Ryan savours starring role in new Sam Smith video

Strabane actor Ryan McGonagle speaks about making his music video debut in one of the biggest hits of the year.

A young Strabane actor has finally got his big break after appearing in Sam Smith’s new music video. 
Smith, one of the biggest artists in the UK made his 2017 comeback with ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’. The song which was number 1 in the UK’s number for three week’s, is Smith’s first single in two years.
The video has already been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube. 
Ryan McGonagle (24) who is based in London believes the starring role in the music video will most certainly open doors for him. 
“I have been finding it hard to get work since coming out of university,” explained Ryan.“I had a few jobs appearing in short films and adverts but this was my first real professional job. 
“I discovered that Sam Smith was looking for actors for his new video through an acting website. I told my agent about it and we filled out an application form. The next thing I knew I got a call to audition.” 
For his audition Ryan, who is a former pupil of Holy Cross College, had to act a break-up scene with his real life partner, who is also an actor. 
“We arrived for the auditions and were given a yellow sheet of guidelines/instruction. We didn’t even get a chance to read it as we were called in straight away.” 
Being the professional that he is Ryan said, “I just went in and got down to business. To be honest it was great fun, but I wasn’t expecting for it to go any further. A few days later I got the call to say they wanted to give me the job.” 
Filming for the video, which was released last month, started in mid-July and it only took a few hours to shoot. 
“My scenes were shot in a random apartment and appear in the second half of the video,” continued Ryan.
“It was a lot of fun to do and something completely different from what I am used to. I even got to meet Sam himself. I had always liked his music but I wouldn’t have considered myself a massive fan or anything, but he was really nice and down to earth.” 
Speaking about his experience Ryan added, “It will definitely open doors for me.
“I never imagined I was going to be a part of something so big. The song has been a huge hit and has already been viewed so many times online. 
“I will certainly consider doing more music videos in the future and it has worked for many successful actors in the past.
“I am hoping this will help break me into more television and film roles where my acting is more focused towards, but it has definitely helped get my face out there,” he added.



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