Acting Up: Blake Jenner

Acting Up: Blake Jenner

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NINE FUTURE HEARTTHROBS TAKE A MOMENT TO ASK THEMSELVES WHAT THEY’RE IN FOR. 

PREVIEW VMAN 33, OUT MARCH 12 WHEN YOU FOLLOW VMAN ON INSTAGRAM (HERE) AND SUBSCRIBE NOW

NINE FUTURE HEARTTHROBS TAKE A MOMENT TO ASK THEMSELVES WHAT THEY’RE IN FOR. 

Photography: Hedi Slimane

Blake Jenner

Born August 27, 1992, in West Palm Beach, Florida

When did you realize you wanted to become an actor?

In fourth grade we would have journal entries every morning and some of us would stand up in front of the class and read them out loud. I would write little short stories and act them out in front of the class.

What was your first acting job?

A commercial for a local furniture store in Miami. I was the punk-rock boyfriend of a girl whose mom sees me and gets completely freaked out.

What is the toughest job you've had?

I worked at a Johnny Rockets and a clothing store and a Burger King. I'm terrible at folding, so the clothing store gig wasn't too smooth for long.

What would you consider your greatest career achievement thus far?

To be able to act is the achievement for me. I've always loved it, and felt that I've learned something on each job. I'm grateful for the experience.

Who is the greatest actor who ever lived and why?

That's an impossible question to answer. I look up to Joaquin Phoenix, Daniel Day-Lewis, James Dean, and so many others.

Have you wrestled with temptation in Hollywood?

The biggest temptation there is, is trying to "fit in," you know? Molding yourself into a hybrid version of yourself in order to please others. You've got to stick to your guns.

Are you single?

No. I've got my lady love. Her name's Melissa and she's the bomb. She's always there for me. I'm a lucky guy.

Theater, TV, or movies?

Definitely movies. The movie theater has always been my favorite place to go. When I first moved to L.A., I'd go to a movie theater deep in North Hollywood and pay five bucks for a 10 AM showing just to sneak into movies all day.

What has been the most surprising element of working as an actor?

On the last job I did, I played a baseball player on a team, and I had never played a day in my life. All the other guys were there for each other, focused on each other's well-being as much as their own. I'd never been in a situation where every single person was as much in on the brotherhood as the next guy. It was an amazing thing.

What is your endgame?

Just to be happy, honestly. The feeling of being inspired is priceless and doesn't come around too often. I'd like to look back when I'm old and feel complete. Easier said than done.

Blake Jenner appears as Tommy in the thriller Crawlspace, in theaters later this year

Credits: HAIR DIDIER MALIGE HAIR ASSISTANT REBEKAH EDDY PRODUCTION YANN RZEPKA AND KIM POLLOCK

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