FAULT Magazine did a cover piece on Harrison, and had an awesome photoshoot by Joseph Sinclair to go with it.
Seeing Harrison Osterfield in the upcoming Netflix series ‘The Irregulars’ might be your first time seeing the young actor on screen; in truth, Osterfield has been quietly working in the industry for years, awaiting his big break. On March 26th, Harrison will finally be taking his place in the spotlight in the new mystery crime series The Irregulars, set within the Sherlock Holmes universe. We caught up with Harrison to discuss the show, his journey so far and, of course, his FAULTs.
You’ve been quietly working away in the business for years; how does it feel to be stepping into the spotlight finally?
Harrison Osterfield: It’s a big change. I’ve been grinding away quietly, just trying to make stuff happen, and the last two years has been an amazing experience. When the call came through, I was over the moon; I told my mum that I didn’t get it, to create a bit of suspense later that day, so I could say, “it’s not good news, but it’s really good news!”
Being a young actor comes with a lot of rejection; what helps you stay motivated through the rough stages?
Harrison Osterfield: It’s hard being an actor. I follow the mindset that if I come out of an audition and I’ve done my best, then I can forget about all the variables and know that it’s up to the world to see if I got it right or not.
Because the Sherlock Holmes universe is so beloved, was there ever a fear that fans might not welcome this new retelling?
Harrison Osterfield: Yeah, definitely. When I first found out it was a Sherlock Holmes series, I was quite apprehensive because there have been remakes before with such big actors, like Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude law. Once I started reading it, I realized this was something completely different. The story focuses on these five characters, and Tom Bidwell has created this incredible storyline to fit into that universe.
Was there a feeling on set that you were all working on something momentous?
Harrison Osterfield: Yeah, it was pretty over overwhelming, especially when we came on set for that first week and saw these two Victorian streets that Netflix had built. It was like walking into the world of 1871. The sets and the costumes are incredible. We all took a step back and went, “this is the real deal”.
Who would win in a real-life fight, you or costar Jojo?
Harrison Osterfield: I think it would be very close! We had never met each other before this job, but all five of us have become very close, and Joe and I actually had quite a few brawls. So I’ll leave it up to the viewers to decide who they think would win, but I’m quietly confident!
Where did you draw inspiration from to bring Leopold to life?
Harrison Osterfield: When I first got the script through, I quickly realized that he’s way more intelligent than me. He is so perfectly well-spoken with perfect manners. I decided to spend quite a lot of time with my granddad as he’s the most well-mannered person I know. I bought myself a collapsible walking stick and walked up and down the hotel’s corridors to get his movement down.
What’s something new you learned about yourself during the pandemic?
Harrison Osterfield: That I can be resilient when faced with a five-month layoff period. I was anxious at first because I didn’t know what I was going to be doing. I try to wake up early to get my brain in gear. I have a sustainable marketing company that I run with my two mates from school, and we’ve put on fundraising campaigns over this lockdown, which has been a real joy.
When you look back on your career, what do you want your portfolio to say about you, the person?
Harrison Osterfield: I want to be able to connect with people; that’s why I started acting – to tell stories that people can empathize with. If I can create a body of versatile work and connect with people, I will value that as a success.
What would you say has been the most challenging hurdle you’ve had to overcome on your acting journey?
Harrison Osterfield: Keeping at it. It’s been a long road, even though I’m relatively quite new to this. There have been many times where I’ve been down to the last two for a certain role, and not getting the part can really weigh on you. I think it’s just the resilience of being able to carry on and make a real go of it.
Do you have a dream role or genre you’d love to play next?
Harrison Osterfield: I would love to do like a Western. I could suit a cowboy hat in the future when I get a bit older and a bit more rugged. I’m hoping to maybe get on the Batman scene and play a character in that universe.
As we approach the show’s release, where is your head at?
Harrison Osterfield: I’m terrified. I’ve been a nervous wreck for the last couple of weeks. I’ve been trying to take my mind off things just by going for walks and doing yoga classes because I’m pretty nervous, but I’m also excited because this is the biggest thing that I’ve done. I’m nervous, but I’m excited to showcase what we’ve been doing for the last year and a half.
What is your FAULT?
Harrison Osterfield: I’m a massive overthinker. I’m already planning for the next five years instead of the next five days. I’m taking it day by day, finding time to do a bit of meditation to reflect and appreciate the journey I’ve been on so far.