Jim Sturgess has been terrific in small, underrated movies, like 21 and – as we talk about in this video chat – Julie Taylor’s Beatles-inspired musical Across the Universe. But One Day arrives as his career-making moment. Anne Hathaway may be the name-y star of the romance, but Sturgess is its big discovery.
The film – directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education) from David Nicholl’s best-selling novel – follows Emma and Dexter for 20 years, checking in one day each year as they go from university graduation to decades of friendship, their star-crossed attraction simmering all the while. Sturgess’ character has the more dramatic trajectory, and he makes the womanizing Dexter appealing and nuanced as he rises to professional success, then spirals out of control and tumbles down again.
And as you’ll see in our interview, Sturgess displays the kind of effortless charm and humor – especially when asked to sing a bit from Spider-Man – that helps turn actors into movie stars.
(You can watch my interview with Scherfig, and hear her talk about casting Sturgess, here.)
Video edited by TAYLOR LEVY.