Keep Up with Other Hobbies While Acting, Says Asa Butterfield
Celebrated 19-year-old British actor Asa Butterfield has encouraged other young actors to continue with their other hobbies so they can choose to switch careers one day. The Islington native has appeared in several internationally acclaimed films but is reportedly also a keen photographer. He told sources recently that one day he hopes to shoot wildlife documentaries and continue his love of photography.
Asa Butterfield was born in Islington, London, and made waves at the tender age of 11 for his heart-wrenching performance in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008). Although Butterfield has been quoted in interviews as saying that he would happily pursue comedy roles, it is his sensitive and intelligent portrayals of dark or challenging characters that have won him praise both at home and overseas.
His career as a child actor was incredibly successful. He starred in breakout hits such as Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010), and Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed Hugo, aged just 13.
A slew of award nominations soon followed including the NSPCC Award for Young British Performer of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards and Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards in 2008. For the latter, he ultimately lost out to another promising young British actor—Dev Patel.
Butterfield most recently appeared in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), starring a number of eminent British actors including Terence Stamp and Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench, and directed by Hollywood heavyweight, Tim Burton. The talented young actor will now turn his attention to The Space Between Us, a science fiction drama directed by fellow Brit, Peter Chelsom.
The accomplished teenage actor spoke about the difficulties of being type-cast for particular roles as a young actor, and has tried to take on a wide range of roles as a result to demonstrate his versatility. In Ten Thousand Saints (2015), he starred alongside another former child actor, Hailee Steinfeld, who had been nominated for an Oscar at the age of 13 for her stunning performance in the Coen Brothers’ film True Grit (2010). Both young actors had made a conscious effort to continue working and not to let a single successful role define their entire careers.
Butterfield told online sources, however, that although he loves acting he can see himself moving onto different pastures in the future. He named photography as one of his great loves and discussed the importance of keeping up hobbies alongside acting. “I would love to make a wildlife documentary,” the actor said. “But we only have pigeons and foxes in London. Maybe it would have to be more interesting than that!”