When you think of actors with a penchant for dark and twisty movies, we doubt you'll name Kodi Smit-McPhee.
You should. And you definitely will soon.
The 14-year-old star of "Let Me In" is earning raves for his role as Owen, the deeply lonely victim of ceaseless bullying who befriends a vampire. And this is a repeat positive performance – the Australian younger landed accolades last winter for the post-apocalyptic "The Road."
But, while doing such mature fare, the kid has maintained his youth and his sense of innocence, promising his hope to make a lighter movie next time and sharing some of the laughs he and co-star Chloe Moretz managed to have on set.
"I remember they were testing the blood," he says. "They had a guy and then they rigged up blood to squirt out of his neck. They tried it and it was crazy squirting all over, like meters! [Laughs]… I think I tasted it and it's really, really bitter. And it sticks in your teeth. Gross."
Gross and charming at the same time – Smit-McPhee is clearly not your typical teen.
What was your first acting gig?
My dad ["Sons of Anarchy" star Andy McPhee] asked me if I wanted to do an audition for a short film just for a bit of fun. I did it and I got it. And then I did two Stephen King TV movies and I joined my dad's agency and then I started auditioning for movies.
Who is your acting inspiration?
My dad. My sister's an actor as well. She's 18, but she started acting when she was three. She's on "Hung" on HBO.
Anything cool you bought with your first acting paycheck?
I got a PSP – a PlayStation. Even though it's a bit brutal, I think [my favorite game is] "Grand Theft Auto." I really like driving cars. I love car games.
When you're old enough to get your license, what kind of car do you want to drive?
If I could choose any car in the world, I'd get a Lamborghini, but I think that's a bit too much money. I'll start off with maybe a V8 or something.
Do you have a favorite toy?
My bike. Both my bikes. And guitar. I play a bit of everything. I play Pink Floyd. I can play kind of metal songs. I play a bit more metal.
Do you have a favorite musician?
In metal, it would be Slipknot. If I was to meet them, I'd be a little bit scared. 'Cause they're buff. The lead singer's in another band called Stone Sour. That's a nice band too.
Do you have any nicknames?
My friends call me Koda. My brother calls me Koko.
What's down the road for you?
[I make] short films and stuff with my computer… I wouldn't mind doing my own film on the big screen. That'd be cool.