Jack Kilmer, Val Kilmer's son with ex-wife and "Willow" co-star Joanne Whalley, makes his film debut in "Palo Alto," which is currently screening at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
Jack Kilmer, 18, stars in the drama, directed by Gia Coppola and based on the book "Palo Alto: Stories" by James Franco, which focuses on a group of rebellious high school kids in an urban town and their experiences with drugs, alcohol, sex and violence.
Kilmer takes on the role of Teddy, who can't seem to stay out of trouble -- thanks to his out-of-control friend Fred (Nat Wolff) -- and struggles to relay his feelings for high school crush, April (Emma Roberts). It was kind of an unusual audition because of the process with Gia.
She had written the script and invited me over to read it and to kind of put some of the lines in my own words. And then the cast came together and that was probably when I got most excited -- when the faces came to the characters. [Laughs] He’s really supportive and he would say like, “You just got to breathe and be super honest and tell the truth and take risks and just have so much fun.” And that was kind of it.
Anyone who just does movies for the sake of making movies and takes big risks.
What kind of movies do you want to do in the future?
" And I always said no, because it's different, I don’t know, to be stubborn or something. But then through this I realized what my parents have been doing their whole lives and I have like a completely different view of acting and I’m kind of really in love with it. Collaborating was something he really wanted to do with the film of his book, like to have somebody else’s imprint on it and see what comes of that. And what was it like playing opposite Nat Wolff and Emma Roberts?So he kind of let Gia put the life into the characters. Did you get any advice from them on their film experiences? It was cool because they were so enthusiastic about it that they would naturally say things that I would take note of.The way they’d get excited about a scene before we’d do it and the way they would put that into action and actually go through with a certain beat or an idea of how to say something was such a cool learning experience.Is there anyone you look up to in Hollywood or whose career you admire?
I admire James Franco, I admire somebody like Jack Nicholson.
Do you enjoy doing independent films or would you rather be in blockbusters? Anything that would kind of label me or put me into a category is kind of what I want to avoid.