Acting’s the easiest job in the world. Just say the lines.
My mother said I was a star when I was about four years old. That’s all I need.
I went up to Dublin and met Neil at the Davenport Hotel. I was sitting in the lobby waiting for the audition and I’ll always remember the carpet, this beautiful royal blue carpet I was looking down at while I was waiting. – On the “Michael Collins” audition
I’ve never gone to acting school and I never will, so I’m learning about the business from the people who are in the business. It doesn’t seem like I work at all. And the unknown is always exciting.
I think I’d really like to be someone who would be known for being a nice guy.
But actors, everything is so physical. You’re basically the only product you have. The hardest part of acting is realizing it doesn’t matter. I’m going to try and not take it too seriously because, if I do, I would really wreck my head.
Somebody once said to me: ‘Jonny, you’ll either end up sweeping the streets or owning them.’
Jonathan is the absent centre of the film. Once we met him, he was always going to be Finbar. He had this quality, this heady mixture of youth, passion and vulnerability.
- “The Disappearance of Finbar” producer David Collins
I have found someone to play Collin’s killer. Jonathan Rees-Myers(sic), from County Cork apparently, who looks like a young Tom Cruise. Comes into the casting session with alarming certainty. Obviously gifted.
- “Michael Collins” director Neil Jordan
[Rhys Meyers'] is a genius at capturing vulnerability, confused desire, and calculation in a single expression.
- Spin magazine on “Velvet Goldmine”
Outside Argento, most of the movie’s character color comes from Everett, very good as a waspish, drug-addled homosexual, and Rhys Meyers, tightly-wound as his dangerous, lovelorn partner.
- Variety on “B. Monkey”
Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the football coach and I remember meeting him before he appeared in Velvet Goldmine. It was at my chum Phillip’s flat and he said rather cheekily: ‘It’s great meeting people like you — it’s good research for my next role.’ He is very good in the film, much better than he was as a fake Bowie. He is what you would call a real pretty boy and has lips you could lounge on while being fed grapes.
- Boy George on “Bend It Like Beckham” from The Sunday Express, April 14, 2002
The top question I always get is, ‘What was it like to kiss Jonathan Rhys Meyers, you lucky cow!’ What can I say? He was great to kiss. Good lips. It was embarassing, actually. The first time we had that kissing scene, I actually forgot my lines, I got so lost in it. There was silence all around me and I thought ‘What is everything so quiet?’ I looked around and then said, ‘Oh, it’s me, isn’t it?’
- Parminder Nagra from USA Today, April 8, 2003
Versatile Jonathan Rhys-Meyers livens things up as that sneaky rake Philip II of France, brother of Henry’s mistress, Alais, played seductively by Yuliya Vysotskaya. Rhys-Meyers has an intriguing sense of decadence about him…
- The Washington Post on “The Lion in Winter”
Rhys Meyers – who played a similar character, George Minafer, in a 2002 A&E version of The Magnificent Ambersons, and was a convincing Elvis this week on CBS – carries himself with Jude Law’s silky creepiness and an Irish charisma all his own. He also carries the film, lending a fascination to all of Chris’ machinations. The screen comes alive whenever Rhys Meyers radiates his cunning magnetism.
- Time Magazine on “Match Point”
I have to say, though, that Jonathan played this role so beautifully; he’s just such a sensitive soul and his performance in 6 Souls is so compelling to watch. It’s remarkable just how deeply he thought about this role and he just threw everything he had into these characters. That was easy to feed off of and I loved working with him – you never get enough time on these things of course, but when you’re working with a guy like him, it’s easy to get that chemistry going when you’re working with someone who has that kind of energy, even if you don’t have a lot of time at your disposal.
- Julianne Moore from Dread Central
Jonathan’s performance exceeded any kind of expectations I could have possibly had for this very complicated role… when Jonathan came on board, I felt a lot more at ease because he’s just so earnest and dedicated and really made each of those aspects of his performance into their own separate characters. It was like watching someone play six separate fully-fleshed out characters all at once and there aren’t many actors who could have pulled it off with such subtlety. It’s just a wonderful performance and when you have those scenes with just him and Julianne – just wow.
- Michael Cooney, writer of “6 Souls” from Dread Central
There’s something of a wild animal in the performance he does as Valentine. And we could feel it. He brought this new energy to the cast. Jamie walked up to me and said, ‘I’m a bit scared of him.’ And Lily walked up to me and said, ‘He’s great, but I’m a bit scared of him.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, that’s what it’s supposed to be like.’ Great actors, there’s a certain energy field that they create, and we could totally feel [that] with Jonathan.
— producer Robert Kulzer, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
Johnny is amazing. I remember when I first met him at the chemistry read. I was so intimidated because I have so much respect for him as an actor but it was so funny how quickly that went from ‘Oh that’s Jonathan Rhys Meyers’, to ‘That’s my Jonny’. He is the sweetest man and I think he’s one of the actors I’ve learnt the most from. He keeps me on my toes.
- Jessica De Gouw from The West Australian, May 31, 2013