With a résumé that continues to impress, actor MILES TELLER remains true to himself in high-pressure Hollywood.
Cutting his professional-acting teeth on such films as Rabbit Hole and Footloose, 26-year-old Miles Teller has proven that he’s taken his craft seriously from the moment he set foot in Hollywood. Turns in the acclaimed The Spectacular Now and the comedic 21 & Over have solidified his range. Now, Teller can be seen with Zac Efron in the newly released film That Awkward Moment, and in March, he’ll team with The Spectacular Now co-star Shailene Woodley for the highly anticipated sci-fi adventure film Divergent. American Way caught up with the laid-back thespian to get his take on Hollywood life.
AMERICAN WAY: On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being off-the-charts unusual, how normal is your life?
Miles Teller: Oh, I’m super normal. I’ll give it a five. I drive the same car I drove when I first got out here. I live with my two buddies from high school, who still argue over how much they should pay for HBO because they don’t really watch it. I’m like, “Guys, it’s $30,” and they’re like, “Times are tough, man.” I still go to the sports bar down the street to watch the Eagles games. I try not to let [Hollywood] really affect me.
AW: What one word would you use to describe your body of work?
MT: Variety. I’ve just done some romantic-comedy stuff with Two Night Stand and That Awkward Moment, so after that, I made it a point to do something different. So then I did Divergent, with the action stuff, and then I did Whiplash, which is by far the most intense drama I’ve ever done. So whenever people think they know what I’m doing, then I’ll mix it up and do something else.
AW: What is the coolest moment you’ve had so far in your career?
MT: Going to the Independent Spirit Awards with Rabbit Hole was amazing because I love independent films, and seeing all those incredible actors around [was amazing]. But also this past summer at Comic-Con when they played the first scene of Divergent, and it was in surround sound — it’s the first time I’ve been in a movie with special effects. So that got me excited to be a part of the big summer blockbuster. I think that’s kind of nice to have in a career.
AW: With so much diversity in your career, what is your dream role?
MT: To play Elvis. There is a script out, but it’s hard to get the rights to his music. But that would be my dream role.