Andrew Garfield Tells the Outrageous Story of His First Kiss: "It Was Bacchanalian"
In a new video interview with W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg, "Breathe" star Andrew Garfield recalls the "bacchanalian" story of his first kiss, the moment in which he knew he made it as an actor and his sweetest New Year's Eve tradition.
Released on 1/4/2018
No, first kiss.
Okay, so I just gone to a new school.
I was 12, 13.
My first time at a co-ed school in the South of England.
Hormones raging and I had just been introduced
to this new group of friends.
And there was another new girl at school
who said, My parents are out of town
we're gonna have a party.
And it was literally, I can't explain,
I don't know what happened.
It was back an alien at 13.
Everyone was just like, Oh we get to all kiss each other.
And it was about 150, 200 people.
That was the night of my first kiss.
Her name was Amy Francis.
But then three minutes later,
I kissed another girl in my year,
I'm not gonna say her name.
It was just let's get this out the way.
Let's do this.
It was about five hours of everyone just going,
Have we made out yet?
What is going, but it was all very like,
above board and amazing and free
and then at a certain point my friend, Simon, was like,
Isn't that your mom?
And I looked to my left and I think I was in the middle
with a girl that I really like,
and I saw my mother in the, and I just kind of
dropped it and I just kind of okay,
let's go, let's go, let's go.
It was like midnight.
And it was a magical night for a 13 year old,
where anything was possible.
We all just, We can do this!
It was like when you first get your license or something.
You go I shouldn't be allowed that I'm driving a car,
a death machine on my own.
This shouldn't be allowed that we
can just put our tongues against each other's tongues.
We still talk about it, me and my friends.
We'll be in a pub or we'll be at dinner and we'll be like,
remember, Dora's party?
It was Dora, her name was Dora.
Remember Dora's party?
Well, my first, it was Spider Man when I was three.
My mom made a felt Spider Man costume.
And it was amazing.
But the costume that I always dream about,
I haven't done yet because I suppose when your life
is like a perpetual Halloween,
you're not as interested in actual Halloween.
But Jareth from Labyrinth,
to dress up as David Bowie from Labyrinth.
That would be, you know, maybe on my 40th birthday,
Halloween, that will be it, Jareth.
I'd have to learn how to do that crystal ball thing.
And I'd have to have a snake.
He has a snake.
He throws it on Jennifer Connelly
and then it turns into a neck scarf.
So I'd have to figure out a way of doing that.
I only have very sentimental, very heartfelt
New Year's stories.
I do a ritual every New Year's now,
where I go with my closest friends in England,
and we write down all the things that have happened
in the last year, or all the things that we want
to let go of, all the things that we need to clear out.
And we go up to the top of Primrose Hill,
which is a beautiful place in London, and we burn the paper.
All the things that we wanna let go of to allow in
what we want the next year.
Whether it's for us or each other or the world or whatever.
It's an old ancient, indigenous ritual.
A toy that I didn't have, which was my brother's toy,
which was, of course,
I just only want things that I can't have.
Teddy Bear called Roscoe.
He was a yellow dog with brown, floppy ears.
Basically, whoever had Roscoe was the king of the world.
And it was my brother's.
So I would spend a lot of time stealing it, hiding it,
and then denying that I knew where it was.
So, of course, my favorite toy was something that
actually wasn't my toy at all.
That is kind of a good indication of what's
happened with the rest of my life.
Table tennis, I'm rather good at table tennis.
I used to play when I was a kid.
I love it so much.
It's the nerdiest game, but it's so quick.
It's all hand/eye coordination.
It's all just, it's like a martial art.
There's a great place, actually I'm not going to tell people
where the place is because it's kind of a secret.
I like playing with old Russian guys
at like a JCC somewhere.
I was out in LA for the first time I had auditioned
for Robert Redford for the first film that I ended up doing
called Lions for Lambs that he directed.
I was staying on my manager's assistant's couch in
West Hollywood, and he was like, Hey, you need
to get a suit for tonight.
You're going to be my plus one to all
these Golden Globe parties.
And I was like I don't want to do that but okay.
So I went to the Beverly Center.
There's an H&M.
I was trying on a suit and I got a call
from my agent at the time telling me that I just got the
part to play opposite Robert Redford,
and I went out that night with
a very, very different attitude than I had previously had.
I was puking in Prince's toilet.
I was in line with Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz
and just in front of them.
So I went in, and didn't know I was going to vomit.
But as soon as I got in there, I realized I was gonna vomit.
And I vomited.
And I came out very sheepishly knowing that these two
beautiful Latina women were about to go and, you know,
had to go to the bathroom where I had just tarnished
the sacred space of Prince's bathroom.
[Interviewer] I don't even know, we might be there.
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