Andrew Garfield… I think I love you.

Posted: October 29, 2010 in movies, top 5 men
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Damn. I know this is jumping on the proverbial band-wagon. Because frankly, if you’re the kinda girl who knows her movies, and knows her actors, the name Andrew Garfield has been whispered  in reverent, excited tones for a while. You could tell that the people who knew what they were talking about knew that once The Social Network was released the world would know what they knew already.

But the problem is that at the moment there is a new British IT boy every year. First there was Orlando Bloom, and then James McAvoy (who I had a crush on for all of about 5 minutes when I saw Becoming Jane). Then there was Ben Wishaw. Young handsome actors, plucked from drama school and/or early rave theatre reviews, and selected for Hollywood stardom.

So I was understandably skeptical about Garfield. Here’s another skinny, brown haired, foppy Englishman poised for his fifteen minutes. And then I saw The Social Network. And it wasn’t a “hot man walks on the screen and the women fall in love” moment, a la Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise. I don’t know that he is even conventionally good looking, in that Hollywood way. But maybe that’s what I like about him. There is a character and a warmth that emanates from him when he speaks, when he moves. And he plays Eduardo Saverin so well, that he really is the only character in the film you really feel for (something that was obviously intended, but a testament to Garfield’s performance too).

But even then, I didn’t walk straight out of the cinema and write this post. The film, and his performance just kind of lingered with me. Then this girl was talking about the film to me, and she said she didn’t think he was cute. I felt suddenly defensive and offended for him! So today, at work, I found myself doing my usual Googling session and started reading and watching interviews with him. And he is serious, and sometimes almost borderline pompous, but also desperately sincere and lovely.

Finally I came across this interview in Interview magazine, where he spoke to Terry Gilliam, director of his film The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, and a couple of things he said really resonated with me.

First, when asked about doing “ordinary jobs”, he reveals that when he first moved to London he worked at Starbucks:

GARFIELD: I was actually really excited to work there. There was a very American, romanticized idea that I had in my head about what it would be like to work in a coffee shop. I thought of coffee shops as the kind of place where you met really smart, interesting, quirky girls with thick, black-rimmed glasses. But it didn’t turn out that way at all. I ended up being pursued by this girl who was very cool, but she just wasn’t my type . . . It was a personality thing more than anything.

GILLIAM: Because she was unattractive. Let’s just be honest about it. [laughs]

GARFIELD: Well, no. She was very cool. She just wasn’t my type.

GILLIAM: There you go—she was ugly.

GARFIELD: [laughs] I will not say that because I don’t believe anyone is ugly. How’s that?

GILLIAM: Oh, god!

GARFIELD: [laughs] She really was the coolest girl.

How gorgeous is that??

And then, later in the interview he talks about what he would have done if he hadn’t been an actor.

GARFIELD: I’d probably go to school. I’d travel. I’d go wandering and get lost for a minute, like Jack Kerouac. And then afterwards, when I realized it was all vacuous and vapid and meant nothing to me, I’d probably take up photography.

Beautiful. Andrew Garfield. I think I love you.

  1. Niamh says:

    THANK YOU! I only saw the movie tonight, trying to put my thoughts together before I blog on it – but oh my God, an incredibly moving performance from Garfield. (Eisenberg is terrific as well, not that I didn’t expect it of him, I always think he’s terrific.) And yes, I thought he was highly attractive – I do tend to go for guys who don’t picture so well in photographs but are beautiful in film, for some reason. Might need a few hours to separate myself from my hormones, I’ll probably leave the review til tomorrow, but thank you for letting me know that I’m not alone on this count!

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