As well as wearing the hat as lead singer of English rock punk band Counterfeit, Jamie Campbell Bower has had main and supporting roles in some of the biggest films and TV series of this decade – Camelot, The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd and Mortal Instruments to name a few – while balancing a model and musical career. Jamie talks to Susie Daniels about his movie and musical heroes, sibling harmony and sharing awkward moments with Post Malone…
You’ve had acting roles in The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd and Mortal Instruments to name a few. What did you most enjoy acting in and why?
I’ve enjoyed every project that I have worked on. Every role provides an opportunity to discover new parts of myself, however I recently played Christopher Marlow in Will and I fell in love with him. He is incredibly self destructive and brilliant.
Who were you most excited to act with?
Ian McKellen, Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, Ewan Bremner and Vanessa Redgrave
Is there anything else coming up that you will be acting in TV or film-wise?
Not that I can disclose at this stage.
You said your latest song release It Gets Better is about healing and connection. It was released in October, was that to tie in with Mental Health Month?
Not consciously no, however I take my own mental health and the discussion around mental health very seriously as it is part of my experience as a human being.
The video for It Gets Better looked like it was so much fun to make! If you could design your own music video with any budget what would it be and who would star in it?
With an unlimited budget it would have been my first idea for It Gets Better which was a parade through the back lot of the Paramount Studios in LA with all my friends, fans, acrobats and a big crane at the end. (Imagine if you will the Kellog’s advert meets Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet meets The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” meets “Up Town Funk” by Bruno Mars. We also would have been playing in the Friends coffee shop).
Your second album is out in 2020.What’s it called and can you let me know about the next song release and what the song’s about?
I can’t disclose the the title of the album however I can tell you that the next single is more about the social landscape rather than the spiritual landscape that we currently find ourselves in.
What’s your favourite song from the new album and why?
They are all my favourite, it’s like picking a favourite child, however if I were to choose one it would be Paralyzed, which is about personal loss as well as the story about the falling of Icarus.
Your brother Sam is in the band. What’s that like? What’s the age difference and did you get on growing up?
It’s wonderful, I’ve always wanted to play music with my brother and travel the world with him whilst doing so, its an absolute joy! We are six years apart but and
some would say we get along like brothers.
What’s the most awkward moment you’ve had brushing shoulders with other actors or singers?
Post Malone and I shared quite significant eye contact at Leeds Festival this year for 20 seconds but I didn’t know what to say so I diverted my gaze and pretended to be doing something else.
Who would you most like to collaborate with in music and why?
Hans Zimmer because the man is a living genius and I would be honoured to mould his world of theatrical scores with guitars.
What have been your/the band’s most diva requests at a gig?
We tend to be pretty chill, we take all the things we want on the road like crystals, stuffed animals, honey, avocados and fresh pants.
Do the whole band contribute to the music and lyric writing?
It varies track by track.
Is it easier to make it as a band seeing as you are already recognisable as an actor and model?
No you have the same hills to climb and if I’m being completely honest people can be quicker to judge
Did you attend university or college and if so what did you study and why? If you didn’t attend further education is there anything you wish you had studied?
I was going to apply for Central School of Speech and Drama and RADA and Mountview drama school. However I was fortunate enough for my career to begin before the application was started. If I had gone on to further education I would have loved to study English Literature at Edinburgh.
What’s the TV show you and the band would love to be invited on to that means you’ve really made it?
Graham Norton or Saturday Night Live.
Counterfeit play Glasgow’s King Tut’s on December 9th.