I think you have to be able to say no. I worked very hard to earn enough money to be able to say no. I thought that that was going to be a good thing, but actually its kind of a restriction in a way. Because in the past, Id work because work begets work. You just kind of keep working but now I think Im at a point where my management team and I have kind of strategize that you have to now pick projects that are better, and try to keep going forward. It gets hard. The only thing you can really do is try and do something different like Radio and other movies. If I can keep doing that, I think that it will break up the monotony and keep me unstuck. But you cant let money drive you. You have to be able to say no. I think thats the problem with a lot of people who get stuck in that genre. They dont have the pride to say no to money. Im not rich, but Im comfortable. Ive never needed anything. I was broke when I started and if I end broke as long as I do what I want to do, I consider myself fortunate. I may not work for two or three months but when I do work, its going to be what I want to do.
Whats your ultimate movie project?
This is a romantic comedy and its a start. I want to build off of this. I think Ive been playing a lot of edgy characters and I like playing a character who is disturbed in some way. I think thats always fun and more interesting. If Im going to break it up, I want to play a romantic comedy.
Are these edgy characters close to your personality?
I think everybody has got a lot of dimensions inside of them based on past experiences. I think it happens along the way. I like taking things that have happened to me in my life and putting them into my work. I dont think theres been a character Ive played that hasnt had a part of me in it. Im not one of those method actors who completely leaves Riley Smiths body and becomes somebody else. I have dealt with maybe not the best circumstances in life always, but who has? No family is right, and my family was definitely not right. But Ive taken every single thing that Ive dealt with in my life - from parental problems and divorce and family issues - Ive taken all those things and found a way to positively flush them out of me through a character. I think thats the most healthy way I could do it.