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Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann on Why They Started Acting

July 09, 2013

Whatever you may already think of Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann, it's safe to say that the new movie Crystal Fairy will upend your expectations. Sebastian Silva's road-trip movie casts Cera as an obnoxious tourist in Chile searching for a specific cactus-fueled high, and it's a total 180 from the role he became famous for, Arrested Development's mild-mannered George Michael, a character he reprised for the show's new Netflix season. (For more of Cera's gleefully unsympathetic side, check out his self-satirization as a cokehead in last month's comedy This Is the End.) Meanwhile, Hoffmann came to fame as a child actress in movies like Now and Then, but as the titular character in Crystal Fairy — a frequently nude hippie who joins Cera's road trip and clashes with him throughout — she's finally found the role that can establish her as a grown-up. Vulture met up recently with both Cera and Hoffmann in Los Angeles to discuss drugs, mental breakdowns, and child actors.

Both of you started acting at a young age. How similar were your reasons for getting into the business?
Hoffmann: Not similar at all, I don't think. I started acting at 5 because we had no money, and my mom was like, "Put her in a commercial!" [Laughs.] I don't think that was Michael's situation. Read More