Pictures of Thomas from last night’s party for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl have been added to the gallery.
Where are you from? It sounds cool to say I was born in Portland, but I definitely grew up in Dallas. So I’m not satisfied with the Mexican food in Los Angeles. I’m not sure if it’s more authentic, but my palette is more accustomed to Tex Mex. And everything is bigger in Texas — the parking spaces, the lanes, the people, the guns.
Are you a Sundance virgin? Yes. I’m slightly nervous but mainly anxious and excited.
What have you heard about the Sundance experience?
I’ve heard it’s nuts and there is a crazy party scene. I’ve also heard that you shouldn’t go unless you have a reason to be there. [Me & Earl & the Dying Girl costar] Olivia [Cooke] just turned 21, so we’ll probably celebrate accordingly. Because of the altitude, we’ll have to maintain a one vodka soda to one water ratio. Do they have hot tubs in Park City?
What are you going to pack for Park City?
Plenty of socks and underwear.
Describe the character you play in Me & Earl & The Dying Girl in one sentence.
The one sentence thing is hard. Greg is a self-conscious teenager who keeps everyone at arms length. He has this one friend, Earl, that he won’t even call his friend. In his spare times, he remakes weird, old foreign films with Earl — he’s got eccentric tastes for someone his age. He’s comfortable living in this bubble, but his mom forces him to befriend this girl in his class with leukemia. And their friendship blossoms as she is deteriorating. But it’s bittersweet: There’s a lot of comedy in the movie but at the heart, it’s about these two people getting to know each other under really tragic circumstances.
What about your role in The Stanford Prison Experiment?
My character’s name is 416. All the prisoners have been stripped of their identities and the things that make them human and are reduced to just a number.
What’s the buzz about that film?
It’s about the abuse of power. It’s incredibly timely — and timeless, too.
As for Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, how is it dfferent from The Fault in Our Stars?
This is more like: What if those two characters weren’t in love and one of them died — would their relationship still mater? This movie is all about exploring different facets of a person’s life and learning about someone after they die. It forces you to look at the people and relationships you take for granted — until after they’re gone. And it’s too late.
How does it feel to be a Sundance sensation?
I mean, it hasn’t hit me yet. I’m proud of both of my movies and I know that important people will see them. That’s what feels sensational to me.
On January 24th, Thomas attended 2 events during the Sundance Film Festival. Pictures from The IMDb & Amazon Instant Video Studio, Verge: Sundance 2015 Party as well as 2 portrait sessions. Check them out in the gallery below!
“Me And Earl And The Dying Girl” premiered earlier today at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Check out pictures as well as an interview below!
Thomas attended the HFPA’s Next Gen Cocktail Party last night on January 23, 2015. Check out pictures from the event in the gallery below!
Mann appeared in teen-party feature Project X and YA filmBeautiful Creatures, but it’s his lead role in the Sundance cancer drama Me & Earl & the Dying Girl that could be his big break. The Dallas-raised actor also has a slew of upcoming projects, including Barely Lethal with Hailee Steinfeld, Blood Father with Mel Gibson and Amityville: The Awakening. Mann is doing double duty at Sundance, also starring in The Stanford Prison Experiment with Ezra Miller and Tye Sheridan.
Role model: “I really like Paul Dano’s career. He’s had a nice little arc and I can’t wait to see what he does next because now he’s sort of transitioning into older roles. And he’s able to be a star in some smaller indie movie and then also have a supporting role in a bigger movie, and I just like actors who can do anything and he seems like one of those people.”
Worst audition: “It was for the Maze Runner. Sometimes you just don’t get enough time to prepare. Maybe I was just tired or not on top of my game, but I go in there and I finish the scene and the director goes, ‘OK, how do you think that went?’ And I just thought, ‘Oh no, did I just phone it in and not even try?’ That’s a terrible thing to say to somebody. But you can’t beat yourself up about it. I audition all the time. You go through it enough and you’re bound to have a bad day or two.”
Favorite “Hollywood” moment: “About a year after I shot Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, I was having dinner with the cast of Beautiful Creatures at the Chateau Marmont, and I saw Jeremy Renner outside. I just decided to say hi and we just chatted for a bit. I thought, ‘Wow, I must look so cool sitting here with Jeremy Renner outside the Chateau Marmont.’ I don’t know why that moment sticks out to me; I think because my friends pointed it out to me.”
Anyone you’d get starstruck around? “If I met [Martin] Scorsese or Paul Thomas Anderson, I wouldn’t know what to say. I don’t think anything I would say would ever be interesting enough to them. But also I’d like to work with them, so I’ll have to get over that. Anyone I really respect as an artist that I’d think it would be challenging to talk to would make me nervous.”
If I weren’t an actor: “I would probably end up doing something in film. I just love movies. I thought about going to film school before acting started panning out for me. I’d like to try directing down the road.”
When I’m not working: “I love music, and there’s so much live music in L.A. so I do that. And I have a good group of friends here. We’re always making stuff like short films. And I go camping a lot.”
Career goals: “I have a lot of stuff I’d like to do. It all depends on the script. Something that doesn’t take place in high school, preferably. I feel like you’ll read a lot of the same type of scripts for people my age, so I’m looking for something that will challenge me — something more grown up or something weird.”
Thomas Mann’s upcoming filmography is a little overwhelming. Although the 23-year-old actor has only appeared in a handful of films to date, he has 10 films currently awaiting release. There’s Welcome to Me with Kristin Wiig, and The Preppie Connection, which recounts the barely-believable true story of a cocaine smuggling ring at a New England prep school.The two films Mann is most excited about, however, are probably The Stanford Prison Experiment and Me & Earl & the Dying Girl. Both are set to premiere at Sundance next week and feature impressive young casts. In The Stanford PrisonExperiment, based on the infamous ’70s psychological experiment by Philip Zimbardo, Mann is part of an ensemble alongside Michael Angarano, James Frecheville, Ezra Miller, Tye Sherdian, Callan McAuliffe, Ki Hong Lee, and Billy Crudup. In Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, Mann stars as an aspiring filmmaker with Connie Britton as his mother, Nick Offerman as his father, and Olivia Cooke as the titular dying girl.
Born in Portland and raised in Dallas, Texas, Mann’s first role was a court jester in his sixth grade production ofSleeping Beauty. “I taught myself to do a backflip and walk on my hands, just as a random talent,” he explains over the phone from his home in Silverlake, L.A. “They needed someone, so I went to the theater director’s office and I said, ‘I think I’m perfect for it.'” Mann was hooked and his other extracurricular activities—swimming, hockey, participating in triathalons—fell to the side. By the time he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17, he was a successful commercial actor in and had guest-starred on one episode of Nickelodeon’siCarly.
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