Public Appearances > 2018 > October 27 – Just Jared’s 7th Annual Halloween Party
Public Appearances > 2018 > October 27 – Just Jared’s 7th Annual Halloween Party
Hello. I added screen captures from the movie ‘Slenderman‘ (2018). Enjoy!
Film Productions > Slender Man (2018) > Screen Captures
“There’s a bee! Oh my god!” Joey King squeals into the phone. I’m talking to the 19-year-old actor from the opposite side of the country, but her sudden terror was palpable. And it was rather ironic, too, because we’d just been talking about something she’s not at all afraid of: shaving her head. She laughs and gathers her composure to tell me more about her dramatic, newly revealed haircut.
“I’ve never really had an attachment to my hair. I couldn’t care less what happens to it,” King says. “No part of me was nervous or was second-guessing it. So many people would ask me, ‘Are you really scared?’ or ‘Are you nervous?’ or say, ‘You’re so brave.’ And I’d go, ‘I’m not brave, I’m just cutting my hair off.’”
Perhaps one of the reasons King doesn’t flinch when the clipper comes for her hair is because this is the third time in eight years that she’s shaved her head. She previously went nearly bald when she was 11 for The Dark Knight Rises and again at 14 for Wish I Was Here (actually shaving her own head on-camera for the 2014 Zach Braff film).
And like the last two times, this new buzz cut is for a role: King is starring in The Act, Hulu’s new anthology series about strange and tragic true-crime stories. She plays Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who killed her mother Dee Dee (played by Patricia Arquette) after years of forcing her to live her life as a seriously ill child when, in fact, she was perfectly healthy. As part of the ruse, Dee Dee kept Gypsy’s head shaved so she would look like a cancer patient — hence King’s fully committed haircut.
Despite the especially heavy material that led to the new style, King is embracing and enjoying it. In fact, she feels even freer to play with different makeup looks. “Some days I feel like just throwing on a little mascara, a little bit of a dewy highlight, and then some lip gloss and I’m gone. Some days I want to have a wing and a nice eye shadow,” she says of her routine in the days since she’s been buzzed. “But it’s honestly just a preference thing because makeup, especially when you have no hair, is so fun to play around with. I have so many different options.”
It’s something that’s very freeing, really fun, and really empowering.
She had a lot of fun with her hair right before parting with it, too. “A little bit over a month ago, I decided, ‘Screw it, I’m going to go blonde,’” she said, pausing momentarily to once again flee from the bee. “And then after I was blonde for a little while, before I shaved my head, I got this crazy idea and I just went to the store, got a box of blue hair dye, and my sister dyed my hair blue for me. And then I had my future brother-in-law, just on a whim, cut my bangs for me.” For the record, her future brother-in-law is not a hair pro, unlike the stylist who had the honor of shaving King’s head on set.
“I know this sounds crazy, and not a lot of people will agree with me, but I think every woman should shave her head at least once in her life,” King says. “It’s not like they’re going to regret it 10 years down the line when their hair is long again. It’s something that’s very freeing, really fun, and really empowering.”
There’s one warning she does want to give anyone who might consider shaving their head, though, and it may explain why she was literally hiding from the bee in a closet by the end of our conversation: “I’m loving it so far, although I’m not loving that I’ve gotten three bug bites on my scalp.”
Joey King has had a pretty stellar year. Between starring roles in Netflix’s hit original film “The Kissing Booth,” zeitgeist-y horror flick “Slender Man,” and the upcoming “Summer ’03”—in which King plays Jamie, a teenage girl navigating the trials of adolescent love and sexuality in the wake of her grandmother’s death—the 19-year-old reflects on the foundations of her blossoming career.
You play teenage characters exploring young love in both “The Kissing Booth” and “Summer ’03.” Do you see any similarities between Elle and Jamie?
The difference between Jamie and Elle is that Elle is more this girl who’s really insecure, coming into her own body, and is super innocent. Jamie is also pretty innocent when we meet her, but she has some snark, some wit, some sass and attitude to her that’s a little bit different than Elle. It comes off in a little bit of a brash way when you first meet Jamie. [“Summer ’03”] is a bit more raunchy than “The Kissing Booth.” I do think “The Kissing Booth” audience will enjoy this. What I love about “Summer ’03” is it is a comedy without being super peppy. It’s dramatic, it’s funny, it’s raunchy, and weird.
What has your latest role in “Summer ’03” added to your acting skills?
With “Summer ’03,” we had an amazing director in Becca Gleason. I love working with female directors. I learned so much from her in looking at a younger lady and watching her take charge and make her dream come true and direct this movie like a total badass. She wrote Jamie with so much life and love. I really was in awe of Becca because she [also] wrote [the film], and the way she translated her own words to the screen—I hope one day I can direct a film as well as she did.
Considering your new role as producer with your upcoming film, “The In Between,” you’re on your way.
I’ve been in this industry for such a long time, but there are always so many new things to learn and so many new things to tackle and experience. A lot of the time when you’re an actor, you don’t see how much labor it takes to get a film made. You hear about it, you know about it, but you don’t see it. Being able to be behind the scenes, going out and pitching it and selling it was incredible. It’s so much fun—but so much work.
How do you keep from burning out?
I don’t know! I love it, though. I feed off of the energy. I have been acting for 15 years and it never gets old.
What makes a character stand out for you as a role worth taking?
Whenever I read a script, I’m looking for something that I haven’t done before—or if I have, a new version of it. You could say “Well, ‘Summer ’03’ it is a romantic comedy-drama,” but it’s so different. I’ve never played a character like Jamie before. When I look at my role in “Fargo,” I’ve never done something like that before. When I look back at “The Kissing Booth,” I’ve never done a character like that; “Slender Man,” I’ve never done a character like that. I like doing things that are new and fun and keep me excited.
Are you one of those actors who brings the life of their characters home with them every day?
For each role it’s different, but what I try and do for myself—and this isn’t because it’s better, because every actor has their own process—but why I love what I do so much is because I make sure I put my mental health first. When I play these characters, a lot of them are dark, a lot of them have troubles and disturbing history. I try not to take that home with me. When I’m on set, I’m professional, but I want to make sure I’m having fun no matter what kind of character I’m playing. When you take certain characters home with you every night, it’s going to hurt you. There might come a time when I play a character that might be really hard for me that I might need to bring home with me. I’m a pretty light-hearted person in real life, and I want to maintain that. I try to leave the character in the trailer when I take my wardrobe off at the end of the day.
Over those 15 years, do any terrible audition stories stick out?
Oh, my god, absolutely. A lot of the time, when I think I’ve tanked it, I haven’t. When I went into the audition for “Fargo,” I thought I was terrible. I was so insecure [and] scared afterward. I was so sad. Then I got the call, like, “They loved you. You were the only choice.” I got in my own head. Instead of focusing on how I was performing, I think I was focusing on how [nervous I was]. Apparently it didn’t translate, which is great.
How do you typically prepare for an audition?
Every audition is different. I love auditioning because it’s such a great way to keep practicing your craft. Some people are like, “Oh, my god, I hate auditioning.” I understand why people would say that, because it’s stressful and it’s pretty disappointing when you go in and you get [told] no a lot. For every 65 auditions you go on, one will be the one that you get. But auditioning is fun, and you go in and you’re always getting better and you’re always doing yourself a service by doing it. I like going out for different kinds of characters. One character, I might want to [prepare by sitting] in my room for a couple hours and really dive in, or another character I might want to do research on the computer.
I don’t want to have a regimen that I can’t change.
At the end of “The Kissing Booth,” you ride off on a motorcycle. Did you learn how to ride? What special skills do you have listed on your résumé?
They tried to teach me! The problem was, the bike was made for someone Jacob [Elordi]’s size. I would never in any world be able to drive a bike that big. I was on a rig in that scene. [But] I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in a minute and 30 seconds. I used to be able to skateboard pretty well, but I stopped practicing. It’s always fun when a character has a special skill that I haven’t acquired and I have to learn it. For “The Kissing Booth,” I also did Dance Dance Revolution practice.