While Taron Egerton may be riding high on his success with movies like Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Eddie the Eagle, the actor still says he owes all his success to his family and their support of his career.
“I’m not from an affluent background in any way, so there was never that [directive from my family] to, ‘Go and be a lawyer because you’ll make more money,’ ” he told People in a recent interview. “There was never any expectation I would make money so it was [encouragement] to go and do what makes you happy and I think they felt I was good at it, and that was lovely to have that support.”
In fact, it was Taron’s family that rallied together to come up with the funds to help him audition for the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the drama school that he attended before making it big.
“My mother especially, they were all very excited about it,” he said. “My auntie, my father, my mother, my stepfather, it’s about 40-50 pounds [to audition], probably $90 or something like that, and they each gave me the money to go and audition, and they each helped me get accommodation down there when I wasn’t able, I stayed with friends and things, it was a real family effort to pay for me to audition for drama school. … when I got this place at RADA, and I was very lucky – I [auditioned] at a couple other places, but it felt like something that we’d achieved and it’s still, the success I’ve had still very much feels like my family’s success.”
As for how he’s shown his gratitude to his family, Taron said:
“I bought my mother a house last year, I’m very proud to say.”
You can catch Taron in his new movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle in theaters now!