In Money Monster, the 25-year-old plays a disgruntled investor who takes a financial TV presenter (Clooney) and producer (Roberts) hostage live on air. O’Connell, who shot to fame in This Is England and teen drama Skins, won a Bafta Rising Star Award in 2014 after acclaimed performances in British movies Starred Up and ‘71 led to his being cast in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, about US Olympian Louis Zamperini.
Now on the rise in Hollywood, the actor from Derby told Hunger magazine he returns home to help his mother and grandmother with chores: “It’s about keeping active and doing things, getting up in the morning even if you’ve got a day off,” he said .“Anything’s better than sitting on your a*** waiting for your next job. I love cinema, reading, going to see plays. It widens your perspective a little, increases your knowledge. “When I am unemployed or waiting for a job I still have to consider myself at work. I help my mum if she needs stuff doing at home or in the garden, go round my nana’s and do the things she isn’t in a position to do any more, stuff like that.” He said his father Johnny, who died in 2009, was a huge influence: “There were certain factors I wouldn’t want to adopt, but his sense of humour and the way he was with people, I really look up to him. I’m lucky that I know a lot of my idols personally — people from home. I guess I get to take the positivity from their attitudes and put it into characters I play.”