Lily Cole vs Andrew Garfield

Dazed speak to Lily Cole and Andrew Garfield on their roles in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, in the new issue out tomorrow.

Photography by Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Styling by
Photography by Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Styling by Karen Langley
In the latest issue of Dazed, Lily Cole talks about her breakout role in Terry Glliam's latest cinematic fantasy, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. In the film she stars opposite Andrew Garfield, a brilliant young British actor who has previously appeared in Boy A and The Other Boleyn Girl. Dazed Digital thought it would be fun to get the pair to interview each other about art, life and creativity. We also show Dazed's cover image of Lily, shot by Martina Hoogland Ivanow and styled by Karen Langley, before Jo Ratcliffe applied her illustration to it for the cover.

Lily Cole: Would you do it all again?
Andrew Garfield: Yes.
Lily Cole: If you could keep one quality of Anton's (Andrew’s character in Doctor Parnassus) what would it be?
Andrew Garfield: An open, trusting, loving heart. Which I do have sometimes.
Lily Cole:  Would you rather be a doctor who happens to be a good actor, or an actor playing a doctor?
Andrew Garfield: A doctor – it’s tangible. Generous. Difficult. I just wouldn’t be a good one.
Lily Cole:  Do you think you are doing important enough things with your time?
Andrew Garfield: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Art is extremely important. It can unify us and that’s the best feeling in the world. The imagination, an awareness that all human beings are made up of the same things. If done right it is priceless and necessary. Creating something pure and giving it away with generosity is difficult but possible. I have to justify my job to myself every second of every day and sometimes I can’t. That’s scary. But then sometimes I really, honestly, truly wholeheartedly can, and nothing feels better. My heart nearly explodes.
Lily Cole: Would you rather lose your sense of humour or lose your sense of purpose?
Andrew Garfield: I’d rather lose my sense of purpose if purpose (outside of procreating) in fact exists. You need a sense of humour to deal with the idea that having a purpose in life may just be a dream. Having a purpose without a sense of humour is in itself purposeless.
Lily Cole: Would you rather lie well, or lie badly and never lie at all?
Andrew Garfield: Never tell a lie at all. The truth always comes out anyway. Lying gets you further away from who you truly are. And deep down I think I’m pretty cool.
Lily Cole: Are you intimidated by my height?
Andrew Garfield: Yes. You are huge. Is it ever annoying being as tall as you are?
Lily Cole: No it’s actually rather enjoyable. Gives me a good perspective on situations!
Andrew Garfield: What do you think the purpose of art is?
Lily Cole: The need to create, the desire to express, the opportunity to comment and communicate. There is not necessarily a single purpose, but there is always a cause.
Andrew Garfield: What Is the best worst film ever made?
Lily Cole: Dirty Dancing.
Andrew Garfield: How do you feel euphoria without taking drugs?
Lily Cole: Kundalini yoga, acceptance peace joy and gratitude... All of those things! Feeling love and loved, being sensorally alive and when your mind stops moving. Moments where you acknowledge God or perceive magic.
Andrew Garfield: When are you at your best?
Lily Cole: Incidentally, when I am creating, inspired, with people I love
Andrew Garfield: When are you at your worst?
Lily Cole: Hungry, over-tired, hungover
Andrew Garfield: Would you rather be humiliated in front of someone you really respect, or accidentally humiliate someone you really respect?
Lily Cole: I'd rather be humiliated... You can shrug it off easier.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is out now
More Arts+Culture