‘Young Royals’ Star Edvin Ryding Settles Into Nobility For Season 2

For Edvin Ryding, playing royalty involved an in-depth process of studying body language. Learning to stand – head held high, shoulders back – has been an adjustment under the weight of not just a crown, but the expectation of a global fanbase in the run-up to Young Royalsit is highly anticipated second season (arriving November 1). ” I do not think so [the fans] know what awaits them,” he says, smiling and sipping coffee at a makeshift Zoom facility in Gran Canaria, Spain, during a day of filming a new feature film, the abyss. “It’s quite nice to get away from Stockholm and its hustle and bustle,” he shares. At just 19, the Swedish actor is being labeled a rising star with every step he takes, whether he’s posing in front of the crystal blue ocean at the Cannes Film Festival or making Europe’s Forbes 30 under 30 list. of 2022.

Ryding plays Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, the blue-blooded heart of the Netflix drama that follows the teenage monarch negotiating a forbidden romance with his boarding school classmate Simon (Omar Rudberg) under the shadow of the crown’s all-pervasive sovereignty. The first season saw Wilhelm’s life fall apart after a sex tape scandal left his relationship with Simon in tatters. Young love is already messy, but as the prince tries to rebuild his life, the second season turns into a dark and dramatic rumination of betrayal, revenge and class hierarchies.

Young Royals thrust Ryding into the global spotlight quite suddenly. It’s surreal for the actor that there are social media accounts dedicated to documenting each of his public appearances and the show being a topic of discussion under every Netflix post when he has largely remained outside of Twitter (although he admits he recently “hid” online to see fan speculation ahead of the new season).

The dedicated fanbase provides both motivation and nerve-wracking precedent for the upcoming six-episode run. Although the noise surrounding the show can be loud for Ryding, the articulate actor has a deep-seated approach to the angsty Wilhelm, a young man whose control over his life is borrowed. Ryding admits he struggled to understand his character’s motivation this time around, recalling midnight readings in which he revisited scenes “over and over again, saying, ‘What is what the hell is this? What is he doing? “Ryding’s breakthrough came from letting go of a defense of Wilhelm and seeking empathy with the Crown Prince, acknowledging the desperation that drives the revenge he seeks.

On paper, Young Royals should escape relativity – after all, what similarities can one find with a Swedish prince? However, creator Lisa Ambjörn has rooted the show in incredibly authentic emotion that bridges the cultural gap. I tell Ryding Young Royals made me remember Norwegian YA drama from 2015 Skam. “Skam this is shit!” exclaims Ryding. “I had a very serious time of being a Skam fan when I was younger. Both shows evoke timely resonance in narratives exploring framed sexual orientation through a lens of self-discovery. Still, the actor professes he avoided defining Wilhelm with a label. “Sexuality is not the focus or the issue here, which I think is a very important message to convey,” he explains. “His problem isn’t that he’s in love with a boy, it’s that he’s the crown prince.”

The apple of Wilhelm’s eye is Simon, played by 23-year-old Venezuelan-Swedish singer and acting newcomer Rudberg. “He was amazing in Season 1, but he stepped up this season, which makes me so proud,” Ryding said of his co-star. Having become so close, Ryding notes that their characters’ headbutts were a new challenge: “There’s something methodical about it, because I feel like I know exactly why Wilhelm does what he does. and Omar knows exactly where Simon is from. So bumping into different perspectives of the scene is just natural.

Ryding embodies this headstrong prince with tactile physicality, executing anxious mannerisms with painstaking attention to detail. This is partly due to his upbringing. Having started acting at age 5, Ryding temporarily entertained drama school but was put off by the perspectives of the other contestants: “I felt like they had a different approach to art…I didn’t like it.” Instead, he studied behavioral science – a combination of philosophy, psychology, and communication that proved “super helpful” in formulating a bodily understanding of characters. But the shooting Young Royals during his studies resulted in an absentee grade of 80% for his senior year. Despite this, with a proud smile, he shares that he graduated a month after finishing Season 2.

Studying human nature is clearly fascinating to Ryding, who animatedly recites his “very thorough” monarchical training and the ritual formalities of royal youth: “They are told that you must watch [at people] in the eyes, shake their hands, say your name, then they can talk after you. He describes his dedication to being the anxious prince as ‘a great challenge to work with your body [in] that way,” adding that the inside of his lip saw the weight of the method acting after being gnawed on, take after take.

The overall complexities of aristocratic control in Young Royals include haircuts. Fans had a field day when set photos revealed that Wilhelm’s floppy bangs had been replaced with a cropped, auburn and regal cut, which brushes the hair off her face, making all the hard looks and glares visible. frustrated eye rolls. “I will say this: At the beginning, there was an idea to shave it all off. We had this discussion for a long time, and I was pretty prepared for it,” Ryding reveals, scratching his now grown hair. “It’s also a process for Wilhelm that I can totally relate to, being in a state of mind and wanting to change everything. So you can do one of two things: rearrange your room or cut your hair . »

The Young Royals the marching band will keep Ryding busy for the next few weeks with promotional duties. However, he is not complaining. He recalls that when the season 1 teasers were released, the comments section was flooded with “When is the next season of stranger things coming?”

“Now when Netflix posts about other shows, the comments are about us,” he beams. “Oh, how the tables have turned.”