The 17-year-old actor opens up about playing a closeted character in Shameless, his acting idols and how Prom was better than his actual prom. Check it:
On playing Ian in Shameless: “The thing about being an actor is that you’re acting. It’s not that big of a deal of to play someone different from yourself. I wasn’t really too nervous about that. But it was always my focus from the beginning that there is a certain amount of pressure and responsibility to be playing a gay roleâ€”the community is very passionate about how they’re being represented in movies and television and they’re very aware when actors take roles like that.”
On his acting idols: “I appreciate people who develop widely different characters and really put themselves into the shoes of different people. They have to be like chameleons and create these different characters. Some of my favorite actors do this all the time, like Sean Penn, Ben Kingsley, and Gary Oldman. For women, Meryl Streepâ€”it’s a little clichÃ©d to say because everyone loves her, but it’s because she is amazingly talentedâ€”Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet.”
On having more fun filming Prom: “Prom is a movie that follows a bunch of high-schoolers lives leading up to the prom, the climax of the movie. It focuses all their struggles and the social pressures that prom creates on their lives. I didn’t actually go to my real prom, so I kind of lived vicariously through this movie [laughs], but it’s actually much better than any prom that I could have ever had in real life.
Posted to: Cameron Monaghan