And you may ask yourself, well
How did I get here? – Talking Heads
Damianista often visits New York, and when she does, we try and get together to chat and catch up. On one of her Spring visits, on a subway ride home, she asked me how I became a fan of Damian Lewis. I told her the story and her reaction was: “You should post that on the blog!” When I finally wrote up my story, Damianista came up with the brilliant idea of getting stories of how others became fans of Damian Lewis and posting them on the blog. How interesting it would be to read everyone’s stories and to see just how we all became a happy, FUN community! Damianista sent the word out, and the response was amazing!
We will be publishing fan stories right here every Tuesday. Damianista was gracious enough to let my story be the first one to get us rolling, so here it is!
I am an Anglophile. There, I said it. I love all things British (could it have anything to do with my maternal grandfather being born and raised in Glasgow?). I have always been fascinated by Tudor England, with a particular interest in Elizabeth I. Since I try to read and watch almost everything Tudor, of course I read Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies”. Imagine my excitement when learning those books would be made into a mini-series! As much as I loved Showtime’s “The Tudors” (which started my appreciation for Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but that is another blog!) I knew it was not historically correct on many levels. “Wolf Hall” would be more accurate to history.
When reading the list of the cast, I was very familiar with many of the actors from my love of British drama. But in the role of Henry VIII would be Damian Lewis. I had never seen him act before, but knew he was in “Homeland”, which many of my friends had watched and enjoyed.
I asked my friend and partner (who loved “Homeland”) about this actor who would be playing Henry. Was he any good? “He’s good, but I don’t know why they are getting an American to play Henry VIII” he said. He told me that along with playing Brody in “Homeland”, Damian Lewis was in “Band of Brothers” which my friend to this day raves about. Two roles, two Americans. Now I had to do some investigating on this American actor who would play Henry!
After a quick search on IMDb, I learned Damian was not American at all! Now I really needed to see the actor that fooled most people into thinking he was American.
That weekend, I basically binge watched “Homeland” and was hooked! (I was also happy that finally a ginger would be playing Henry!) I felt that he brought all the complexity of the character Nicholas Brody to life, and just kept you guessing.
Thanks to Amazon Prime and Netflix, I was able to watch Damian play Charlie Crews in “Life”, and Soames Forsyte in “The Forsyte Saga”, all in anticipation of seeing him as Henry VIII.
And he did not disappoint! Although “Wolf Hall” is about Thomas Cromwell, Henry is the figure who looms large throughout the series. Not to mention that I actually prefer Damian when he is speaking his native English.
It seemed too good to be true when I learned that Damian would be playing a hedge fund manager in Showtime’s “Billions”. One of my favorite actors, playing a role that I knew intimately, filming in the city I was raised, live and work in? Yes, I pinched myself. Even before I watched the first episode, I knew I was #TeamAxe!
My appreciation for Damian and his amazing acting lead me to this amazing group of ladies that is “Fan Fun”. I offered any and all help I could with any insights to the world of Wall Street to the blog in preparation for “Billions”. It is great to be part of such a smart, insightful, fun group.
So, that is how I became of fan of Damian Lewis, and became of member of this sisterhood. Now, I can’t wait for Season 2 of “Billions” to start and for the FUN of Bobby Axelrod (and the superb acting of Damian) to start again!