V’s Class of 2018: Charlie Plummer

V’s Class of 2018: Charlie Plummer

The young actor already has a portfolio of intense roles at just 18 years old.

The young actor already has a portfolio of intense roles at just 18 years old.

Text: Staff

It's not often that one's feature film debut involves a body part getting cut off, but Charlie Plummer handled it with grace. The 18-year-old actor is already making waves with his intense role as John Paul Getty III in the Oscar-nominated flick All the Money In the World and critically lauded performance in indie film Lean on Pete, co-starring Chloë Sevigny, making him one of the most promising young actors today — and one of our Class of 2018 inductees. Read on as Charlie answers our questions about his industry, hopes, and the best advice he's received so far.

What's your vision for the industry you work in for 2018?

I hope that we will continue to build on the platforms of respect, compassion, strength, and honesty that much of the industry has made a priority in the past year. I believe we are on the right path, and I'd love to see us all continue in that direction.

What's the best advice you've ever received and why? 

The best advice I received in the form of a question: "What are you doing next?" Whether that be in my career or my life in general, it's always important for me to be clear about what I'm doing next. 

What social/political issues or causes resonate with you most, and why? 

I’m passionate about human rights and equality for all people, and also that we treat the earth and other creatures on it with compassion and respect. 

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? How did you overcome it? 

I've faced many challenges throughout my life, and I always rely on the support of my loved ones to help me through them.

How did you get your start?

I started in community theater when I was about nine years old and haven't stopped since.

How do you define success for yourself? Is it different than happiness? 

To me there are many different kinds of success. But the ultimate success is true happiness, and there's no other way around it! 

When and where do you feel most creative?

I feel most creative when I'm working alongside a true collaborator. When I'm able to sincerely connect with someone else in a heart to heart way, I find myself creating my best work.

Who is your dream collaborator, in any field (music, art, fashion, etc.) and what kind of project would you love to do with this person? 

I'd love to make a movie with Spike Jonze. And Mark Rylance is my favorite actor in the world, so just being in the same room with him would be a dream.

Where do you want to be professionally in 5 years? In 10 years? 

I hope to still be working with people I love and respect.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job(s)? 

The most enjoyable part of my job is learning about and connecting with hundreds of people around the world.

Credits: Photo by Luke Fontana

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