Celebrity Spotlight: Thomas Nicholson
Tell me a bit about yourself and career.
I grew up in Denmark and moved to Vancouver, Canada in late 2011. I took part-time acting classes for a couple of years before committing to making it a career. My first professional acting job was on The 100 in 2015 and I’ve since worked on a wide range of TV shows and movies like The Haunting of Bly Manor, Supernatural and Virgin River.
What attracted you to the role on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow?
To play one of the most recognizable legendary artists of all time (and one of my own favourites) was just a scary challenge I couldn’t possibly turn down! I played in a rock band for years when I still lived in Denmark so to play a musician was actually something I’ve always wanted to do. My dad’s from London so I had most of the accent down, I mainly had to work on the Bowie-isms and, of course, the vocals!
In what ways do you relate to him?
I watched tons of interviews, especially with Bowie from that particular era and of course simply watching and listening was incredibly helpful. But I needed to distance myself from this unreachable, otherworldly legend and find a man I could connect to. I found it helpful to list a bunch of very specific and even mundane things we have in common: we both love cats, we’re left-handed, we don’t care much for flippancy, we’re both curious about the things we detest, we both enjoy spending time alone.
What was it like working with such a great cast?
Oh, brilliant. It was the first day of shooting since the lockdown so they were all really upbeat about just being able to work again. And look, I was nervous about playing such an iconic figure but they were all so supportive and excited about what I did with it that there was no way I couldn’t enjoy myself.
What are some of your favorite memories from working on the show?
Oh, man. I play the 12-string guitar in the episode and I’d never done that before. A friend of mine lent me his 12-string so I could practice for a few days but of all the technical requirements, that was still what I was most nervous about. Then once we started our first take, as soon as I started noodling on the guitar, I knew it was going to be just fine. It’s exhilarating conquering your nerves like that. And I suppose I considered myself a retired musician – and here I am, part of the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow soundtrack which is still unbelievable to me.
What else are you working on?
I just wrapped a really fun and intense role on another CW show that will come out later this year. And I’m joining the cast of season 2 of Motherland: Fort Salem. I’m also in a historical grant-winning short film, The Day We Left, that I’m really proud of. It’s based on the true story of a young Muslim couple escaping their home during The Bosnian War.
Tell me a fun fact about yourself.
I speak five languages and I always enjoy a role that comes with a linguistic or accentual challenge!
What are you watching on TV these days?
I recently finished P-Valley which is completely unlike anything I’ve seen before but that show has some incredible characters. Right now, I’m watching Yellowstone. It took me a while to get started on it but I’ve found it really easy to watch. Very dramatic, beautiful scenery and great acting. And I can’t wait for the next season of Succession, perhaps my favourite show on TV right now.