If there’s one guy who’s on the rise right now, it’s Domhnall Gleeson. The 32-year-old Irish cutie scored gigs in three giant and critically-acclaimed movies this fall, including Brooklyn, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and The Revenant, as well as a hit of the spring, Ex Machina. He is the common thread in all of these films, and while he may not be the most recognized person yet—his co-stars get most of the attention—he will be after the releases of Star Wars (Dec. 18) and The Revenant (Dec. 25).
And he’s so down to earth! We know—we met him. InStyle caught up with the ginger when he was at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting his romance drama, Brooklyn, with co-star Saoirse Ronan. “All of the movies are coming out within a couple months of each other, which is exciting,” he said. “But I'm not the lead in any of them, so it's okay,” he joked. “It feels manageable.”
For Star Wars, he plays the new character General Hux, a high-commanding officer of the First World Order. "There's no way to know if fans will be satisfied with this movie, that's the bitter truth,” he told us. “We put our heart and soul into it. I saw how hard everybody was working on it. I think it’s got a shot.” He was just thrilled to work with legends of the originals. “I was so in awe of the people from the original trilogy,” he said. “They were my heroes as a kid. I giggled like a schoolgirl when [Harrison Ford] was around.”
For The Revenant, in which he plays an American leader who hires Leonardo DiCaprio’s fur trapper character to lead his troop through the western frontier, he wants people to recognize his blockbuster co-star for what he is. “Leonardo's a brilliant actor,” said Gleeson. “It was great to watch him, especially with the extreme circumstances that we were all in. We were out in really cold temperatures and a pretty unforgiving landscape. It was the way everybody wanted to be, so we would struggle. You need to be really tied to people to get through that and that’s what our group became.”
Up next for Gleeson? He stars alongside Tom Cruise in the crime thriller Mena, out 2017. Yup, this guy’s really on a roll.