Pitch Perfect's Freddie Stroma Reveals 'UnREAL' Secrets - New Lifetime Drama Airing Tonight!
The 28-year-old English actor is starring in the new television series UnREAL, which premieres on Lifetime TONIGHT (June 1) at 10/9c.
The new drama series, which co-stars Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program and Freddie plays the suitor on the reality show within the show (think behind-the-scenes of The Bachelor).
Freddie is best known for his work as Cormac McLaggen in the Harry Potter film franchise and as the ab-baring Luke in the first Pitch Perfect. In our interview, we made him pick between the two, so make sure to read on!
Click inside to read our exclusive interview with Freddie Stroma…
Freddie Stroma Interview – JustJared.com Exclusive
Just Jared: Could you tell us about your character in your upcoming project, UnREAL?
Freddie Stroma: It’s based on a reality dating show and the behind the scenes of it. I play the suitor of the show. I’ve got sort of twenty odd girls who are kind of in this show to try and see if they’ll marry me.
JJ: What drew you to this script?
FS: The dialogue was good. It was based off a short film called Sequin Raze. I saw that and it was really good. Then they said that there’s an extension of that and they’re going to turn it into a TV show. I mean, it’s well written. And it’s the fact that a lot of the public doesn’t know what reality TV is really like and what actually happens. So the fact that it was going behind that was fun.
JJ: What was your favorite scene to shoot?
FS: There’s a scene with an actress called Breeda Wool and we have a mud fight, which was really fun. It got very messy! It was just crazy, and because of that, you only get one take, so you just have to go for it!
JJ: How many episodes are there? Have they all been filmed?
FS: Ten episodes. They’ve all been shot. We shot in Vancouver and then we just moved around a lot. But they had studios and a house that we mostly shot at.
JJ: What was your favorite prop from set?
FS: I don’t really get any props. I guess I got some tea. That was kind of fun. I got just sort of a tea cup and tea set. This will be very English.
JJ: Do you have a favorite off-screen moment?
FS: There are so many, we were there for such a while. We were there for four months. There was a moment where Josh [Kelly] and I may have tasered each other. (Laughs) He has a taser so we decided to do that for fun. There are millions of things. We all went out a bunch and just had fun.
JJ: Was it a low voltage taser?
FS: It’s reasonably… I mean it was fine. He’s been in the army and he just had it. It was very quick, it was hardly anything. It was a split second of pain.
JJ: Anything else we should know about the show?
FS: It’s dark, it’s a dark comedy. But it lifts the veil of what really goes on behind reality TV and how disgusting it can be. It’s ten episodes, one hour long each, on Lifetime.
JJ: What are the last three things that you purchased?
FS: It’s always software. I’ve purchased Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Final Draft.
JJ: Have you been producing or directing with that kind of software?
FS: It’s more of a hobby at this stage. I’m just dabbling in writing stuff when I have time off and I’ve got a camera now. I’m slowly buying more things, buying a sound recorder, a boom mic. It’s so much fun and so addictive. I’m just watching lectures recently on Adobe After Effects, trying to figure out how to use it and stuff. It’s fun. Like, it’s really addictive.
JJ: Do you have any filmmakers that you aspire to be like or work with?
FS: There are a lot of directors that I admire and that I’d love to work with. I mean, for the big stuff, there’s always Christopher Nolan. [He's] amazing. I think anyone would love to work with him.
JJ: What are the next two things you want to check off of your bucket list?
FS: I did skydiving, so I can check that off. I don’t need to do that again. Bungee jumping, maybe. I’ve heard you can get detached retinas. (Laughs) And I guess climb a mountain. I feel like that might be on there somewhere. I keep wanting to go to a film festival, I still haven’t done it. I think we’re going to SXSW in about a month or so, for UnREAL, we’re premiering there. [Editor's note: Interview was conducted in February.]
JJ: What have you been singing in the shower lately?
FS: I just watched Kishi Bashi. He’s this awesome violinist, but he does it with a loop pedal. I just watched him live. So I’ve been singing that the last week. And in the shower, the occasional beat boxing, not that I can do it. But it’s always fun because the reverb’s great.
JJ: What app on your phone do you use the most?
FS: I have a really bad phone. I don’t have an iPhone. So, Gmail and Facebook.
JJ: How did you make your first dollar?
FS: Maybe doing some chores at school. I think we could get a little bit of money.
JJ: Pick two celebrities to be your parents.
FS: I guess maybe, Stephen Fry. Although now that means I’m going to have to have two dads.
JJ: You could! This is a hypothetical question.
FS: Maybe Stephen Fry and uh… Meryl Streep. We’ll go with that.
JJ: Chocolate or vanilla?
JJ: Hugs or kisses?
JJ: Boxers or briefs?
JJ: Lights on or lights off?
FS: Lights on.
JJ: Sunrise or sunset?
JJ: London or LA?
JJ: Neuroscience or acting?
JJ: Harry Potter or Pitch Perfect?
FS: Harry Potter.
Don’t forget to catch Freddie in the new drama UnREAL on Lifetime TONIGHT (June 1) at 10/9c!