The Meet & Greet: ‘Super 8′ Star Riley Griffiths on ‘Role Model’ JJ Abrams & A Possible Sequel
Today (Friday) is finally the day sci-fi and JJ Abrams fans all over have been waiting for — Super 8 is finally in theaters! Since announcing the project a couple of years ago, people have been speculating as to what the movie could hold. What we do know is that the film, about a group of kids who witness a mysterious train crash and accidently capture it on video, is that it features a cast of young Hollywood up and comers.
One said star? The wildly talented Riley Griffiths. Celebuzz got a chance to catch up with the actor and talked about everything from what it was like working with JJ, how he bonded with the cast and much more.
Have you seen Super 8 yet?
I have, I actually have seen it twice.
What did you think of it?
It is just amazing, seeing all the stuff that wasn’t there while filming [like the train cars flying through the air] is incredible. I love seeing everything put together. Everybody worked so hard on this movie, I mean the crew never slept. I am so blessed that everybody worked so hard on this.
Did you bond with the cast?
We all are best friends now. We Skype, facetime and hang out all the time. I know these guys better than many of my friends from back home. You don’t spend three and a half months straight everyday with your friends. I love these guys like my brother.
Did you guys ever play any pranks on set or anything?
We played pranks all the time. I remember one time we pranked Joel and hid in his trailer while he was getting his make up done. All the lights were off and when Joel walked in we jumped out and freaked him out so bad. Then Joel got us back.
Tell me a little bit about your character in Super 8.
My character is Charles, he is the director of the movie within the movie. He is production value crazed, he definitely puts up a tough front but deep down he feels he has a defense with him.
Are there any similarities between you and your character?
Definitely, we both are passionate about what we do and have a love for the arts. Also we both are very creative.
How did you get into acting?
I was in the first grade and was doing a school play. Ever since then I knew acting was what I wanted to do. I have done so many Shakespeare plays but this was my first project ever on camera. It was so cool to go through it with kids my own age and movie geniuses like JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg.
The plot of Super 8 is very secretive and has been kept under wraps for quite some time. What was it like being a part of something so secretive?
I think it is kind of cool, my friends call me up all the time and ask me questions. They’ll be like “what’s in that freighter?!” And of course I can’t say anything. But I can’t wait to see their faces when they see all the twists and turns.
What was it like working with JJ Abrams?
It was amazing, JJ is serious about his work and knows what he wants but works in a way where he makes it comfortable. JJ is my biggest role model in life, he is so nice and taught us so much about life.
How would you compare this film to Cloverfield?
You know, they are both so different. I don’t think they are anything alike.
Do you have any other projects in the works?
I am reading scripts and meeting with directors, but haven’t signed any contract. Things are in the works though, acting is what I want to do the rest of my life.
What would one of your ultimate career goals be?
I would love to win an Oscar. I also want to be very diverse, Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks they are so diverse and can go from comedy, action, to production. This is what I strive to work towards.
What are your summer plans?
One of my good friends is going to visit me in Seattle. We are going to go whale watching and go mountain biking. Hopefully do more acting and get ready for football season next year.
You were just in Europe doing press for Super 8, right?
Yes, Europe and Asia. I had never been out of the country before so to see all the different things was so interesting to see. The steering wheel on the opposite side of the car was one thing that really stood out to me. It freaked me out. Like, my mom was in the “driver” seat and turned around I thought we were going to crash. It was hilarious.
Does Super 8 leave the ending open for a possible sequel?
You will have to go watch the movie and see for yourself.
Would you be open to doing a sequel?
Definitely, I love the cast and crew. JJ is like a father figure to me.