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The Hottie Stop interview: xXx: Return of Xander Cage Star Hermione Corfield

01.23.2017by: JimmyO

Xander Cage is back, and once again Vin Diesel is ready to challenge gravity in all sorts of ways. xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE is big on action, and it isn’t too shabby when it comes to beautiful women either. The film stars Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev and the lovely Hermione Corfield, The London born actress may not have a huge role here, but she certainly leaves an impression.

We recently sat down with this lovely lady to talk a little bit about her new big screen adventures. Ms. Corfield also opened up about when she decided to go into the entertainment industry, and just how thrilled her parents were at the prospect. During our discussion, we talk about girl crushing on Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as just how extreme Hermione likes to get when rock climbing.

Special thanks to Hermione for chatting with us. And of course, if you’d like to check her out on the big screen you can catch her in xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, or you can watch her in the UK series The Halcyon. Trust me when I say, Hermione is worth seeking out.

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How did you get involved with xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE?

I actually met Vin [Diesel] three years ago, or something like that, when I was nineteen. I did a screen test for FAST AND FURIOUS and that is when I first met him. And this project came along and I managed to get a role in it.

It looks like a pretty impressive set where your scene took place. Where did you shoot?

I shot in Toronto. So I arrived, and I think I had a day, the first day I wasn't shooting so I went and looked around the set. It was the big, jungle party scene. That was pretty amazing to see that. It threw me straight into the magnitude of what this film is.

You are asked to do a screen test for a Vin Diesel film. What was your reaction and thought process?

I think it was really surreal. That first thing, I flew back from LA and that same day I got a call saying you need to come back. So I got on a plane the next day. It was all surreal from the [beginning] so this again was a surreal thing, to get the part was a mad, mad occurrence. 

Are you based in London? Or are you based in LA now?

I’m based in London.

Do you travel a lot in general? 

Yeah, I think so. I used to go to New York a lot, and I lived there for about four months. It was nice to go back and see my friends there quite a lot. So I’m used to kind of long flights and I’m used to that hoping around thing, I really enjoy it. I love it.

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What do you like about New York?

I love New York. I think for a long time I thought New York was better than London. Then when I first arrived there I thought it was the kind of city you can meet anyone at anytime. It’s a twenty-four hour city. It’s got a huge mixture of people. You can meet people from all walks of life at all times of day or night, so that was exciting to me.

You grew up in London?

I was born in London and I grew up in Gloucestershire.

What was that like?

It was the middle of nowhere. It was kind of like the countryside. I lived in a valley with no phone signal, so I had a real country upbringing definitely.  Both my parents work in London so I went back and forth from there. 

When did you know you wanted to be an actress?

I think probably about the age of fourteen. I started auditioning for things like National Youth Theatre and I started to get involved with drama out of school, so I always did it within school. I got involved with some out of school and I realized it was a reality as a career. In school you get pushed down an academic route. And I started doing more and more of it and I realized that this can be a career.

Were your parents like, ‘Ugh, no, you don’t want to do that.”?

They really were. They were like, “Are you sure?” and my dad was always like, “We knew this woman who only had one line in FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL and I don’t want you to be like her.” Ok… Thanks dad! [Laughing]

That’s encouraging [Laughing]. 

But they were protective in a good way. In a fabulous way. And now they are all on board because it seems a little more possible. And my great grandmother was an actress, so I guess my mom saw her granny as an actress as well. She understood it a little bit.

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You are here in Los Angeles for the junket of course and this can be a bit of a strange town, how ofter do you come here?

The last time I was here, I came in September for two weeks. I used to come a lot, I think maybe now I just come for screen tests and that sort of thing. It is something you get used to, it doesn’t feel like a city as much as a bunch of suburbs together. So it is getting used to that and having to drive everywhere. 

Now you don’t strike me as the type of girl that loves to go clubbing… Am I right?

[Laughing] Maybe. I can be. I’ll go somewhere if I know the music is good. I don’t go clubbing just to go clubbing. I’ll go somewhere if I know there is a certain artist performing or DJ. I’d go to that. I’m not a big clubber.

I don’t blame you. What kind of music do you like?

Kendrick Lamar. I love A Tribe Called Quest. I love Frank Ocean. I love his new album. On the other side I love Bon Iver and his new album. I enjoy a range of music definitely. But I say hip hop is probably my area. But I also love Patti Smith.

What’s your favorite Patti Smith record?

I love “Kimberly.” That’s probably my favorite.

So what do you do for fun if you don’t go clubbing and the like? What excites you that is not work?

I love dance. I do lots of dance. I guess that is kind of what relates to performance, but I would say dance. I love watching modern dance as well. I love going to the theatre, which is also related but I do love that. I draw a lot. I like rock climbing. I love certain sports, including extreme sports.

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Well that works for this movie.

It works out well, yeah. [Laughing]

So you do extreme sports?

Well maybe not extreme. I do rock climbing, and I do like water sports as well.

So are you going to do what Vin does in this? Can you do that, no problem?

Oh yeah. Easy. [Laughing]

Growing up did you have a certain actress that you looked up to?

I think Cate Blanchett was someone I’d look at and go, wow. And her career as well. You grow up watching her films and watching her, and her career develop. And then more recently Jennifer Lawrence. I feel like she jumped in and just took over a generation of actresses. You see that going on, and she makes interesting choices.

Since you are still in London in general, what are some things you enjoy about going back? Although growing up in Gloucestershire you didn’t have wifi… what did you do for fun there?

We were sent to the woods to build camps [Laughing]. Actually I did a lot of plays when I was younger. I used to write plays and I would make my brother and sister do plays with me. I’d force my sister to perform at the time. 

What kind of plays did you write?

They were always super melodramatic and really, really depressing. My parents were always wondering, ‘Where does she get that stuff from?’ [Laughing] And I used to make my sister do dances to The Darkness and Beyonce and everything. I was big into that.

But I did just move to South London and that’s the kind of place where there is always stuff going on. There are markets and concerts and it is really an alive area of London.

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What’s your favorite concert you’ve been to?

I have to say, probably, I saw Kendrick this summer. But I think the most surreal is probably Fleetwood Mac because I was in the front row.

They are great aren’t they?

So good!

Did you see them with or without Christine McVie?

With.

I saw them both, with and without her. Either way they were amazing. 

Where did you see them?

I saw them at the Hollywood Bowl and once at the Forum.

Cool.

Amazing show.

It really was special. That’s something you grow up listening to as well so when you see that.

Now you are working with this cast in xXx and there is a lot of sexy here. What is sexy to you?

Within this cast?

Nah, just in general.

I think talent really. Any kind of talent, you are like, cool, great. I think that is attractive. Any sort of extreme talent.

Do you have a girl crush?

Do I have a girl crush? I think I admire a lot of women. I probably would just go back to Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence. They are just two actresses I’ve admired so much.

Now you have a series called The Halcyon coming up. It’s already started correct?

Yeah it has. We are on episode three, and episode four is coming out Monday.

How does that compare to the big screen antics of xXx?

I was the lead in that, so it’s kind of one of those things where it is a different ballgame in terms of stamina because I was on that everyday doing five to six scenes a day. And I was obviously chopping and changing between episodes because we shoot three and four as a block so I’d be jumping from scenes from four to three. So that was a challenge in that way. But in terms of intensity and excitement I’d say its pretty much the same. 

In this film you play a hacker. How computer savvy are you?

I cry regularly in front of the computer [Laughing]. I’m quite good at iMovie. I’m good at editing my tapes together, and that sort of thing. I got good at that. But I can’t even edit photos or anything like that.

hermione corfield hottie stop xxx return of xander cage vin diesel action sequel If you'd like to keep up to date with the lovely Ms. Corfield, you can find her on Twitter and Instagram. You'll be glad you did!

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