The approaching-of-age drama ‘Chemical Hearts’ is out now. HL spoke with Austin Abrams concerning the function of Henry, Henry and Grace’s relationship, the film’s ending, and extra.
Austin Abrams is among the most gifted younger stars in Hollywood. From melting hearts enjoying shy Ethan in Euphoria to a darkish flip as Marc in This Is Us, Austin has proven us his unimaginable vary in simply the previous yr alone. He now stars as Henry Web page, a highschool senior craving for an ideal love, within the Amazon Studios movie Chemical Hearts.
Austin talked EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife about why he was drawn to the function of Henry Web page. He mentioned Henry’s starvation for a love like his mother and father have, which influences his relationship with Grace. Austin additionally opened up about his future with Euphoria and his upcoming present Sprint & Lily.
You’ve been extremely busy recently with Euphoria, This Is Us, and beforehand with The Strolling Lifeless. You’ve had quite a lot of totally different roles over time, so what was it about Henry that actually stood out to you?
Austin Abrams: First, I discovered the story very compelling. I feel there’s a very good story there, after which additionally the director, Richard Tanne, is an effective director and that was a very good draw. Typically it may be just a little bit troublesome, not less than I’ve discovered, to seek out these actually attention-grabbing, advanced highschool characters. Henry has quite a lot of complexities to him. He finds it very troublesome to talk, so he’s drawn to writing. However then he additionally sees his mother and father’ relationship and sees their love, and I feel he’s actually in a spot the place he’s actually craving love and craving a relationship. That was an attention-grabbing factor to attempt to discover. I really feel, not less than written clever, he’s loads. He’s bought quite a lot of issues occurring, so I feel there was loads there that I used to be ready to enter and attempt to perceive.
You’ve been performing because you have been actually younger. Did you’ve an identical highschool expertise to Henry or extra of like a Hollywood highschool expertise?
Austin Abrams: I didn’t actually have any form of Hollywood highschool expertise. My expertise was fairly much like a mean American teenager in quite a lot of methods. I went to a public highschool. I didn’t do any digital stuff. I do know some actors labored after they have been youthful, they usually ended up doing quite a lot of digital college and stuff like that, however I had a public college that was, for some motive, very keen to work with me. So I didn’t find yourself having an especially Hollywood college expertise.
Grace and Henry’s relationship is clearly very sophisticated. Do you suppose Henry actually liked Grace or the concept of Grace?
Austin Abrams: It’s like, how a lot do I wish to say? As a result of I do worth an viewers member watching it for themselves and deciding what they suppose as a result of that’s, I suppose, a urgent query in the case of the movie. I positively suppose that may be very a lot up for debate, however I’ll say I’m undecided. I feel Henry maybe on the time would say he liked her, however I might say if he have been to evaluate it maybe a yr later, he could really feel in another way.
After I look again at highschool, I’m wondering: how a lot did we actually learn about love after we have been that younger?
Austin Abrams: I feel he simply needs love so badly. I feel taking a look at his mother and father and seeing what they’ve, I feel he craves that so deeply, particularly since he’s by no means had that earlier than. So I positively suppose that has an affect on his relationship with Grace by way of how pure is it?
I feel on the similar time quite a lot of younger folks see these “excellent” relationships in tv and flicks and suppose it must be precisely like what they’ve watched.
Austin Abrams: Truthfully, I feel seeing relationships by way of the media is usually a bit harmful. I imply, I can relate that. Once you’re just a little bit youthful, you’re not likely seeing the true intricacies of what’s actually occurring. They’re fantasies. There are some films that attempt to do one of the best they’ll to point out what it’s actually like. However on the similar time, as a viewer, you’re viewing it from an out of doors perspective. You’re not likely in it. There are such a lot of emotions concerned whenever you’re having a relationship that it’s important to expertise it for your self.
With so many coming-of-age films we’ve all watched, all the things is wrapped up in a neat little bow on the finish. The couple, even in highschool, will get a fortunately ever after. However with Chemical Hearts, Grace and Henry’s relationship is extremely relatable to quite a lot of highschool relationships the place it doesn’t work out. How do you’re feeling concerning the ending? Do you suppose it was the precise ending for Grace and Henry?
Austin Abrams: I feel it’s the proper ending for the story. There are quite a lot of classes realized, not less than from Henry’s angle, and I’m certain from Grace’s as nicely. I do suppose it’s a good ending, particularly for this story. I feel it really works.
One of many scenes that stands out to me probably the most is the scene between Grace and Henry in Grace’s bed room when Henry realizes how related she nonetheless is to her boyfriend who died. That was such a uncooked and intense scene. What’s that like for you as an actor to actually dive headfirst into all of these emotions?
Austin Abrams: Look, it may well fairly intimidating at occasions, not less than for me personally. Perhaps there are some folks the place it’s by no means [intimidating], however on the similar time, I do take pleasure in very a lot going into these troublesome, emotional locations. It’s attention-grabbing enjoying Henry as a result of he wished this factor so badly. He needs her so badly or maybe needs the idea of her that’s in his thoughts. It’s only a actual form of desperation. That was very attention-grabbing to research. Typically that stuff might be simply as satisfying as a lighter scene maybe.
Lili Reinhart is your co-star, however she was additionally an government producer. What was it like working together with her in entrance of the digicam and behind the digicam?
Austin Abrams: It was nice, man. She’s very collaborative. She and I’ve recognized one another for fairly some time now, in order that was very nice to have the ability to reunite together with her once more and work extra carefully together with her once more. She was a producer, nevertheless it’s not like she was in there like making an attempt to regulate all the things. She did a very great job of being a producer and in addition being an actor. I feel she did an ideal job on each ends.
You even have a brand new present for Netflix developing: Sprint & Lily. Is there something you’ll be able to tease about that?
Austin Abrams: I feel there’s a very good story there. We filmed it final yr in New York, and New York is unfortunately nothing prefer it was as actually nowhere is within the nation. New York is sort of like a personality in that present, so I feel it will likely be good for folks to have the ability to expertise what it was like a yr earlier than when issues weren’t as intense.
There’s additionally Euphoria season 2, which has been placed on maintain due to the pandemic. Are you coming again? Do you suppose Ethan’s story is over?
Austin Abrams: I’m supposed to come back again. As of now, I’ve completely no thought what’s occurring. We have been having desk reads proper earlier than the pandemic began, however I consider all of the scripts have been fully rewritten. I’ve completely no thought what’s occurring and after we’re supposed to start out working. There’s not a lot I can say about it as a result of I actually don’t know.