Fallout Actors Ella Purnell and Aaron Moten on Finding Inspiration in Music: Podcast

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Fallout stars Ella Purnell and Aaron Moten join The Spark Parade to discuss how their own work as actors is inspired by musicians performing the music of other songwriters. Listen to the new episode above or wherever you get your podcasts.

As actors, Purnell and Moten are effectively cover artists, finding ways to put their personal stamp on other people’s words and stories. That idea is doubly true for Fallout, an adaptation of the hit video game series. The pair understand the power of artistic re-interpretation, so when it comes to their respective ‘sparks,’ both actors chose songs performed by someone other than who originally wrote the piece. Purnell gravitated towards Brandi Carlile’s breakout hit “The Story,” which was originally recorded by members of her band, while Moten picked Glenn Gould’s recording of the “Goldberg Variations,” which was originally penned by, well, Johann Sebastian Bach.

The two discuss being susceptible to the emotions baked into the music they love, with Purnell even admitting to using it as an acting tool when she needs to cry on camera. “Some real actors who went to Juilliard — like Aaron Moten next door — they might be able to switch it on, switch it off, and cry on demand,” she explains. “I can’t do that. I find it really difficult, [but ‘The Story’] makes me cry.”

Listen to Fallout’s Ella Purnell and Aaron Moten dive into their musical inspirations above or on your preferred podcast provider. Also, make sure to follow and review to support The Spark Parade, and keep up to date with all our series by following the Consequence Podcast Network.

Host Adam Unze (The Opus) explores creativity in all its forms on The Spark Parade by asking musicians, artists, comedians, and other creators to share the single cultural work that has most inspired them. Whether it comes from the world of music, film, comedy, visual art, or literature, we all have something that sparks our own creative desires. On The Spark Parade, guests reveal the single piece of art that ignites within them to fire of creation.