Age: 23 Birthday: November 22, 1988 Hometown: Vancouver
What was the first book that you felt had a deep impact on you?
I think it was probably The Hobbit. I remember reading that book in a week, when I was about 13. It was the first book that I ever read that quickly, and it really made me feel accomplished.
Besides acting, how else do you express yourself?
I scribble a lot. I won’t say that I write, because I literally just make notes and write down little ideas and poems and things like that. I’m also trying to become more musical.
How did you get into the early ’90s mind-set? And how do you think youth culture has changed since then?
Well, I was born in ’88, so I was at least conscious during most of the ’90s. I remember growing up, looking at the fashions of the time, the nylon jumpsuits, the oversized… everything, the frosted tips, and just going, what are we thinking? I really wanted to capture that. The difference between the youth of the past and the youth of today is that the youth of today have cooler toys.
What would be your ideal role, be it fiction, nonfiction, something that already exists, or something of your own invention?
Growing up, I always wanted to make a live-action version of Peter Pan. But I guess I’m too old for that now. maybe they can hold off a few years so I can play Hook instead.
What major message of The Perks of Being A Wallflower do you connect with most?
Mae [Whitman] has this great line in the film when Logan’s character and hers meet for the first time. He mentions something about there being a “cool kid” at the party, and mae replies, “well, then, what are we?” Being homeschooled and an actor, I always had friends who were geographically spread out and usually weirdos like me. As long as you like yourself and the people you are surrounding yourself with, it doesn’t matter what social status you have. It’s cooler to be yourself than to be what people want you to be.
What excites you most about a future in film and acting? What scares or intimidates you most about a future in film and acting?
I don’t get scared or intimidated. Those are pointless emotions, especially in this industry. You kind of have to let it evolve, just like everything. Technology is changing. But technology has always been changing. And for the most part it’s usually worked out for the better, at least for a little while. So as long as they keep letting me do this, I’ll be content with my present and excited for the future.
What role does music play in your life? How do you discover new music?
I was downloading bands and songs while reading the book, to help me grasp the tone. music to me is a kind of therapy. It’s my way of connecting to somebody without them knowing it, whether on the train with my headphones or at home with a guitar in my hands. I get most of my new music from Ezra Miller.