No idea if they will load it up on their website. Meanwhile here’s a write up as we weren’t allowed to film (I think) … as English was much to non-existant! I already speak three languages, don’t need Italian. Little tip for upcoming cons since attendees don’t have a PA …
The panel started off with Eoin pointing out he and Tom were no longer friends because his team lost playing charades at the meet and greet.
Q: Do you feel Gwaine should have known about Merlin’s magic?
A: Yeah! I was really angry about that and Colin as well! We talked to the producers about it during season 4 and at the beginning of season 5. They decided not to let Gwaine know. We were both perplex as it made sense to both of us.
Q: Which actor would you like to play next to?
A: Eoin: I’d like to see Tom play next to Bill Nighy (from Love Actually). Can you imagine Bill and Tom in the same scene? Tom: Arnold Schwarzenegger! (loved his accent when he said it) Eoin askes why? It would make me look better …
Q: Funny scene on set?
A: Topless scenes season 5. Eoin: we read the script and I said to Tom, ‘we are STILL wearing no clothes’. Apart from us and a few extra’s everyone was wearing clothes. Then they started spraying us! Tom: I remember the first time they did it and I asked the make-up girl ‘Are you greasing me up???’. Apparently it looks good in the light. Tom: funny thing about it was that after that scene on twitter people were mentionning ‘I liked the scene where Gwaine and Percival slept together …’. Eoin: I don’t think I read that. Tom: I looked for it.
Q: Do you read fan fiction?
A: Tom: we know about it. They have like ‘shipping’, right? Oh, I know who were are … Eoin and Tom together ‘Perwaine’. Then they start whispering to each other and laughing and Eoin says: we think Perwaine would be a weird knight. Like someone nobody wants to talk to and rides on donkey or something …
Q for Eoin: do you have any plans directing in the near future?
A: I have a couple of projects, but I want to get COLD released first. Get it to a few festival and get it released in cinema. Probably won’t be directing till next year, although I was thinking to make a film with Adetomiwa in August. Maybe, we’re talking about it … I also want to make a film with myself, Tom and Emmett Scanlan. Note from myself ‘No, really? Soooo looking forward to that one!’
Q for Tom: Will Billy Bones return in the second season of Black Sails?
A: Don’t want to reveal anything for the people who haven’t seen it yet. It’s not about IF he is or WHERE he is. Does that make sense to the people who have seen it? I can’t say for sure …. but …. yes.
Q: How was it to be on Doctor Who? And congratulations on your wedding.
A: It was amazing. It was Matt’s first episode and me making a guest appearance it was our first experience on set. It’s a huge show. And thank you very much, it was a great day. Eoin: it was a very beautiful day. I don’t like weddings, they’re really boring. Tom’s wedding was a lot of fun. We sang really weird songs in the church.
Q for Eoin: what did you do to prepare yourself for The Night Shift?
A: I read a lot of books, we spent a couple of weeks with doctors learning how to suture, … but mainly we had two doctors on set every day who explained to us what we had to do. Tom: were the doctors working doctors? Eoin: yes, they took three months off for the show. Tom: so he was like ‘on call’ to your show. Eoin: wel yes! It’s a very importend show!
Q: Are you happy with the ending of Merlin?
A: Eoin: Gwaine should have found out about Merlin’s magic. He kinda does know but only realises in the last episode and Merlin hasn’t told him. The thing is that everyone has a different idea of an ending. You can have 50 different endings. For me, I feel Gwain shouldn’t have been bitten by a snake that’s a bit crap. T: I was standing all day, wasn’t too happy about that. You always feel for your character and you want to push it further. Being on set was like being in a family environment. But also it felt like the right time to end the show, for the actors to move on and do other things. Although we were very sad it ended.
Q: How long did it take for you to learn the sword fighting.
A: Eoin: For Tom a loooong time. Tom: Yeah. On Merlin you have very little time to learn. You have to pick it up quit quick. Eoin: They didn’t give us much time to practice which also made it a little dangerous and kinda made it more fun but equally also very difficult because they didn’t give two or three days to learn but just do it. Tom: ironically nobody got injured very often.
Q: What your most favourite part you played so for? To Eoin, what was the most difficult thing you had to do on The Night Shift? A: Eoin: Gwaine because it was so much fun. He was a really fun character. I really enjoyed playing him. And because I liked the other actors who made it fun. With The Night Shift there was an episode where we had to repel from a helicopter. You have to do it yourself. If you don’t do it properly, you’re gonna fall. It was in the middle of the night, you’re tired and you didn’t get time to practice it. Tom: The character in COLD because of how different and challenging it was. Q: Do you prefer playing a knight or a doctor. A: Eoin: I don’t know as they are very different. As a doctor you get to ride a motorbike, do all kinds of fun stuff. It’s kinda pysically easier. Gwain was more energetic, more relaxed. I miss the sword fighting and the horse riding. TC is intellectually more challenging, more stressfull, more emotional, …
by Deirdre Reynolds, Published 04/01/2015.
“It’s weird,” jokes Eoin, who’s based in LA, “it seems totally fine to have a show on TV in England or America, but when it airs in Ireland, there’s a bit more trepidation about it. Suddenly your mates and your family are going to slag you a lot more! “When your show’s on American television, it’s like, ‘That’s awesome’; when it’s on RTÉ, people are like, ‘Now I can rip the piss out of you!'”
Having just been snapped up for a second season of the NBC show, filmed over 7,500 kilometres away in Albuquerque in New Mexico, the former Abercrombie and Fitch model is unlikely to mind too much. His turn as the talented-but-troubled doc has led to a role in Ridley Scott’s upcoming TV drama, Killing Jesus, alongside former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer.
“It’s like early ER meets MASH with a touch of Scrubs humour,” explains Eoin of the show that’s fast turning him into a household name. “It’s set in a Texas hospital and I play an ex-army medic who’s got Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. “Being Irish, I was kind of apprehensive about playing an American army doctor. Growing up, there’s nothing in our culture about being in the army; in America, that’s part of their culture. “But all the army vets have actually embraced the show and they really like it, which is important, so it’s been really interesting.”
Eimear worked with Eoin on several occasions; Stalker, Paddy’s in the boot, Charlie Casanova, The Inside, … COLD/LEOPARD even got her nominated for the Bingham Ray New Talent Award at the 2013 Galway Film Fleadh! Her showreel shows off her work from the past year, starting with COLD/LEOPARD.
Click image to watch.
Shot on press day:
- NBC cast interview Eoin Macken
- NBC cast interview Eoin Macken and Jill Flint
- Eoin Macken (by Tiffany Vogt)
- Eoin Macken and Jill Flint and JR Lemon (by Tiffany Vogt)
- Eoin Macken (by Perri Nemiroff)
- Eoin Macken (by Michelle Carlbert)
Eoin Macken at London Comic Con 2013 talking about COLD and The Night Shift
Eoin Macken on the John Murray Show – Radio Interview
Eoin Macken chatting on RTE 2fm talking Night Shift and publishing his book in October!
Eoin Macken talks Scott Wolf
Deepest Dreaming with Jill and Eoin
The Today Show with Jill and Eoin
New York live with Jill and Eoin
How well do Jill Flint and Eoin Macken know each other?
Access Hollywood with Jill and Eoin.
Jill Flint and Eoin Macken talk Night Shift for German TV
Mood music is not something the stars of ‘The Night Shift’ agree on. – Jill and Eoin
On the couch with Eoin and Freddy
Football or soccer? Eoin and Freddy
Eoin and Freddy playing around with footballs
Jill Flint and Eoin Macken talking Night Shift
How to put on your gloves – by TC Callahan
Kingdom Of Scars got nominated for Best Newcomer of The Year 2014. Unfortunately it didn’t win the award, but Sam did won over our hearts. He’s number one on my list anyway.
Read up on its journey:
- How the book found its way to Poolbeg, its publisher. (Eoin’s blog)
- Actor Eoin Macken lands Best Newcomer nomination at Irish Book Awards. (Goss.ie)
- The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year – Shortlisted (website Irish Book Awards)
- Eoin C. Macken chooses the vehicle of the perennial outsider (Independant.ie)
- Short interview with Eoin on RTE Ten
Buy it at Poolbeg or via Amazon in your country.
Irish Daily Mail 8 Nov 2014
Like an excitable child entrusted with a secret for far too long, Eoin Macken can barely contain himself when I meet him for a drink in a Dublin bar. ‘Wait until you see this,’ he gushes, pulling his phone out of his pocket and swishing through photos until he comes to one of him dressed up in biblical garb, next to Kelsey Grammer – yes, Frasier. ‘It’s just ridiculous. I mean that’s FRASIER for God’s sake – it’s crazy,’ he whistles.
Indeed, crazy is one way of describing Howth-born Eoin Macken’s trajectory of late. Oh, and very, very busy. Eoin is based in Los Angeles, Venice Beach, in fact, and despite being dressed down in a ten-year-old fake leather jacket, worn jeans and a baseball cap, he oozes health, and dare I say it, Hollywood.
He seems affronted at this. ‘Maybe it’s the hat – I drink more in LA, ye know. I drink about five days a week there as they make really nice tequila. Have you ever had mezcal, a type of tequila? It’s not shot tequila – you drink it with ice and lime. You’ll probably find it one of these new bars with all the pretentious s***e. I go for pure spirits and none of this mixing with Coke or juice.
Look at the Russians drinking pure spirit and they all live to 100 and in the Caribbean it’s straight rum and they’re a healthy bunch. ‘You see in LA people go hard but when they get up it’s so warm and you can just get in your shorts and go for a run or go off and do some yoga – it’s not cold like it is here. I eat well, drink a lot of water and if I have a hangover I go for a run.’
So is he the next Irish hellraiser in Hollywood? ‘No I’m not – I’m too nice for that. I’m too socially aware. I’d love to do that stuff but I’d feel too guilty.’
To those following Eoin’s career – his latest incarnation is America’s new Dr McDreamy, the hunky Dr TC Callahan in hit NBC show The Night Shift – the 31-year-old is now a bona fide Hollywood star. But he has clearly been doing a lot of living in between shoots. And not just in the bar, either. When I got in touch with Eoin a few months back, he was keen to talk about his recent trip to Mozambique, where he made a documentary about blindness, as an ambassador for Sightsavers.
He also mentioned – in rather blasé fashion – that he would be home in Dublin soon for the launch of his debut novel Kingdom Of Scars. By late-September, the invites had gone out, the wine and canapés were ordered and friends and fans alike were delirious at the prospect of getting their mitts on Kingdom Of Scars – and maybe even the man himself – at the book launch party at Easons in Dublin city centre on October 2. But just the day before, Eoin contacted guests to say he wouldn’t be able to make his own launch, citing ‘unforeseen circumstances’. As it turns out, those circumstances involved him jetting out to film in Morocco with none other than Frasier star Kelsey Grammer, John Rhys Davies and a host of stars cast in the ‘telepic’ Killing Jesus, based on a book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.
Eoin plays the evil Antipas in the Ridley Scott production. ‘I’ve had to climb to get back to the point where I’m getting these great opportunities.’ ‘They offered me the job on Monday when I was flying back to Dublin and I needed to give them my answer that day,’ reveals Eoin. ‘I was only blessed I had email on the flight. I spent the whole flight emailing LA. Only when I landed in Dublin was it all sorted. Then I went straight to the publishers to get the book and cancel the launch as I was due in Morocco.’ Starring in Killing Jesus will be yet another huge leap for Eoin, who is set to continue riding his Hollywood wave as hunky doctor TC Callahan in The Night Shift, recently commissioned for a second season. It’s an impressive achievement, considering Eoin’s relatively late stardom, but a testament to his sheer doggedness.
Eoin first arrived in Hollywood when he was 22, as a psychology graduate of UCD where he’d begun acting. He’d also had a successful modelling career – he was the face of Abercrombie & Fitch in 2003. His first major role was with Brendan Gleeson in Studs in 2005, after which he flew Stateside, took acting classes and secured an agent. ‘I got cast with Colin Farrell in a movie and was screen-tested by Disney and Warner Bros. I just made up a monologue. I didn’t really know how they did things so when I was in being screen-tested in front of these studio executives I performed my monologue, a sort of mock of Disney, and ended up crying and screaming and smiling and being a bit mental and they really liked me. I felt it was really easy back then.’
But Eoin turned his back on his Hollywood dream and returned to Dublin to be with his father James Macken, a highly regarded barrister, when he became ill with cancer. He briefly considered giving up on his artistic dreams and getting a ‘proper job’ working in marketing, but he decided to study cinematography at Ballyfermot College and made his first film Dreaming For You, which set him off writing and directing films. After his father’s death in March 2007, after a two-year hiatus, Eoin tentatively got back into acting, playing drug dealer Gavin Cluxton in Fair City, while also working behind the camera on a number of hit movies – he was director of photography on Charlie Casanova and Stalker. A big break came with his casting as Gwaine in the BBC series Merlin, in which he starred for two years, in between making indie films, before being cast to play the lead in the pilot of the ER-type drama, The Night Shift.
‘I’ve had to climb to get back – I was so close, I felt I had to try again and now I’m back to where I’m getting these great opportunities. Back when I was 22 I found it so easy but now I get how hard it is. For a while it seemed those opportunities disappeared – and, yes, they are hard to come by but now I’m here I appreciate it a lot as I’ve battled.’
After his whirlwind filming trip to Morocco, Eoin returned to Dublin to launch his novel this week. The book is a coming-of-age story about a teenager called Sam, who lives in Howth, where Eoin grew up, and goes to Belvedere College, where Eoin was schooled. ‘I always wanted to be a writer or a journalist as you get to meet really interesting people and I like making stuff and meeting people and talking to people – for a while I wanted to be a photojournalist,’ says Eoin. ‘I started writing Kingdom Of Scars about three years ago, then I’d leave it a few months, then get back to it. When I had 250 pages done I sent it out to a couple of people and my friend, the writer and actor Caroline Grace Cassidy, loved it and next thing I had a publisher. People have been saying really lovely things. My mom only recently read it and she loved it and she’d usually be critical of stuff so that’s a good sign!’
The novel is a very evocative portrait of shy 15-year-old Sam, bullied at school and striving for acceptance among his friends. We witness Sam’s discovery of girls, sex, drugs and alcohol. Eoin smiles coyly on the subject of whether the novel is autobiographical. ‘I just tried to remember stuff, about how I felt being a teenager. Writing it, some of the stuff did happen but I couldn’t remember if certain things happened to me or friends of mine,’ he explains. ‘I placed it in an environment I knew really well. ‘I love books by authors like SE Hinton, who wrote The Outsiders, and I loved Stand By Me, based on The Body, a novella by Stephen King. I love these stories drawn from childhoods, based on people they knew and I don’t know many Irish stories about a group of boys, growing up in the late Nineties.’
He laughs: ‘I remember after the screening of my film Christian Blake, my aunt said to Mom, “I think you need to talk to Eoin…” They thought Christian Blake, who is a gay psychopath, was based on me. I was like, “It’s a fecking film!” People need to remember these are stories – that’s what I do, tell stories.’ Eoin also reveals his dream of making Kingdom Of Scars, this month nominated in the Best Debut category of the Irish Book Awards, as his first big feature film – he plans to begin filming around Howth next year. ‘That’s the one I want to make properly as a first proper feature so I’ll be looking into getting funding together,’ he says. ‘I know what to do with it and I know the locations already. Howth is so gorgeous.’
Between now and then, however, Eoin will be locking himself away in the editing studio to cut the Sightsavers-sponsored documentary about blindness in Mozambique. “They asked me to be an ambassador but I said I’d only do it if I could make a documentary and they knew my work so they let me off,’ he explains. ‘I’ve watched that crap of actresses going over to these poverty-stricken countries and saying, “Oh they’ve no water, isn’t it terrible?” and it’s just awful, so myself and Tim McDonnell pitched our idea. ‘We wrote, shot and directed it ourselves and we’re both in it at different times. It was absolutely hardcore. We spent time in the hospitals, in the slums and in the bush, meeting patients, going to their homes, going to outreach programmes. We met one woman who was blind for years. She travelled 100km to get to hospital to see if doctors could cure her blindness. We filmed people who had operations and were there when they first saw again. It was all very intense.’
He continues: ‘I’m trying to edit it at the moment and I find it hard as it feels quite voyeuristic. I’m watching kids in a hospital who are blind and might die and then I’m zipping around LA, Morocco and Dublin. It seems wrong, somehow, or should I say, rather strange and bizarre. But it’s a hugely important documentary – I want to try and get it on RTÉ and all the money we raise goes to the families. I’ve been doing it intermittently. I need a block of time to sit down and do it.’
What’s more, Eoin is also halfway through another book. ‘I’m interested in doing lots of things. As an actor there is a lot of sitting around, between jobs and auditions and waiting for things – so what else would you be doing? I feel now that someone has read my book and people don’t seem to think it’s crap, I feel like I’m allowed to keep going.’
We’ll drink to that.
Stalker, the film Eoin Macken DoP’d is now available on Amazon.
It placed Best Runner Up Irish Feature Film at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012!
Oliver Nolan, a volatile homeless man, wanders the streets of Dublin City during the Christmas period. After an unusual encounter with an evangelist, Oliver believes he is sent on a mission from God to clean up society. When he saves a disaffected young boy named Tommy from some local bullies an unlikely friendship is formed.
Oliver soon learns that Tommy’s mother is an addict and his uncle Rudyard is a local drug dealer, and takes it upon himself to get even with Rudyard and his gang of petty criminals for taking advantage of his only friend, Tommy.
Have a look at the trailer:
and go behind the scenes:
Deirdre Reynolds on the debut novel from screenwriter, actor and director Eoin Macken: “Multitalented Macken has told how the story of a 15-year-old Dublin lad called Sam, struggling to find his way in the world after falling in with the wrong crowd, is partly autobiographical, although presumably not the bits about skipping off school or shoplifting a porno mag. And while you can’t exactly imagine Ireland’s own Dr McDreamy having had trouble with girls or the ‘in’ gang growing up, like Sam does, he certainly writes it well.”
Eoin’s debut novel Kingdom Of Scars has been nominated for the Irish Book Awards as best Newcomer of 2014. Paddy Kehoe from RTE Ten spoke briefly with him.
And no, this is not Rob Doyle …