Fergus Murrell as Audrey Hepburn: forgoing gender for feeling.

When The Chic Edit asked Fergus Murrell to choose a monologue to perform, we were surprised when the model chose to read a piece so iconically performed by a woman—namely, Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”. This brought forth the question: why should monologues be chosen by gender, and not by feeling? This was a sentiment on which Murrell agreed,

“Very often, we over think the things we are passionate about,” he said. “The audience/reader must be drawn into the…character through relation, through finding similarities between themselves and the character.”

“The only place to do this is through empathy, and through the feelings that we all share.”

When asked, specifically, why he chose to forgo the status quo in favour of performing as Holly Golightly, Murrell added,

“Whilst the details and specifics are important to the story, they really don’t make a difference to the feeling, or even how we relate to Holly Golightly.”

“Things like the sex of the character or jewellery don’t really seem like a big deal to me.”

Delving past the surface into Hepburns monologue, Murrell pulled out a deeper meaning within the iconic the dialogue.

“To me, the ‘mean reds’ are a hidden trepidation on a deep level: anxiety about the future, internal conflict, disarray of the inner soul.”

For Murrell, who has recently begun studying screen acting after spending most of his time on stage, the feeling portrayed here, no matter what the sex of an actor, is one with which we are all familiar:

“We all know what it feels like to be anxious or worried about something.”

The Chic Edit