In the world of The Giver, emotion and negative memories are erased. Would you want to forget bad experiences, or are they key to who you are?
" Your experiences define who you are. Maybe you've done something wrong in the past, but you learned from it."
What memories will you take away from filming?
"The memories from this film have really inspired me to keep going. It was such a bear to shoot — this huge, gnarly thing — but the beautiful time that I had with Katie [Holmes] and everyone kept me going. You know you're working on such a cool film."
Jonas' arc is a little more pronounced than some of the other characters', which gave you a little more emotional leeway than the other actors.
What did you learn from all of the veteran actors on set?
"When I heard that Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep were doing [the movie], and Phillip Noyce was directing, you think, 'That will be a dream.' At the end of the day, they’re just really easy to create a relationship with on-screen. They're great people; not just movie stars."
Are you adventurous like Jonas?
"I look at it like this: There are so many people worried about our safety when we are shooting a movie that it’s kind of fun to make them nervous. It's fun to do things you contract says you can't, like go skydiving or surfing."