LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Asa Butterfield poses in the Winners Room during the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at Royal Albert Hall on February 02, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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HFPA in Conversation: Asa Butterfield’s Early Independence

mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#202122’>Butterfield started acting at the age of seven. Since then he has been in movies like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Hugo, Ender’s Game, Miss mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;
mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:black’>. “I think I had to grow up faster than my peers and my friends in school. I made sure I spent as much time as I could in school and for me school was always a priority when it came to me growing up and where I wanted to spend most of my time. And the acting and film world always came second to that.”

Still, it meant that he spent a fair amount of time outside of school working with adults and working in an adult environment. “By the time I was 14 or 15 I had had quite an independent and quite an experience of the working world and I think that probably made it easier as an adult than when all of my friends were going to university and experiencing that for the first time, I’d already experienced living on my own and traveling on my own and managing myself, managing my time. So I had that sort of maturity quite early on.”

Listen to the podcast and hear if he feels awkward to talk to a person he has a crush on; how he feels when people recognize him; if Sex Education should be used in schools; what were his favorite subjects in school; which instruments he plays; how he spent his Covid-19 quarantine; how his cats entertain him; is he a good cook?; what he learned about himself while teaching acting to others; how he describes his parents; how was it working with Martin Scorsese on HugoTim BurtonJourney’s End had on him; how he describes Harrison Ford’s humor; what qualities he likes about himself; and why laughing is important.