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From Royalty to Prodigy: William Moseley Is In Manila To Talk About Carrie Pilby

We spoke to William Moseley about his days in Narnia, playing a prince on The Royals, the much-awaited The Little Mermaid adaptation, and his latest film Carrie Pilby, now showing in cinemas.

The very first Chronicles of Narnia film The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe came out in 2005. You were probably just 5 or 6 years old then but we're pretty sure you're familiar with the series adapted from C.S. Lewis' children's classics. William Moseley, who plays Peter Pevensie, the eldest of the siblings is in town to promote his latest film Carrie Pilby. We got to sit down with him on the day the movie is premiering in Manila to talk a bit about Narnia, his TV role on The Royals, the film he is promoting now, and the upcoming film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

It's bright and early at the hotel bar where we're expecting the star of the film adaptation of Caren Lissner's coming-of-age novel Carrie Pilby. Unlike the usual movie star with an entire entourage surrounding him, William unassumingly walks into the bar by himself just a few minutes after 10. After a quick introduction, we sit down and get right into it.


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"It's really wonderful," he muses, asked how it has been meeting his Filipino fans who have loved him since The Chronicles of Narnia. "The films feel like a long time ago but they also don't feel like that too long ago. I have such fond memories of doing the films," he shares.


The fantasy adventure series, which now spans 3 movies—including Prince Caspian, which came out in 2008, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which was released in 2010—is well-loved in the country and that came a bit of a surprise to William. "I don't know why the films connect so well with the Philippines but they really seem to love them," he says. "I just feel so grateful to the fans here." He's been meeting fans at the screenings arranged by Pioneer Films since he landed this week. Fans will be thrilled to know that the Pevensie sibs actually still keep in touch, 7 years after the last film was shown. He shares, "I see them a lot! I saw Anna [Popplewell], Georgie [Henley] about 2 weeks ago. I saw Skandar [Keynes] almost a year ago." Though there's no reunion to anticipate any time soon, he says that they will most likely come together for the last film. "If they make the last film, we might all come back together for that," he says reassuringly.


Making the transition from film to TV in the E! production The Royals, William notes that TV work is much faster than film. "We shoot 2 hours in 24 shooting days for The Royals. In Narnia, to shoot 2 hours takes about 120 days so it's a lot faster," he explains. "And there isn't as much time to work on the scene or develop things that you just have to go in hard." Playing Prince Liam on the series, he wanted the character to be "as real and normal as possible." Which is why when asked if he did research on the Royal family, particularly Prince Harry, he admitted, "That's what I like about Prince Harry, how kind of normal and switched on he is. I really actually wanted to bring that aspect of him to Liam." While he hasn't met Prince Harry, he has met members of the Royal family such as the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker Bowles.


After the success of Narnia, it was difficult in a way for him to choose projects. "I went into an American world of film acting and I was English. That was sometimes a struggle for me," he narrates. "But I think as I developed and I got older, I learned more and I worked with other people and I got better at acting." When deciding on what role to take on, he says, "I choose projects about hope or someone that's fighting against something."


People would be surprised to know that William lives a pretty normal life. "A lot of people think of actors living an extravagant lifestyle. But really, I live a quiet, normal life," he reveals. "I work. My acting is on set. I do some promotional things for it, but I try to keep it quite calm." He reiterates, "I'm quite a strong independent person." He proceeds to share a story of how he and his friend traveled to Vietnam with just $700, "We didn't sleep in expensive places. We didn't eat expensive food. We stayed very reasonable." Which is quite refreshing to hear from a successful actor. He says, "I like that. That means you're a real person."

We talk more about Carrie Pilby, the lead character played by Bel Powley who is a prodigy and gets into Harvard at the age of 14. We ask him if he's drawn to smart and intellectual women.


"Beauty only goes so far. A beautiful girl will take your breath away. But it's amazing how unattractive people can become the more time you spend with them. And with other people, the more time you spend with them, the more attractive they get because of the way they think. Their personality is attractive." —William Moseley

His type of girl? He continues, "I think an independent woman who has a brain, is switched on, has a good sense of humor is equally as attractive as a supermodel if not more so." Naturally, we had to ask what he does to woo a girl. "You know what I think impresses a girl? Good manners," he says. "The essence of good manners is to put somebody else at ease, to make them feel comfortable." 


It's a little hard to imagine how quickly the young Peter Pevensie has grown into Cy in Carrie Pilby and Cam from The Little Mermaid. "When I came out of the Narnia films, it was like coming off surfing the biggest wave and then not really knowing how to surf another wave," he explains. "It felt like I got lucky or I fluked it. But then the more I practiced and the better I got, the more projects started to come and I started to grow as a person and an actor. I've just been really lucky that the projects I've done are ones that I really like."

Our time is almost up and we have to wrap up. We ask him about his next projects. Apart from The Little Mermaid and Season 4 of The Royals, he's working on an action adventure film in Australia set in the 1930s. "A pirates kind of thing with guys looking for gold," he shares. We can't wait to hear more, but in the meantime, we're off to the cinema to see him in Carrie Pilby. We have no doubt we'll fall in love with his character just as we did the first time we saw him on screen.


Carrie Pilby is now showing in cinemas. Catch a screening and let us know what you think!









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I was, but I am not. Desperately, I am trying to reach you – my hope. I am in this particular space in my own constructed world where doubts and frustrations recur. Emphasizing how scared I am being here, I never explored this area before. I was always in those places filled with benevolence, hope shining like the light the sun and the moon possess. And I didn’t have any plans to visit a ‘dark’ place, as how I described it then. But, as funny as how my world suddenly flipped, I am now here, completely lost with monsters persuading me to go insane.

How did I end up here? I can’t logically tell you the answer for that, but I guess, I know when. It started when I had to consider what college course do I want to pursue. Well, if you want to ask what ambition had occurred in my mind when I was young – which is usually the case in terms of life when you were like 7-year-old young - it was definitely being a doctor. I’d thought about wearing a medical coat with a stethoscope around my neck, ready to cure people from their illnesses. It was actually stuck in my mind for so long I almost thought that I was sure of it, yet, as a particular song yields, almost was never really enough and still, it is and will never be.

When I realized that such a perspective was slowly draining me, I tried my best to stand tough. I convinced myself that this was just temporary, that I could think of a way out of this. “There’s still plenty of time,” I once convinced myself. However, my environment demonstrated the contrary: I felt like I was completely out of time.

I was there when my classmates were happily talking about that ‘dream course’ they wish to take in their ‘dream university.’ I was there when my family was suggesting the thought of using my ‘suitable’ speaking voice for broadcasting and voice acting purposes. I was there when my teacher was convincing me that Education suited me the best. That ‘Stand tough!’ aura I used to own back then, suddenly transformed into ‘I give up!’ state, slowly destroying my being. And now, I am here in this space where doubts and frustrations are filling my former enthusiastic self. I need help.

I know, at this point, some of you may never consider me ‘fatal’ because, as you’re reading this, you may judge that I still have the ability to transform my thoughts into words that can be read, so that ‘automatically’ falls into the aspect of complete sanity. No, because I will never tell everything to you in the first place if I still have the urge to stand like I used to, relative to my belief that speaking up through writing is the best way to attract help.

When you look at the photo of mine above, you may say that I was okay. That I was successful. That I was never losing myself. Yes, I was. But, think about what happened days after that was taken and the message of this passage you started reading minutes before, do you think I am still the same girl smiling in the photo? I hope I will be or better yet, improve if the world will permit me. But, now I’m sure – I’m not the same.


This blog is dedicated to all teens out there struggling in determining what they really want in their life or if you simply want a glow up. And since were still facing a pandemic, I think this is also a season where everyone is re-thinking about their lives. So, I hope these advices might help you.

Tip #1. TAKE RISK - since most of you are still young, I advice you to take your biggest risk. Whether it may be taking the course you want, a skill you want to acquire or just simply taking the risk to throw away your emotional baggage from your childhood. While you're still young, you have very little to lose. You dont have that much commitments and responsibilities. Because the older you get, the more responsibilities and obligations came. So when they are still not piling up, take the risk! As for me, the biggest risk I took when I was still a teenager is to CUT OFF TOXIC FAMILY TIES.

I may sound rude here but, yeah. I decided to throw away my emotional baggage from my traumatic childhood and cut off some of my family ties and it is completely okay! You dont have to be bothered by whatever they will say. Because at your age, you are already investing on your growth as a person. If you really want to grow, THERE IS NO PERFECT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE RISK BUT NOW. Because in taking risk you are actually giving yourself a reward of getting something amazing or beyond what you expect you can have. As they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind that the bigger the risk, the bigger possibility of FAILURE. But that is completely OKAY. Because just like what I said earlier, you are still young. You dont have so much to lose so, dont be afraid to take the risk and then fail. But after failing, learn from it and the more courage you have to take risk the greater the learning, reward or happiness. Ito na nga, how to take risk nga ba? And what are the risk that would actually help me to grow? #

2: VOICE LESSON - dont get me wrong, hindi ito vocalization para sa pagkanta. What I mean is, learn to listen to that VOICE INSIDE YOU. Listen to your heart, to your intuition and to your visions because it will be your GUIDE. Because I realize that as you go along your journey of your life and if you really want to be YOURSELF and be successful in achieving your goals, the only GUIDE that you should follow is your OWN VOICE.

It is okay to take and consider other people's advices but at the end of the day,you should never forget to listen to your own voice. Because that voice is what tells you what you truly want. How would you know that if it is your 'own' voice? Your own voice always comes from your HEART. The voice where YOU and GOD'S voice are one. Because I firmly believe that God knows your heart and that is where he reside. I like journaling because whenever I journal my thought every night and every morning, I feel a dual voice inside my head. Like, it contradicts what the other voice is telling. For example: If we have dreams or goals that puts us so much weight and pressure to the point that it makes you exhausted, STOP. Because it might be a dream or goal of someone else. I believe that your own dreams and goals may be frustrating most of the time, but that frustration has fueling feeling that will always tell you that 'This is the hard way to better so keep going'. Frustration in your own dreams will not make you feel exhausted because achieving a dream itself is a fulfilling feeling.

#3. TAKE ACTION - if you really want something to happen, take action. Dont just sit there and wait things to come your way. Make action or decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your life. Just like what I said in one of my novels that I am writing in wattpad, "There is no such thing as destiny or fate. Because YOU make your OWN life choices." For example, I cannot expect to be a published author if I dont write any novels right? The bottomline here is, if you are not moving forward you are actually moving backward. And it is a sad thing. Life is full of situations where you will be put in the line whether you take courage or just stay where you are. Because GROWING needs consistency in moving forward. So if you dont have to enough courage to take action, your life will always stay the same or worse you will continuously shrink down.

#4. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS - this means stretching your comfort zone. I watched an anime entitled "Black Clover" there is a captain there where he always tell his subordinates to surpass their limits right, here right now. Going out of our comfort zones are surely scary and uncomfortable. But you have to accept the fact that you cannot stay on the coast forever. You have to change, because the only thing that is constant in this world is change right? Go out of your comfort zones because LIMITS are just in the MIND. There are disabled people who are successful in their own careers. Because the lesson here is, if you hold back there will be no growth. Because GROWTH blooms in DISCOMFORT.

Last, #5. INVEST IN YOURSELF - especially now that you are still young, you should focus on investing on yourself more. Time is your bestfriend at this point of your life. You have so much time to discover things about yourself. I never regret buying and reading books that I never knew will help me later on in dealing life's challenges. You can use that time to read books, gain wisdom, or pick a new skill, improve your talent and learn from your experiences. Keep learning outside your home or your school. Because the real battlefield is OUTSIDE. What you learn in school will only help you in your career but your wisdom and experiences will help you in life or as a person. People who doesnt embrace growth will never succeed in their life. (This is a reflection blog from my 21st birthday last week. I hope you can feature this on your page and I hope it can help others as well. )

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