NTAs SPECIAL: Interview with Poldark’s Aidan Turner
Arguably the name that everyone – be they male or female – was most excited about at last night’s National Television Awards was that of Poldark‘s Aidan Turner. It came as no surprise that Turner’s shirtless scything won him the first ever ‘TV moment of the year’ award at the ceremony, and the reception to meet him as he came off stage and into the backstage area was nothing short of extraordinary. This is what Turner had to tell us during his limited conversation with the press:
How have you found the massive reaction to Poldark?
AT: I don’t know, I haven’t really noticed. When you’re working, you’re working. We’ve been doing six-day weeks all the time, and you just kind of get caught up in that. Walking down the street sometimes I get stopped.
Do you feel under pressure to maintain the physique you’ve become so famous for amongst the female public?
AT: There’s an element of that, but I think I’ve finished all the slightly naked scenes I might be doing. I think they might all be done by this stage.
Do you feel objectified at any point?
AT: Not a bit. Never did.
How often to female fans try to get you on a date?
AT: It doesn’t happen very often! Which is not what I expected at all!
What’s the mood been like on set after the success of the first series?
AT: It’s always nice to go back to the show – I did it with Being Human where I’ve gone back in after a huge success and started on season two, and it’s always quite brilliant. It’s great.
Do you think there’s a likelihood of further seasons at this stage?
AT: I hope so, yeah, it would be nice, but we need to keep the standard high. If the standard keeps the way it is, we keep doing it. If it drops, we’re off, like everything else.
Can you tell us what you might be doing next?
AT: I don’t know! I’m going to travel for a bit. I’ve been working back to back on jobs for years now, but yeah, I don’t know.
You mentioned Being Human, which aired on BBC Three. What do you think about the channel’s upcoming move to online?
AT: I didn’t know that… I seem to be out of the loop for everything, I had no idea. That’s quite sad. Danny Cohen is fantastic and he was pioneering that network for a long time, and I hope it does well. It’s a great network.
How has your family reacted to your rise to fame?
AT: Mum’s proud! She’s dead proud, she’s proud of everything I do. I’ve never really asked her though, like ‘what do you think of this?’. She’s just proud of her boy, you know.
Where are you going to keep the trophy?
AT: I don’t know, where’s a good place for a trophy? Is it a bathroom job? Yeah, that says it all, doesn’t it?!