In the bustling heart of London, we caught up with the versatile actor, Charlie Goddard, for an engaging conversation about life, art, and his remarkable journey in the world of entertainment. As we delved into the city’s vibrant cultural tapestry, Charlie shared his favorite spots and the inspiring encounters that fuel his creativity. From the eclectic mix of experiences in his career, including indie films, music videos, and a unique venture into the colorful world of “Barbie,” to his upcoming role in “Look to the Light,” a poignant exploration of mental health in the fast-paced realm of celebrity, Charlie provided insights into his diverse roles and aspirations. Read below for our in depth interview as we talk about Goddard’s wide-ranging career and roles.
How are you finding the city these days? Any favorite spots you’ve discovered recently?
Yeah, I love London. Living in the city, I get to spend time with amazing creatives and other artists, that kind of thing keeps you inspired! Living in a busy city, it’s great to escape to the greener spaces like Primrose Hill, and Greenwich Park, I find these great places to work or unwind.
Your acting journey has spanned across diverse roles, from indie films to music videos, and even movies like Barbie. Among these experiences, is there a particular role that deeply resonates with you? Could you share which one and the reasons behind that connection?
Throughout all of my experiences, the role that resonated with me the most would be my character “Eddie” in the most recent project I was a part of -“Look To The Light”, a film that speaks heavily about men’s mental health, which is a subject that I feel needs to be spoken about more.
Barbie was a unique and vibrant film. Could you give us an insight into your experience working on that set? The film is known for its colorful and existential nature—how did that atmosphere influence your performance and your overall experience?
Working on Greta Gerwigs “Barbie” was awesome! I had such a great time over the course of the 3 months, getting to meet and work alongside amazing people, including Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. It’s easy to really live in the moment and delve into the persona in a scenario like that – when stood on these giant, pink sets surrounded by a literal Barbie world.
Do you draw any stories or inspirations from the people you meet around London?
I feel like working within the creative world gives me the opportunity to constantly be around other interesting artists and performers, so there’s such a rich culture to draw from for my own work, and I find all of these experiences massively impact my characters.
On the subject of sets, do you have any cherished mementos you’ve taken from your various projects? Anything that holds special significance to you?
I’ve been on some amazing sets and have actually been lucky enough to take home some cool momentous. Greta Gerwig, the director of “Barbie”, gifted us with matching Barbie & Ken custom beach towels as a custom wrap gift. I also managed to gain near enough a whole new wardrobe from filming “Look To The Light”, which I struck gold with – as my character was styled so well!
Transitioning to your music video work, like Mimi Webb’s ‘Red Flags,’ how does acting in a music video compare to acting in a film? Do you find a different approach or mindset is required?
I find transitioning into my work on music videos like “Red Flags” or “Roles Reversed” requires a whole different mindset and approach. In music videos, I have to focus on the storyline from moment to moment, shot to shot, due to the lack of dialogue. It requires much more inner activity and exploration as it is almost a shortened version of a story. Contrary to an entire film, which goes through an in-depth journey. I find it a great challenge as an actor, adapting to different ways of working.
Switching gears to your upcoming role as the lead in ‘Look to the Light,’ A cautionary tale of fast fame & celebrity —it’s quite a departure from Barbie. Could you talk about your preparation process for such a role, and how you’re approaching the character differently?
My preparation for my role in “Look To The Light” was pretty extensive. And it was a big shift coming out of “Barbie”. I spent a lot of time researching mental health within the reality tv realm, followed with lots of script and scene work, as I had to really delve into the sorrows and the troubles of the character. But it was great to sink my teeth into such a big project, it was such a fulfilling experience.
Many of your roles revolve around personal challenges, whether it’s family dynamics or self-discovery. Is there a dream role you aspire to take on—one that pushes your boundaries even further when it comes to acting?
A dream role of mine would be to portray a hero or even a villain in a superhero film! I would love to experience working on a role that really tests me athletically. As a very physical person myself, a role like this would be a dream come true.
Imagine setting up a perfect scenario for a fan to watch your absolute favorite film that you’ve been a part of. What kind of setting and ambiance would you envision to enhance the viewing experience?
If I could choose a perfect setting for someone to watch “look to the light”, I would say that, because this film has such a strong and emotional message, sit with you’re loved ones, dim the lights and feel it.
We often come across quotes/ that resonate with us. Is there a particular quote you’ve encountered in life that you’d like to share with your fans, something that you feel reflects your journey or the messages you’d like to echo out to them?
If I could pass on one quote I’ve found has helped me massively along my journey is a quote by Erin Hanson. It goes like this, “What if I fall? Oh but my darling, What if you fly?”
In the ever-evolving narrative of his career, Charlie Goddard continues to inspire us with his dedication, versatility, and relentless pursuit of storytelling excellence. Follow along with him on his socials: Instagram & TikTok.