Sophia Brown recently starred in Netflix’s The Witcher:Blood Origin & NT Lives The Crucible
The actress who spoke about almost retiring just before she got the call for the The Witcher has had a busy few months, her star rising and her career blossoming, she currently stars in ITVX series You & Me.
You & Me is a fresh and contemporary London-based love story told over two separate timelines. The series is an incredibly moving, fresh, funny watch and grounded in today’s real-life world and the struggles that 20-something’s face.
We spoke to Sophia about the series, her character and telling a modern day love-story …
Please tell us who you are and what you do, and where you’re from.
My name’s Sophia Brown, I’m an actress based in North London but originally from Northampton.
Describe your life right now in a word or one sentence …
Tell us about your latest You and Me
It’s a modern-day love story told over two timelines. Capturing single moments that change the course of people’s lives forever. It expands the ideas of family, friendship, grief, love and responsibility.
You play the role of Jess. What is her goal?
I think that’s exactly what she’s trying to figure out. She’s self-assured but she’s still trying to find her purpose and her people.
How did the role come about / how did you get the role?
My agent sent me the meeting and I read for the part at Daniel Edwards’s office with Tom Vaughan, the director, over zoom. I was recalled a week or two later to do a chemistry read with Harry (Lawtey) and then shortly after that, the offer came through. I’d say the process took a month all in all.
What was it about the script that made you say, “Yes, I want to be a part of this?”
I loved that it was a coming-of-age story in your 20s – I don’t think we get to see that story enough. Because of that, I knew I had a lot to offer playing Jess. Also, falling in love in London over Summer – who would say no to that?
You & Me is told over two separate timelines across the three episodes. Was it hard to keep track of where the character was in her journey and how did you navigate this?
It’s always difficult shooting out of sequence but I’ve found my ways to navigate it. Blocking out a simple character timeline is something I do on every job, so that helped particularly on this. The first scenes we shot were all in the hospital – so it felt like the characters had become parents before they’d actually met! That was an interesting experience. We were dropped right into the deep end, as Jess and Ben were, so I could use that.
What does the story mean to you personally?
You never know where life is going to take you. I try to remember that as much as I can.
Tell us a memorable moment on set.
Meeting the babies for the first time – Harry and I fell in love with them.
You recently starred in the Netflix series The Witcher: Blood Origin and The Crucible which was filmed for NT Live and you have a few other projects coming up this year. How do you go about choosing a role and in what way does each role prepare you for the next?
It changes. I know I don’t like being put in a box, so I tend to choose projects that are quite different from the last. I’m drawn to projects that help me understand myself and the world a little more or challenge my perspectives. I take so much from each job, they all become vital instruments in my toolbox.
You & Me Streaming Now on ITVX