Troye Sivan Practiced His American Accent for “Boy Erased” on Uber Drivers

Though he’s known to everyone as a pop heartthrob, Troye Sivan actually fell into acting at first, almost by accident. And now he’s turned in one of the year’s notable performances in the gay conversion therapy drama “Boy Erased.” Here, Sivan recalls his acting journey, trying out his American accent on Uber drivers, and how he got his self-proclaimed title of Young Hugh Jackman, Sexiest Man Alive.

Released on 1/28/2019

Credits

Starring: Troye Sivan

Transcript

00:00
The name of the movie that I am in is Boy Erased.
00:02
This was like the worst movie in the world
00:04
to do an American accent on
00:05
'cause everyone was Australian pretty much.
00:07
And then practiced in a lot of Ubers.
00:09
I would talk and try and get through the entire ride
00:12
in an American accent.
00:13
Then at the end I would always be like, ah ha,
00:15
did you know that I'm Australian?
00:16
[laughter]
00:22
I sort of fell in to acting actually
00:23
like I used to post YouTube videos of me singing online
00:27
and a manager found them when I was like 12 or 13,
00:29
but he was a theatrical manager
00:32
and was like, I really don't know anything about
00:34
the music space.
00:35
Have you ever considered acting?
00:36
At the time I hadn't really.
00:37
I had done some musical theater stuff.
00:39
I was in Oliver Twist.
00:41
And then I also did Waiting for Godot,
00:43
and he said,
00:44
do you mind if I send you some auditions?
00:45
And the first audition that he sent to me for
00:48
X-Man Origins Wolverine, to play the young Wolverine,
00:50
and I ended up getting the part.
00:52
So I was like, oh, I guess I'm getting in to acting now.
00:55
I got to meet Hugh Jackman.
00:56
And at the time he was the sexiest man alive,
00:59
according to People,
01:00
and so I was like, oh my God.
01:01
I am the young version of the sexiest man alive.
01:04
I claimed that so hard.
01:06
God, my first red carpet outfit.
01:09
I feel like it was a gray suit.
01:12
It was really soft and plush.
01:13
It was not super cute in hindsight.
01:15
I was really scared of fashion for a really long time.
01:18
I didn't really grow up feeling like a cool kid.
01:21
So I never sort of gave myself the right
01:22
to dress the way that I wanted to dress.
01:25
I always kind of thought fashion was for,
01:27
for other people but not for me.
01:29
And I really do love fashion
01:31
and it feels creative like anything else creative I would do
01:33
so I'm trying to constantly kind of push myself
01:36
to play with it.
01:37
And now I really really enjoy it.
01:39
My first kiss was in the bathroom at my house.
01:43
It was like a Seven Minutes in Heaven situation.
01:45
It was a big group of people outside
01:47
in like the living room
01:48
and we went into the bathroom and closed the door.
01:50
And we kissed for like three minutes
01:52
and then sat and just like looked at each other
01:54
for four minutes.
01:54
It was weird.
01:55
I remember being super super nervous actually, yeah.
01:57
My cinematic crush?
01:59
On TV there was this boy on Degrassi
02:03
that was so cute.
02:04
He had like little curly hair and brown eyes, brown hair.
02:07
Very my vibe.
02:09
No, it wasn't...
02:10
I don't remember his name actually.
02:12
Him and the kid who played The Karate Kid.
02:14
But like when he was younger I was also really really young.
02:16
[Interviewer] Of course, I think it's sweet.
02:19
I'm just gonna do the one that I saw first.
02:20
[Interviewer] Okay, good.
02:21
'Cause I feel an attraction to it.
02:24
So is this like my fortune or...
02:26
This one says,
02:27
Shoelaces untied can be a tripping hazard.
02:30
I hope he falls for me.
02:31
That's pretty good.
02:32
I'm not wearing shoes with shoelaces on, so.
02:35
I mean I would hope after three years
02:37
it's like I hope we're already there,
02:38
but...
02:39
[Interviewer] Yeah.
02:40
[laughter]