How do you think audiences will react to the new you?
Osment: I think itll sort of be a surprise, but I dont
think its going to weird people out. It should be expected,
because it has been two years since my last film. Being out in
public has been easier recently because I look really different
from my last film, so I havent been as recognizable. Its
had its advantages sometimes, but I think thats going to
go away after this film because people will know what I look like
you upset that youre not getting as much attention, or is
it a relief?
I guess its not so much a relief because being recognized
is not a problem. It is more relaxing not being noticed as much.
Also, its not just that Im not recognizable. I think
people relate better when youre older, because I think they
have more respect for your age. As time goes on, I think people
are becoming more respectful out in public. So its never
been a problem. Its just been interesting to watch.
did you decide to stop acting for two years?
We were just looking for the right script and this one came along.
The timing was really good, because I was going through similar
changes as Walter was at that time, so it was very convenient.
The physical quality ended up being convenient. The voice change
was potentially a problem going into this film, being inconsistent
with frequency levels and everything. That ended up working for
the character. We ended up using the voice to symbolize his change
with these two uncles.
you get scared you might be forgotten?
I dont think theres any fear. With acting, you can
never count on there being work available. Its whatevers
there, so I dont think theres any fear. Its
possible. Someday, there may not be any work, but I guess thats
not something Im worried about. If I just keep doing the
right roles, I think that wont be a problem.
have you been up to in the last two years?
I just got into high school. Im going into my sophomore
year, so thats been a big priority for me, as always. Ive
been running with a cross-country team, and just enjoying the
time off. Not working this summer, being
off from school and everything, this is a really relaxing period.
So, I was able just to enjoy life, I guess.
not one of those weird home-schooled kids?
all felt like I should do things as if I wasnt an actor,
and its worked out, too. Acting shouldnt get in the
way of me growing up like a normal kid. Im with a great
group of kids and they understand that its not about the
acting. We just relate to each other like normal kids and everything.
Ive had the opportunity to have these experiences because
we didnt let acting change anything else in my life.
you learning to drive?
I got my permit two weeks ago and Im in Drivers Ed
right now. Its going well. No wrecks yet.
you started dating?
Not right now. Its that time, but theres nothing going
on right now.
Eugene Osment: Learners permit first.
you have an entourage of personal assistants?
No. [Laughs] I dont have that complicated of a life. Understandably,
some people have a need for assistants when their lives are as
complicated as many of them are. I just dont have a need
for people to help out right now. Im just 15.
you being careful not to let your life turn into a freak show?
because it can happen if you dont focus on what the business
is about. You have to see that everything is just a bonus around
the acting. Youre lucky to get the attention you get because
its a side effect of the work that youre doing. So
if you dont concentrate on the importance of the work, you
could easily get carried away. You could easily have your attention
strayed from what is really important in this business. We see
that happen sometimes.
you watch your older movies, what do you see?
been happy with the stuff Ive done, but I can also see the
level of progression in the movies that Ive done. I feel
that every film that I do, Im bringing up the level of performance.
Every actor should learn from their last performance and use it
in their next performance. Thats how were able to
create a sense of reality around every character, because we learn
what its like to feel like one character, and we take the
reality that we learned on one film and we add it to the next
film. Its like were starting with more information
than we did last time.