You may recognize Owen Teague from his role as Nolan Rayburn on the Netflix hit ‘Bloodline’, but it’s his latest project that has us super excited. Owen stars in the highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT”, opening in select theaters today. In “IT”, Owen plays psychopathic bully Patrick Hockstette alongside Bill Skarsgård, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard and Jaeden Lieberher.
We caught up with Owen to get the 411 on everything from vices, to virtues, and party tricks. Check it out.
1.What gets you up in the morning? It takes an awful lot to get me up. Also Sprach Zarathustra (the 2001 A Space Odyssey opening music) followed by bird noises, followed by
an alarm clock noise, followed by a fire alarm, usually works
2. Your biggest virtue? My ability to focus and create.
3. Your biggest vice? My cynicism.
4. Do you have a party trick? Caricatures. I like to draw people I know — or people I don’t know — in the most outlandish way I can.
5. How would you describe your style? A bit punk, a bit British. The characters I’ve played have tended to dress in that vein, and over the years I’ve kind of adopted it, in a small way. I grew up with school uniforms, so it’s only recently I’ve been able to really have my own “style.” Whatever I wear, I just make sure it’s not khaki pants.
6. What would constitute a perfect day for you? Honestly, my best days are usually spent on sets, working. Nothing puts me in a better mood than shooting for ten or twelve hours. Acting is a kind of release, so I feel reset after working. Plus, being able to step out of yourself for a while is a relief.
7. What would your very last meal entail? A cheeseburger with avocado, a strawberry salad, and a bar of 86% dark chocolate for dessert.
8. Three people—dead or alive, real or fictional—that you’d like to invite to dinner? Kurt Vonnegut, Salvador Dali, and Friedrich Nietzsche. With a translator.
9. Turn ons? Intelligence, empathy, creativity, joy.
10. Turn offs? Greed. Egotism. Talking about myself.
11. Your favorite quote? “Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.” Jean-Paul Sartre.
12. An embarrassing moment? Just one? There’s a lot to choose from… when I was four years old, I was doing a production of Annie Get Your Gun, playing Little Jake. There was a scene in which I had to run off stage to board a train, and on one particular night I ran the wrong way off stage. When I got to the edge of the stage, I realized I had gone the wrong direction, and suddenly reversed direction, running all the way back across the stage and exiting the other side. It was the biggest laugh of the show.
13. Your proudest moment? Getting a role playing a nice person. Up till now, I’ve played either troubled or flat-out terrible people, but the next project I’m working on, I actually play a good person. So it was nice to know that I at least have the capacity to act like a decent human being.
14. Could you tell us more about some of the projects you are working on? All I can say is what I said above: I’m not evil. Past that, though, they said I couldn’t tell…