Come February, Newfoundland's Mark O'Brien might just find himself arriving at the Academy Awards. On Friday (Nov. 11), the former Republic of Doyle star lands on the big screen opposite Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in one of the year's most buzzworthy films Arrival.
Calling the early Oscar talk surrounding the film "exciting but nerve wracking," Mark appeared nothing but cool, calm and collected as he debuted the movie during the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The film sees the Halt and Catch Fire star playing a member of an elite team assigned to investigate unusual objects that land on earth.
Hello! caught up with the star on the TIFF red carpet, which he walked with his stunning wife, actress Georgina Reilly. Here, the 32-year-old opens up about his science fiction drama and the odd request from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve that secured him the role of Captain Marks.
Do you remember your first meeting with Denis? It was over Skype. He and I just chatted over Skype and I had no idea if I had the part or not and then he actually Skyped me back and he was like, "I need to see your full body to make sure you don’t have eight legs or something." So then I showed him my whole body and he was like, “Cool want to come to Montreal?” and I was like "YES!” He’s just such a naturally good guy.
It must be amazing to premiere the film on home soil ... It means so much to me. I’m from Newfoundland and I moved to Toronto when I was like 23 years old. I was making it as an actor bit by bit and now to be here, when I drove past these streets so many times, it’s a dream. I’m really lucky.
Can you describe what it was like to work opposite Amy and Jeremy? They are incredible. I mean they make it look really easy. You see them do something in one take that would take a lot of other actors 10 or 20 takes. I learned a lot.