a lot of insecurities and align myself with the character, Ian was amazing throughout the process, as was the entire creative team, it was a really warm and loving set. I’m really proud to have been part of the ‘butterfly’ journey.

6.NAME ONE THING EVERYONE COULD DO TO MAKE THE WORLD A MORE TOLERANT AND LOVING PLACE?

It’s a difficult question, I think people should just try and lead the best life they can, a life full of love, strive to be the best version of yourself, learn from mistakes, understand and accept, allow others to be the best version of themselves too, be open to change, growth. As far as I know, we are only here once, so we need to make the most of it! Don’t forget to smile!

7.WHAT IS LOVE?

Unconditional. 

 8. WHAT’S YOUR NEXT PROJECT?

I’m very fortunate to have lots of projects coming up with so many wonderful and talented colleagues! Some I can’t talk about just yet, but one that I’m proud to mention is a film exploring depression and anxiety, called ‘Lost at Sea’. I’m also working with Sophie Heppell and Leeni Laasfeld on this film, so I’m surrounded by amazing people!

9.If you could experience the world through another person’s or animal’s eyes what or who would it be?

A frog, it’s my favourite animal!

10.ASK ONE QUESTION FOR THE NEXT PERSON TO BE INTERVIEWED

What came first, the chicken or the egg? I’m kidding! 

What always makes you smile?

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