In the wake of the cancellation of Brothers & Sisters, Matthew Rhys may soon move form Los Angeles in the United States to Wales in the United Kingdom. That’s is if he fails to find work at the West End in the US. Talking to a British tabloid newspaper, Cardiff-born star recently said, “I’m looking at my options on the West End. With Brothers & Sisters being canceled, I’m back on the audition trail like millions of others, trying to get some work.
“I’ve thought about what I’m going to do, certainly. I’m being drawn at the moment to London and to return to the West End.
“But, to be honest, I’m keeping my options open. I’ve got three options open to me – to stay in the US, to go to Wales and to go to London.
“I feel quite lucky to have a few choices so I won’t limit myself geographically quite yet.”
The 36-year-old actor also expressed his enthusiasm about a upcoming movie in which he plays Llywelyn ap Gruffydd. Rhys also expressed her disappointment at the cancellation of the show calling it “a little sad” and then adding, “Was I surprised? Yes and no. I think after five years it was incredibly fortuitous to still be running.”
“After that amount of time, I think our storylines had been exhausted – we had a whole lot of really dramatic stories, so in that sense it wasn’t a huge surprise.
“It would have been nicer for us if we could have known that we were finishing – so we could have finished on a more dramatic note.
“But we finished the series thinking we had the possibility for another season, so it was left hanging a little bit.
“So it’s a little disappointing not to go out with a bang.”
Still Rhys has no complaints about the time he spent working with the show, adding that it was through this show that he got a taste of directing. He said, “All along it was an incredibly positive experience – the cast I have worked with, the level of talent of the acting, has been brilliant.
“And I had a taste of directing in season four, which is something I’d absolutely like to do more of.”
Rhys was born and brought up in Whitchurch and speaks fluent Welsh. Recently he was in the capital to raise funds for the Sherman Theater. It was at this theater that the actor attended his first production. He told the British tabloid: “The Sherman was the first theatre I attended as a very young boy and it was as a result of the youth programmes there that I was able to return to it often.
“As a company, it stands for everything I’m passionate about. It’s a hub for emerging writing talent and is a great collaborative community – which is incredibly important for Welsh theatre.”