It makes me so happy that Sam loved the Spice Girls because I was a Spice Girls fangirl back in the day too. Sam also talks his new movie The Quiet Ones, horror films, what questions he’s sick and tired of answering, fashion, and more with GQ!
The Quiet Ones features great use of T.Rex and Slade – what music do you love that would surprise people?
I mean I’m not so much into them anymore, partly because they’re not together anymore but I was a big fan of the Spice Girls back in the day. I definitely collected every one of those postcards you could buy and I was obsessed with Posh Spice. I literally collected them all and they’re still around in my mum’s house. No shame! I mean I was 13 and I think the whole world was into the Spice Girls. I’m not sure if I really liked they’re music so much but the girls themselves are pretty special.
Are you still a fan of Victoria?
Yes. I mean what her and David have managed to do since retiring in their respective fields is pretty amazing. They also seem like special parents so that’s definitely inspiring.
Have you met either of them?
No. In fact, it’s the only time I’ve ever been silenced in somebody’s presence. I went to this Hollywood party and there was the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. I thought, “OK, I can deal with this.” And then the Beckhams walked in and I was like “Argh!” My agent who was hosting the party said “I’ll introduce you mate, they’re friends of mine.” I just said “No, no, no you can’t, I can’t talk to them. Growing up and playing a lot of football, everytime I kicked the ball I’d say his name, like ‘Davvvviiiiiddd Beckkkkhammm.’” So I thought maybe I should just leave this as it is. David Beckham is still a God to me.
There’s always the danger that your idol wouldn’t live up to expectation
Exactly! That’s the thing, I always assumed that for me Hollywood was so far out of reach that I’d never even get considered to be in a film. I left drama school thinking I was going to play tree number three on the left, at best the RSC [Royal Shakespeare Company]. I’ve been very blessed and lucky. I think all of a sudden you do very quickly realize that these God-like people are actually just very normal human beings.
You look great in your last GQ shoot: what is your key style rule?
I’m not one to dress up smart and I think that’s one of the good things about having the opportunity to wear some of these hugely expensive, nice suits that are tailored to you. If I lived like that everyday, it wouldn’t be special. I like to just mooch around and live a very normal life. I think if I walked in a suit everyday then people are immediately… basically you’re asking for attention and that’s something I definitely try to avoid.
What should no man have in his wardrobe?
Definitely a pink shirt. Sometimes I think it can work, depending on who’s styling me but I don’t think I’d ever go to a shop and buy a pink shirt personally.
Where do you stand on red trousers?
Oh no. I think it’s the bright thing. As you can see, I’m much more of a black, navy or a grey type of guy. I dress quite “goth-like”, so bright colours don’t really ring true for me. But you know, some people need to express themselves in different ways which is totally understandable.
Check out the entire interview and more photos of Sam’s photoshoot at GQ UK.