And so it is! Today we wish a very happy birthday to identical twins James and Oliver Phelps. The gents who played Fred and George Weasley, respectively, in the ever-popular Potter franchise will wind up a whopping 28 years old before the day’s end. And for those of you who have been wondering for however long, be in suspense no longer! Oliver Phelps is approximately 13 minutes older than James.
Wanna Play Hooky?
A few months before they auditioned for the roles of Fred and George Weasley, the twins’ drama teacher actually told them not to waste their time trying to get into acting. According to the twins, the teacher informed them that they probably wouldn’t do very well. Ha! Joke’s on the teacher, now!
Oliver and James Phelps agree that they’d initially auditioned for the parts as a way to get a day off from school. According to an interview by Matt Risley for Sky Movies, James elaborates that they admittedly scrapped the place once they saw a bunch of other people dressed the same to audition for the parts of Fred and George. They went to a nearby shop and picked up a set of matching outfits for the audition and whilst out, they even ran into the casting director!
Eeeew, Look! A Ginger!
During an interview on Mail Online, James admits that back in the day he used to tease a fellow schoolmate because of his red hair on their walks to school. Oliver also owns up to a contradictory childhood thought: “I remember watching Kate Winslet in Titanic when I was young and thinking: ‘Why the hell would someone dye their hair ginger?'” Nice going, gents.
Life After Potter
Now that they’re not being paid to be ginger anymore, the two are on the move for more screen time. Oliver is all about the on-screen experience. Brother James, on the other hand, doesn’t exactly oppose to more on-screen roles, but he does confess that he’d like to try his talent at theater as well. The twins actually occasionally try out for the same roles in hopes that one of them will land the position. Maybe it’s just me, but if I had an identical twin sister, I wouldn’t be very fond of the idea of competing for the same role. What about you?
Once You Go Weasley, You Never Go Back
Once a tight-knitted on-screen family, James and Oliver Phelps and Rupert Grint still enjoy keeping close company with one another. June of 2010, the trio of former Weasley brothers partook in golfing for the Affinity Real Estate Shooting Stars Benefit. The proceeds for the benefit were donated to charity. In 2011, the friends united again to attend Wimbledon together at Rupert’s invitation.