» Wells was born Llewellyn Sébastien Rhys Gravenor, after his paternal great-grandfather, Llewellyn Rhys Gravenor. The inclusion of Sébastien was a last-minute addition his mother had fought for, and now cites as an enduring example of how no one can say no to her. She also claimed at the time that Sébastien was an old family name on her side, though no apparent relatives bear the name. This sly deception (of sorts) would lay the groundwork for a rather unconventional relationship between the two. However, despite his mouthful of a name, it held abundant opportunities for nicknames, all which he endured with varying levels of annoyance and protest throughout his early years. His father was the one who first began calling him Wells as a pet name, and since, it was the only one that stuck. Now he exclusively goes by Wells Gravenor professionally, which was also possibly his first of many career decisions made to cheekily spite his mother.
» Though they're undeniably close, Wells and his mother have always enjoyed entertaining rivalry of a relationship, fueled by his perpetual desire to mildly disappoint her and continually raise the bar in doing so. "What have you done now?" is her common prompt, paired with an amused smirk that he was seemingly genetically predisposed to mirror perfectly, and while she often claims his antics are one day going to kill her, she seems to wordlessly encourage his rebellion, as if living out her own stifled defiance through him.
» Never content with the idea of staying home with the children, Élise-Simone went back to work not long after Gillian was born, and grew a reputation as a notable casting director in London. Despite his lack of experience or even much interest in acting, she frequently encouraged Wells to take small commercial roles and modeling gigs, throughout his early school years, which he shruggingly accepted. So, naturally, when the Harry Potter scripts were being passed around any British child actors, she couldn't help but push eleven-year-old Wells to audition for the iconic titular role. Expecting nothing to come of it, he was indeed turned down, but instead offered the role of hapless Neville Longbottom. Not only was he shocked by this, but at the time, he hadn't yet read any of the book series.
» Though finding himself entirely ill-prepared for his new life as an inexperienced actor thrust into an immensely popular international film franchise for nearly half his life, Wells found solidarity in and grew incredibly close with his castmates as they all essentially spent their formative years together. Perhaps as expected, adjusting to life after Harry Potter proved a bigger challenge than life during it, however, especially given he'd originally never planned on or was even much interested in being an actor, and the role he'd played for a decade was not only all he knew at the time, but financially, he now had no real need to jump into back into it if he ultimately didn't want to. So, having successfully made it through his most awkward stage of life despite everyone watching, the world was now his, and he made a conscious decision to simply do as he pleased in life and his career, and casually take any role that interested him, ideally those that would most disappoint his mother - without whom the Potter whirlwind of his life would have admittedly not been possible - as a sort of playful revenge.
» Despite being fluent in French from being partially raised in Paris, Wells was slightly hesitant to take on French-speaking roles at first out of simple self-consciousness, but quickly grew to embrace and almost prefer them as a break from Harry Potter. His first came in the form of a small role in Gus Van Sant's segment of the 2006 anthology film, Paris Je T'aime, where he played a young artist attempting to flirt with young American man, not knowing he doesn't speak French. To his slight dismay, this gained him a particular amount of attention in the Harry Potter fandom, due to the subject matter, and that many simply didn't know he spoke the language. He went on to take a small role in French teen coming-of-age comedy LOL, and later starred in Télé Gaucho as his first major role after the conclusion of the Potter series, which largely went unnoticed.
» Though he never intended on taking the cliché child star route of waving his middle finger at the family-friendly series that made his career, Wells couldn't very well turn down Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Vol. I & II when it came to him, despite its obvious controversial subject matter. He'd already shocked his fans by volunteering his talent and nude form for an artful SIGUR RÓS music video project, as well as taking on more gay themes in Kill Your Darlings, so taking on another polarizing role seemed the natural progression of things. Not only that, but his mother had since settled in with her dream position as director of communications at the Cannes Film Festival, and meeting her there with the notorious director's NC-17 film gave Wells an unmatched joy that he flaunted around the prestigious festival whenever he could.
» Not at all shy in admitting it, the beginning twinges of boredom with his post-Potter career were entirely the catalyst to taking his efforts stateside in 2014, with another somewhat controversial role as gay law student connor walsh in the new fall shonda rhimes-helmed drama, "how to get away with murder". The series offered the challenge of not only his first venture into television, but another opportunity in requiring an American accent, which he'd only done once before for Kill Your Darlings, and not well, he'd argue. Armed with dialect coaches once again, he claims he put in far more acting work than any role he'd had previously, and succeeded well enough to surprise many unknowing fans and critics when his real accent came out in interviews, which thankfully supplied an excellent deflection from talking about his multiple gay sex scenes. The series was very well-recieved after its preliminary nine episodes, and while it makes him somewhat nervous to have a "steady" job, Wells remains optimistic about it.