I’ve always said that if I could do anything in the world, I would be a professional golfer.
I always wanted to be an actor, but my top three favorite actors of all time are Al Pacino, James Dean and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself, and ways to do things that are kind of scary.
I don’t draw things from my own life when I’m acting. Ultimately, my job is to portray a living, breathing human being and to act truthfully under imaginary circumstances. I learn things from everything I do, but I’m constantly trying to better myself as an actor.
On whether or not he’d want to play someone older:
I don’t really look at it in terms of age. the parts that i’ve kind of gotten a chance to sink my teeth into have been amazing. i just look at it as an acting challenge. and it’s a challenge within itself to be 25 -28 today- years old and have to come across believably 17 years old in a movie.
If the script is great, and the part seems, like, really kind of complicated and terrifying – and if I read something and I say, ‘I’m not sure I can do this’ or ‘I don’t think… I doubt my ability to do this’, then that’s probably what i want to do.
On playing a love interest of Daniel Radcliffe’s character in “Kill Your Darlings“:
We just did it. Any time I have a love interest in a movie, it’s my job to actually fall in love with them. While I was making this movie, I totally fell in love with Dan.
… the opportunities keep getting better and the scripts keep getting more interesting and the people I get to work with get more and more like awesome and it’s kind of whirlwind I keep trying to keep moving forward because I think if I spend too much time looking back, it would become almost like unfathomable, really
I have no idea what’s going to happen down the line, but I just am really excited about all the great scripts that are coming my way and all of the many great opportunities that are presenting themselves and I just hope to continue to challenge myself and to grow as an actor and to continue to be presented with amazing opportunities. I’m extremely thankful for everything that has happened so far and I really hope it doesn’t stop anytime soon.
Coming out of school I was fully prepared for a lifetime career in regional theater. But as it’s snowballing, I become hungrier and hungrier.
I never draw from my actual life [when acting]. I kind of create a separate reality and fool myself into believing that.
I spend such a long time trying to understand them [the characters he plays] and be on their side… and then once I’m on their side, I try to make them a part of who I am.
On playing James Dean in “Life“:
Whenever I bring up the film with people, they always have something very specific to say about him [James Dean], whether it’s something that’s true or something that’s been created, because of his whole myth and how iconic he’s become. He’s a person that has made such a big impact in so many people’s lives, and he’s also my favorite actor.
So there’s definitely a responsibility to honor him, and honor who he really was, and try to dig the truth out of all the stories that have been told about him and all the stories that have been made up. what’s true, and what’s not. I think for every fact you can find about James Dean, you can find a fact that’s the complete opposite. Everybody has a different story, and ultimately it’s been a really interesting process of digging through everything and trying to figure out who he really is.