In 2015, when James Corden became the host of The Late, The Late Show, the British comedy star felt a slight panic that his new job could spell the end of his acting career.
But in fact it turned out to be quite the opposite, the 42-year-old was quickly crowned King of Carpool Karaoke, as well as one of the most coveted actors of our time.
In addition to widespread recognition for this lovable triple threat behind his desk on his US nightly talk show, rave reviews would also flow to his role in the musical. To the forest; as well as the main voiceover Peter Rabbitand standout cameo in the blockbuster Ocean’s 8.
Perhaps this added to the OBE (Order of the British Empire) from the Queen for merit to the drama, but Corden quickly smashes every bubble the Midas touch has.
“Have you not seen Cats? ”Asks The BINGE Guide, scratching his head and laughing, referring to last year’s monumental flop (which won him the award for Worst Supporting Actor at the annual Golden Raspberry).
“I’ve had a lot of misfortune,” she chuckles, “but I come from a school of thought where failure is necessary. I think you will learn more from your mistakes than ever from your successes. I’m not just talking about your career, but only about your life.
Podcast fan, How to losehosted by Elizabeth Day says: “Only when you accept failure and understand failure can you truly be successful.”
It’s with the kind of mindset Corden signed up for to sing and dance alongside Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Andrew Rannells in an enjoyable and fantastic new Ryan Murphy musical for Netflix Prom.
Based on the Broadway blockbuster of the same name, it is loosely inspired by the true story of a small-town high school girl in Indiana who was banned from taking her girlfriend to prom.
The film tells the story of a colorful troupe of obsessive Broadway theater stars who take up a fight against school staff in an attempt to change their discriminatory views, thus supporting a young girl going out to her mother (played by Kerry Washington).
This is a fun, upbeat game with serious and timely acceptance news.
“I am very happy,” Corden admits, “I grew up in a home, in a family that accepted everyone, and these were the lessons we consistently taught in our home. My mother was a social worker and my father was a musician in the Royal Air Force and then became a Christian book seller. “
Growing up in Buckinghamshire with two sisters, she adds: “I grew up in a loving and supportive family all the time, all the time. [Our parents] He surrounded me and my sisters with such absolute love that I felt I was ten feet tall and nothing is impossible. “
Given his childhood memories, overwhelmed with loads of positive experiences and encouragement, the idea of disapproval or negative empowerment, especially in relation to sexual orientation, is a completely foreign concept to Corden.
Yes, she nods. “I have friends who still don’t come to their families for fear of the consequences this could have,” she says, shaking her head.
“And of course some people are still persecuted for their sexuality, which is absolutely gross. It’s disgraceful and disgusting, so hopefully this movie can be the least of a ray of joy for people who may struggle or feel fear and dread. They should know that they are not alone and that there are people waiting with open arms to love them. “
He explains, “It’s very funny, but the message in it is so real, the depth is so real, and I very much hope to find the people who need to hear that message right now.”
Thanks to his wife TV producer Julia Carey and their children Max, 9, Carey, 5 and Charlotte 2, Corden says he is surrounded by love and tied to the ground whenever he starts to trust his own press.
“I work hard and nothing gets you stuck like a busy work schedule, so I don’t have much time to stop and think about what I could and could not achieve in my career,” she says.
“I made more mistakes than I would ever like to admit, but I feel like there are enough people around me in my life right now to tell me when to turn to being an asshole.”
She admits that bringing her family to America was never on Corden’s plan.
“I was worried that it would end my acting career on the Late Show. I asked my dad about it and he said, “ If you create a show where people can see all the different things you can do, as long as you don’t stay too long, it can only bolster your career as an actor. ” He smiles, “Pretty smart for a Christian High Wycombe book seller, right?”
Personally, Corden is as easy to drive as he appears onscreen, and admits that he is always optimistic.
“I could find happiness anywhere,” he shrugs. “I’m happiest, probably lying on the couch staring at the corner of the rug. This is how I feel. “
But there is a method to his Zen state: “it’s about being present. You have to realize that everything is gone behind you and everything in front of you is unknown, so the only thing you really have is this minute, ”he says.
“If you are trying to be the best version of yourself, knowing full well that you will fail 50 times a day, but if your intention is to try to be the best version of yourself, here and now, your life will be successful.”
* The ferry aired on Friday 11 December on Netflix