How do you respond to people saying you’re the next big thing in Hollywood?
I’ve heard that from you and maybe another few people, but I don’t really feel that way. I find it just very hard to get roles in good films. It’s all hype until it’s real.
Can you talk a little bit about Noah and working with Russell Crowe?
Yeah, he’s a really cool guy and Noah’s a very exciting movie. I’m a big fan of Aronofsky’s. He’s a filmmaker I love so that was a really exciting project for me to be a part of.
What surprised you about Russell?
You know, I knew Russell before the film. We did a film together a few years ago so it was kind of like seeing him again was cool and he had a sense of pride because he was like, I knew you when you were a little kid.
What surprised me about him? Well, it wasn’t too much of a surprise because I already knew him, but he’s a generous guy and very generous to me and very nice to me and insightful and gave me a lot of insights into what he thinks is good for me. When I was a kid he really taught me a lot about respect on a set, you know respect for others, and how to treat others with respect – not that I was disrespectful he just pointed out like a good guy would – he’s nice.
Did you find a change after Perks of Being Wallpaper?
Not really. It wasn’t that big of a film. It was a limited release. I mean it did well for its release, for the number of theatres it was put in. But on a professional level, without it, I wouldn’t have done Noah – it kind of helped me get Noah and it helped me get other roles and it opened up other doors to other filmmakers and producers. Perks really opened up the door creatively so that it was an opportunity to have a complex role in a film. Roles like that are few and far between for someone my age at the time.
Do you like being famous, or is it a bit scary?
It’s a little bit of hype. It’s hype. I wouldn’t want to be famous without the work. There’s a lot of people who are famous without the work. Without real work. Without good work.
But is it scary that world of being recognized by paparazzi?
I don’t have that. The idea of that is scary I guess. But it comes with the territory.
Have you had many odd or funny experiences?
Not too weird. I’ve gotten some weird things in the mail and stuff like that. Like when I’m working. I remember, I’d go home after work to my hotel and someone drew a picture of me with my face and their number on it and it’s underneath my door. Hopefully they don’t kill me in the middle of the night.
You seem very sane despite being successful. How have you avoided going down the wrong road? Has that been an issue for you? We see these tragic stories all the time in Hollywood.
I hope it’s not an issue. I think my mental health is alright. Hopefully it stays that way, you never know, it could go south. I don’t know. I’m very close with my parents. Does that make it different? I don’t know. You never know. I hope I don’t make any bad mistakes.
I’m only focused on my work though. I’m not coming in with the intention to be famous or party. So that won’t affect my behavior I guess. I like movies.
Do you still live with your parents?
No, I don’t live with my parents anymore. I did, up until recently. I’m out of town so often, that I don’t really live anywhere.
How are you with cooking and laundry and all that stuff?
I’m good. I mean, I’m not a good cook, but I’m good with microwaves, but laundry I’m great. I do my own laundry very well. I’m very controlling. That’s one thing that people know about me. You know when I get into a car I like to drive. I don’t like other people driving. When I do my own laundry I like to do it.
What do you like to do away from work?
I play music. I enjoy playing the piano. That’s pretty therapeutic for me.
Have you played live gigs in bars?
I’ve played in bars. I’ve done that before. I’ve played in my friends’ music sometimes. I’ve played on their tracks. I enjoy writing, but the songs that I write sometimes are pretty personal and I’m kind of nervous to share.
Have you sung them?
For people? No. Not really. I’ll play them, but I’m not going to sing them. I’ll do that for myself.
You’ve got a huge following on Twitter?
Yeah, that’s weird. I don’t really even tweet that often. I was looking at that today. I was like, wow, there’s a lot of people on there! It’s interesting. It’s very flattering. I mean, I’m not that interesting. There’s not a lot that I post, but that’s nice that people are following and I appreciate the followers, you know, those fans. That’s a big part of the movie industry now days. It’s part of being an actor. It helps you get movies made to be honest.
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