Georgia Groome - Fresh Talent on RT
RT sits down with the Angus, Thongs and London to Brighton star
With a new role on the London stage, 17 year-old Georgia Groome's CV continues to go from strength to strength. After varied roles in the likes of London to Brighton and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, RT continues our Fresh Talent series by exploring her ever-evolving career.
She was 13 when she made her big screen debut in Paul Andrew Williams' affecting drama London to Brighton, and drew stellar notices from critics as a young victim of child prostitution. A few years later, and with a string of roles under her belt, Georgia Groome, who celebrated her 17th birthday last week, is preparing to take to the London stage and return to the medium that launched her career. "I started out in theatre and there's no better feeling than the adrenaline of being on stage," she enthuses to RT, "I start rehearsals in the next 2 weeks."
The play is Tusk Tusk, from writer Polly Stenham (That Face). "Tusk Tusk is about a family of kids who are alone, the audience don't know why," Groome explains. "I play Cassie, the oldest boy's girlfriend. She comes in and notices things are wrong. She's a different part, not a street urchin or an eccentric; she's just a really caring person that finds herself in a situation she can't ever understand."
No wonder Groome is earning the right to such well-pedigreed material. Not long after London to Brighton she was cast in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, the big-screen adaptation of Louise Rennison's hugely successful books from Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha. With its bright production design and sweet comedy, it couldn't be further removed from her debut in tone, and sent a powerful message about her ability to tackle a wide variety of roles.
"Playing Joanne in London to Brighton was my first taste of film and I loved every second of it," she says. "Angus, Thongs was very, very different! Georgia Nicholson is larger than life and eccentric -- the complete opposite of London to Brighton."
As Joanne in Paul Andrew Williams' London to Brighton at age 13.
The tonal shift was matched by her mentors on each set, directors Paul Andrew Williams and Gurinder Chadha. "Paul's main note was to never act, everything was real and raw, he would just make us do it, and if it wasn't working we would do it again -- differently. He also swore a lot and demanded 20p whenever I got something right! Gurinder is the picture of all woman - she's strong and fun and ruled the whole studio when we were working."
Both directors have cemented Groome's passion for acting, and she's determined to continue to seek contrast in future work. "I want to try everything I can, I want to push my boundaries and experiment with characters and genres that I have yet to try."
She'll next be seen on the big screen in The Disappeared, alongside fellow young stars Harry Treadaway and Harry Potter star Tom Felton. "It's about child abductions," she explains. "It's deep and physiologically disturbing."
Struggling with the conundrum of boys in Gurinder Chadha's Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.
For Groome, working with younger casts on the likes of The Disappeared and Angus, Thongs makes the process all the more enjoyable. "I think I'm even luckier that I can call these people my friends," she tells RT. "We had a wicked time filming Angus Thongs, we all got on and it was like a playground. Aaron Johnson was a lot of fun to be around - I'm lucky to have worked with some of the best young males about, and I think my school friends agree, although I don't think they are rating the acting skills!"
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and London to Brighton are on DVD now. The Disappeared is due for release this year. Tusk Tusk opens at the Royal Court in London on 28th March. On the next page you catch our full Q&A with Georgia and don't forget to check out our previous Fresh Talent feature with Carey Mulligan.