'I got my next film role for being a talker, not a sex symbol' - Robert Sheehan
Published 19/08/2015 | 07:38
Robert Sheehan says he got his next movie role for being a chatterbox rather than a sex symbol.
The Laois native is set to play the lead in new romantic drama The Statistical Probability of Love of at First Sight opposite Hailee Steinfeld.
It will be written and directed by Dustin Lance Black, whose credits include Milk and J Edgar.
"One of the reasons Dustin cast me was because I like to talk a lot," he laughed.
"I don't think the whole sex symbol bit was very high on the list of priorities but it's funny that people think of me that way," he told the Herald.
The film follows Hadley - played by Steinfeld - over 24 hours as she heads to her dad's second wedding.
Things take a turn for the better when she meets a British guy, played by Sheehan, and sparks fly.
Sheehan says the film has a "far more sober approach" to love than other teenage movies.
"There are two people who are incredibly suspicious of the effects of love but find themselves hurtling towards it all the same," he said.
"It's a far more sober approach to love than some of the Young Adult stuff that's come out over the last few years - a lot of it is very fantastical and sensational.
"Finding a project that doesn't bore me to tears is hard and this is just fantastic," he added.
The 27-year-old is currently in rehearsals for an exciting production inspired by Shakespeare's plays.
The former Love/Hate star has been cast in The War of the Roses at the Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames in London.
The production is a trilogy of plays adapted from Shakespeare's quartet of history plays - Henry VI Parts I, II and III, and Richard III.
"It's really exciting to back doing theatre, it's been several years since I've been on stage," he said.
"It's a more pure, simplistic form of acting where the actor has more authority.
"There's a lot of fight choreography so we've been swishing swords about quite a bit which has been fun.
"It can be hard to remember the steps but it's great once you're confident and know you're not going to chop someone's finger off," he said.