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Vogue

Principal Boy By Christa D’Souza Vogue, January 2000 Ever since Jonathan Rhys Meyers smoldered his way through “Velvet Goldmine”, he’s been the most sought-after new beauty in Tinseltown. But he still thinks he’s ugly, or at least that’s what he tells the girls. What a disaster. This car has to travel all the way from SE1 to W11 in the middle of Friday afternoon traffic and the driver has just told Jonathan Rhys Meyers he is not allowed to smoke. “You are fucking kidding me,” Rhys Meyers...

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Flaunt

Jonny’s Wild Ride By Cheryl Chang Flaunt, November 1999 In five short years, after being discovered in a pool hall, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has risen from soup commericals auditions, to glam rock superstardom in Todd Haynes’s Velvet Goldmine. But unlike his fellow Brits du jour, Jonny would rather which his continued ascension in films like Ang Lee’s Ride With The Devil from the “golden evenings” of his home in Cork, Ireland than from the cold fluorescent lighting of a Hollywood office. He returns to the screen in...

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Daily Mail

Dark Star By Marianne Macdonald Daily Mail, Sunday Supplement, October 1999 At 22, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has overcome his poor childhood to become big in Hollywood, so why is he tortured by his success? Jonathan Rhys Meyers is being touted as Hollywood’s next big star and, even having met him, I can believe it. Apart from anything else, he is just so beautiful. ‘The curves of you lips rewrite history,’ Ewan McGregor tells him in Velvet Goldmine – he is not exaggerating. The day we met, Rhys...

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Interview

Oh You Pretty Things By Graham Fuller Interview, December 1998 Whatever abilities Jonathan Rhys Meyers hasn’t yet acquired as a film actor, he has one quality in his favor: Once he’s onscreen, it’s impossible to take your eyes off him. The boy is electrifying, in the same way Montgomery Clift was in Red River, James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, and Natassja Kinski in Paris, Texas–electrifying in a way that some of our most beloved stars have never been. It’s a quality that renders critical judgment...

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Elle

Here’s Johnny By Jennifer Pierce Barr Elle, November 1998 In Velvet Goldmine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers dons the glitter in a tribute to the age of Ziggy and Iggy Swaggering across Manhattan’s Bryant Park on a quest for cigarettes, Jonathan Rhys Meyers looks as if he just stepped out of a CK commercial: Tall, skinny, with a messy ponytail and lips like Jim Morrison’s, the Irish actor could pass for a rock star. Which seems appropriate, considering his role as a pop idol in Velvet Goldmine, Todd Haynes’s...

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Empire

Jonathan Rhys Meyers by Jessica Mellor Empire, November 1998 Trouble teenager Gets Physical with Ewan McGregor Irish-born Jonathan Rhys Meyers’s life so far is the sort of success story that makes great movies. After such small roles in such critical hits as A Man of No Importance he will this month be thrust into the limelight taking almost top-billing as the 70s glam-rock god Brian Slade in Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine. At 16, Rhys Meyers has been kicked out of school and was at a club when...

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J17

THE FIRST & LAST WORD: JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS J17, November 1998 “My mother knew I was a star when I was four years old,” says spunky Irish-born actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. And now it looks like the rest of the world shares his mum’s opinion as Jonathan hits the screens this month in the long-awaited glam-rock flick Velvet Goldmine. Jonathan plays Brian Slade, a dodgily named, blue-haired rawk star who fakes his own death and, gasp, gets to snog Ewan McGregor. But Jonathan’s no newcomer to the...

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Minx

Fantasy Date: Jonathan Rhys Meyers By Polly Vernon Minx, November 1998 Fancy a bit of Irish? Polly Vernon does when the lovely young start of The Disappearance of Finbar takes her for a ride… Jonathan. You see me, you fancy me loads, you ask me out and – what do you know? – I accept. Where would you take me? I’ve never been on a date. You’re on one now, matey. We wouldn’t go to a cinema, and we wouldn’t go to a pub, because there’s too...

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Irish Times

Going for Greatness by Michael Dwyer The Irish Times, October 31, 1998 At 21, Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers realises fame is no longer his spur. His mission is to be a great actor, and with 12 films in three years, he’s well on his way. He talks to Michael Dwyer. When the American writer-director Todd Haynes was casting the young Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers as an enigmatic, bisexual pop star in the glam-rock opus Velvet Goldmine, he commented: “Johnny is just incredible. Being 19 is a full-time...

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I-D Magazine

SEXY BOY By David Cox I-D Magazine, October 1998 He’s not the new Ewan McGregor, although they star together in this month’s Velvet Goldmine. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a man on his own and a man with a troubled mind… Jonathan Rhys Meyers doesn’t smile once during our conversation about his role in the extravagant new glam rock film Velvet Goldmine. However, despite his straight face, the 21-year-old actor from County Cork is far from sulky and withdrawn; nor does he seem tired after traveling from a...

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