Future Milk man Emile Hirsch takes the latest Fall 2008 cover of Nylon Guys. The 23-year-old actor talks about his upcoming biopic, which tells the story of California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk. (In the film, Emile plays gay rights activist Cleve Jones.)
On his first role in The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys: “I had no idea how to play the part. I didn’t understand the dialogue. I didn’t understand the character. But the casting director really believed in me. It’s funny because people now say, ‘That’s such a natural performance’, but in my mind that performance is the one most influenced by other actors.”
On how he chooses films to star in: “I give a f—, but I don’t give that much of a f—. I’m still going to throw in some goofy s—. I don’t want to get too precious.”
On his upcoming film Milk: “I just had such a wonderful time. it’s such a great ensemble. Speed Racer was such a highly controlled performance environment that I found, honestly, a little frustrating at times just because it’s so hard when you’re on the green screen and it’s all about, ‘Bat this eyelash a little bit here.’ On Milk, it was just a free-for-all and we were all going nuts.”
Milk opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, December 5th. Visit the official website at MilkTheMovie.com.
For more of Emile, visit NylonMag.com.