It’s not often that I get asked to interview a dude, so when the opportunity arises, I like to say yes. What I found is that Ed Skrein does not fit the mold of a typical actor starring in an action film. In fact, he defied every stereotype and even surprised me (which is hard to do) with his life ethos, easy manner, and spiritual affirmations. Sure, you’ll soon see him tearing things up as the lead in The Transporter: Refueled, but he gave me hope that perhaps, just perhaps, we may be ready for a new kind of man crush — a guy who is as thoughtful as he is handsome. Sounds good, right?
Amanda de Cadenet : Hi, Ed!
Ed Skrein: Hello. That’s a big drink. What is it, a smoothie?
It’s protein powder, almond milk, coffee, and ice, and some kale. It’s how I start my day in L.A.
Very nice, very nice. Similar to mine, but my stuff is separate. I love my porridge with protein in it and my coffee separate.
Yeah, I’m somewhat obsessed with nutrition. … If you want to have a clear mind and a strong body, you’ve got to educate yourself.
A hundred percent. It’s made all the difference to me. I don’t talk about it so much, but it’s a big part of my personal life is nutrition, and it’s almost the most important thing throughout the day, especially with shooting and all that. Yeah, you’ve got to make sure you’ve got the right petrol in your car, you know?
It’s a really simple thing that a lot of people don’t realize. I know you have a kid, you have a son, and I have 8-year-old twins. I can see in them that if I don’t give them the right nutrition they can’t focus as well, they’re aggravated, they get really cranky, they get tired and s—ty, whereas if I give them balanced nutrition … and also teaching them about nutrition, even though they’re little, just so that they know what works for their bodies. Otherwise you’re going against yourself.
Yes, a hundred percent.
Have you always been aware of what your body needed?
No. No, not at all. Actually, I’d say only the last three years I’ve properly experimented, found out what works for me, what sort of calories I need in a day, what sort of things I need for different times that I eat, the days that I am working out, the days I’m not working out, the days that I’m shooting, the days that I’m shooting action compared to the days that I’m shooting dialogue. It’s taken a lot of experimenting, trying different people’s diets and stuff like that and speaking to different personal trainers and nutritionists and just different people.
A lot of my friends that are actors have to put on a lot of weight and muscle for certain roles, and that’s when they’re learning about nutrition and working out. Is it because of your work that you know all of this?
It started as that, yeah, definitely. It started by every job I do I always want to change my body composition, change my body fat, change my muscle mass, change my hair, change my beard, change my posture, and the latter ones, obviously, I can work on myself in isolation, but the body fat and the muscle mass is something that obviously I need outside advice.
So it started with, like, when I did Game of Thrones I really wanted to get lean, be leaner than I’d ever been before. My first role, [in] Ill Manors, I was 97 kilos [214 pounds]. So I was muscle, but I had a lot of fat as well as, I was a bit lump. And then for Game of Thrones I wanted to change it. I knew that we were going to clean shave my beard, I was going to have long hair. I said, right, I’ll switch this up completely. So I lost 13 kilos [29 pounds].