How did you get involved with the film?
You know, I just auditioned and that was it!
And what was it like collaborating with the Coen Brothers?
As you can probably imagine, it’s pretty surreal. I think I made the mistake of watching all their movies before we started, so then got really nervous by the first day of shooting, which was unhelpful. So I tried to picture everyone naked and that didn’t work. So, I feel like I was in a coma most of the time, but I hear it turned out great.
Tell me a little about your character.
Al Cody’s a guy who is kind of finding his voice yet; comes very new to the scene and hasn’t really found his look or his voice or...kind of breaking into the world; lives in a small apartment, doesn't have a lot of money, and kind of is enjoying the ride. I think he’s a little less salty, as I say, than Llewyn is.
Can you tell me about your musical preparation for the film? Did you have a voice coach?
No voice coach, no. I come from a very musical background, but yeah, I never really listened to the folk scene and...so that was kind of a great excuse to kind of immerse into it for a couple months.
Can you speak about working with Oscar Isaac? He is getting a lot of buzz for the role.
As he should, yeah. We both went to the same place right here at Julliard. He was ahead of me.And a fresh face probably to many people, but I heard about Oscar for a long time and saw him in a play for the first time called "In the Name of the Father" down on 59th Street...when I was just about to start, and then I was like, “Who’s that guy? That guy is pretty incredible.” I’ve always heard about him. I’ve been seeing him in things here and there and he’s so amazing and it’s really exciting to watch him. He’s so musical and great guitar player. He’s kind of the whole real deal.
Q: And my last question is you’re the face of this big Gap campaign all over the city. Can you tell me the highlight of doing that?
I was not aware that it would be a worldwide. I mean, even though they said that...I’m from Indiana, not that people from Indiana aren't aware of Gap campaigns, but I certainly wasn’t. So, it was very surprising to see...you kind of do it because you like the Gap and you’re interested and think it’s a fun project and then forget that eventually people are also going to watch it. So, I don’t think I’ve ever had more text messages about that than anything else. [LAUGHTER]