What we know about Andrew Scott as an actor

Andrew Scott humorously remarked on the peculiar April weather in Los Angeles, where the sun seemed undecided whether to make an appearance even in the afternoon. Sitting atop the Edition Hotel’s rooftop in West Hollywood, he quipped, “It’s like, Will I? Won’t I?” The atmospheric uncertainty felt oddly fitting as he promoted his latest Netflix series, Ripley. Scott noted that the Italian landscapes depicted in the series mirrored the restless nature of its antihero’s soul. To him, the overcast sky in Los Angeles was a departure from what he was accustomed to.

Scott’s portrayal of Ripley in the series, adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel, explores moral ambiguity through the character of a thief whose European journey in the 1950s leads to a trail of bodies. Contrasting with the 1999 film adaptation, Scott’s interpretation presents a more subdued and introspective antihero, challenging viewers with its stark black-and-white cinematography by Robert Elswit. Despite an initially modest viewership on Netflix, Ripley has garnered positive reviews, hinting at potential Emmy nominations and a promising future.

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For Scott, known for his versatile acting career spanning roles like the “Hot Priest” in Fleabag and Moriarty in Sherlock, Ripley represents a new challenge—a restrained sociopath grappling with his identity and actions. Scott finds Ripley relatable as an outsider navigating a world of wealthy American expatriates who often exhibit rudeness and laziness, leaving Ripley to contend with his occasional outbursts of fury and the consequences they entail.

Beyond his acting prowess, Scott’s candidness about his identity as a gay actor, evident in roles like those in All of Us Strangers, directed by Andrew Haigh, showcases his comfort with himself and his craft. Dubbed Hollywood’s “new prince of heartache,” Scott’s personal life intersects with his professional career, including friendships with artists like Taylor Swift. Impressed by Swift’s album, The Tortured Poets Department, Scott reached out to commend her work, emphasizing his admiration for her artistic depth.

Scott’s involvement in the “Tortured Man Club,” discussed by Paul Mescal and Joe Alwyn, underscores his penchant for roles imbued with emotional complexity rather than reflecting personal turmoil. Despite the group’s fleeting nature, Scott’s ability to inhabit tortured characters like those in Fleabag resonates deeply with audiences, cementing his reputation as an actor capable of navigating both light-hearted humor and profound introspection on screen.