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Looking for another fictional soldier to swoon over? British actor and model Sean Sagar has got you covered. You might have seen him on BBC One’s ‘Our Girl’ as Private Jaiden ’Monk’ Montgomery, or in 2019 action comedy ‘The Gentlemen,’ but in April he is reclaiming his soldier role on the big screen in Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Covenant.’
Tell us more about yourself and your background. How did you get into acting?
I was born and raised in East London, Forest Gate and was street casted in a film called ILL Manors in 2009 (which was written and directed by Ben Drew – best known as Plan B). I was then asked to go to a casting for ashow called ‘Top Boy’ summer house, which led to me getting the part, then got signed and have been acting ever since.
In 2022 you announced that you had been cast in Guy Ritchie’s new film ‘The Cove- nant.’ How has it been working on this project?
Being cast in the Covenant was such a surreal feeling. Having worked with Guy Ritchie before it was a blessing to be cast in another amazing project with him and other Actors that I have dreamt of working with. Just being amongst the likes of Jake Gyllenhall, Dar Salim and all the other amazing cast members was a experience – and definitely a massive acting lesson for me! Also it was my first American role and playing a soldier, so was a cool combination to play around with.
What is your dream project to be a part of/dream role?
Dream project to be a part of would definitely be a role where I am able to experiment with being the nice guy with a dark twist. I would love to try a police officer or lawyer who has a dark and twisted side to him. One that the audience isn’t aware of. Just being able to have that character arc and journey is some- thing I would really love to do. I want to be the guy no one expected it from when the plot all of a sudden takes a dark journey.
What does punk mean to you? Do you ever incorporate punk into your fashion or lifestyle?
Punk in my opinion has so much influence on you as a person – down to the way you walk, your attitude, your lifestyle. The ability to have your own vibe and style and just own it. Also it is cool to experiment with your style and discover new things about yourself.
How was it working with Netflix on ‘Fate: The Winx Saga?’ Did it differ from your prior experiences?
Working on Winx was a dream. From a kid I have loved fantasy so being able to be in a world full of magic and powers was crazy for me. Shooting really brought out the inner kid in me. Watching yourself in a show where you have powers is something you will never get used to. It definitely was also very different to any other role I’ve played, which was nice because it allowed me to step out of my comfort zone. Being in a fantasy show or film I feel you need to really be in touch with your imagination and be free with creating a character that doesn’t actually exist. So I guess it is more room to play and be creative with.
What is your favorite thing to do while you have time off from working?
When I’m not working I love to play Call of Duty! Gaming for me is something that allows me to forget what is going on really and helps me get out of my head and my habit of overthinking and overanalyzing. Football is another thing that I love to do in my spare time. I could have a thousand things going on but as soon as I step on that pitch my worries seem to fade away. I guess that is the real perk of exercising. As physical as it is, it has such a massive impact on my mental state.
If you could’ve played any character in any movie that’s already been made, who would it be and why?
I would love to play The Mask (Jim Carrey). If not purely for the reason of being able to have so much freedom with creating a character and a world that everyone became invested in. It didn’t matter how old you were, you believed that mask was real and were invested in the entire film. I even used to pretend putting on a mask and would act out scenes as if it worked.