Emrhys Cooper is an English actor and producer who is involved in film, musical theatre, and television. Cooper started his career in stage acting & performing in many of London’s West End productions such as We Will Rock You (Queen), Fame: The Musical as well as appearing in films like Bright Young Things, Mamma Mia! He is also well known to fans of hit series Desperate Housewives
FTN: When did you first get bitten by the acting bug?
EC: I was bitten by the acting bug when I watched Dr No (007) it took me outside myself on the most exciting adventure. It changed my life forever. Then my first play after cemented my love of the craft.
FTN: You are perhaps best know for your portrayal of Richard in Desperate Housewives. How did you come by the part and did you have to attend many auditions?
EC: I had auditioned for the show a couple of times before with no luck. I guess it was the right role at the right time. I always loved the show, and I still feel lucky to have been a part of such a huge show.
“I had auditioned for the show a couple of times before with no luck. I guess it was the right role at the right time.”
FTN: Desperate Housewives is an incredibly successful television series, not just in USA but all over the world. Have you found that you have been recognised for your work on this show?
EC: Not really, but I get some funny fan requests.
FTN: You have recently made quite an impact in the small country of Bhutan due to being the first ever westerner cast as the main character in a film made in the country. Did you ever expect the media frenzy that occurred from the minute you landed there?
EC: Not at all. I had no idea what to expect. But I am just so glad I took the chance to visit Bhutan, as it was the most exciting adventure of my life… so far.
FTN: With such high expectations from the residents of Bhutan, has that put more pressure on you when filming Kushuthara: Pattern of Love?
EC: No, the Bhutanese don’t work that way. They believe more in Karma and destiny. Which I am trying to infiltrate into my life. Living life without expectations is a lot more fun
FTN: You are portraying the character Charlie in this film. Can you tell us a little about the character and the film in general?
EC: Well, Charlie is a lot like me in many ways. He has been looking for something to tell him why he is alive and the trip to Bhutan opens his eyes to many things. Funny thing is, many of the experiences out there that happened to Charlie also happened to me. We were living on parallel lines.
“Funny thing is, many of the experiences out there that happened to Charlie also happened to me. We were living on parallel lines.”
FTN: What are the main differences from making a film in Bhutan when compared to making a huge television show in LA?
EC: They have a completely different way of working but I learned as much from them as they did from me.
FTN: Aside from filming Kushuthara: Pattern of Love, are there any other projects that you are currently working on?
EC: I am shooting a movie in Thailand all during June. Then I have a movie coming out later this year called Altered Perception.
FTN: finally, Star Wars or Lord of the Rings?
EC: Lord of the Rings. But I love them both. Geek Alert, LOL. Lord of the rings was the first book I ever read.