John Owen-Jones spoke to The Pickwyck about his return to the West End's Phantom of the Opera, holding the record for being the youngest actor on the West End to portray Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, and what he has done to make these two iconic roles his own in this new interview!
Can you tell us where you grew up and how you first got involved in theater?
You attended London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, could you tell us a bit about your experience there? Was there a specific instructor that inspired you, or gave you a piece of advice that you hold dear?
You have previously portrayed both Jean Valjean in Les Mis and The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. What was it like stepping into these iconic roles? How do/did the two differ from one another?
In doing our research, we discovered that you hold the record for being the youngest actor on the West End to portray Jean Valjean, which is truly incredible! How did you feel during that time?
Going off of that, your portrayals of both Jean Valjean and The Phantom have gained an enormous amount of recognition and praise. What do you think helped you make these two characters, in their own rights, your own?
How does it feel to be stepping back into the role of The Phantom? Are you going to be trying anything "new" to the portrayal of the character this time around?
What is your favorite scene or song to perform in Phantom and why?
Have you ever had a very embarrassing moment on stage while performing?
Not only are you an established and extremely talented actor, you have also released your own solo albums. Can you tell us a little bit about your music and what it means to you?
What advice would you give to aspiring actors/performers?