Jude Law Spent a Magical Afternoon With J.K. Rowling to Prepare to Play Dumbledore (Exclusive)
By Rachel McRady
Jude Law went straight to the source before taking on the iconic role of Albus Dumbledore! The 45-year-old British actor is playing a younger version of the veteran wizard in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel.
ET’s Carly Steel caught up with Law at the Golden Globes on Sunday, where he opened up about taking on the daunting role.
“Do you know what I did? I sat in a room for an afternoon with J.K. Rowling, and I listened to her extraordinary words of wisdom,” Law said of the Harry Potter scribe. “She was kind enough to share with me the whole backstory and her future hopes for this young character of Dumbledore and really that set me on the path. I just did what the writer said.”
Noting that he’s excited for fans to see him go up against Johnny Depp, who is playing the villainous Gellert Grindelwald, Law added of the sequel, “I can't say much.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald doesn’t hit theaters until November 2018, but Law attended the awards show on Sunday to celebrate his fourth Golden Globe nomination, this time for his lead role in The Young Pope.
“Well, I'm just here to enjoy myself,” he said, when Steel noting he was deserving of a win. “I would agree with you, but, you know what, I'm in an amazing group of actors, so any group that's headed by Robert De Niro or Jeffrey Wright, I mean all of them are wonderful. Ewan McGregor is an old friend of mine. When we were both starting out in London, we shared a flat together -- isn't that funny? We go way back, so it's a wonderful group, and I'm happy to be in their company.”
Law was also pleased to be supporting the Time’s Up movement on the red carpet, adding, “I think it's important, on a night like this, where we are celebrating our work, it's also an opportunity to be in solidarity with the men and women who have been brave enough to raise awareness of an issue that our industry needs to reform over. I made a donation and I'm very proud to be here supporting it as a cause.”
For more on the Time’s Up movement at the Golden Globes, watch the clip below!