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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

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Transcript

00:03
The first thing that I auditioned for
00:05
was a kind of terrible, it'd be the equivalent
00:08
of like a cable TV murder mystery
00:11
kind of afternoon matinee thing and I got the job,
00:15
it was called Murder in Suburbia,
00:17
I had to get naked in it, completely naked on set at least
00:21
and then in the thing, you just saw my arse.
00:23
I've been asked to be naked in a bunch of different things
00:25
and I've been naked on stage twice before.
00:28
Every night there were school children
00:32
in the wings in the balcony level
00:34
and they were the only ones, that could see this part of me,
00:38
so there would be a lot of screaming and uncomfortable like,
00:41
[laughing]
00:43
angry looks from teachers.
00:44
The thing with the kids was awkward,
00:46
because often it would be like an all girls school,
00:49
they wouldn't stop squealing
00:51
till [laughs] three scenes on from that moment,
00:55
so it kind of ruined the whole second act of the play,
00:58
me exposing myself.
01:01
In Genius, Einstein was quite amorous
01:03
and he had many lovers.
01:05
It wasn't that he was like a complete player,
01:08
but he, let's say he, you know, he enjoyed women
01:10
and although he was very dedicated to his first wife,
01:14
that marriage eventually broke down
01:15
and from that point, he actually did become
01:18
what you would call a bit of a ladies' man,
01:22
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,
01:36
she's still, she's still got it, I love her, Julia.
01:40
I have to say it's quite a thrill just meeting Brit Marling,
01:43
'cause I just watched The OA
01:46
and I think the ending of that
01:48
is like the best TV I've ever seen,
01:51
my heart did something, that it's never done,
01:54
I just, I was like, my whole being
01:56
was like pulsing with this excitement.
01:59
So my first kiss was actually with my now wife.
02:03
We kissed other people in between, now and then,
02:06
but we went like that and now we've got two kids.
02:09
It was by a lake, we went to school together,
02:11
when we were 16, I was a late starter
02:14
and she was new at my school
02:16
and I got to like play the card of being like,
02:18
you don't know, you know, I pretended that I was a stud
02:21
and actually I was like very bashful.
02:24
We were together for like a month or two months,
02:27
but we just, we were so shy, we, both of us were so shy,
02:30
we could barely like hold hands, we were very timid
02:35
and then we broke up.
02:37
She went out with my friend and I went out with her friend,
02:42
which was not a good move in hindsight
02:44
and then we ended up together again by the end of school
02:48
and then she went off to art school, I went to drama school,
02:53
she went out with everybody in her year
02:58
[laughing]
03:01
and her guitar teacher,
03:02
and I was being naked on stage
03:04
and trying my hardest to attract other people.
03:07
She came to New York actually, she studies at Parsons,
03:10
she went to Parsons Art School for a while
03:12
and I came to like woo her
03:13
and she told me on the Brooklyn Bridge,
03:15
that she would never be with me ever again,
03:19
but I knew she was lying.
03:21
In the third week, that I had her locked in the basement,
03:24
no, I didn't.
03:25
[laughing]
03:26
I think we'd sewn the seeds for this connection,
03:29
that has spanned you know,
03:31
more than half our lives so far and we,
03:34
even when she had other boys in her life,
03:40
we, I was like her best friend and we,
03:44
she would actually come to me as a sort of confidant
03:48
in times of, you know, trouble in those relationships
03:51
and I felt like I could tell her things
03:53
about my forays into pursuing the other sex,
03:57
it was like we had to do that,
03:58
so that we could come back together,
04:00
otherwise you'd always be wondering
04:02
and I'm glad that it worked out.