Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

Magazine article Variety

My First Time in Variety

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February 7, 1994

"Unfinished Business"

Toby Stephens

"In the U.K., you're (recognized) because you've had reviews in the Guardian or the Times or the Telegraph. When you've got something mentioned in Variety, that's a big deal for anyone."

Toby Stephens, the scion of actors Maggie Smith and Robert Stephens, is best known as Starz's swashbuckling pirate Captain Flint in "Black Sails," and he can be seen in Michael Bay's actioner "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," which opened Jan. 15. But some 50 credits ago in 1994, Stephens was just 17 when he received his first Variety mention for his role in the play "Unfinished Business." jacob bryant

Do you remember how you felt when you found out you were mentioned In Variety?

There was this feeling of being recognized, certainly by the American side of the industry. In the U.K., you're part of it because you've had reviews in the Guardian or the Times or the Telegraph. When you've got something mentioned in Variety, that's a big deal for anyone.

Did you ever receive any advice from your parents?

My mom's not so vocal about it She's incredibly supportive and comes to see me at everything I do, but she kind of lays off on acting notes. …

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