It’s early April and regardless of a chill within the air, Richmond-upon-Thames, simply outdoors London, is wanting just like the French Riviera. Daylight shimmers on the river and shines onto the face of 22-year-old actor Harrison Osterfield, perched on a jetty above, prefer it is aware of he’s the subsequent massive factor.
There’s an simple air of Dickie Greenleaf from The Gifted Mr. Ripley about Osterfield. Not simply the piercing blue eyes, simple tan or the mousy blonde sweep. There’s a poise about him. Confidence past his years. A sly smile. The wrist tucked below the chin.
It’s all an act. “I discover photograph shoots nerve-wracking,” says Osterfield. “I discover it simpler to cover behind a personality or a load of strains. While you placed on these garments that make you look a bit totally different then I simply try to get into the character who would put on these garments. Channeling a little bit of Dickie Greenleaf, a little bit of James Dean.”
The comparability is appreciated by Osterfield who sees Jude Legislation, who performed Greenleaf within the movie model, as a serious supply of each type and profession inspiration. (It’s additionally a purpose why we styled him on this unique shoot in easy-wearing spring/summer season tendencies.)
By the appears to be like of it, Osterfield is on an analogous path to the older actor. His newest position finds him taking a pivotal position in George Clooney’s new TV adaptation of Catch-22. And he follows that with walk-on appearances in two Marvel superhero movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity Struggle.
“It’s a grand battle epic,” he says about Catch-22. “I play a tail gunner known as Snowden that has simply come from America to Europe for the Second World Struggle and is thrown into the combination immediately. I’ve a reasonably shut relationship with the lead character who’s performed by Christopher Abbot. We’ve got some actually intimate scenes collectively which have a fantastic impact on the grand scheme of issues. It’s good for me as though it’s a small half it has a giant impact on the sequence.”
It’s not simply the appears to be like and the type that draw comparisons to Jude Legislation. Again in 1993, Legislation was splashed throughout the entrance web page of journal and tradition bible The Face as one of many New Brit Pack, a gaggle of British actors of their early 20s, all tipped for greatness. Osterfield appears to be in certainly one of his personal. It consists of associates Asa Butterfield, star of Hollywood blockbuster Ender’s Sport and Netflix sleeper success Intercourse Training, and Spider-Man himself Tom Holland.
“As a younger actor, you’re simply thrown in on the deep finish. You realize what you need to do however until you’ve obtained some kind of mentor who’s been by means of it earlier than you haven’t obtained a clue and with Tom, I simply so occur to have one who’s the identical age as me and who I’ve identified since I used to be 15.”
The 2 met on the Brit College (different well-known alumni embrace Adele and Amy Winehouse), earlier than Holland went off to Hollywood, and Osterfield to the aggressive London Academy of Dramatic Arts. Holland invited Osterfield to come back over to Tinseltown and with that, the varsity’s conventional theatre coaching began to jar with the thrill of engaged on a Hollywood blockbuster.
“LAMDA is a tremendous theatre college but it surely doesn’t educate you find out how to work on a movie or TV set. If you happen to obtained given a name sheet at LAMDA they’d most likely assume it was a menu or one thing.”
Osterfield is concentrated on appearing however as is the case with trendy movie star, it’s not simply his roles that his followers and followers are excited about. Half 1,000,000 individuals comply with his actions on Instagram. With that sort of viewers, he’s labored with the likes of Armani and Dsquared2 throughout Milan Vogue Week and has simply partnered with luxurious watch model Tag Heuer.
It’s not sufficient to simply have the large title drama college and George Clooney in your CV as of late. It’s important to have the total celeb package deal prepared, adoring followers in tow.
“It’s very unusual to me that I can add a video of me cooking baked beans at residence and that will get seen by a 100,000 individuals. It’s a recreation changer. If I’m fortunate sufficient to get solid in one thing then I’ve already obtained 500,000 individuals behind me,” he says.
Nonetheless, there’s no diva behaviour right here. There’s exhausting work behind his castings and the social media forex, and each success Osterfield mentions is backed up by an affirmation of how fortunate he’s. He notes the down-to-earth behaviours of A-listers and fellow Marvel solid members Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans as an inspiration.
“I used to be Face-Timing my mum outdoors a number of the trailers behind the lot and certainly one of them opened and out walked Robert Downey Jr. Now she’s beloved him since Pure Born Killers and I gave him a passing look and he came visiting. My mum simply freaked out and spent the entire time shouting ‘oh my god’.
“There’s a standard conception that there are massive divas on the market however somebody like Robert, he’s essentially the most right down to earth man, so pleasant and accepting. It doesn’t need to be just like the stereotype.”
On the time of talking, Osterfield was within the midst of endurance coaching for the Virgin London Marathon as a part of his affiliation with Tag Heuer, which is the official timekeeper of the race. He’s keeping track of the watch (an Autavia in case you’re questioning). “I signed up a bit late so I’ve been on a crash course for ten weeks however solely simply discovered that the marathon coaching app lasts for 24. I’m fearful.”
Coaching provides him order in his day-to-day, he says – one thing he likes. Regardless of the Hollywood buddies and massive title manufacturers backing you, being a younger actor chasing jobs may be an endurance race of its personal. “[The training] provides me a consistency within the day. These weeks the place you’ve got 4 or 5 auditions per week however nothing else it provides you a bit of additional oomph for these auditions.”
For all of Dickie Greenleaf’s hubris, he was successfully a gadabout wayward son. Osterfield is something however. Pushed, formidable and extremely personable, he’s the mannequin of what the trendy day younger actor must be, full with the lit Instagram feed to go together with the casting tapes.
Harrison Osterfield educated for the Virgin Cash London Marathon 2019 and gave this interview as a part of his affiliation with TAG Heuer, the Official Timekeeper for the fourth consecutive 12 months. For extra info go to www.tagheuer.com, @tagheuer #DontCrackUnderPressure
Pictures by Will Bremridge
Styling and Artwork Route by Luke Sampson
Grooming by Katie Moore
Look 1: Jacket, Reiss; polo shirt, Reiss; trousers, Reiss; sun shades, Cutler & Gross; Watch, Tag Heuer
Look 2: Jumper, Brunello Cucinelli; trousers, Reiss; glasses, Cutler & Gross; Watch, Tag Heuer
Look three: Jacket, De Bonne Facture; shirt, Reiss; trousers, Reiss; sneakers, Converse; Watch, Tag Heuer
Look four: Shirt, Gant; trousers, Reiss; sneakers, Russell & Bromley; Watch, Tag Heuer
Look 5: Shirt, Primary Rights; vest, Marks and Spencer; trousers, Trunk; Watch, Tag Heuer