In case you missed it, Adam Levine is an actor now. He’s starring in a new movie called Begin Again with Keira Knightley. I haven’t seen the movie myself, but when Alexis calls him a “cardboard cutout of himself” in her review, I believe her. Because I’ve seen clips from the movie, and I’ve seen him “act” on American Horror Story. And also I’ve watched this new USA Today interview in which he himself admits he had no idea what he was doing when he took on the project.
That’s right. Adam Levine admits he doesn’t know how to act, but he still decided to star in a movie anyway. Forget about all those talented, hard-working actors out there desperate for a job who could have taken on the role instead. Or even the rich and famous actors who never have to work again but can still, you know, act. This was Adam Levine’s time to not shine, and he hopes that he maybe got a little bit better at that whole “pretending to be another person” thing after this experience:
“The oddest thing about being an actor is I’m not an actor, so being one was surreal. It was literally as if I woke up one day and it was time to become an actor. It wasn’t this lifelong passion, so I was a bit freaked out about it, and I think the way I responded to it was by just believing. The amount of self-belief I had to kind of inflict upon myself was huge because I didn’t know what I was doing. I think that I know what I’m doing more now than I did when I started, so there was a point A of ground zero… Point A, now I’m at point B. So I’m that much more far along.”
Usually the becoming a good actor part comes before you star in a motion picture, not after you’ve already turned in the shitty performance. There’s a reason people roll their eyes when musicians decide to become actors. Sometimes they’re actually talented on both fronts and take the job seriously. But otherwise they’re just like, “Hey it might be cool to try to be an actor. Someone should make that happen.” Meanwhile people who actually do see acting as “this lifelong passion” continue to get passed over for work so that singers who admittedly have no idea what they’re doing can get butts in the seats.
But of course this is what we must expect from a guy who, in the same interview, raves about being able to get a table at a restaurant whenever he wants while other people have to wait months, simply because he’s famous. When Adam Levine wants something, he expects to snap his fingers and have it handed to him. And because he’s Adam Levine, that’s exactly what happens, which just creates this vicious cycle of douchebaggery.