Alfred Molina’s Advice: Go To Eton College If You Want To Be An ActorBy Jane Reed, UniversityHerald Reporter
In an interview with the Radio Times, Alfred Molina talks about his work as an actor and what it took for him to get to where he is right now.
Alfred Molina is known for his work in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in 1981, "The Da Vinci Code" in 2006 and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time." Now, he is working on the film "Close to the Enemy." While away from his family, he took the time out of filming to discuss about his experiences to Radio Times,
The actor reveals that it is difficult to be away from his loved ones in California. Currently he is filming in Liverpool. But like most people, he needs to work in order to provide. During the interview, Alfred Molina explains that today, there are not as many actors coming from the working-class anymore. He notes it as a change in the British society.
Back in his days, he would always see working-class actors trying to make it. Nowadays, Molina says working-class families sometimes do not have the money to send their kids to private and classy drama schools.
He credits his career to his place in society at the time. When he joined the drama industry, it did not cost him a penny. He explains that he was educated since he was 5 years old until he turned 25. He comes from a working class family, too. His father waited tables and his mother was a cleaning lady in hotels.
When he started out, he would get questions about his name and his education background in Britain. He compares that to his auditions in the United States where no one would care about his educational background.
Now, things have changed. In order for a person to become a successful actor, Molina says you need to go to Eton college or a professional drama school.