When people come to see your band, Aleka's Attic, does it bother you to get an audience of people who come to see your band because of your reputation as an actor?
It's difficult because I don't want there to be any preconceptions of the music based on who I am as an actor. It's a huge jinx on all of us in the band, and it really hurts. I was debating on whether or not I should just change my name for the band. Although it did help us get into the clubs in the first place, I don't think any of the clubs took us back because of that. When you see our show I think people realize it's just a good band playing good music.
Do you think My Own Private Idaho will be perceived as shocking?
I spent quite a few hours on the streets in Portland (where the movie was filmed) between the hours of 8 pm and 4 am researching the role by hanging out with male hustlers. It was really depressing. It doesn't seem so shocking to me, really. I think if it was about female prostitution it wouldn't be so shocking. Society accepts that. The movie turns the tables on the audience in that sense, but it all comes back to the same thing; mankind. Man is the customer, the consumer, the exploiter it's seedy out there, man.
success changed the way you plan your acting career or your personal life?
Fame doesn't affect my relationships with people much because I've got my head on straight, but there is some sort of undertone that has a weird effect when you're trying to walk through life I'm not interested in seeing "the media" manifest itself in my life. I don't even like to call acting a career. I prefer to think of it as a project, or else I'd start worrying about things like money. We like contributing to causes, people and the world around us. Just kind of sharing it all, that's what's important.