Hes hot, talented and comes complete with a charming, sexy accent. But Aiden Turners charm doesnt stop there. He also possesses the skills of a successful chef (ah every womans dream). This English bloke has only been living in the USs New York City for a short while, but already he is turning heads and claiming the much deserved attention from TV, Advertiser and Celebrity mags.
Aidens background is in modeling and like
many, it has lead him into the field of commercials and Television.
Melt: Bring us back to the beginning. What influenced you and how did you get into modeling?
Aiden: I finished college, and then I went to culinary school. I started DJing around that time and from eighteen to twenty I worked as a chef, full-time, Monday to Friday.
After, I traveled all around the world, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Australia, Fiji. While I was in Australia, I was asked if I was interested in modeling. When I went back to England, I thought I would try my luck in the industry.
From there, I just got more and more work. The more I took care of myself, and the more that I went to the gym (of course), the more jobs I got. Then, I started getting called up for commercial auditions. Thats when I took acting classes to better my chances.
Melt: What kind of acting classes did you take?
Aiden: I studied at "The Method Studio" in London.
Every time I went in there, I became more confident in my thinking. I had to act in front of the camera, and give them what they wanted, really.
I also had a private coach once a week.
Melt: What was your first acting job?
Aiden: I did Heartbreak High when I was in Sydney. I got an under five. Not an extra but youve got under five lines as opposed to the main actors. That was my first real acting job. It was a show I watched before I went out there, so I wanted to do it, and that was real fun.
Melt: Did you do anything else before you came to New York and got on All My Children?
Aiden: I was on Eastenders. (Eastenders is a British Soap Opera.)
To be honest, Eastenders is real. Thats how East End London lives. Its bad. When I watch it, I get a bit depressed; watching other peoples problems and them arguing, and someones sleeping with their neighbors wife, and then fighting in the bar, its not glossy and its not really an escape.
Melt: What persuaded you to move to New York?
Aiden: (My girlfriend) was from America. I would visit her in Atlanta and she would visit me in Hertfordshire. I suggested the both of us move to New York. She could do her job, I could do mine. That worked out, and so we did.
Melt: What was it like when you first came to New York?
Aiden: I was trying to do the same thing when I came here, but September 11th happened. The jobs that were available, they used models they had used before.
I had a tough four months, from September to December. But in the middle of December I got lucky and got an Acuvue Contact Lenses commercial. Then I went to Australia to visit family and friends and I stumbled on a Diet Pepsi commercial.
I went for a casting of All My Children in February. ABC called me up and they wanted to do a screen test, and then I signed a contract.
Melt: Any funny culture shock stories for when you first came to America, or between you and your American girlfriend?
Aiden: Loads. And were still learning about them. When I say, Ive changed nappys before. She says, What? Oh, you mean a diaper. Theres all those different expressions.
Pants is another one... Im not just going to wear my pants (underwear), I need to wear some trousers.
Melt: Are you anything like your character on All My Children?
Aiden: I bring the best of me to the character. Im a good person at heart, and I would look after people, and help people (the way he does).
He tries to take the law into his own hands, which is something I dont really do. I dont tie people up and threaten to kill them with a hammer. Hes a good guy who does bad things to bad people.
But hes generous, kind, thoughtful, romantic, and charming. Those are the things that I believe I am, and that I bring to the character.
Melt: Was the first week at All My Children overwhelming?
Aiden: Overwhelming in a good way. I was taking everything in -- you would see me having so much fun, as well as trying to do the best job I can, as well as learning from all these other actors; meeting everybody, learning everybodys names, what the process is, what the camera was doing, what my job was there, what I can say, what I cant say.
I used to just say exactly what was written. It was a different culture. We speak the same language, but we say some things differently.
Now I change things around and I, now, know Im allowed to do that. Whereas then, I would say everything as written. It stopped me from being myself and being more natural, because I was saying things in a different way (the American way versus the British way), and Im not used to saying them. I would have to think about saying my words. Which is one of the things an actor shouldnt do -- is think about what hes saying, because in real life you react, you say what comes to your mind.
Melt: Do you want to be in feature films?
Aiden: I do. One of the big things Im aspiring to do is be the next James Bond. Id love to do that.
Melt: What advice would you give someone who wanted to follow their dream of becoming an actor/actress?
Aiden: Study, read, keep reading, and practice. Watch films, rewind, and practice your favorite scenes. Pick up books on different methods of acting. Become involved. The more involved you are, the more of a chance you have of becoming an actor.
Work in the industry. Get involved in the acting industry. And just keep trying towards it. Its a hard thing to become an actor. 99% of actors are out of work. Thats a horrible statistic, so youve got to be better than the next bloke.
Live it, eat it, sleep it, keep at it. Sometimes it can take two years and sometimes it can take ten years. And you have to really be able to take rejection. Its a mind-set, really.
Visit Aiden Turner at: www.aidenturner.com
|© Melt Magazine 2003|