Tovey: I'm jealous that he's got so much money now
Russell Tovey – who worked alongside James Corden in 2006’s The History Boys – says he’s happy for his friend’s enormous success over the years. However, he can’t help but feel slightly jealous of the TV show host’s popularity.
He jokingly told Heat magazine: “‘Carpool Karaoke’ is the most effortlessly brilliant thing ever. And it’s so him.
How wonderful that something that comes so easy to him is his most successful thing. What a gift. I’m jealous that he’s got so much money now he’s s***ting pound coins, but I am incredibly proud of him.
And he can go and still do a big film! I don’t think there’s anyone else in the world like that. I’m furious about it!”
Russell is also proud of and “obsessed” with friend Claire Foy for landing the role of Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’ The Crown.
He shared: “I’ve just started watching ‘The Crown’ and I’m obsessed with Claire Foy.
I’ve known her since her first job, which was with me in ‘Being Human’ – she played my girlfriend in the pilot, which we then remade.
And we were in ‘Little Dorrit’ together. My character was obsessively in love with her but she wasn’t interested. I feel proud to know her because she’s so perfect in ‘The Crown’.”
And the 35-year-old actor admitted it’s taken some time to adjust to his own drama series, Quantico.
“I’ve never done a show that has so many episodes. With 22 per season, it’s like a machine, but at the same time everyone is very passionate about the work.
At first, the schedule was daunting – long hours every day and I’d have to be topless in every scene, so I had to fit the gym in as well. But then I got into the groove of it and it’s great,” he explained.