Shooting Star profile: Andrew Garfield


Born in Los Angeles to an English mother and an American father, Andrew Garfield isn't coming to Berlin anymore. He most recently was shooting Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," but because of the death of lead Heath Ledger, the project is up in the air. Garfield is officially not attending "due to unforeseen circumstances," according to Shooting Stars organizers. Garfield opted for the theater on leaving drama school, did one or two spots in television -- which he discounts as not part of his resume -- and is now building up a movie career. Currently shooting Terry Gilliam's fantasy adventure "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," Garfield has already got Robert Redford's politico drama "Lions for Lambs" and John Crowley's coming-of-age movie "Boy A" under his acting belt.

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The Hollywood Reporter: Where were you when you were told you had been picked as a shooting star?
Andrew Garfield: I was in New York when I was told by my agent. I was really surprised, baffled and really happy to have been chosen.

THR: How do you think being selected as a Shooting Star will help your career?
Garfield: "I don't really know. It can't hurt my career I don't think. I hope it might encourage more people to go and see the work I've been in.

THR: What has been your most challenging role to date?
Garfield: Going from theater to "Lions For Lambs" and "Boy A" was really challenging with both films proving so in different ways. You'd have thought it was really intimidating having scenes with Robert Redford but it really taught me you can never second-guess things. I was terrified of working with Redford but as soon as we started talking when I met him it was a very organic and easy relationship.

THR: You worked with Tom Cruise, Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. How did you handle that as a young man?
Garfield: "I only met Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise on the press tour for "Lions For Lambs" and doing that was intimidating and surreal. Streep is one of my favorite living actors and to be in the same movie as her still feels kind of surreal. We didn't have any scenes together so it feels a bit like we still haven't been in a movie together."

You're shooting with Terry Gilliam in London currently. Is that as much fun as it sounds?
"Some days it is pure joy, silliness and frivolity and when everything goes smoothly it's fun and it's just a party.

What future projects are you working on?
Garfield: "There is one British and one American project I have been offered but it is too early to say."

Born: Aug. 20, 1983
Nationality: British and American
Selected Filmography: "Boy A"; "Lions For Lambs"; "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"