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Since graduating from drama school in Wales, 26-year-old Edward Bluemel has worked in roles running the gamut from a vampire scientist in A Discovery Of Witches to a ‘naughty office intern with a penchant for older women’ in Touch, a play by Vicky Jones, who directed the stage version of Fleabag. And, with appearances in Killing Eve season 2 and Sex Education, this year his career is moving up another gear. For their Summer 2019 issue, ASOS Magazine met the actor to know – read excerpts from the convo below and order your copy of the mag for the full article, plus interviews with Mabel, Khalid and lots more.
Edward Bluemel for ASOS Mag | ASOS Style Feed

On growing up 
I’m from rural Somerset and wanted to be a farmer. I had a flat cap and checked shirt and thought I was the real deal. And a dentist – I liked the idea of sliding around on a wheelie chair with a load of tools. That was fleeting. I realised that, as a dentist, nobody’s ever happy to see you.

On Killing Eve
[My character] Hugo works with Eve in MI6. He’s a super-privileged white boy, who’s there because of connections. He’s a spanner in the works. When [the first season] came out, there was a buzz. It upped the pressure, but I hope that brought out the best in everyone. You’d get the argument that people didn’t want to watch [shows fronted by women] but it proves people do. It’s putting complex women at the forefront in a genre associated with men. I hope it leads to more things being subverted, not just with women, but also with class or colour.
Edward Bluemel for ASOS Mag | ASOS Style Feed

Pictures: Sam Wilson, Styled by Lulu Wentworth

On Sex Education
Most of the leads are stars now but, at the time, it was just a bunch of interesting, talented but also normal, down-to-earth people. We filmed in last summer’s heatwave, everyone was in a great mood and it didn’t feel like work.

On male mental health
I live in a shared house – five boys, all actors. Seeing them go through phases has woken me up to how sad people can get and how irrational it can be.

On his style
I like to peacock. Silly jackets and shirts. Anything a cowboy might wear, I’m in.

On his summer plans
[I'll be in] London and Cardiff filming A Discovery Of Witches Season 2. Me and my friend have been asked to MC at a friend’s wedding in Tuscany. I’m panicking thinking of gags…