Tom Hughes has starred in a number of British films such as Cemetary Junction and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and TV shows including Victoria, The Game and Silk. He now has a leading role in Red Joan and, in an interview with Collider, Tom Hughes talked about this spy drama movie.
Here is what Tom Hughes had to say on what it was like to work with someone in Red Joan like Sophie Cookson while also working adjacent to Judi Dench:
“I think Sophie is quite an astounding actor. She was great to work with. (Director) Trevor Nunn has worked with Judi Dench, many, many times, and he found it quite astonishing to direct Sophie. He’d be like, ‘God, it’s just like directing a young Judi.’ Even in their personalities, Sophie has a wicked playfulness, as a human, and she brought a real excitement to the scenes.”
“It was rarely linear and it was rarely obvious, and that was exciting for me. When you’re playing a character like Leo, although he’s definitely had a very dark past, in terms of the pain that he’s gone through, and his anguish and all of that, that velocity has a firecracker element. You need to be with an actor that you can really bounce off, and it was great to have Sophie to work with.”
“Someone asked me, ‘What’s it like to be in a film with Judi Dench, and not be in a film with her?,’ but for me, it was just a real pleasure to meet her and be able to talk to her. Sophie is the one creating the character with Judi, so that pressure fell on her.”
“From the small amount of time that I spent with Judi, she was the most incredibly gracious and kind human being. She gave Sophie that strength. It was exciting actually to know that we were sharing that story with someone like Judi.”