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Today we share a brand new chat with the brilliant multi-talented actor, artist and musician Josh Whitehouse, who is currently in quarantined rehearsals for upcoming Amazon series Daisy Jones & The Six where he’ll play bassist Eddie Roundtree.
Here we talk about Josh’s latest projects, new album and best moments.
Josh, since we last spoke to you, you’ve done a lot; playing Hugh Armitage in Poldark, Sir Cole in Netflix’s The Knight Before Christmas and Joe in the forthcoming David Lycnh Exec’ed The Happy Worker. Fill us in on the most challenging and exciting bits!
It’s an ongoing challenge to be honest. When you’re not working the challenge is getting the next job and when you’ve got a job there are one million challenges that go with it. But I think that’s the fun of it; not knowing what’s around the corner, who you’re going to meet, how it’s going to change your life.
The Happy Worker is one of the most weird and wonderful projects I’ve ever been a part of. Being on that set made me feel like I was in a dream land and everything was colourful. I’m really excited for this and Valley Girl to be seen by the world and I’m enjoying my latest venture which is Daisy Jones and the Six.
What have been your best and toughest moments from a craft and personal perspective?
I think that this job takes an awful lot of stamina. If you are lucky enough to be required in most scenes – or even anything close to that – it can be very “go go go” which can honestly be very physically and mentally draining deep down! I think remaining on point and ready to go every second, remaining grateful and nice to be around for very long hours is a skill in itself and I think very important in this industry and in my role on set. That’s just in general.
When it comes to craft, I feel as though I am constantly learning from whatever I did last and whatever I’m doing now. There are times when I have been trying to figure out the best way to do a scene in my head but never felt like I have quite gotten there and I think sometimes the toughest moments as an actor are being prepared to arrive on set with that vulnerability and trust that it will work out.
You have just released your second album Don’t Disturb the Garden with your band More Like Trees. Tell us a bit about how that came together in and around acting.
Music has always been a very personal passion as mine. I moved to London in 2008 to pursue a career in music with the band but since finding acting, in 2010, I’ve been able to give less and less time to performing with them. However, in between every job I have been coming home with new inspiration and this album is the result of two years of me using any time I had available between jobs to record ideas and enjoy making music with my friends and family.
The album is fast paced like our first one, but I like to think that we have progressed with our writing style slightly in a new direction which I intend to do again with a next record which I’m already working on.
Josh Whitehouse performing a cross-continent isolation livestream with More Like Trees.
What’s next for you?
Right now, I am just about to start shooting a TV show for Amazon and Hello Sunshine called Daisy Jones and the Six which is about a band in the ’70s. I’m playing Eddie the bassist. It’s really nice to be able to combine my passion for music with acting! Other than this I am also working on some new music and hope to put something out again soon.
Thank you, Josh, and stay well!