Mandarin Oriental published their exclusive interview with Dev. He talks about “Hotel Mumbai“, brining his mother to the Oscars and his directorial debut “Home Shopper“. You can find the interview below/after the jump and we have added the high quality promotional images in our gallery.
Six things we learned from our Dev Patel interview
An exclusive chat with the Oscar-nominated actor – the newest Fan of Mandarin Oriental
If you’re British, you might remember Dev Patel as wonderfully gawky teenager Anwar in the Channel 4 series Skins – but he made his name internationally with an unforgettable performance in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. Since then, he has looked after a troupe of British acting’s national treasures in his role as a cheeky retirement home host in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies, and been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role alongside Nicole Kidman in the heart-wrenching Lion. From his home in LA, Dev talked to us about movies, his mum and Mandarin Oriental. Find the full feature interview in the spring/summer 2018 issue of Mo Magazine, in your room at Mandarin Oriental.
You’ll see him on screen again soon
Dev’s next starring role is in Hotel Mumbai, which is due for release at some point in 2018. But despite the name, any fans expecting a jolly third instalment of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies will be in for a shock. “Ha ha, no! Exactly. This is actually a harrowing story, about the terror attacks that took place in India in 2008. I remember when the attacks were on the TV news and it just broke me. It’s an incredible film. I feel warmly about theBest Exotic Marigold Hotel movies for totally different reasons: I loved that idea that you could have many chances in life to get it right. We should take that approach to getting older.”
He promised his mum that he’d take her to the Oscars
“I don’t want to sound cheesy, but to me, the whole evening was about making my mum feel like a superstar,” says Dev of walking the red carpet at the 2017 Academy Awards with his mum, Anita. “After all, it’s because of her that I could be there. I have walked red carpets a lot and I find it anxiety-inducing, but to her it was fun. She wanted to wear a sari, so I coordinated my outfit to match hers. I had literally told her at a young age, one day I will take you to the Oscars, and I was actually able to do it. I hoped that my being nominated could inspire other people, someone who might be another British Indian kid growing up in Rayners Lane [northwest London], like me.”
He’s crazy about Japan
“I recently spent ten days in Japan at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo with my partner. Our room was incredible – the whole hotel is. It’s in the Nihonbashi area of the city and it’s a quiet, serene space right in the heart of Tokyo, a haven. I felt I had some time to experience the city and get a feel for it, which is unusual for me. I’m sort of obsessed with Japan. When I’m in London I always go this fantastic place called Taro on Brewer Street, where you can eat amazing food for less than £10.” He’s also previously stayed at Mandarin Oriental, Prague which he describes as, “Just magical. I went to sign the guestbook and flipped back and saw that the Dalai Lama had signed it. Whoa.”
He’s no longer single
See point three. Dev’s last-known public relationship had been his with Slumdog Millionaire co-star Freida Pinto, who he dated from 2009-2014. The pair have remained friends and champions of one another’s work.
He’s trying his hand as a director
“I directed a short [film] recently, which was a great experience and something I really wanted to try,” says Dev, of his directorial debut, Home Shopper, which he tells us features actors Armie Hammer, of The Social Network, and Thomas Sadoski, of The Newsroom. “It was something I wanted to do to connect with the creative process, having come out of a long period of doing press. I’d like to continue to develop my skills in that way.”
His plan is that he has no plan
“I’ve honestly never really felt like I’ve ever had a firm grip on what I’m doing,” admits Dev, who also tells us that he is speaking on a smartphone “held together with sellotape”. He adds, “When I look back at my past work, all I see are the flaws. It helps me improve I guess. I just want to keep moving, keep working, keep creating and keep trying new things. I’ve got ants in my pants.”