PRESS: PAUL RUDD (MIO ’93) ON CELEBRITY AND HIS MIO EXPERIENCE
Alum Paul Rudd (MIO ’93) was interviewed by Ralph Jones for ShortList in the run up to the release of Ant-Man & The Wasp. As part of their conversation, Paul discussed his career, celebrity, and how much he enjoyed his time on the Midsummer in Oxford Program:
After Clueless, he moved to New York to act in a play, and after his first job on a TV show, he went to study Jacobean drama at Oxford’s British American Drama Academy. Listening to him describe this period, I wonder if being 22 in Oxford might have been the happiest time in his life.
“I loved it. I loved working on Shakespeare. I loved living in the dorms at Oxford. I loved walking the campus. I loved getting tea. I loved memorising the lines. I loved working on the plays. My hair was down to the middle of my back. I was enthusiastic and optimistic and taking everything in. It was joyous.”
It was also grounding, he says: “It made me feel as though my place in all of it was the right place, which was infinitesimal. I was a small cog in a wheel that’s been spinning for a long time.”
Header photo: “I don’t wanna be a dickhead”: Paul Rudd on what it’s really like to be Hollywood royalty © Matt Holyoak for ShortList.