We met two of the main characters from the BBC successful series The Musketeers at LFCC.
First, we approached Milady de Winter (Maimie McCoy). She was seat at the table between her on screen husband Athos (Tom Burke) and D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino) in the full splendour of her soon mum to be beauty.
Despite her character, Maimie is really kind and gentle. When I kneeled on the floor in front of the table for the interview, she immediately offered to ask for a chair and, before starting our chat she offered me one of several chocolates that were holding her company between a picture and a signature. Her smile is sweet and her voice is really soft.
Maimie, even if the series is based on the four male characters, we have three really strong women. How important is this for the series?
Oh, yes. I think this is really important. And not only for the actors who are involved who obviously can enjoy their characters in their strength and vulnerability. Also for the audience, that now expects more of a character who appears and disappears without leaving a mark on the screen or in the plot of the episode. This is important for the period of the story we portrait where a woman was supposed just to be married and silent. It’s great to show that world also from a woman perspective.
In the first two seasons, we saw Milady linked always with the villain. What can we expect now from the third season?
I will not be in the third season. There will be instead a new female character who I think probably will bring the same qualities of Milady in the story. I think that also Constance and The Queen will bring a new step to the female characters.
Unfortunately, we had to leave room to the fans waiting for a picture or a signature but if you love Maimie as Milady, don’t miss her another great performance in the short movie Fare alongside Christian Cooke (you can find here our review).
We moved to Athos (Tom Burke), the first who agreed for a quick interview with us.
A black hat, a shy smile and intense look. Listen to him as he told us about himself was something unique. He kept his eyes on a fixed point while he inwardly retraced the memories he was giving to us and you could only stay still for fear that even a small movement while you were breathe could stop the flow of these precious memories.
In the first episodes of the first season we met every character from a personal prospective. For sure Athos is the one with most shades and shadows. How did you approach yourself to him. What do you like or dislike about you character?
I remember to be in class with my teacher when I was like 14 told me I was a melancholic. I don’t necessarily agree with the explanation of melancholic. I prefer to define myself more as introspective, nostalgic of the past. Everyone has a past and to the character I tried to not add anything else, just as much as myself was possible. I felt a new link with Athos when I read the book again, before even I knew I would do the series. During the years you identify yourself with the different musketeers. I read The Musketeers the first time when I was really young. When I read it I felt I was settled with Athos the most.
You work in The Invisible Woman. Did you know the story? What impressed you most?
I knew it because I know the woman who wrote the book, Claire. I also read a book about Dickens discovering Nelly. I thought the script was a great job. I mean, Claire’s book was fantastic. I was happy to be part of this great story.
In this case you have few lines but you need to make the audience understand the relations between you and your wife Nelly in literally few minutes. You need to make them to know just with few words and attitudes that he knows about her past.
Yes, that’s true. There is a line where he says something about the past. He doesn’t know exactly what happened but she is with him in that moment and he accepts her past. And she is now ready to move and have a new life with George who is very refreshing energy for Nelly.