At 26, Miles Teller is too young to have a bucket list, at least for his life that’s charmed so far. Professionally, Teller is making and filling a to-do list fast.
"As an actor you have a bucket list, a checklist of things -- at least I do -- of things I want to experience," Teller said during a freewheeling telephone chat.
Three years after an impressive debut opposite Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole," Teller’s performance in "The Spectacular Now" as an alcoholic teenager in love is getting much buzz.
Affably loose-witted like his roles in Footloose and 21 and Over, Teller jokes that maybe his hometown newspaper "will (write) about me after ‘Divergent’ comes out," he said, referring to his reunion with Woodley, adapting a YA novel with serious "Hunger Games" potential in 2014. Which sounded like a cue to ask Teller about acting with Woodley.
"She’s one of the best around," he replied "It makes my job a lot easier (working) with somebody who’s not trying to direct you.
"Shailene and I work very similarly in the fact that we have all our lines memorized but we’re both very present. Neither of us have a very strong agenda in the scene as much as we just want to make an experience that’s real. The best way to do that is to listen and be with that person in that moment."
-- Tampa Bay Times