Coordinated By: Lori De Waal of De Waal & Associates www.dewaalpr.com
Questions By: Don of Don411.com
September 28, 2019
What type of role is your favorite to perform?
Characters based on true stories. The amount of research you have available to you and the respect required in the portrayal of the character are aspects I enjoy. As an actor, my job is to convince an audience of the reality of the story. Personally, I have a stronger connection to those kinds of roles and stories. When you play a character based off of a real person, you have boundaries and rules about what they did and didn’t do. I think it makes things a little bit more interesting.
What is your goal as an actor? Television? Theatre? Movie?
I never try to close any doors. Currently, I am focused on film and television, for no other reason than my passion and interest for it. I’m also passionate about directing and writing. I am in love with the entire process of creating new worlds in which audience members can immerse themselves.
I am interested in eventually doing theatre. It is definitely something I will do at some point of my career.
What did you like best in your casting of being a young squire in “Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse?
Dragonheart 3 was the first film I ever did. It was without a doubt an eye opening experience witnessing behind the scenes of filming followed by being escorted in front of the camera to be in it. It was a dream come true.
I was 14 at the time and not shy. I would go up to anyone I could find and ask them what they were doing. Why? How? There were times I got to stay behind the scenes and watch the monitors and see how the director worked and how the actors took notes. I felt like a sponge having been thrown into a sea of information and I loved it.
Where do you see yourself professionally in 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years and beyond?
I learned very early on in my life that dreams are the timeline of your goals. If you want to achieve something, map it out, strategize, and make it a goal.
For these first years of my career I am focusing on acting. It is what I love and want to do. For the long run, I definitely want to pursue a career in directing, producing and writing.
Outside the entertainment business, I also want to be an entrepreneur—find innovative business ideas, and help transform the world to a more environmentally friendly and caring place. I am a big activist for veganism and climate change.
What 3 things did you learn from a Father who is a “Foreign Legion Officer and Skydiving expert; Diplomat in the Principality of Monaco” and your Mother “as a holistic healer”?
Both of my parents have always been incredibly supportive and loving. They have taught me to believe in myself and to pursue anything I want in life.
My mother taught me to love myself unconditionally. I think this is something a lot of actors, and others, lack as they work in a very judgmental industry. I was taught to not be dependent on other for the love I wish to receive. For someone else to love you, you must be able to love yourself. It may seem like a small thing, but it is a big part of me, and will remain so.
Of several things I have learned from my father, it’s discipline. To be persistent, organized, prepared and ready. To better describe it through a saying he taught me: “To be early is to be on time, and to be on time is to be late.”
How do you believe travel influenced your decision to become an actor?
I have been fortunate enough to travel all over the world, throughout my life. Having lived in France, Finland and Switzerland, the idea of being “far from home” didn’t seem daunting.
How has being able to speak 5 languages, (Finnish, Swedish, English and French) benefit you in roles?
Languages, for me, is a door to people, their societies and cultures. It has allowed me to not only communicate, but understand who I am depicting.
In 2016, I was cast in a TV show that was shooting in Italy. There was a miscommunication, and the producers thought I spoke Italian. They told me I had three weeks to learn Italian if I wanted the role. I remember spending 4-5 hours per day, while studying at boarding school, to learn the language well enough to do the role. It was a challenge for sure, but I enjoyed it.
As an actor, the more you can bring forward in terms of tools and skill sets, the better you will be to adapto t any situation or hurdle coming your way.
What is your Favorite song?
Hanz Zimmer & Rupert Gregson-Williams. Their music moves you to the extent where you can at times hear the communication between the instruments, as if it’s a language of its own.
Favorite orchestrated songs from them would have to be No Time For Caution by Hans Zimmer, and Rescue Continues by Rupert Gregson-Williams.
What 5 things would you want others to know about you that haven’t been asked yet?
A) I am an extreme dog lover.
B) I collect films: I try to watch almost everything out there. Good, mediocre, bad, everything. I think there is always something you can pick up and learn from.
C) I am a firm believer in that individuals who have a platform can and should use their voices more to bring people together to think of ways to solve the climate change crisis. It is something I am deeply passionate about doing in my future.
D) Favorite all time actor/performance: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight
What is your favorite organization(s) you would like to bring attention to?
There are several. They vary in purpose, field and message, but below are a few:
1) Prince Albert II Foundation: A foundation that thrives in the protection and sustainability of our planet.
2) Evolving Vegan: A platform that looks to educate and embrace the change to a vegan diet.
3) 4 Ocean: An organization that works to clean up plastic and trash from our oceans.
What is your Website, Social Media, and How can people contact you?
My IMDb page can be found at:
Edouard Philipponnat is a French-Finnish actor. He was born in 1999 and raised with his older brother in Monaco and Finland. His father is a former French Foreign Legion Officer and a diplomat in the principality of Monaco, and his mother is a holistic healer.
Philipponnat attended a Swedish school at a young age and thereafter began studies in Switzerland, following an international curriculum. He speaks five languages (Finnish, Swedish, English, French and Spanish) and plays piano, drums and sings. A natural athelete, his hobbies include basketball and gymnastics.
Philipponnat’s passion for acting began when he took his first acting class at 13. He started auditioning for films that same year and was cast as a young squire in Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse. Since then, Philipponnat has co-starred in several projects involving intense preparation, including learning Italian within a few weeks. Other credits include starring alongside Noomi Rapace and Willem Dafoe in What Happened to Monday.
Philipponnat’s latest project is the starring role in the upcoming thriller, true story drama The Runner, where his challenge at hand is a severe weight loss.
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