Jasmine Hyde has made appearances in numerous British medical dramas, and stars in upcoming psychological thriller “The Unseen“. She will also play Sister Grace in the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s “Good Omens,” which is currently filming.
Interview by Sneh Rupra
When did you decide that you wanted to pursue a career in acting, and how did you go about making it a reality?
I decided very young I wanted to be an actress- I can’t remember wanting to do anything else. I acted at school; I took all the L.A.M.D.A. Acting, and Speaking of Verse and Prose exams as a youngster and teenager; I joined the National Youth Theatre when I was 17; when I went to University I chose a uni that had a good reputation for acting opportunities (Oxford), and did a lot of plays (in between studying!) and whilst in my final year, I auditioned for drama schools and of the offers I received I very happily chose RADA. It was a wonderful training.
What was the film/TV show that sparked your interest in the industry?
When I was at uni I saw Emily Watson in ‘Breaking the Waves’- a Lars von Trier film- and just thought “Wow- I’d like to do that”. I also worked on the film ‘Restoration’ with Robert Downey Jr. when I was at Oxford- that was an amazing experience.
What has been the biggest hurdle you have faced on a production?
When I did one of my forst TV jobs- a guest in ‘Casualty’, I couldn’t believe the speed at which they worked- and how quietly everyone talked! That was a learning experience!
What is your favorite thing about working on a film compared to a TV show?
The attention to detail.
What is your favourite medium to act in, and is this different from your favourite medium to enjoy watching?
I would say film and radio. They are surprisingly similar actually- the focus,the intensity..
What makes a script stand out to you, inspiring you to audition?
Interesting scenes between interesting characters. And a really good story…
Who are your inspirations?
Judi Dench is pretty awesome- does it get better than that?! She is incredible, has integrity, and professional longevity.
What is your favourite film and why?
‘Gone with the Wind’. Heartbreaking, epic, romantic…
If someone wants to pursue a career as an actor, how would you recommend they go about it?
Drama school. Prepare well, and choose carefully. And go to the theatre and cinema a lot if you can.
What would your top three tips for actors be?
– Prepare well.
– Train. Either formally or informally.
– Have confidence in yourself whilst remaining respectful to others.
What are the biggest mistakes you notice actors make early on in their career?
Not believing in themselves…
Is there any other advice you would like to give to help the next generation of actors?
See as many shows as you can. And also try your hand at writing material for yourself. Many actor friends of mine have created their own shows.