A fascinating long interview with Tom Riley, promoting Netflix series The Woman In The House Across The Street From The Girl In The Window, has been shared online by Looper. Tom reveals what it was like to film such an unusual series, and how great his co-stars were to work with. Read the interview in full on the Looper website. There are some fantastic stills of Tom as Neil Coleman in the series, and also the above photo, which doesnt look like a photo from the series...
What has been your biggest takeaway from doing this series, and what are you looking to do next on the horizon?
It's interesting. My biggest takeaway is you can never predict, necessarily. It's an interesting time to be making TV or films anyway, because there used to be a period where there wasn't such a deluge of content that would be a little clearer where something was going to be a hit or not. Now, it's very difficult to stand out in this landscape where there's so much stuff all the time on so many different forms. You can get your TV and film everywhere and on any screen from any network, and it used to be a lot clearer what would pop. Now, it feels far less that you should be trying to make strategic choices and far more that you should be going for the thing that feels different and new and fun. That was definitely the case with this show. It was something that felt original and unpredictable, and I really was looking forward to spending three months with Kristen being silly in Los Angeles and could never predict this is where we would end up. Coming up, the second half of "The Nevers" on HBO, we just finished a couple weeks ago. The second half of the first season of "The Nevers," that will come out at some point this year.
Is there an actor or director from any time period or the present that you are dying to work with?
I'd go with Jimmy Stewart, but I don't think that's possible. [Then again], anything can happen on this show, so maybe we'll bring him in for Season 2 [with] CGI.
Is there something in the show that you wish you got to do or someone that you wanted to work with that you didn't get a chance to?
I love Cameron Britton's work in this as the handyman. I walked past him a few times because he's always fixing the mailbox for ten years or whatever, but we never got lines together. [We] hung out off set. He's a really good guy and incredibly, so watchable, and I really enjoy watching his work in this. I would've liked to have done stuff with Cameron.
Do you have a favorite movie or show of all time?
Too many. That's a wild question. Does anyone have an answer to that? I don't know what you say to that. When someone asks a question like that, you go to something in your head that you feel you should say, like "Breaking Bad" or something, and you end the interview, and you're like, "Why did I just pick the [most random choice]?" I'm going to say no, I have no favorite.