Although he plays the mysterious guy next door in 'The House at the End of the Street,' when we caught up with Max Thieriot, he couldn't have been more charming! In the new thriller, Max plays Ryan who is left to live in his family's house by himself after his younger sister kills their parents and then disappears. Jennifer Lawrence plays Elissa who moves in next door and begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan. Read on for more info about 'The House at the End of the Street' in theaters today, September 21!
J-14: What drew you to The House at the End of the Street?
Max: It was really the script that brought me in. When I was done reading the script, I was honestly, legitimately shocked, and I didn't see the twists and turns and everything coming. Of course, the character of Ryan has so many different elements to him that made it challenging and fun as an actor to do.
J-14: What was your favorite part of filming?
Max: We all had a lot fun filming this movie. We became like a close-knit family. We spent a lot of time together. The experience of being up there [in Ottowa] and away from everything else you're used to and getting to know everybody well. It was a lot of fun.
J-14: What was the hardest part?
Max: Probably just trying to come up with a character like Ryan who has all these different layers, but at the same time I wanted Ryan to be affectionate and compassionate, and I want people to care about him. That's difficult, because you want to make sure that it comes off right.
J-14: What was it like working with Jennifer Lawrence?
Max: Jen's awesome. She's really, really down to earth. She's from Kentucky, so she has this small town vibe to her. It's kind of like hanging out with one of the guys. She watches 'The Simpsons' and football and all those fun things that guys like to veg out on.
J-14: Give us three reasons why readers should go see 'The House at the End of the Street.'
Max: I would say 1. You are going to be thoroughly entertained with the movie, 2. It is the most original film of this genre in a long time, and 3. It's definitely scary because it's all real stuff that could happen.
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