Elijah Wood ~ Questions set by John Rhys-Davies
1 What surprised you most about The Lord of the Rings?
How intimate it felt. I had nothing to compare it to then, but this quality has become more special over time. All of us embarked on something that had never been done before, tucked away in beautiful New Zealand, and if felt homegrown, like the world's largest independent film
2 Did it open new doors for you?<
Certainly. More profoundly, living abroad for the first time and the personal growth I experienced as a result set me forth on the rest of my life.
3 Was there any detriment workwise to doing it?
I don't think so. I definitely remember a feeling of not wanting to rest on the success of the films, but I didn't feel pigeonholed. I just knew I had to keep working and challenging myself
4 Have you acquired any new interests?
I DJ as a hobby which has increasingly become a source of enjoyment and expression. I've always wanted to open a restaurant, as I'd love to marry the creativity of designing a space whilst giving a great chef a place to create. And opening a record store is something I've wanted to do since I was a teenager. Certainly no shortage of things I've dreamed about.
5 What car do you drive?
I have a 1984 Mercedes diesel wagon. It's long been a favorite car of mine and I finally found one in excellent condition last year.
6 I hear you have a new TV series, what's it about?
It's called Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and it's based on Douglas Adams' series of books. It's difficult to summarise, but essentially it's a wild funny mad detective show with a case that is constantly revealing itself as it goes along. I'm excited for people to dig in.
7 Are you seeing someone?
8 What do you say when young people ask you about being an actor?
That one should love the craft and have no other motivations besides that passion. That it takes hard work and perseverance. Don't wait for opportunities to come to you. Create your own.
9 Where do you see yourself being another 15 years down the road?
Still making films and hopefully directing. And I imagine I'll still be talking about the films and my love of New Zealand, the closeness of the cast and crew, the craftsmanship of the various departments and the new roads they paved, and so much more.
from Empire Magazine January 2017, pp. 95-97