Does the name Keir Gilchrist not ring a bell? Sound kind of unpronounceable? Don’t worry, you’re not alone: The 18-year-old Canadian is mostly known as the “mostly gay” son Marshal Gregson on Showtime’s The United States of Tara, and god help you if you keep track of Diablo Cody characters in your Trapper Keeper with hearts around them. But Keir is about to hit it big, playing the maybe-crazy mental patient and protégé of Zach Galifianakis in It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Here’s some things you should probably know about him.
• We’re calling him the next next Michael Cera: Remember when Jesse Eisenberg was in The Squid and the Whale, a sadly funny coming-of-age indie flick that suddenly had him short-listed for all the roles Michael Cera wasn’t taking (Adventureland, Zombieland)? Yeah well, now that Jesse is a star in his own right, the sadly funny It’s a Funny Story could be the vehicle that makes people talk about Keir being the new Jesse who is the new (old) Michael Cera. Basically, goofy shy Canadians FTW.
• Actually, Keir’s British: Yes, he’s lived and worked most of his young life in Toronto, but he was born in England, which makes him a native of the isles. Too bad he’s lost the accent: then we could be calling him the new Andrew Garfield (who is the new Robert Pattinson).
• Despite his young age, he’s worked with some pretty heavy-hitters: Forget Emma Roberts, Zach Galifianakis, and Toni Collette. Keir’s also shared screen time with Rob Corddry in The Winner, Marcia Cross in Just Peck, and Rainn Wilson in The Rocker. And if those guys think he’s funny, who are we to say any different?
•He’s not gay:
This, despite his role as Marshal, and having a guest-spot at 10-years-old on Queer As Folk. Not to mention a profile in The Advocate earlier this year…not that that means anything these days.
• He’s really awkward in interviews: Seriously, try to make it a whole minute into this shit. It’s so painful. Hey Keir, lighten up! You don’t need to hide yourself from the screaming fans…yet.