Get To Know

Rising Model And Actor Dudley O’Shaughnessy

Wednesday 30 May 2018
Words Alice Bell
Photography Ryan Saradjola

Not only did Dudley O’Shaughnessy star in Rihanna’s We Found Love music video, but he is also now one of the most talented models and rising British actors of today. There is a lot to this guy, and we suggest you get to know him here…

Hey Dudley, what are you up to today?

Hello! I’m on my way back from Botswana where a film I starred in premiered called White Colour Black, directed by Joseph Adesunloye.

Right now I’m currently sitting in a café at the Ethiopian airport having a coffee.

You model, you can act, you can box. What’s one talent you’ve always wanted to have and why?

Writing, to able to write stories of the worlds I see in my imagination.

What was it like shooting the video for Rihanna’s We Found Love

It was clarifying, it clarified a lot of things to me, made me believe in my potential and gave me the confidence to pursue acting fully.

Do you have any advice for anyone trying to make it in the industry?

To make it? Haha I still haven’t made it so that’s some advice I require myself.

Can you draw any comparisons between the modelling/acting/boxing?

Yes, I’d say the discipline of really applying yourself. Going to every casting, to every acting class and boxing session that your funds allow you to get to.

Experience and having a safe place to fail are the fundamentals for growth- not booking castings, getting punched in the face and overacting are things which slowly bring you to that level where you start to transform and things really start to happen.

Did being a boxer prepare you for the sometimes harsh world of modelling?

Not at all, because if I lost a fight it was completely down to me and I would only have myself to blame. But if I don’t book a job then it’s a client who says ‘no’ and who knows what the reason may be, it’s something that is completely out of my control and the most I can do is show up and be polite.

Lots of models seem to go into acting. Why do you think that is?

Because it is the next level, it’s that grasp for more that we as humans always have a never-ending strive for. The misconception from moving into acting from modelling is that you don’t have to mentally work because you can turn up to a casting in your best jeans and a T-shirt that has a designer logo on it, and potentially book the job.

But in an audition room that doesn’t count for jack-sh*t! Acting requires attention to detail in a craft where modelling only really requires it in aesthetics. It’s been helpful for me realising that though, because I now apply that view of craft to fashion which helps in bringing out my true personality in pictures and allows me to work in harmony with the essence of the brand, the story/treatment of the shoot and the photographer.

Who would be your dream designer to walk for and why?

Burberry, the campaign would be more of a dream though. I’ve always admired the brand. I remember buying a pair of Burberry socks and boxers when I was a kid and they were my favourites, I knew nothing about fashion yet the pattern caught my eye.

But now I obviously see it differently, I’d love to work with Burberry because it’s a British brand and I am British and love to represent the cloth that I am cut from. Especially now, it’s is an exciting time for Burberry – the new head designer is Riccardo Tisci! I’ve been a big fan of him since the early days of when he was at Givenchy.

Same question, but film/TV director?

This is too tough to just say one so I’m going to have to give you ten – Steve McQueen, Guy Ritchie, Baz Luhrmann, Christopher Nolan, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolas Wind Refn, Quentin Tarantino, Terrance Malik,  Gaspar Noé and Andrea Arnold.

Your latest film Raincatcher was made possible through crowdfunding. What was the idea behind this, and how was the process?

The idea is the mystery behind why we do the things we do and why we are here. The process has been really smooth, it’s taken some time to get to the point the film is at but it’s all come together very smoothly purely based on the fact that the story is something very unique and the whole team working on this are very talented. Much respect to the two writers and directors of this – Michele Fiascaris and Filippo Polesel.

Raincatcher is a modern noir set in the iconic Barbican Estate. What was the inspiration behind both the film and its unique setting?

The inspiration was around the aspects of God, technology, and our/your purpose.

Why are we so comfortable in our routines, why do we feel the need to symbolize things that occur in front us and label them as signs relating to our life? And what happens if we follow these signs, where will it eventually lead us.

What can people who can and see them film expect?

To leave the room and begin to question life.

Love Dudley as much as we do? Be sure to check out his Instagram at 4pm on Monday 4th June for your chance to win tickets to the screening of Raincatcher which will also include a meet and greet with the man himself.

Hair – Holly Chapman

MUA- Eliza Clarke