In case you didn’t notice, Ellar Coltrane stops being a boy sometime near the end of Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood.” Two years have passed since that ambitious project came to fruition, and we’ve seen little of Coltrane in the interim. Keyframe caught up with the Austin-based actor, who says he’s ready to spend more time in Los Angeles and move forward with his career.
“I got really lucky with ‘Boyhood,'” he explains, “and I’ve kind of been able to just not work that much for the past couple of years. I think I needed the break, and needed to catch up with my family.” Coltrane, who was most recently seen in “Barry” and “The Circle,” says he’s been working on short films and other small projects in his hometown, where he was able to buy a house last year.
His experiences in Hollywood — where he’d never been prior to the promotion of “Boyhood” — was a culture-shock moment for him. “To be suddenly thrust into this celebrity, and this world of schmoozing and wearing fancy clothes and doing interviews and going to awards shows, the very socially high-pressure situations…it was just hard for me, to figure out how to come out of my shell.”
Coltrane goes deep on a number of other subjects, from what drives his creative expression to the fickle nature of conventional success. Read his full interview here.