“The subject matter is so tough to deal with that you can’t help getting into it,” the 26-year-old actor tells Crushable. “The harder part is to get out of it. Getting into it is the easy part. You have to find some way that you don’t take it with you. Because if you live in that world 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 10 months, you’ll go crazy. You have to come up for air a little bit. You have to find ways to keep it light, chill, to have some fun.”
If you don’t know Joe by name, then maybe you’ll recognize his face from the Steven Spielberg-produced TV epic The Pacific or as the former child star from Jurassic Park and other ’90s films like Radio Flyer and The River Wild. After a hiatus from Hollywood, his star his rising yet again: He’ll soon be seen as Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz in The Social Network, out this October.
Knowing awards shows’ fascination with war movies — the HBO saga Band Of Brothers snagged multiple Emmy wins in 2002 — does he think The Pacific has a chance to score big this year?
“It would be cool for the show to do well when the awards season comes around,” says Joe, who soaked up the glittery scene at NYLON’s Young Hollywood bash this week. “All I can really do is do the job on set, then that’s up to other people.”
Now that he’s part of “Young Hollywood,” he tries not to let it get to his head.
“You don’t want to take yourself too seriously, as an actor.” he says. “You start getting an ego. I don’t want to be that. I try not to take anything I do, serious or not, so seriously.”