As season two of the drama series Condor takes off in the US, we speak to the star of the show, Max Irons, about his purpose as an actor in 2021 – namely to mirror and show humanity as best he can in all its forms.
It’s another locked down Friday and Max Irons is kicking himself for not having bought any bitcoin. “I’ve been reading about Dogecoin too, but no I haven’t been there,” the 35-year-old Brit says from his London flat. No cryptocurrency, but him and his wife, Sophie Pera, have just welcomed a retriever into the family.
“We got a dog, which has been wonderful and she's just the best thing to happen to us,” Irons tells us, love in his eyes. “I’ve always wanted a dog but with work, I'd never have the time to actually put in the training and be around as much to get it done, so that’s been a silver lining of lockdown.”
The son of Jeremy Irons and Sinéad Cusack, it was not always Max’s intention to follow his parents into acting but anyone who’s recently seen TV drama series Condor where he plays the lead role Joe Turner, a CIA analyst, will know that Irons has carved out a name for himself on his own accord.
“When I was growing up and when I decided to become an actor, my parents really went to a lot of effort to say, ‘Don't believe the hype. Don't look at us and think it will be the same for you. They also made a real effort to keep their work over here and real life up here,” Irons tells us, gesturing with his hands over Zoom.
“They have always said I should embrace Maximilian, but I've never quite had the courage to do it,” he jokes, “I think you've got to win an Oscar or something to use your full-length name.”
Full names and puppies aside, Irons is excited about the reception the second season of Condor is having, especially considering how relevant the storyline is to what’s been happening in the US lately.
Max wears Omega on the cover of the SS21 issue of Man About Town. To read the full interview, pre-order the issue of here.