Josh O'Connor Joined Band for FKA Twigs Date in School

Unveiling school memories, Josh O'Connor shares a whimsical confession.

by Nouman Rasool
Josh O'Connor Joined Band for FKA Twigs Date in School
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Josh O'Connor, now renowned for his captivating performances, recently shared an amusing anecdote about his schoolboy days when he tried to win over a classmate. This wasn't just any classmate, though, but Tahliah Barnett, the artist many now recognize as FKA Twigs.

The 33-year-old star of Challengers reminisced about his drama school years during a GQ Hype interview. As young actors, O'Connor and Twigs shared the stage in a Bugsy Malone production. Aiming to win her affection, O'Connor formed a band named Orange Output, hoping his musical flair would catch her eye.

With a cheeky grin, he admitted to GQ, "I was in this band primarily to get Twigs to notice me."

O'Connor's Humorous Lyric Revelations

O'Connor's lyrical choices in the band were, amusingly, a tad exaggerated. "I'd sing lines like 'I'm addicted to crack, motherf---er,'" he revealed.

Yet, he candidly added, "The most I knew of crack was from having Coco Pops for breakfast." FKA Twigs might be a global music sensation now, but back then, O'Connor felt she barely recognized him. "Honestly, I doubt she even knows my name," he mused.

However, in a surprising twist, Twigs confessed to GQ that she very much remembers him. "It's heartening to know he tried so hard, especially since I wasn’t the cool or popular girl in school," she stated via email. Post those days, both artists have achieved monumental success.

Twigs became a Grammy-nominated singer, notably for her music video "Cellophane". On the other hand, O'Connor made waves with God's Own Country and later clinched an Emmy and a Golden Globe for portraying a young King Charles in The Crown.

Fans are eagerly awaiting his upcoming film Challengers, alongside Zendaya and Mike Faist, directed by the acclaimed Luca Guadagnino. Guadagnino, speaking of O'Connor's work, praised, "While many actors are impactful in the moment, it's only the truly exceptional ones, like Josh, who unveil the intricacies of their performances during editing." Challengers is scheduled for release on April 26, 2024.