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