For their Fall/Winter 2018 campaign, BOSS Eyewear chose British actor Henry Cavill as their new ambassador, and we think he’s an apt choice—considering how well he has pulled off glasses as the character of Clark Kent/Superman (though it has been reported that he will be hanging up the red cape/ chain mail printed lycra bodysuit). Here, he tells how he sharpens his focus—the theme of BOSS Eyewear’s campaign this season.
ESQUIRE: Why do you think BOSS chose you as their brand ambassador?
HENRY CAVILL: I believe that the BOSS campaign messaging and my own approach to life align seamlessly, so that partnership was a natural development.
ESQ: Do you consider yourself a focused guy and if yes, why?
HC: I do consider myself a focused guy, I think it’s necessary for achieving one’s goals. A lack of focus can often lead to a lack of results. Focus is essential to my job and my lifestyle, whether it’s from eating right to learning lines to training that extra hour. Without it I wouldn’t be where I am today.
ESQ: What’s your favourite BOSS eyewear style from the collection, and if asked to design a pair of sunglasses for BOSS, what would they look like?
HC: The BOSS 0968/S is my favourite from the collection. I own it in brown Havana with grey lenses. Like the variety available in the BOSS eyewear range I don’t think I could settle for just one look. So I’d like to design a variety, suitable for different occasions.
ESQ: Do you wear sunglasses at red carpet? How do you think this adds to the look?
HC: I’m a believer in time and place when it comes to sunglasses. Yes, they absolutely add to a look, say at a summer film festival on the red carpet.
ESQ: In today’s fast-paced, switched-on world, how do you avoid distraction?
HC: It can be very difficult to avoid distraction in this world. Short of turning off all one’s devices, it just takes practise and single-mindedness. Finish what you started before moving on.
ESQ: Tell us about a time you were faced with insurmountable odds, yet persevered to overcome.
HC: The interesting thing about “insurmountable” odds is that it’s often a trick of our own psychology. The right focus can shine a light on them and prove them to be surmountable.
ESQ: How would you say being focused applies to your acting career?
HC: It applies in many, many ways. Whether it be in a scene, developing a story to be made into a movie or TV programme, or training to achieve a physical look—without it the best of one’s work won’t shine through.
ESQ: What do you do and where do you go when you need to reflect and refocus?
HC: Home, wherever that may be at the time; wherever I have decided to lay my head and have my belongings. Once in a place of routine and steadiness—that’s vital for my refocusing process.
ESQ: Is home more of a familiar place or people for you?
HC: It’s both! I don’t always get the luxury of a familiar place nor the company of my loved ones, so I will take either one when I need it.
ESQ: How did you start believing in your own work and talent?
HC: Working with the right people. Talented and good people will always help you to achieve your potential. My family, both present and future, motivates me daily.
ESQ: We think that you’ve already accomplished so much, but tell us what the next few years look like for you?
HC: Right now, me and my production company are developing a number of projects (that shall remain unnamed for now). The wonderful thing about them is the variety they provide. It’s exciting stuff to be working on a story from the starting point. Actors are required to act for the duration of a shoot, whereas producing goes all the way from a na
scent idea to the completion of a movie. All that can take years!
ESQ: Who are some of the people you admire and consider to be always focused?
HC: My manager, Dany Garcia. She’s a remarkable person whom I have enormous respect for. Her focus is second to none, and she never ceases to amaze me.
ESQ: If you weren’t in the film industry, what do you think you’ll be up to now?
HC: I’d be in the armed forces.
ESQ: And is there another skill that you’d like to learn?
HC: I’d like to get my helicopter licence.
ESQ: Will you be rocking your moustache again?
HC: There is always a chance that kingstache might return!