Tribute's Bonnie Laufer talks to up and coming British actor Matthew Goode about starring opposite Mandy Moore in Chasing Liberty, his first big feature film.

B.L. What was it like working on this big huge budget film?
M.G. It was great. The first two weeks, I wasn't actually involved in the filming, so I started getting a little bit tense. After the first scene was out of the way, which was actually the very last scene in the movie, it was okay. We got to go to Prague and these amazing places and there were some good watering holes in the evening. It was a blast, really good fun.

B.L. How did the role come to you?
M.G. Well, I went to a general meeting with Priscilla who was the English casting director and we had a couple of bottles of wine and got along famously. She asked me to come in the next day and meet Andy Cadiff who is the director. She thought I was quite suitable for the main part. I went to see Andy and we got along very well and the audition went pretty good. Then two weeks later I was flying out here to lovely L.A. and did the screen test and it made me sweat for a couple of weeks. He then told me I got the part. I was like, 'Holy s***!'

B.L. You must have been a little bit freaked out.
M.G. I was. But it was nice because at the end of the day there were bigger names involved with the casting choices. But David Parfitt who is the English producer really fought for me. It was nice that they took a bit of a gamble.

B.L. Tell me what it was like working with Mandy Moore. I've met her a few times and she is very sweet.
M.G. She's not really that well known in England. She's known by the women from fashion magazines but the guys were like, 'Who is she? I don't know anything about her.' That probably helped when I first met her because I wasn't starstruck or anything. I think I was expecting a slight diva, but she's not. What you see is what you get. She's very sweet, very professional, incredibly grounded and not bad on the eye.

B.L. When I was watching the film, a lot of people were saying, 'He's a little like Hugh Grant and a little bit like Rupert Everett.' Have you started to hear things like that?
M.G. I have started hearing that. It's nice to be compared to those guys because they're incredible.

B.L. Do you have any British actors who you really admire?
M.G. There is a plethora of English actors that I love. Mr. Hopkins is Welsh, but he isn't exactly the worst actor in the world is he? There are a lot of American actors I love as well, like Sam Rockwell. I think he's fantastic. There is a huge amount of actors that I have great respect for.

B.L. Was there anything that surprised you about Mandy once you started to get to know her?
M.G. People have been banging around the word chemistry a lot, and if there is any chemistry between us onscreen it's because of how relaxed she makes everyone feel. Plus her professionalism. But she's just an awful lot of fun to hang around with, and that's what translates on the screen.

B.L. Now, you play a young secret service guy. Did you do a lot of research for this role? Are there really a lot of 23-year-old secret service men out there?
M.G. I've actually researched this. 23 is the youngest you can be to enter the secret service. It didn't really call for massive amounts of arms training or in-depth knowledge of the field. I did have a couple of conversations with a guy who looked after Clinton for a bit. He gave me a good number of tips, which I can't tell you. It's more of a romantic comedy and there weren't really any S.W.A.T. moments. But it was interesting to speak to him about it.

B.L. You guys looked like you had a lot of fun on this film. Even off set, it must have been a riot.
M.G. It was, especially when you have Jeremy Piven around as well and Annabella Sciorra and Mark Harmon. He looks about 25 and Christ, he's a good-looking fella. It was a blast. The whole crew were just amazing as well because obviously we were traveling around a lot. We had a Czech crew, Italian crew, a London crew. We had Henry Forsyth who is one of the funniest Assistant Directors. It was a blast.

B.L. Was it intimidating doing the big kissing scenes with Mandy Moore?
M.G. It would have been intimidating if her boyfriend Andy Roddick had been there. I would have said 'It's okay, we're just pretending.' That was also very relaxed as well at the end of the day.

B.L. Did you get any tennis tips from Andy?
M.G. We just never played. I'm terrible at tennis. I used to be quite good, but now I'm bigger. I just want to hit it as hard as possible and it always flies left, right and center.

B.L. What about the nude scenes? Was that kind of embarrassing seeing Mandy's body double naked?
M.G. Well I don't want to exploit the myth, but it's not the first time I've seen a girl naked, so I was kind of fine. But I've done movies before where there have been sex scenes and it's kind of uncomfortable. It was very comfortable.

B.L. I think you're going to explode big time over here in North America. Are you ready for this?
M.G. I think I'm ready for it. I imagine I'll probably be a bit paranoid if people start chasing me around with a camera. Although I think, I will probably find it more than amusing.

B.L. Did Mandy give you any advice on that kind of stuff?
M.G. Not yet, but I might ask her for a few tips.

B.L. What's next for you?
M.G. Nothing is green lit yet and nothing that I can really talk about, but there are some really interesting projects coming up which I would be more than happy if someone offered to me.