The Kit chats with Charlie Hunnam about King Arthur (his upcoming role), favourite scents (his cat) and why he’s comfortable with nudity (hallelujah!)
THE KIT: What kind of roles are you most interested in exploring?
HUNNAM: “I’ve got some stories that I want to tell that I’m in the process of developing. A couple of true stories, initially optioned for me to write them, but then I have gotten really busy with acting. So I recalibrated the game plan and I’ve hired Jason Hall, who just got an Oscar nomination for writing American Sniper. Actingwise, I’m doing Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur with Guy Ritchie directing. He’s completely reinventing the Arthurian legend and making it straight up his style. I think it’s going to be, like, properly badass.”
THE KIT: Has playing the Jax Teller character influenced you?
HUNNAM: “I don’t think it dawned on me how much of an effect he had on me until I finished shooting. Then I realized how far I’ve gone in Jax’s direction. On the surface I started dressing like him and riding a bike everywhere, but also it was the way I would feel in situations.”
THE KIT: Like when you had an attempted break-in at your home?
HUNNAM: “It’s funny how tangible that influence can be, but I don’t know if three years before Sons of Anarchy, my instinct when I saw a guy outweighing me by 100 pounds walking through my garden at 3 a.m. would be to attack him. Maybe it would. I’ve always enjoyed fighting, in the ring at gym—I don’t want to fight in the street or hurt people. I went so nuts when those two guys broke in.”
THE KIT: After shooting many seminude scenes for Sons of Anarchy, does getting naked ever become part of a normal day at work?
HUNNAM: “I think I grew up in an environment where we weren’t particularly shy of nudity. My mum was always walking around in the house naked and I spent a bunch of time with my aunt growing up—she was sort of like my second mum— she was walking around the house naked, too. Over the years I suppose I have become very comfortable with taking my clothes off for the camera. It never really bothers me.”
THE KIT: What is your favourite scent?
HUNNAM: “Calvin Klein Reveal. You know, initially when I was doing this, the cologne was barely even finished—I was just so excited to work with Calvin Klein because I always loved their campaigns, really genuinely loved them. I had a few of their campaigns ripped out of magazines on my bedroom wall when I was a kid. There was a girl in the Eternity campaign. It was really beautiful and I was so madly in love with her. I also loved the CK One campaign. To me that was one of the most iconic images of the 1990s. I suppose if I don’t go with Calvin Klein Reveal, my other most common scent is Eau de Marijuana. I don’t want to be misunderstood—I don’t smoke marijuana personally, I just occasionally walk through a cloud of it, which is common in Los Angeles, and the smell sticks to one’s clothing.”
THE KIT: What about scents for females?
HUNNAM: “I really like perfume on girls, but I also like just something natural. You know, women smell pretty fantastic.”
THE KIT: Any other favourite scents?
HUNNAM: “This might sound completely weird, but my favourite smell in the world is my cat, George. My cat smells so f–king good. If he’s been curled up in a ball for a while and asleep—his little chest just smells so good.”