Actor Max Harwood is who everybody’s talking about in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: He plays the title character, a 16-year-old whose dreams of becoming a drag queen are met with backlash in his small, conservative U.K. town.
Harwood and Jamie have a few things in common. First off, they’re both gay. Second, they’re both trying their hand at something new. For Jamie, it’s drag. For Harwood, believe it or not, it’s acting: This is his very first professional job.
To prepare for his role in the musical, Harwood told EW he watched Pose and “lots of RuPaul’s Drag Race.” But what does Jamie himself have on repeat? We asked Harwood to list the movies he believes are his character’s favorites. Below are five that, according to him, have shaped Jamie into the bright and bold performer he is today.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is now playing in select theaters and will be available on Prime Video on Sept. 17.
This is Jamie’s favorite animated classic. The film is about leaving home and going off to college. He would have absolutely watched this so many times growing up.
This 1969 film by Ken Loach would have been on the shelves of Jamie’s living room. Being set in a northern working-class town, it would have been one Margaret [Jamie’s mother, played by Sarah Lancashire] would have told Jamie a lot about and passed onto him.
It’s fun, it’s fabulous, Jamie loves a girl band! This film really serves pop star fantasy!
Inspired by what Hugo (Richard E. Grant) taught him during preparing his drag show, Jamie would have taken to the internet and found this queer classic must-see!
The magical land of Oz is absolutely a world Jamie would love to live in. Especially if he got the opportunity to wear those gorgeous ruby red slippers.