Miles Teller/Justin Chon Interview #2: Life After 21 & Over
We recently sat down with Miles Teller and Justin Chon, stars of the new movie 21 & Over (in theaters March 1, 2013) and asked them such serious questions as what is it like to walk buck-ass naked save for a tube sock on the University of Washington campus with real students standing around, kissing other men and acting drunk (or just being drunk). The answers to those thought provoking questions can be found in this previously published interview with the young actors.
Below, here are some additional questions we asked Miles Teller and Justin Chon, focused more on what they have coming up, how hard it is to get roles in Hollywood and whether all Asian actors can do kung fu. As referenced in the other interview, alcohol was on hand, and any time Twilight got mentioned (Justin Chon had a small but recurring role in the movies), we all had to drink.
So what’s next for both of you guys?
Justin: This guy is blowing up.
Miles: I have quite a few films coming out. I have this film at Sundance called The Spectacular Now. It played really well. Get a Job, with Anna Kendrick. This movie called Two Night Stand, and Are We Officially Dating, with Zac Efron. So I’m just going to chill for a while, and probably shoot something in the summer.
Justin: He won the Grand Jury Award for Best Actor at Sundance.
Miles: For The Spectacular Now. A little more dramatic.
When you do a movie as big as Twilight (“take a drink”), how does that alter your career in terms of casting auditions?
Justin: I’m just an ancillary character in the movie. I definitely can get in any room if I like the part, but in terms of me, I don’t get offers, I am definitely an auditing actor. So yeah, Twilight is really recognizable so [casting directors] will see you for whatever.
Miles: But if he can help get financing…
Justin: Yeah, [international studios] will want a letter of intent for financing, it will help them having a Twilight actor. In terms of me getting offers and stuff, that doesn’t really happen.
Justin, for Hollywood minorities, it seems like there is room for one. Do you find that it is your experience?
Justin: Oh, definitely. That’s why when I read this role, I said I have to play him, because it’s so rare that a three-dimensional minority role is offered, especially for Asians. So when I saw this role, I said I have to do this. But for Twilight, that was actually meant for a Caucasian person, and Catherine Hardwicke had to fight to get me on the first one. It’s tough.
Do you think it’s the people who are making the casting decisions, it’s the audience, or both?
Justin: I think so. Let’s face it: the majority of this country is still Caucasian, so I’m not going to complain about it. But definitely it’s a struggle as an actor trying to make it in the U.S.
Do a lot of people think you should do kung fu movies?
Justin: Oh all the time.
Do you know martial arts?
Justin: I’m actually a skilled martial artists. No, I’m not. People are like, Can you do flips or wire work? No, I can barely walk.
Miles: That’s true.
Justin: But would I do it? If someone offered me some kung fu movie, I’d be like, sure.
Miles: Justin doesn’t really give a shit. Justin has been making good money from acting for a long time. You might not know where he’s from, but he doesn’t care. He has his own clothing shop. He just wants to do a TV show, get paid and chill.
Justin: Yeah, I just want to chill, dude. <laughs>
Do you look for the roles that are financially rich, or the roles that would be a challenge?
Miles: That doesn’t even happen. I mean, maybe now that I’ve done like eight movies the paychecks are starting to increase a little bit. Especially now, since actors get paid a lot more on the back-end, you really just want to make a good film. I’ve always based everything on the script. It’s hard to be a lead in any kind of movie in this business, it’s just a small business, so I think if you’re lucky enough to do a good script, that’s a good situation to be in. Other than that, I just want to work, it is something that I do enjoy.