Actor Charlie Plummer Likes Advice Posed As A Question

Photographed by Danielle Kosann

Ridley Scott’s All The Money in The World has been a long awaited film for many reasons, the most recent being Christopher Plummer’s last minute, much talked about replacement of Kevin Spacey. On our end, we couldn’t wait to get to know the film’s young star, and notorious up-and-comer Charlie Plummer.

There’s no doubt Plummer’s career is about to skyrocket (arguably, it already has); after this movie release, he has yet another long-awaited one in March called Lean On Pete where he’ll star alongside Steve Buscemi. Plummer let us in on his go-to breakfast, advice from Ridley Scott and how it feels to be called the new “Leo”…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

Start to finish it would be a Pumpkin Spice Latte and scrambled egg whites for breakfast, anything with quinoa in it for lunch, and then spaghetti for dinner. Oh, and my grandma’s Key Lime Pie for dessert! She makes the best Key Lime Pie.

How do you always start your day? What’s your go-to breakfast?

I don’t think I ever start my day the same way, but my go-to breakfast is usually an iced pumpkin spice latte and egg white bites from Starbucks.

Did you always know that you wanted to be an actor? Was there anything else you wanted to be? 

No and yes. I either wanted to be an NFL general manager, professional LEGO builder, or actor. I just got the opportunity to start acting way before any LEGO or NFL calls were coming in.

How does it feel to be 18, and be called the “new Leo [Leonardo DiCaprio]?” 

I’m actually a Gemini, but 18 has been one of the best years of my life thus far.

What was the most memorable part of shooting your newest project All the Money in the World?

Getting to work with one of the greatest film directors alive – Ridley Scott – had to be the most memorable part. Then talking about that living legend with many of my acting heroes was also extremely memorable.

Did the reshoot with Christopher Plummer affect you at all? Why or why not? 

Luckily it didn’t. Unfortunately, I don’t have any scenes with Mr. Plummer’s character.

What actors did you always look up to growing up? 

Mark Rylance has been my favorite actor since I was twelve. I saw him in this incredible play, Jerusalem, which changed everything for me.

What’s the best advice you received on set? 

When I wrapped production on All the Money in the World, Ridley looked me straight in the eyes and said, “What are you doing next?” Now, whenever I’m tasked with making any career choice, I think of Ridley and ask myself if he would be proud of what I’m doing next. Advice in the form of a question is always my favorite, as I know I’ll continue to ask myself that for the rest of my life – and I’ll always hear it in Ridley’s gruff tone, which certainly helps.

In your next upcoming film Lean on Pete, you journey across the American frontier with your horse. What was it like shooting that?

It was a beautiful journey, albeit a challenging one. But in the end, I am tremendously proud of how the movie turned out. It was a special experience that produced a special film.

How do you balance your acting career, while also just trying to still be 18?

I don’t know, but I hope I’m doing an okay job. In all honesty, I owe any and all balance to my family.

If you could put any quote on a hat and wear it, what would it be?  

“I did an interview with The New Potato and all I got was this lousy hat.”

Charlie Plummer, photographed at SPIN in New York, NY.

4 thoughts on “Actor Charlie Plummer Likes Advice Posed As A Question

  1. This interview approached Charlie in a unique way. It was both light hearted and insightful. It was personal, yet not intrusive.

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