When he’s not balancing the hectic life of a soon-to-be monarch, Oliver Chris is just your average everyday rising ‘it-boy’ of the stage. Currently, Oliver, or “Oli” as he is often referred, plays Prince William in the much-acclaimed Broadway hit King Charles III. Ironically, his Broadway debut was at the same theater (The Music Box) in One Man, Two Guvnors alongside James Corden. Across the pond, he has appeared in Lisa Kron’s West End production of Well as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Dame Judi Dench. On the screen, Oli has appeared in “Silent Witness” and the BBC Three Comedy “Bluestone 42”. We are utterly delighted to have him On the Couch, though we’re more for prone coffee than spots of tea.
What do you consider to be your best asset?
I try to be generous, open-minded, kind and spontaneous. Occasionally I manage one. I suppose my best asset is that I keep trying.
What was your proudest moment?
I once did the right thing at a difficult time and it worked out. That doesn’t happen very often. That time it did. I will always be proud of myself for that.
What is your favorite drink?
A Tito’s Dirty Martini at Bar Centrale.
What is your favorite food?
The olives in a Tito’s Dirty Martini at Bar Centrale.
What is your favorite condiment?
Caviar’s a condiment, right?
What is your current obsession?
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Self-criticism. And also, smoking all that crack. Yawn.
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
I’d like to feel I was good at something. And also be rich.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
Boots. Coats. Jeans. Bar Centrale Tito’s Dirty Martini’s. Karaoke. Boots.
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Girls. Or sharks. Or maybe just other people. But then, they’re also succor, so what can you do? …so probably just sharks.
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
How to fit a washing machine.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
What in the world most thrills you?
A beautifully turned, savage phrase. Something that rips out your heart, hits it with a meat hammer, polishes it and then puts it back in your chest. The kind of phrase that makes you see this uncompromising, dirty world in a strange, new and beautiful light.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
The whole of popular culture irritates me. I only start liking things at least three years after everyone else has got bored of them. #justsaying
What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?
I once criticised Downton Abbey in front of very many of the wrong people. That was…an error.
What is your favorite place in the world?
I like Kynance Cove in Cornwall. I was my happiest there.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
I want to say dogs, because they’re manly and cool, but there’s only enough room for one drooling idiot in my household, so cats.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
I would fall in love with a girl with kind, sparkling eyes and a smile that made my heart implode. And then win a Tony.
What is your personal motto?
“Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell, if you love a wild thing you’ll end up looking at the sky”.
It’s not technically mine, but I’m gonna borrow it for a while.