I bought a camera with my first ever paycheck.
I was really enjoying one of the screenings of ‘Beautiful Creatures’ and there was this little 14-year-old boy sitting next to me in the screening and I was laughing at all the jokes and I just felt really judged. I had to keep it down a bit. It’s a bit embarrassing.
It’s a bit like school camp, shooting a film. Everyone’s on heat. It’s a strange energy. It’s full of adrenalin. I funnel my excess energy in funny little ways. I do a lot of dancing in my trailer. I love music.
Actually, I think I’m part of the last generation to grow up believing in magic and fairies and believing I had powers – you know, lying on the ground and trying to have my spirit leave my body – which never happened; still working on that bit.
I grew up on film sets but more around the process of making films. I saw a lot of the editing process and the writing process, which takes years. That really affected me growing up, that side of it.
I was raised with adults. I skipped knowing how to interact as a normal teenage person.
You don’t want to remake something that’s just been made, as an actor.
I think you manifest what you believe, and when you believe that you have no choice you lose choice.
I’m a big fan of being able to hold those long shots and use space. I don’t know, I think everything’s so quick cut these days, as if films are too afraid that the audience is going to get bored instead of relaxing and trusting their work.
What makes me sad about school is that the people who are unhappy are unhappy because they don’t believe it will change. And I just want to say: ‘It does! High school ends and it’s over.’ I will tell anyone that it’s OK to be unhappy at school, make lots of mistakes and then it will be over.
I think I read films having grown up around the pre-production and post-production aspect of the filmmaking medium, a lot more than most young people who are in acting would have experienced. I do think about scripts in a different way. I can’t just read a script as an actor. I don’t know how to do that.
I’m attracted to directors in general because I appreciate the work and the job they have to do. I watched the post-production, I watched the pre-production… post-production is something that I’m very interested in and I did spend a lot of time in editing rooms when I was young pretending to be sick.
I think that every child grows up with the ideas that what we are given, is our society. Your education, and your mother and father, they tell you this is how it is, but then you hit adolescence and you think, ‘Is it? Why? Why is it like that?’ Sometimes that questioning leads to something more.
There are so many of these young-adult movies with these cold guys who act like jerks to girls but are hiding soft sentiments. But in the real world most guys who act like jerks are jerks. Generally they are. I spent a lot of high school thinking that horrible guys must be very sensitive and interesting and it’s not true.
I’ve always loved fantasy. I think it’s a great way to look at issues that we have in our own lives with a little bit of the pressure off, you know.