Adam Driver, a shooting star in Hollywood who is part of the “Star Wars: Episode VII” cast, doesn’t think he has earned his massive success that began building after the premiere of HBO comedy “Girls.”
“It’s very nice. But in a way, I don’t feel like I’ve really put in my dues,” the 30-year-old actor told GQ in the September issue. “Like it doesn’t feel earned.”
The modest analysis of his career — which includes roles in Oscar-nominated films “Lincoln” and “Inside Llewyn Davis, as well as critically-acclaimed comedies “Frances Ha” and current theatrical release “What If” — stands in stark contrast to praise offered by “This Is Where I Leave You” director Shawn Levy.
“To me, ‘Girls’ announced this wholly new and surprising kind of actor,” Levy said. “The way he moves, talks, eats, navigates the world, it’s really authentic. Adam is a fucking man.“
Driver, whose role in J.J. Abrams‘ “Star Wars” remains shrouded in mystery, struggled with pursuing acting after being honorably discharged from the Marines, but reconciled any guilt he had by launching a non-profit Arts in the Armed Forces, and realizing his artistic passion can be a service, in a sense.
“Life’s shitty, and we’re all gonna die. You have friends, and they die. You have a disease, someone you care about has a disease, Wall Street people are scamming everyone, the poor get poorer, the rich get richer,” Driver said. “That’s what we’re surrounded by all the time. We don’t understand why we’re here, no one’s giving us an answer, religion is vague, your parents can’t help because they’re just people, and it’s all terrible, and there’s no meaning to anything. What a terrible thing to process! Every. Day. And then you go to sleep. But then sometimes, things can suspend themselves for like a minute, and then every once in a while there’s something where you find a connection.”
“It’s a good, hard responsibility,” Driver added. “Maybe that’s self-indulgent, that I think I can really do something. But the potential is there.”
Here’s Driver’s GQ cover: