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Wilde at heart

Rupert Everett tells Attitude about how his early career was a bit like being in a boy band, making a film about his idol, Oscar Wilde, and the debt Drag Race owes to the playwright

Rupert Everett

Photography Leon Csernohlavek

Rupert Everett’s history with Oscar Wilde stretches back to the actor’s childhood. “When I was five or six, my mum read me The Happy Prince”, he says, of the writer’s beautiful tale. He can remember certain intonations of certain lines as she recited Wilde’s prose, never far from a pithy truism, even in his primaryschool tongue. Now Rupert has called his sad, funny, poignant biopic of Wilde’s lost, dying years in exile after the story. It is an elegant reminder of more innocent times. “Not to sound too like Shirley MacLaine here”, he says with a chuckle, “but I feel very much in communion with Oscar Wilde.” When it debuted at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, The Happy Prince became Everett’s first significant critical hit for a some time. The actor is brutally unsentimental about his career, and can even be a touch over self-deprecating about his genuine achievements. He laughs about the actors he broke out with, in Another Country, first on the stage, as a teenager fresh out of drama school, then in the award-winning and breathtaking film adaptation.

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