Millie Bobby Brown’s “Enola Holmes” co-star Louis Partridge hasn’t seen “Stranger Things.”
And the young actor, who plays Lord Tewksbury, thinks that actually helped him during filming.
“I didn’t go, (gasp) ‘It’s Eleven. It’s you.’ It was nice. I just got to see her as like, ‘I’ve heard a lot about you. You seem nice.’ I quite liked it that way. I wasn’t completely nervous with her which made it easier.”
The two became friends on the set, with Millie surprising him with a cake on his birthday. “It’s really sweet,” he said.
We chatted with Louis on Zoom about how he got the role, what it was like on set and what he hopes people get out of watching “Enola Holmes.”
What drew you to the role of Lord Tewksbury?
A lot of things. The script, definitely. The script was amazing. I really, really loved the script, the characters involved. Millie Bobby Brown producing it was amazing. All of the cast, these actors that I’ve seen before. It’s amazing to be able to work with those people, a bit surreal but amazing, and also of course the director Harry. He was so nice and so understanding and empathetic towards the actors. Thank God I got the opportunity to work with him.
What was the audition process like and how did you react when you finally found out that you got the role?
The audition took place over like a four week period in the run up to these big exams that I had. So I was revising for these exams, working hard, while going and then auditioning for four or five auditions. I was so so nervous. I found out (I got the role) on the day of this exam and I went into the exam and I couldn’t even concentrate. I was buzzing and I ended up doing really badly in that exam. But it didn’t really matter to me because I was about to spend the summer filming this incredible project.
How did you prepare for the role?
I had quite a lot of time to prepare for it which was good and I had rehearsals with the director. It helped me feel comfortable in the part and bring what I wanted to the part. There’s a little bit of me in Tewksbury. Some of the stuff he says and some of the looks he gives I do in my own life. We adapted the character a little. Originally he was a bit of, to put it in my dad’s way, a wet blanket. But we brought this sort of warmth to him in rehearsals and gave him a bit more character because Enola has to really really like him in order to go back and save him. If he was just a burden on her, she’s not going to save him.
What do you want young people to enjoy the most about this film?
A sense of empowerment, definitely. They don’t have to fit in. You can be an Enola or you can be a Tewksbury who isn’t your typical man, who loves his flowers and his tree houses. And of course, with the Parliament especially now, your voting rights and every vote matters, especially in America, right now. There’s just so much to take from this film if you want to, if you choose to. I’ve seen it so many times and every time I find something different.
What was the pressure like for you working with such an astounding cast and that script?
The scene I was quite nervous for was the one with Fiona Shaw because I know she’s been doing it for a long time and she’s great and she is so cool. I wanted her to like me. But everybody treated me really, really, really nicely, which creates a nice environment so I wasn’t completely nervous doing this film.
Your chemistry with Millie was fantastic—what was the secret behind it?
I think spend as much time as possible with the other character, with Millie, outside of filming. I was lucky that she was my age. I did all of my scenes with her so I spent a lot of time over the whole shoot a lot of time with her, so much time. It really, really helped build this relationship that existed that we could then bring onscreen. I hadn’t seen “Stranger Things,” which helped me, because I didn’t go, (gasp) “It’s Eleven. It’s you.” It was nice. I just got to see her as like, “I’ve heard a lot about you. You seem nice.” I quite liked it that way. I wasn’t completely nervous with her which made it easier. I think it was quite easy because she’s not in any way, entitled or anything, which I guess you could be having done so well. But she’s really really down to earth. That’s just what you want when you’re acting with somebody. It was really easy to build a relationship and it all came naturally.
What was your favorite scene to shoot with her?
I really like the fight sequence at the end. It was the most intense to film by a long way. But that was definitely my favorite. I’ve never done anything remotely actiony before. But, yeah, some of the explosions were going off in real life so some of the reactions are genuine.
How have you not seen “Stranger Things“? After spending time with Millie, are you now more interested in watching it?
(laughs) I really need to watch “Stranger Things.” I do. It’s quite bad. I told her the other day and she was not happy. But I quite liked it. It’s quite funny.
What do you like to watch?
I started watching “Ozark.” It’s really good. I started a French series called “Call My Agent,” which is completely in French, because I thought it might help… I’m still at school so I’m doing French exams next year. I’m trying to learn as much as I can and I feel like I’m sort of learning by watching Netflix, which is something that I thought I would never say, but I mean I can sit in my bed and learn French. I’m quite into that at the moment.
Any behind the scenes stories that you’d like to share with us?
There’s a Video Star app where you make your own music videos. There’s one that Millie and I did in between takes of the train scene. It might surface. Maybe. But it’s completely embarrassing.
What do you love about your character the most?
I like his innocence. It’s easy to see him as this entitled brat at the start of the film but really he’s quite soft on the inside. He’s a bit lost inside. Finding Enola really helps him. When she comes back and finds him again, it’s like he has someone. He is quite a lonely character without Enola. His warmth is quite sweet, I find.