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Actor Joel Edgerton, “Loving” Star, Really Botched His First Kiss

When Joel Edgerton was 14, he threw a party and invited his girlfriend. But just as they were about to kiss — Edgerton made a split-second decision not to go through with it. She broke up with him at school that Monday. See Edgerton recount his ill-fated first kiss and more in a candid interview with W's editor-at-large Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 3/23/2017

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00:03
I didn't know about Richard and Mildred.
00:06
I heard about Loving versus the State of Virginia as a case.
00:09
I had no idea who they were, but I'm Australian,
00:11
so I figured like I'm off the hook,
00:13
it's not my responsibility to know that part of history.
00:16
Then you wonder where was that day at school for Americans,
00:19
because most young Americans don't know about the story.
00:22
Those names are not in people's minds or on people's lips.
00:25
Nor are they really on the civil rights timeline
00:28
as educated in high school.
00:30
You know, I love being scared at the movies.
00:32
I recently saw a YouTube video clip that scared me
00:36
and made me feel more tense than anything I've seen
00:38
in a long time, it's an iguana running away
00:42
from a bunch of snakes, you've gotta watch this.
00:45
One animal versus another animal videos
00:47
are some of the favorite reallife dramas I've ever seen.
00:50
Basically, the snakes can't see,
00:52
but they can feel and sense movement.
00:54
And this iguana is just trying not to move.
00:58
But there's three or four big, brown snakes
01:00
kind of swirling around and he knows
01:02
that if one of them happens to slide over him, he's done.
01:06
And the moment the snake touches him he just takes off.
01:08
And there's like 20 different snakes all trying
01:11
to chase him on this beach.
01:12
He's gotta get to this rocky cliff, dun dun dun.
01:15
Let me get back to the real story here.
01:17
My point is that movies are, I guess,
01:20
are a safe place to feel fear,
01:22
because you know there's no real payoff
01:24
or real outcome to it, but you feel it in the moment.
01:27
There's nothing more terrifying than actually watching
01:30
a story where you go, oh, that could actually happen,
01:33
or that person could really exist.
01:35
I think the irrational fear that drives a lot
01:38
of my behavior, I think, is the fear
01:41
of not being appreciated or not being liked.
01:44
I know this isn't like a psychologist's couch here,
01:47
but a lot of us walk around constantly putting
01:50
too much effort in trying to please people or deciding
01:53
that other people don't value us or that they don't like us,
01:56
and it really actually doesn't matter.
01:58
When someone says do you want to completely hide
02:00
behind a mask, you're like, yeah.
02:04
But then your vanity comes back and you're like,
02:06
but they're gonna see me, they're gonna know it's me.
02:08
But then why do they have to?
02:11
My first proper kiss was in a game of like truth, dare,
02:15
but the first kiss that had some proper feeling behind it
02:19
was a different thing, and I really ballsed that up.
02:22
I kissed a girl, I had the opportunity and as I was
02:26
sort of making the approach, I made a split,
02:29
what I thought was a really great decision,
02:31
I don't know why at the time, to kiss her on the arm.
02:34
Instead of the general face area.
02:37
She broke up with me two days later.
02:39
The arm, I was just terrified.
02:41
She had blue, a light blue flannel shirt on.
02:44
Yeah, it wasn't like I was trying to kiss clothing,
02:45
it was just that I was trying not to kiss face,
02:48
because I was scared, I didn't know how to handle women.
02:53
I was 14 and it was a party at my house.
02:55
And that was Friday night and then Monday morning
02:58
at school she broke up with me.
03:00
Definitely because I kissed her arm.
03:02
She was like, sign of things to come.
03:06
I'm gonna cry if we talk about this anymore.