Spotlight on Max Thieriot

Remember that sweetie Max from Nancy Drew? He’s back, this time co-starring alongside Abigail Breslin in Kit Kittredge. He plays hobo Will, who works for Kit’s family. GL got a sneak peak at the film, and we can say that Max is not only talented, but sooo dreamy, too. The star was kind enough to answer some questions about the film, and also about his life in California, too!

GL: So what was it like filming Kit Kittredge?
Max: Kit is a period film so this was a big first for me. The movie is set during the Depression, which made the clothes and the set designs really fascinating.

GL: How do you think people will react to the movie?
Max: I think people today will relate to Kit because it was a significant time in history and it wasn’t really that long ago. Besides the history of it, people can relate to the film through their own hard times and struggles.
GL: How are you like or not like your character Will?
Max: Will and I don’t have very much in common because we come from different time periods. He is from Texas, which was interesting because I had to speak with an accent. However there is one thing that we have in common and that is our independence at a young age. When I began acting (age 14), I was on my own a lot. Will is 17 and he is completely independent in that he lives on his own, travels and even takes care of a child whom he has sort of adopted.

GL: Did you always want to be an actor?
Max: I never wanted to be an actor. When I was younger my dream was to be a racecar driver.

GL: Can you share a favorite summer memory?
Max: Many of my favorite summer memories have come from times when I used to visit my grandpa every summer in Minnesota. I always had so much fun there fishing, swimming, doing boating activities and simply enjoying time with my family.
GL: We heard you love to surf. Any wild memories from surfing?
Max: One surfing memory that always comes to mind is when I was in Panama. I was with my dad and some family friends about 11 hours from any real civilization when I cut my head open surfing. My friends Conor and I were surfing this awesome break on this remote beach. The waves were perfect, but unfortunately it was a very shallow break. I was riding one of the first waves of the day when the wave decided to close out on me which sent the board flying and my body slamming into the ocean floor. Somewhere in between this process my head connected with a fin on the board inflicting a lot of pain and blood and a scare to go home with.

Kit Kittredge hits theaters July 2.

By: Amanda Forr

(Photo Credit) Max Thieriot in a scene from Kit Kittredge: An American Girl© 2008 From HBO Films/A Picturehouse release - Photographer: Cylla von Tiedemann

7/1/2008 11:09:00 AM