Lucas Hedges Opens Up About Being Compared to Other Leading Men

Lucas Hedges Opens Up About Being Compared to Other Leading Men
Lucas Hedges is on the cover of WSJ. Magazine‘s February 2019 Talents & Legends Issue, out now.
Here’s what the 22-year-old actor had to say…
On playing ordinary young
 men navigating strained and tumultuous 
periods of their lives:
 “My brother gives me a lot of s–t for it, actually. He’s like, ‘Most people in the world aren’t going through what your characters are going through.’”
On his childhood: “There was definitely a dream of being with somebody that never came true at that point in my life…it just didn’t feel like an option to actually be transparent with what I was going through. I really was trying to find myself through all these different relationships.”
On being compared to other leading men: “I do think about why there isn’t, like, a River Phoenix or somebody who I experience as being magical and ethereal and culturally historical…I do actually experience that with Timothée [Chalamet].”
On why he doesn’t aspire to heartthrob-dom: “I think I have a realistic sense of myself. The kind of actors I look up to are not the Rob Lowes. That’s not to say I haven’t wanted to be those guys. I know some women who are in love with Paul Dano. Colin Firth, perhaps?”
For more from Lucas, head to WSJ.com.