As scared as we were to watch the movie My Friend Dahmer, it was no surprise that it’s young star Ross Lynch is an up-and-comer worth watching. We got to know Lynch, and caught up with him on self-discovery in playing such a disturbed character, his constant penchant for adventure-seeking and how he’s diving into holiday gifting…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I oftentimes eat two meals for breakfast, sometimes just to take advantage of my fast metabolism at this age. So, ideally it would be nice to have some eggs with spinach and bacon. Also a huge stack of French toast and of course some Bulletproof coffee. Just thinking about it makes me hungry. For lunch, I would prefer some Umami Burger with some sweet potato fries. For dinner, I have a secret sushi spot that is the absolute best.
What was it like totally switching gears, and playing a role like Jeffrey Dahmer?
It was a good experience for me – a healthy pressure. I really wanted to do a good job. Every day was different and I was figuring it out as we went. Sometimes playing a future serial killer could get a little heavy, especially if it was a long day. Often times after shooting I would take really long hot showers to meditate. They put colored mousse in my hair every day to make my hair a little darker. When it would wash out of my hair it was symbolic for me for shedding Dahmer. I actually flew to Japan for 5 days in the middle of production to play a show with my band R5. At first, I was a little nervous about taking a break; I didn’t want to ruin our momentum. However, it turned out to be very positive and I felt really refreshed when I revisited the character. But it wasn’t always dark. There were times that were really pleasant while filming. Overall it was a really great learning experience for me and I think it helped me grow as a person.
What did you learn from playing him?
As an actor, I was reminded of the importance of really going for it and completely immersing yourself in a role. There are scenes in the film where I’m supposed to have an episode and “spazz” out, which is a strong example of when I had to challenge myself and perform in a way I haven’t done previously.
You’re an adventure seeker, is that something you bring to dating?
I’d like to think so. One time I put a bed in the back of our family van and took my girlfriend at the time on a road trip. Now that I’m writing this, I realize it might seem a little weird being in a van and all, but we had an amazing time. It was surprisingly hard to find a place where we could park the car and sleep in it, which made it all quite exciting. There was no agenda. We did whatever we wanted to.
Dating has its challenges, especially when you work as much as I do. Often times I’ve wanted to stay in bed all day, but who’s to say that can’t be an adventure too?
What’s your idea of the perfect first date?
Being spontaneous – something so unexpected that we’d never forget. Like, why not fly somewhere?! I heard a story about these two people that just met, and they decided to fly to some Caribbean island for a whole week. They treated the trip like it was a honeymoon. I’m told they went their separate ways afterward, but I appreciated the romance and spontaneity of sharing a moment like that.
If you could give girls 5 ideas for gifts for their significant other this holiday season, what would it be?
It always comes down to what the other person is into. To be honest, I would like advice on what I should give for a gift as well. I really like jewelry, so I don’t think you can go wrong with a nice bracelet, ring or necklace. I’m also a musician, so I like weird musical instruments. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s nice if it’s not typical. Also, funny gifts are fun, like a funny shirt or a coupon for back massages. Maybe a year-long Netflix subscription…? When in doubt just buy your spouse a puppy. Everyone likes puppies.
What’s your personal grooming routine?
I’m probably the worst person to ask. I have no grooming routine. If I have an event to go to, I’ll shave. I wash my face frequently but I don’t have any products that I swear by. I shower every day, sometimes in the morning, usually at night. I don’t like getting in my bed dirty.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst?
Recently, I’ve been trying to focus on the journey and not the destination. I’m trying to live in the moment as much as possible, really just focusing on today. It’s hard sometimes because we are so focused on the past and the future. We are taught to think that way.
I honestly can’t even remember a time when someone gave me bad advice…
What would your last meal be? Who would it be with?
An assortment of all the meals that my mom cooks. I’d share it with my family.
What’s on your Spotify playlist right now, besides R5?
I’ve been really into building playlists recently. I put pictures on them and everything. One really cool thing about music today is everyone listens to everything – with the exception of country (Not me personally, but I know a lot of people who don’t like country). Recently, I had a night with my friends dancing until 5 am to 80s tunes. It was epic. Songs like “In Your Eyes” Peter Gabriel, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” Prince, “Dancing Queen” ABBA, and “This Must Be the Place” Talking Heads. On other playlists, I have more vibe oriented songs from artists like Panama, The xx, Rex Orange County, and Jai Paul. The list goes on and on.
If you could put your own original quote on a t-shirt, what would it be?
Time is ticking. Don’t waste it.