Johnny Flynn's First Kiss Was with the Girl Who Became His Wife

The star of the Emmy-nominated TV series "Genius" was not always a young Einstein. Here, he reflects on his very first kiss—with the woman who turned out to be his wife.

Released on 7/18/2017

Transcript

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The first thing that I auditioned for
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was a kind of terrible, it'd be the equivalent
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of like a cable TV murder mystery
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kind of afternoon matinee thing and I got the job,
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it was called Murder in Suburbia,
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I had to get naked in it, completely naked on set at least
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and then in the thing, you just saw my arse.
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I've been asked to be naked in a bunch of different things
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and I've been naked on stage twice before.
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Every night there were school children
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in the wings in the balcony level
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and they were the only ones, that could see this part of me,
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so there would be a lot of screaming and uncomfortable like,
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(laughing)
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angry looks from teachers.
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The thing with the kids was awkward,
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because often it would be like an all girls school,
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they wouldn't stop squealing
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till (laughs) three scenes on from that moment,
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so it kind of ruined the whole second act of the play,
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me exposing myself.
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In Genius, Einstein was quite amorous
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and he had many lovers.
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It wasn't that he was like a complete player,
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but he, let's say he, you know, he enjoyed women
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and although he was very dedicated to his first wife,
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that marriage eventually broke down
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and from that point, he actually did become
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what you would call a bit of a ladies' man,
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he kind of gave up on monogamy.
01:25
I watched all of Seinfeld and that, for me
01:28
is a bit of a Bible, as far as TV comedy goes,
01:32
Elaine was a big, a big, (laughs) a big crush for me,
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she's still, she's still got it, I love her, Julia.
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I have to say it's quite a thrill just meeting Brit Marling,
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'cause I just watched The OA
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and I think the ending of that
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is like the best TV I've ever seen,
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my heart did something, that it's never done,
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I just, I was like, my whole being
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was like pulsing with this excitement.
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So my first kiss was actually with my now wife.
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We kissed other people in between, now and then,
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but we went like that and now we've got two kids.
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It was by a lake, we went to school together,
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when we were 16, I was a late starter
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and she was new at my school
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and I got to like play the card of being like,
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you don't know, you know, I pretended that I was a stud
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and actually I was like very bashful.
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We were together for like a month or two months,
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but we just, we were so shy, we, both of us were so shy,
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we could barely like hold hands, we were very timid
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and then we broke up.
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She went out with my friend and I went out with her friend,
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which was not a good move in hindsight
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and then we ended up together again by the end of school
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and then she went off to art school, I went to drama school,
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she went out with everybody in her year
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(laughing)
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and her guitar teacher,
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and I was being naked on stage
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and trying my hardest to attract other people.
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She came to New York actually, she studies at Parsons,
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she went to Parsons Art School for a while
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and I came to like woo her
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and she told me on the Brooklyn Bridge,
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that she would never be with me ever again,
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but I knew she was lying.
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In the third week, that I had her locked in the basement,
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no, I didn't.
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(laughing)
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I think we'd sewn the seeds for this connection,
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that has spanned you know,
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more than half our lives so far and we,
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even when she had other boys in her life,
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we, I was like her best friend and we,
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she would actually come to me as a sort of confidant
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in times of, you know, trouble in those relationships
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and I felt like I could tell her things
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about my forays into pursuing the other sex,
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it was like we had to do that,
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so that we could come back together,
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otherwise you'd always be wondering
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and I'm glad that it worked out.