The 21-year-old Hairspray heartthrob talked with Milk director Gus Van Sant for the feature. The duo talked about his upcoming movies, Me and Orson Welles and 17 Again, and furniture shopping. Check it:
On period piece, Me and Orson Welles: “Rick [Richard Linklater] was brilliant, because he found this great theater on the Isle of Man, which, after a little bit of work, looked a whole lot like the Mercury Theatre did in 1937. We took a beautiful theater and made it look rusty and old and dusty, and, once we filled it with extras dressed in 1930s attire, the place was very believable. It even smelled like an old theater. It was pretty neat because we were basically stuck thereâ€”you know, we couldnâ€™t leave. There was nowhere to go on the Isle of Man. So we lived in that theater for several weeks. It was fun and exciting, but it was also kind of maddening. I went a little bit insane. There was always a small group of onlookers out in front of the theater while we were filming. It was pretty funny.”
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On playing a 30-year-old guy in 17 Again: “Well, I couldnâ€™t really relate to the character in a lot of ways, so I didnâ€™t have that to work from. I worked a lot with Burr [Steers], the director, and Matthew [Perry], and just tried to think in terms of an older guy. Heâ€™s experienced life. Heâ€™s been through a lot that I havenâ€™t been through yet. So it was a big change from High School Musical. You know, Iâ€™ve fallen in love, and Iâ€™ve not known what I want to do with my own futureâ€”I still donâ€™t know. But Iâ€™ve never had a daughter who Iâ€™m looking out for. Iâ€™ve never been proud of my son. Iâ€™ve never gotten a divorce. It was interesting trying to figure that out. It was definitely a change of pace. And it was great working with Burr, because heâ€™s got this huge imagination, and this sense of peopleâ€”not what they seem to be, or what theyâ€™re defined to be, or what they want to appear to be, but as they actually are.”
On furniture shopping for his new house: “Iâ€™m looking at some furniture, because I just got a new place, so Iâ€™m figuring out if I want this desk. Iâ€™m sitting at it right now. Itâ€™s a vintage Herman Miller desk from, like, 1940-something. I donâ€™t know . . . Iâ€™m just deciding if Iâ€™m going to want it in my house, or if Iâ€™m just going to completely wreck it. [laughs] Herman Millerâ€™s stuff is really, really modern, but they have some pretty brilliant designs. [Ed note: Herman Miller is credited with inventing the office cubicle.] Iâ€™m sitting at this desk, and itâ€™s the most well-built thing Iâ€™ve ever sat at . . . Itâ€™s a beautiful piece. Itâ€™s got this amazing wood grain that Iâ€™ve never seen in any piece of furniture. Itâ€™s also a little pricey. Itâ€™s at my house. Iâ€™m sitting at it right now. I just bought this place. Itâ€™s not big or anything, but itâ€™s a pretty unique space. Itâ€™s very modern, very clean, very simple. Itâ€™s got concrete floors so I canâ€™t screw it up. I can skateboard inside the house… You know, all the essentials are there.”
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