Rupert Everett writes, directs, and headlines The Happy Prince, the story of the last days of famed poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. For the project, Everett spent a healthy amount of time diving into Wilde’s universe.

“Immersing myself in Oscar Wilde was really exciting,” said Everett. “When you set off writing a script, especially about a subject like this, you can really know what that character was doing every day because they all wrote so many letters in the 19th century. So, you could sleuth a character in a very good way. You can go to the places and find the street corners and the houses. You can find the clothes, all sorts of things, if you want to. That’s one of the parts of writing a historical story that’s really exciting. Tons of books I read. Contemporary ones and ones written now. And that’s how it all came about.”

Click on the media bar to hear Everett discuss how he brought Oscar Wilde to life in The Happy Prince:

The Happy Prince, co-starring Colin Firth, is now playing in select theaters.

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