‘I want to make a gay Twin Peaks’: Olly Alexander reveals his acting ambitions – but admits he hasn’t read scripts since ‘life-changing’ It’s A Sin role
He made a huge impression as Ritchie Tozer in Russell T Davies drama It’s A Sin, and has admitted that the show changed his life.
But while Olly Alexander, 30, would like to further develop his acting career, he hasn’t read a script since the Channel 4 broadcast first aired in January.
Instead, the star, who gave a musical performance as Years & Years at the BAFTA TV Awards in London on Sunday night, is thinking of creating his own sci-fi drama.
On the back burner: Olly Alexander, 30, says he’s eager to get on with his acting career but hasn’t read scripts since It’s A Sin aired in January, and says he’d even write his own show
He told the June issue of Empire Magazine: ‘I would like to [do more acting projects] but I honestly haven’t read a script since It’s A Sin, so maybe I’ll make my own thing.
“I’d love to make a horror TV series – like a psychic, gay Twin Peaks. I want to play some kind of magical gay with magical powers.’
Twin Peaks – about the FBI murder investigation of Laura Palmer – first captivated TV audiences in the 1990s and was brought back in 2017 for an 18-episode revival with lead actor Kyle MacLachlan reprising his role.
High praise: Olly’s performance as Richie Tozer in It’s A Sin was highly regarded (shown here with Nathaniel Curtis as Ash Mukherjee)
Iconic: Olly said he’d love to do “a gay Twin Peaks.” The 90s mystery series starring Sherilyn Fenn and Kyle MacLachlan in the lead roles and was brought back for a revival in 2017
Meanwhile, Olly last starred in It’s A Sin, which depicts the lives of a group of gay men in the 1980s and 1990s amid the UK’s HIV/AIDS crisis.
Olly landed the lead role and his performance received critical acclaim, with some calling for him to win a BAFTA.
He added to Empire, “I wrote about it in my journal recently. I literally wrote, “It’s A Sin has changed my life.”
“It was hard to get a good perspective while we were in the middle of it, but now a few months later it’s really kicking in.”
He’s a pro: Olly (pictured in It’s A Sin) has appeared on a number of TV shows over the years and got an agent for the first time after auditioning for Skins
In addition to his acting projects, Olly has also established himself musically with his band, Years and Years.
Read all about it: Olly’s interview is featured in the June British New Wave edition of Empire, on sale Thursday, June 10
The singer commanded the stage with a performance of his song Starstruck to kick off the BAFTA TV Awards on Sunday.
Olly was the showman every inch in his mustard jacket and matching trousers, both featuring a contrasting black snake print.
While he may feel at home on stage today and in a better mood, he spoke about the impact of homophobia on his mental health in an interview published on vice on Tuesday.
He told the publication: ‘For a long time I was convinced that there was something intrinsically wrong with me.
Growing up gay in a world that favors straight can do that to you, but it’s not just my sexuality that made me feel this way.
“It was my father’s problems, my brain, my body, my DNA. Shame is poisonous and gets in the way of almost everything.’
This month’s British New Wave issue of Empire magazine goes on sale on Thursday, June 10. It’s A Sin is now on All 4.
Showman: Olly performed at the BAFTA TV Awards at the Television Center in London on Sunday