Here’s what the 40-year-old actor had to share with the mag:
On being an actor: “Some people are really good at playing the movie star, they are really good at cultivating that mystique, but I’m not really into that. Actors are excused from a lot of things, and we get away with a lot. We are allowed to do what we want and people are so nice to us, like we are sailors in port just for a night. They let you to the front of the line and it’s weird! And I find it equally interesting and exciting as it is disgusting and bizarre. The more and more I do it the stranger it is. It’s great, but it’s weird.”
On getting into character for his roles: “I take it very seriously. There is a great empathetic connection you need to have to the people you play. I think that once the camera is rolling, anything is possible, there is a great freedom in it. The more I work the more I’m interested in things that require a great challenge. If you can have those opportunities then they are going to be much richer, and terrifying. I am always terrified before a job starts.”
On what he likes to do when he isn’t working: “I’m getting older, I travel around a lot. I spend a good half of my year in cities that I didn’t know I was going to be in until a month earlier. It’s lovely, but they aren’t my home. I’m hardly in Sydney and I’m really hardly ever in L.A. I go home and I feel like it’s all too rushed. I think I want to take some more time out, and that’s not to say I’ll be lazy because I’ll write and all that, but I want to take the opportunity to enjoy things more. I want to sit down in one space for longer. The last couple of times I’ve been in Sydney I’ve had to race around and touch all my friends and I haven’t been able to sit
down and have a proper conversation…”
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Also pictured: Joel sporting eyeglasses while touching down at LAX Airport on Tuesday (December 9) in Los Angeles. More Here! »