Although Douglas Booth has a deep affection for his native London, he’s still enjoying success on this side of the pond. The 21-year-old actor already has a resume most actors can only dream about. He’s played varied roles from Romeo to Boy George. Now he is starring as Shem in the highly anticipated Noah, out on March 28.
Here’s all you need to know about the actor and model who is definitely a name to watch.
1. His Romantic ‘Noah’ Trailer Is Causing a Stir
The newest trailer released yesterday shows Booth and Emma Watson racing through the forest before passionately kissing.
The film based on the biblical story of Noah and the Arc is causing controversy because of scenes like that and has already been banned in some countries.
Watson herself sent out the preview to her 12.4 million Twitter and 19 million Facebook fans.
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) March 11, 2014
Many religious groups believe that director Darren Aronofsky has taken too much of a creative role, altering the story for Hollywood audiences.
— Emma Watson Indo (@EmmaWatsonIndo) March 11, 2014
The second trailer has this unusual disclaimer at the end:
The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity for a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.
This disclaimer comes after Aronofsky got criticized by some outlets, who gave the movie low scores after screenings.
According to Digital Spy, the director made this statement regarding the backlash:
Noah is the least biblical biblical film ever made.I don’t give a f**k about the test scores! My films are outside the scores.
2. His Breakout Role Was in the Newest Version of ‘Romeo + Juliet’
The young actor knew he was privileged to receive the honorary role opposite Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet.
In an interview with Movieed, he said, “When I got that call, it was mad. You don’t get that opportunity everyday.”
He told GQ about the daunting acting experience:
Yeah, I mean, of course. It’s really intimidating but it’s also exciting and it’s an honor. I tried to forget about playing “Romeo” in Romeo and Juliet and just think about him as a normal guy, as a normal character, and just try and approach him the same I would every other character.
He told Vogue how intimidating it was for him to follow in DiCaprio’s footsteps.
If I could die being half the actor he is, I’d die a happy man. He’s someone who has braved the spectrum of things. When he was young he was seen as this heartthrob, everyone talked about his looks, but he knew that he didn’t want that for himself – he went for the work. He has the perfect balance of creative achievement and personal success.
3. He’s All About Being From England — He Models for Burberry & Dated a British Co-Star
The Londoner told Conde Nast Traveler that his home city is his favorite in the entire world:
I love cities with tales to tell and every little corner of London is interesting. I live near Bermondsey Street, and I never tire of my views of the river.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that he was chosen to model for a very British brand, Burberry.
When he was just 16, he was placed in an international modeling campaign for the luxury house.
The chief officer of the iconic brand, Christopher Bailey, told V Man about Booth’s fashion sense:
He understands fashion and always looks effortless and impeccable, whether he’s in sharp tailoring, evening tux, or jeans and a T-shirt.
In an interview with GQ, he spoke about what it’s like for him to fall in love:
I remember the feeling, when I was younger and I first fell in love—you don’t see the world the same way that other people see it. You don’t see the same boundaries.
After he broke things off with the actress, serial dater Taylor Swift managed to grab a date with him.
Metro reported that Swift and Booth shared a pub date in Hampstead, North London. An insider told the paper that “they even went to the toilet together, so neither was alone at any time – separate toilets however. They were in the pub a few hours.”
4. Emma Watson Called Him ‘Offensively Attractive’
i'd like to be that can of coke right now ❤️ emma watson & douglas booth i cry pic.twitter.com/lTS8fodpjq
— carla ❀ (@carlasamson_) February 8, 2014
The pair met when Watson was in Booth’s first Burberry campaign.
We met when he was 15 and I remember looking at him and thinking he was offensively attractive. And it’s just gotten worse since then.
Booth doesn’t want to receive accolades based solely on his looks. In the same V Man interview, he said:
It very quickly isn’t flattering to be known only for the way you look. It’s just uninteresting if that’s all people want to talk about.
During his promotion of Romeo + Juliet, he told Vogue that he’d had enough with talking about his appearance:
But how I look is drawn into every conversation I have with every journalist. I didn’t think about it, Romeo’s not vain – and neither am I. They didn’t have many mirrors in those days.
5. He Played Boy George
Booth does like challenging roles, and playing the gay Culture Club singer was no exception.
F**k it up and my career would be over before it even started. I knew I had to take it seriously and commit 100 percent.
The process included enduring 5 hours of makeup each day and having to wear silk kimonos and vinyl bodysuits.
He told GQ what it was like to play him:
I mean, Boy George, he was really the pinnacle of that challenge because I had to transform myself physically. That was not only playing somebody that everyone already knows, but also that everyone knows exactly what he looks like and how he acted. Lots of his life is documented. That was an extra challenge.
Boy George will forever hold a special place in his heart. He told V Man
Even to this day, when someone says something derogatory about Boy George, it still upsets and offends me. Part of me will always be quite attached to him.