Q&A: Horror Hunk Max Thieriot Talks ‘House at the End of the Street’ + More!
Max Thieriot spills the deets on kissing Jennifer Lawrence, preparing for one of his toughest roles yet, and hilarious on-set pranks. Boo!
You might remember Max Thieriot as the tortured Bug in My Soul to Take, or as one of a troubled woman’s love interests in Chloe. And now, you can catch him opposite Jennifer Lawrence in the spine chilling fall film we’ve all been waiting for, House at the End of the Street. Catch it in cinemas now!
We caught up with Max about what makes House at the End of the Street unique, the nuttiest thing a fan has ever sent him, and what he’s learned from playing the mysterious – and possibly deadly – Ryan. Read on for all the deets!
Betty Confidential: What initially drew you to this role?
Max Thieriot: When I read the script, I was shocked and surprised by the plot twists and turns. Many times, this genre tends to be predictable, but this time, I never saw the ending coming. It really had me thinking – there were so many layers and elements to Ryan, which I was drawn to as an actor.
BC: How did you prepare for the role?
MT: I did character development in my head, as crazy as that sounds. I put together a whole detailed back story for Ryan. It may be irrelevant to the film, but it was helpful for me to have an understanding of who he was. I also looked up stories, videos, and interviews online to see what made infamous serial killers like Ted Bundy tick.
BC: What are a few of your favorite scary movies?
MT: I used to watch a lot more horror films when I was a kid. Some of my favorites were Chucky, Leprechaun, Scream, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. I enjoyed being scared, of fighting fear with fear.
BC: What sets House at the End of the Street apart from other movies of the genre?
MT: Definitely the twists, but also the fact that the entire concept is plausible. This story could really happen, and to me, that’s scarier than demons, ghosts, or vampires.
BC: Speaking of creepy stories, what’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done for you?
MT: One guy commissioned a painting and sent it to me in a gold plated frame. It was a close-up of my face, and the Hollywood Hills and the Twin Towers were in the background. You can’t make this stuff up!
Up next: Max dishes about on-set pranks, kissing Jennifer Lawrence, and more!