You might remember Xavier from his starring role in the hugely popular Twilight film series. The talented young actor grew up in Adelaide and is currently working on a host of local and international projects with acclaimed talents such as Chloe Sevigny.
Country Road: What drew you to the Country Road campaign?
Xavier Samuel: It's such a stylish brand, really cool. I like the Country Road style: simple, relaxed and classic. Also it was an incredible opportunity to work with Lachlan Bailey who is such a talented photographer.
CR: What is your can't-live-without wardrobe staple?
XS: Jeans. I’m in them every day.
CR: Have you worked with any of the cast before? What have you most enjoyed about today's shoot?
XS: No, they were all new faces. It was so great to meet a bunch of people who are clearly passionate about what they do.
CR: What do you love most about an Australian summer?
XS: Impromptu road trips.
CR: You've been working on several films due for release this year, both Australian and international. What do you love about working with an Australian team on home soil? And what do you love most when working overseas?
XS: It's wonderful to be able to see different parts of the world that you would not have otherwise explored. I feel very lucky. We worked in an amazing old castle in Ireland on "Love and Friendship" and working at home is always great too. I love the community that forms on Australian films.
CR: What films are you looking forward to seeing this year?
XS: I'm looking forward to catching up on a few films. I still haven't seen "The Lobster" yet. Which I'm really looking forward to. And Paul Cox's
"Force of Destiny".
CR: What Australian actors do you admire or do you have your eye on?
XS: Benedict Samuel. Robert Menzies. Scott Marcus. Mark Leonard Winter. Thomas Michael Wright. Ben Mendelsohn. Morgan Griffin.
CR: How do you stay confident in front of the camera? Is modelling different to acting?
XS: I'm not sure confidence has much to do with it really. I suspect it's more about being relaxed and available to what it is the photographer and team are setting out to achieve. Taking a photo is a completely different experience to making film or theatre. I'm not a model and it's not a world that I identify with strongly. While I respect the desire to compose a compelling image, I gravitate more towards telling stories and trying to get to the bottom of a moment, subverting it and exploring it's possibilities.
CR: Do you have any routines or good luck charms when auditioning or going on set?
XS: No, not really. For me it’s just about getting up early and working through it.
CR: What are you looking forward to this year? What's next for you?
XS: I'm looking forward to spending time with my friends and working on a project with my brother. Also, "The death and life of Otto Bloom" directed by Cris Jones is opening the Melbourne International Film Festival, so I am looking forward to seeing that for the first time with an audience.