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Alex Wolff Opens Up About His Short Film 'Boots' and Answers Our 26 Questions

The writer, director, and actor is on the cusp of a breakout year.

Alex Wolff
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It's been a busy year for Alex Wolff. The 18-year-old actor currently stars in Coming Through the Rye, a coming-of-age drama about a sensitive boy (Wolff) on a quest to track down Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger (played by Chris Cooper). In Boots, Wolff writes, directs, and stars in the short film about a teenager's rough night in the city. Up next, a stint in the anticipated sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a starring role in the romantic comedy, The Standoff, and hopefully more music from his band he shares with big brother Nat Wolff (of Paper Towns fame).
See, we told you he's been busy. 

In honor of the release of Boots, which hits the Internet on Nov. 12, the Hollywood up-and-comer answers our 26 burning questions. 

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Actor you really want to work with one day:
De Niro, Pacino, and younger guys Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle. I got to work with Chris Cooper, and he was in my top three list of actors I wanted to work with.

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Bad movie you secretly love:
I think it's hard to love a bad movie. I love Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Clueless. 
Movies like that are silly, but I think they're brilliant, not bad. 

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Celebrity you met recently that made you star struck: 
Bradley Cooper. Nearly shit my pants. 

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Describe yourself in one sentence
You used to call me on my cell phone, late night when you neeeeeeed myyyyy lovvveeee. 

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Embarrassing story you're ready to share with the world:
I had an extremely awkward encounter with Jonah Hill at a diner in Los Angeles. He remembered me from the one scene I had in The Sitter. I thought he mistook me for someone else because I couldn't believe he remembered me, and I said, "Did you think I was Max?" And he said, "What are you talking about?" And I said, "I don't know, man, sorry," and he said "I'm confused." And then I told him I had to go to the bathroom and I left the diner. Not proud of it. 

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Favorite Nat & Alex Wolff song:
I'm really proud of all our newest singles the most. Our new new stuff, which we're making in the studio right now, I think is another level from everything we've done thus far, but my favorite '45 yet is Last Station + Rules.

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GIF that accurately describes how you feel today:
I lost my bag today so I'm really stressed out and this hit me at the right time:

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Hardest thing you've had to do on camera:
Start hysterically crying about losing my brother in Coming Through the Rye/ pretend I was seeing a flock of birds that weren't actually there in real life in A Birder's Guide to Everything.

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Instrument you really want to learn how to play:
I actually know quite a few weird instruments. I'm proud of myself because I taught myself the banjo this year and I'm getting pretty good! 

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Job you'd have if you weren't an actor, writer, musician:
Walter White. 

Alex Wolff
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Karaoke song you slay:
"Shake It Off". 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Last thing you Google searched:
How do I get an interview with Zimbio?

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Meme you're really feeling right now:

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Nineties music video that inspires you:
"Lithium" by Nirvana 

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One thing people will be surprised to know about you:
I'm only half Jewish.

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Person (dead or alive) you would like to have dinner with:
Definitely no one dead. That would be a freaky dinner.

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Question you get asked all the time:
Has anyone ever told you you look like a combination of Brad Pitt and Marlon Brando?

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Revelations you've had about Hollywood since you started working:
If you say, "Yeah, man, I totally get that" people really like you. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Song that never fails to pump you up: 
"Bring Da Ruckus" by Wu-Tang Clan. 

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#TBT. Send us a Throwback Thursday photo and tell us the story behind it:
Apparently I thought it was cool to wear vests. This was at some Bon Jovi documentary event and I put a blond streak in my hair because I wasn't weird enough at 11... Anyway, soak up its awkwardness in all its Woody Allen-imitating glory. 

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Up-and-coming band you hope blows up soon: 
Tobias Jesso Jr.

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Vine video you're really feeling right now:

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Writing, directing, or acting — what's harder? 
Acting requires the most concentration so I think it's the hardest. Directing is tough, too, because you're taking care of everyone, but you don't have to really emotionally destroy yourself to do it. Writing is really just a lot of fun, and daunting at times, but the least challenging for me in my opinion. I really love doing all of it. They're thrilling and terrifying for different reasons. That's why doing all three for Boots was like an explosion of creative gratification. 

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Since we will not ask for your favorite "X word," give us your shameless plug here:
Coming Through the Rye is on the festival circuit now, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 comes out March 25th, and Boots comes out Nov 12th online — watch it!!! Also see The Standoff when it comes out. And I'm gonna direct and star in a feature soon so look out for that. It will be super dark and R-rated; similar to Boots

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YouTube video you've been showing all your friends lately:

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If you didn't know Zimbio was an entertainment site, what would you think "a Zimbio" was?
A digestive pill. Or a zip-lining strategy.

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