Back in 2015, when James Corden was named director of The Late, the Late Show, the British comedy star felt easily panicked that his new job could mark the end of his acting career.
But in fact it turned out to be the complete opposite, because the 42-year-old man quickly crowned the king of the royal palace Karaoke, and was also one of the most sought-after actors of our time.
In addition to the widespread acknowledgment of this pleasant triple threat behind the desk at his upcoming US talk show late at night, reviews of his role in hit music also sparked. In the woods; as well as the main voice Peter Rabbitand an outstanding cameo in the digger Ocean 8.
It may have risen from the Queen’s OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services in drama, but Corden quickly bursts any bubble that has a touch of Midas.
– Didn’t you see? Cats? He asks The BINGE Guide with a scratch of head and laughter, referring to last year’s monumental flop (which earned him the Worst Backing Actor award at the annual Golden Raspberry Award).
“I’ve had a lot of disasters,” he growls, “but I’m from a school of thought where failure is needed. I think you’re learning more from your mistakes than you’ll ever learn from your success, and I’m not just referring to your career. but also only for life. “
Podcast fan, How to failled by Elizabeth Day, he says, “Only when you embrace failure and understand failure can you really succeed.”
With that attitude, Corden signed up to sing and dance with Maril Stripe, Nicole Kidman, and Andrew Rannell in Rainen Murphy’s good and fabulous new Netflix musical. Prom.
Based on the Broadway hit of the same name, it is freely inspired by the true story of a high school girl in a small Indian town who was not allowed to take her girlfriend to a prom.
The film follows a colorful group of self-employed Broadway theater stars who take on school staff in an effort to change their discriminatory beliefs and in doing so support a young girl who comes out to her mother (played by Kerry Washington).
It’s hilarious, upbeat nonsense with a serious and timely report of acceptance.
“I am very lucky,” admits Corden, “I grew up in a household with a family that accepted everyone, and those were the lessons we were consistently taught in our home. My mother was a social worker and my father was a musician in the Royal Air Force and then became a seller of Christian books. ”
Growing up in Buckinghamshire with two sisters, he adds: “I grew up in a family of absolute love and support all the time and anytime. [Our parents] in absolute love surrounded me and the sisters to the point where I felt like I was 10 feet tall and nothing was impossible.
Given his childhood memories, which are full of positive experiences and encouragement, the idea of rejection or negative reinforcement, especially with regard to sexual orientation, is a completely foreign concept to Corden.
“Yes,” he nodded. “I have friends who still haven’t gone to their families for fear of the consequences,” he says, shaking his head.
“And, of course, some people are still being persecuted for their sexuality, which is absolutely disgusting. It’s shameful and disgusting, and so I hope the least of this film can create a ray of joy for people who may be struggling or feeling scared and scared. They should know that they are not alone and that there are people waiting with open arms to love them. “
He explains, “It’s very frivolous, but the message in it is so real, its depth is so true, and I really hope it finds people who need to hear the message at this point.”
Thanks to his television producer’s wife Julia Kerry and their children, Max (9), Kerry (5) and two-year-old Charlotte, Corden says he is surrounded by love and tied to the ground whenever he begins to believe in his own press.
“I work hard and nothing compares to you as a hard work schedule, so I don’t have much time to stop and think about what I have or could not achieve in my career,” he says.
“I’ve made more mistakes than I’d ever admit, but now I feel in my life. There are enough people around me to let me know when I can move forward.”
He admits that bringing his family to America was never foreseen in the Corden Plan.
“I was worried it would end my acting career on the Late Show. I asked my father about it, and he said, ‘If you create a show where people can see all the different things you can do, unless you pretend too much.’ for a long time, it could only enhance your career as an actor. “He smiles,” A pretty skillful Christian book salesman from High Wycombe, right? “
Personally, Corden is as light as he appears on the screen and admits to being a perennial.
“I could find happiness anywhere,” he shrugged. “I’m happiest, probably lying on the couch and looking at the corner of the rug. That’s how I feel.”
But his Zen condition has a method: “It’s all about presence. What you need to be aware of is all that is lost behind you, and everything in front of you is unknown, so the only thing you have really gained is this minute, ”he says.
“If you try to be the best version of yourself, knowing full well that it won’t work out 50 times a day, but if your intention is to try to be a better version of yourself right here and now, then your life will only be a success. “
* Prom streaming on Friday, December 11, on Netflix