20th August 2021
Photographer & Editor in Chief: Owen James Vincent
Grooming: Tiffany Baldock
Hair: Daniel Reed
Styling: Rory Mcnerney
Interview & Digital Editor: Pankhuri Bhutani
Logo Design: Emily Curtis
Special thanks to Alexander Cook and Saffron Beaton at Hamilton Hodell for making this shoot possible!
Jack Anthony Veal’s entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was explosive, to say the least. Fans had been eagerly excited to witness the premiere of Loki, a six-episode series that marked the character’s first leading role. A narrative of branching timelines controlled by Time Variance Authority, the series showcased a glimpse into the life of Loki: the God of mischief along with several variants of Loki himself.
One of the variants who was introduced in Episode 4 of the series, immediately caught viewer’s attention as he shouted ‘I killed Thor!’ to Tom Hiddleston’s Loki variant. This variant was none other than ‘Kid Loki’. Kid Loki was witnessed to be respected by all the other variants in the area and was referred to as the ‘king’ of the void.
While the show came to an abrupt end leaving the viewers to know what exactly happened next, it resulted in vast fulfillment and extremely high anticipation amongst the viewers as it took fans no time to rush to their social media platforms in order to reveal some mind blowing theories they came up with and discuss the introspective growth for the character.
Jack Veal’s portrayal of Kid Loki was such a stand-out performance that it became an instant success. Sharing the screen with A-listers such as Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant and many other phenomenal talents, Jack Veal was successfully able to mark his debut into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a bang.
In our latest cover, we recently got to talk to the young God of Mischief himself about the role, how it was like working with Tom Hiddleston and discussed the rumors of his return as Kid Loki in the second installment of the show as well as other potential Marvel projects (including ‘The Young Avengers’).
Hi there, Jack. Thank you for joining us on ReVamp! So lovely to have you! How are you doing? How is 2021 treating you so far?
Hi! 2020 was a rough year for all of us. There was so much going on — some bits good and others bad. Yet, 2021 has been a slow transition into what we used to call ‘normal’. It has been a quiet year for me — with most of the people I know currently being in isolation or away during our last lockdown.
Firstly, I’d like to start by talking about your brilliant portrayal of Kid Loki in Marvel’s ‘Loki’. Major congratulations on that! What was it really that made you accept this project and how did you initially react when you found out you got the role?
I was first auditioned in February 2020. The role was mysterious, and I was told about a beast (as what we know to be Alioth) that was chasing us and that I had to escape from it. The auditions were thrilling and that was my drive to get the role. It looked like something that I would love. I love Marvel and always have. It’s been a big part of my younger childhood and to find out that I would become a part of the MCU was just astounding.
How did you prepare for this role? What was it like being a part of the MCU?
I was in Atlanta for a long time (6–7 months) because of lockdown. This didn’t just allow me to play video games 24/7 but also to go into the intricacies of Kid Loki’s character. Being part of the MCU is undoubtedly my greatest achievement.
What can you tell us about your character in the show (For the people who are yet to see it). How did you perceive your character when you first read the script?
Kid Loki is a quiet character, but you can always know he is there. He is the ‘controlling one’ that gives orders and sets up an overview on situations. When all the Loki’s infiltrated my base — you could see the confidence that I had: “I’ve eaten them both and they die just the same…”
When I first read the script; I could tell I was a cheeky character like when I said “I killed Thor” with the sole purpose of intimidating Loki…. My character was not to be messed with!
What’s your best memory on set? What was it like working with Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Sophia, Richard and all the talented people affiliated with the show? Any memorable behind the scenes you’d like to share with your fans?
It was a pleasure to work with such talented individuals. Everyone was really nice and just good fun to be around. I would fall down an awful lot in the rough terrain. And one time, I was fixing my boots and my trousers split down the middle when I was standing directly next to Tom.
Now that the big finale is finally out, there’s a huge rumor going around stating that we can expect the return of ‘Kid Loki’ in the second installment of the show as well as in some other rumored upcoming Marvel projects (including The Young Avengers). What do you think of that possibility?
I am already incredibly lucky to have received a role that many people would give their left leg for. I am very grateful to have this door opened for me and performing in Season 2 of Loki would be unimaginable and I would love to do so, but as of now I haven’t heard anything about performing in Season 2. I also haven’t heard anything about the Young Avengers directly from Marvel.
At such a young age, you have worked on so many phenomenal projects while also pursuing your education at the same time. How do you intend on balancing both these elements together when it comes to factors like time management?
To be perfectly honest — I am very disorganised. I am not proud of that, but I do try my best to balance between acting and revision. Every night I do 30–60 mins of revision and I spend the rest of my time either playing on my VR or learning lines, responding to messages and posting on my Instagram. I usually have a calendar set up on my computer to remind me of what to do and when to do it as I can be a bit of a scatterbrain.
What’s next for you, Jack? Any upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
I have been auditioning for some new roles and looking forward to seeing what new roles and challenges may come about.
Lastly, I would like to ask you if there’s any message that you wish to convey to your fans and supporters reading this interview right now.
This can sound very cliché but believing in yourself and putting in enough effort will guarantee success. Push yourself to be the best because it’s possible: with enough effort.
‘What we do now echoes in eternity’ — Marcus Auerelius