Hello everyone! I added to the gallery first picture of Joey from recent photoshoot for Imagista Magazine. Enjoy!
The chance to appear in a film alongside three of the greats—Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman—has to top the bucket list for every young actor. Such is the dream fulfilled for Joey King, 17, who plays Michael Caine’s whip-smart granddaughter, Brooklyn, in Going in Style, the Warner Brothers remake of the ‘70s caper flick, directed by Zach Braff, in theaters Friday. King’s had a very exciting career already, including starring last year in Independence Day and starring in Wish Upon, a thriller slated for release on June 30. We were happy to catch up with King to talk about her career plans, her family and why it’s really cool to be Zach Braff’s muse.
There had to be so many things, but what was the best part of being in the Going in Style cast?
I think the best part was getting to work with people who I so greatly look up to in New York City. What more could I ask for? Legendary people, great food, unreal movie—the list goes on.
Pretty amazing to join this venerable cast, too.
Shooting with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin is almost indescribable. I’ve always looked up to these men and one can only dream of working with a cast like that. It was so amazing because not only were they obviously insanely talented, but they confirmed all my hopes and dreams because they are the nicest men in the world. Alan would often play ukulele in the hair and makeup trailer, Morgan is just so lively and would always dance with me on set and Michael is so sharp and witty so our banter felt so natural and he became like a real grandfather to me.
I read that this is the third film you’ve worked on with Zach Braff.
Working with Zach Braff is something I will never get enough of. This is my third film with him and I hope there will be many more. He’s so sweet and calls me his muse, but I don’t think he realizes how much he inspires me. I feel everything he touches is magic, he can provoke such a range of emotion from audiences as an actor, writer and director. Going in Style is so funny I couldn’t stop my eyes from watering in the theater I was laughing so much and the soundtrack is fire, which Zach always knows how to do so well. I’m so proud of him and I’m proud and grateful to call him my director and friend.
What’s next for you?
Next up I have a film coming out that’s a psychological thriller called Wish Upon starring myself, Ryan Phillippe and Ki Hong Lee. It’s going to be so rad! And I was just in South Africa filming a Netflix movie called The Kissing Booth starring myself and Molly Ringwald. It’s a really sweet and hysterical teen rom-com that has a Pretty in Pink, She’s the Man and Mean Girls vibe to it all in one. I can’t wait for people to see it.
Do you have a mantra when it comes to picking projects?
I pick my projects based on if I like the script and if I think I’ll have fun doing it. But my favorite thing to look for is a challenge—something I’ve never done before or something I want to try that’s been incorporated into a script. I have huge dreams and making career choices can be very scary, but I have so many great people in my life, especially my mom and my sisters, and I always look out for myself. For me, it’s about having as much fun as possible and being kind to everyone.
Hello. Joey had beautiful photoshoot for Flaunt Magazine. I hope we will see more pictures from that photoshoot 🙂
You are on your first set. There are little tables, with little chairs arranged around them, and other kids who are playing with glue and glitter—although they’re not really playing; they are doing what the director told them to do. You are also doing what the director told you to do. You look in the little plastic bowl in front of you. You get up and grab a box of Life Cereal off of a high shelf. You take it back to your table and pour it into your bowl until it is over owing. You take a handful of cereal and put it in your mouth. You get up and strike a pose. The audience feels love, joy, and a slight pang of hunger. The director yells “cut.”
Joey King began her career when she was four years old. Most children by age four—WebMD claims—should be able to get along with people outside the family, draw circles and squares, and ride a tricycle. Since that commercial, King has appeared in 22 films and 14 TV shows. Now 16, she has starred opposite Colin Hanks, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, James Franco, Jamie Foxx, and Selena Gomez. King has nine projects on the radar—among them this summer’s extraterrestrial fun bath, Independence Day: Resurgence.
Given this résumé, it’s no surprise that when I ask King what she likes to do on vacation, her answer is, “Vacation? That’s a fun word. I usually don’t do that.” Despite a lack of downtime, King leaves room for spontaneity, “One of my favorite adventures that I ever went on is when me and my older sister Kelli were sitting, painting our nails together, it was 1 PM and she was like, ‘Hey, I kinda want to go to Disneyland today,’ and I was like ‘Hey, me too.’ So, we literally just got up and, just the two of us, went to Disneyland.”
While she scales the precipices of Hollywood, and increasingly, the world of fashion—King appeared front row at several New York Fashion Week shows, and attended Chanel’s “I Love Coco” event last spring in L.A. alongside pal Rowan Blanchard (featured in Flaunt’s Secrets issue)—she does take some moments to look down. “When I was nine years old, I don’t think I realized the gravity of what it meant to be the lead in a studio lm [as Ramona Quimby in Ramona and Beezus (2010)] and now I’m like, ‘Whoa, wow, I did that!’ And that’s crazy. I was still just as excited then but I have not lost that wonderment at all. I think it’s even gotten greater because I understand the gravity of what I’m doing.”
Joey King is having a very big weekend. Her new film, Independence Day: Resurgence, is out, and she’s starring in our very first original shoot for Obsessee. Shot by our photographer Paley Fairman, this is Joey like you’ve never seen her before, and all day long, we’ll be revealing the mesmerizing shoot right here on Instagram. And as you enter the actress’s dreamy world, you’ll get to know her too! Resurgence isn’t her first time on the silver screen, though; you may remember her wearing a hot-pink wig in Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here or playing Emma Stone’s little sister in Crazy, Stupid, Love. At 16, Joey’s already made a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s smartest and most talented young actresses, and she’s ready to make some major waves. — @maddie.sensibile
OBSESSEE: As a young woman in the entertainment world, what do you see as the biggest challenge facing females in the industry?
@joeykingactress: As a younger female, not only am I a female, but I am still considered, in some people’s eyes, a child. It’s hard to get respect sometimes from people. I’ve always found that the people I’ve worked with so far have been so respectful and amazing. I’ve yet to encounter too many people who aren’t supportive of me. There’s been sometimes where I’m like, this is because I’m a woman and I’m younger than 30 years old.
OBSESSEE: What’s one thing you always say to yourself for motivation?
@joeykingactress: My sisters and my mom are just so supportive of me. I’m self-deprecating, but in a fun way. For motivation, I always say if I feel confident in the work that I’m doing or I feel like it feels natural, there’s no way it can’t be coming off right.
OBSESSEE: What’s one thing nobody knows about you?
@joeykingactress: I will tell you that I am a *dank* yo-yoer. It’s so random—like, why?
OBSESSEE: Tell us about what you’ve seen as your biggest achievement in your career so far.
@joeykingactress: Being able to watch a performance of mine and say hey, I think I did a good job. It’s really hard for an actor to do, or at least I speak for myself when I say I’m very self-critical. It’s more of an achievement in my mind than a physical achievement. It’s a pretty big deal for me.
OBSESSEE: The original Independence Day was released before you were born, so what was it like preparing for and being a part of the new installment of the film?
@joeykingactress: I’ve also seen it like 80 times. I’m a huge fan of the original film. This was the third time Roland [Emmerich] had asked me to work with him. I’d worked with him twice before, and it was the most amazing experience in the world. To have a director that you admire and love so much want you to come along and be part of such a big moment in cinema history, it is so exciting for me. I cannot wait for people’s reactions toward this film. It’s going to absolutely incredible.
OBSESSEE: In the spirit of your new film, what’s your ultimate “independence day”?
@joeykingactress: Whenever I’m sad, I like to spend the day by myself, which sounds stupid because you’re like, don’t you want to be around people? I don’t like to talk about my feelings! Whenever I’m sad, I’m like, I’m leaving, I’m going to get a pedicure and frozen yogurt by myself, and I will be back. And my mom and sisters are like, do you want anyone to go with you? I am like, no, I do not; I will see you guys later. One of my favorite “me” times is when I’m on an airplane: most of the time, six or more uninterrupted hours just sitting with myself, no phone, no nothing. I can have all the thoughts I need, get some work done—it’s great.
OBSESSEE: What was the most difficult part about essentially growing up on film and TV sets?
@joeykingactress: I think the hardest part is when I went through my painfully awkward phase. It’s been documented on film and TV shows.
OBSESSEE: Who or what is on your radar right now?
@joeykingactress: I have to say I’m a huge fan of Kiersey Clemons. She’s so beautiful, and she is hilarious. I first saw her in Dope. I can’t wait to see what she has coming. My sister Hunter King. She is killin’ it right now! She just got a series-regular spot on this show Life in Pieces on CBS. She’s working so hard; she’s won two Emmys. I’m so proud of her, and I think she’s going to have a really, really big year.