Cast of Finding Neverland
They're just a few of his most famous characters—and though reluctant he may be, Johnny has also been named the sexiest man alive!
Oprah: How did you get discovered?
Johnny: I don't know that I did get discovered. I moved to Los Angeles in 1983 and was basically an unemployed musician and a buddy of mine, Nicholas Cage, suggested that I meet his agent, because he felt I should be an actor.
Oprah: We think you are pretty sexy. Why does that labeling irritate you so?
Johnny: It's not so much that it irritates me. I mean, on some level, if you can sort of take that kind of thing seriously, it's flattering. But, in fact, it's so absurd a notion, you know, to equate my name with that.
Oprah: It's been quite a year for you. How did you feel about being nominated and being in all of that hoopla?
Johnny: Shock, you know. Completely shocked. It was just super bizarre, you know? I mean, I'm still in shock over it. ... I had this sort of very strong idea what Captain Jack [should be like]. And just sort of stuck to my guns and went in there and did it. So the Academy Award® nomination was a very strange thing, especially because, for the first month, I was convinced I was going to be fired!
Because so little has been written about Barrie, Johnny says his preparation for the role was primarily to master the Scottish accent.
"It was just a question of the voice...trying to find that voice," Johnny says. "I knew sort of what that accent sounded like, and I started working with a dialect coach and she helped me out a lot."
"She's a great mommy," Johnny says of Vanessa. "I mean, one of the most beautiful things in the world is to see a mommy with her kids. There's nothing more beautiful."
Johnny says that becoming a daddy changed his world. "It gives you perspective—instant perspective. You know, suddenly, what the important things are. ... There were a number of years where I was sort of freaked out about that strange, you know, word, 'celebrity'— just being followed by photographers and stuff like that. But, once you have kids and you're sort of rooted in the earth and you understand what's important, all that stuff around you, the other things, become just insects."
If he could pick anyone, living or dead, who would he choose to have dinner with? Vincent van Gogh, John Lennon and Jack Kerouac.
The most romantic thing he's ever done? He's rented a small silent movie theater for a date with his girlfriend Vanessa.
And what legacy does he want to leave behind when he leaves this earth? That question had Johnny reaching for a glass of wine!
"Wow. Boy, oh, I don't know," Johnny said. "I mean, I just hope that people like the stuff I did. Hope the movies stick around and people like it...that [the movies make] them happy."
Off screen, her leading man is Oscar®-winning American Beauty director Sam Mendes. She's also the mother of two children, Joe and Mia.
About Mia's birth by Caesarian section, Kate says, "I spent my life being told I have these fantastic child-bearing hips, so I breezed through this pregnancy, merrily eating and gaining 70 pounds, and came to the birth just very excited and really looking forward to it. I never thought about a Cesarean section. It just didn't occur to me. After 37 hours, they came and said, 'We're going to have to induce you.' And even that didn't work! And then the C-section."
Then, Kate says, "When the Academy Awards® came around, I thought, 'I'm young. I'm 21 years old and I'm in this movie and it's very successful and I have been nominated for an Academy Award® for this and I haven't done any of this through being skinny or through starving myself or anything like that.' And so I thought, 'I'm just going to hold my head high and I'm just going to be the person that I am.'"
Oprah: Did you always want to be an actor?
Freddie: Well, I wasn't sure when I was young.
Oprah: When you were young?!
Freddie: Yeah. When I was younger, I thought it would be quite fun to do a small part and see how it went. And so I went to an audition and I did a small part and then the parts got bigger and bigger.
For his part, Freddie said that working with Johnny and Kate wasn't intimidating at all.
"They're great people, you know, and they treat you like ordinary people and they're not—they don't treat you any different."