11 Questions with the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Leo Bill

You may have seen him before in the Young Vic’s The Glass Menagerie, or one of his many other stage and screen appearances, ladies and gentlemen it’s your Bottom … I mean Leo Bill, and his 11 Questions. 

Young Vic production ofA Midsummer Night's Dream Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins

Leo Bill in rehearsal for AMND – photograph Keith Pattison

Describe your character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in three emojis?

😕⚠✊

What’s it been like working with Joe Hill-Gibbins?

It’s a scary and exposing process but all the more exciting for it. It’s in at the deep end stuff from day one but the levels of trust in the room are super high.

Which Dream character would you pick as your Valentine

Titania. I mean that’d be a night!

What was it that first got you interested in the theatre?

My mum and dad were actors when I was growing up. We ended up in a lot of dressing rooms after shows of their mates. That always seemed fun. My dad was also a writer so I used to spend time sat at the back in rehearsal rooms.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?

I think that constantly changes.Recently it’d be Kings of War by Toneelgroep Amsterdam at Barbican and Love by Alex Zeldin at NT.

You’re hosting a dinner party. Who are your 3 dream guests? 

Vincent Gallo, Diane Arbus and John Cazale

There’s a common conception that hearing about other people’s dreams are boring. Tell us about your least-boring dream. 😴 zzzz

I don’t really remember my dreams. (#mostdepressingcommentihaveevermade)

If you hadn’t become an actor, what job would you be doing now?

Director. Or weirdly, interior designer.

Who is your ultimate hero and why?

John Cazale. I have a tattoo of his name on my arm, his dedication to pushing others to be the best they can inspires me and in times of artistic strife it reminds me to ask “what would John do?”…… He rarely answers.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?

Eternal life with the added power of ditching it when I want. I totally know the world’s only gonna get worse but it’d chill out my deep fear of death.

What are you usually doing 10 minutes before the show begins?

Wishing I wasn’t an actor.

Leo Bill appears in A Midsummer Night’ s Dream in the YV Main House, 16 Feb – 1 April. For more information and to book, click here

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