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Young Star Ezra Miller Talks Another Happy Day

November 14, 2011

If you haven't heard of Ezra Miller yet, that will surely change by the end of the year. The actor stars as Elliot, the son of Ellen Barkin's character Lynn in Another Happy Day, which hits theaters November 18. Ezra Miller also stars as the title character in We Need to Talk About Kevin, debuting in theaters December 9, along with the upcoming adaptation The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which debuts in theaters next year. I recently had the chance to speak with Ezra Miller over the phone about Another Happy Day, which centers on a wedding that could be a powder keg of emotions for a highly volatile family. Here's what the young actor had to say.

Can you talk a bit about your initial reactions to the script, and what you took away from it?

Ezra Miller: Yeah. I was blown away by how many characters were fully understood within the context of a two-hour movie. Usually, you see that sort of subtlety and nuance in the understanding of a whole plethora of characters, as both antagonists and protagonists, as being human beings who are, at times, easy to identify with and, at times, impossible to understand. Usually you only see that in an extended television series, where they have time to explore each character over the course of an hour, or you see it in a really long theater production. The script, at first, it was almost like there was no narrative. There was no plot, but you found yourself in this really undefined cohesive order, falling into sympathetic grasps of each character. When I read the script, I just thought that was incredibly refreshing, because, usually within a movie, you only come to understand or identify with, one or two or three characters. Then the rest just tend to just fall into their archetypes and remain there. (Writer-director) Sam (Levinson) has this understanding of people, where the complexity of the ways and dimensions of a human being, that any character will have so many different sides, and masks, and appearances. When I first read the script, there was just something amazingly refreshing about that. Read More