At age four and a half, after watching Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and becoming obsessed with understanding and acting out the role of the Beast.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about acting that they may not already know?
It’s really not glamorous. There’s a lot of hard work and time that goes into it, but that’s what makes it so great, the work. When you’re working on a project, you become like a family with the other people on set or in the theater, because you’re all doing difficult scenes together and working to make this bigger thing. It can be really hard, sometimes, mentally and physically, but working on great projects with great characters is the payoff.
What’s the craziest thing to happen on set?
Probably when “snowmaggedon” hit Atlanta while I was filming “Cell.” Atlanta got hit with this freak snowstorm that shut down not just production, but the whole city. It was scary. The whole crew had to sleep on set.
Who has been an inspiration to you for your acting?
Well, from a very young age, Leonardo DiCaprio, and later in my life, Jack Nicholson. I love Jack Nicholson, and also Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in Lord of the Rings and like every other motion-captured creature in a movie ever. He has done amazing work. And, of course, the Beast was an inspiration.
What role would you want to play that you haven’t yet?
I would love to play a creature. Something non-human.
What’s next for you?
The new film of Stephen King’s IT, and hopefully a Season 3 of Bloodline.
Describe acting in 5 words or less.
Being Another Person.
What social media do you use?
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.