Seacia Pavao/Open Road Films(NEW YORK) — After Miles Teller’s interview with Esquire last year that made headlines for all the wrong reasons — he was labeled “a d***” for one thing, later fuming about the writer “misrepresenting” him — the actor had a reason to be a little gun-shy for a new Vanity Fair feature.
“Before I came here, even if I was thinking, ‘I’m going to be guarded,’ … but then I sit down and I just start talking anyway,” he admits.
However, Teller, enjoying good reviews for his performance in the boxing biopic Bleed for This, notes he’s moved on from the Esquire controversy. “I’m not the kind of person to Google myself, because you’ll find whatever you’re looking for. If you want to read something that says you’re the greatest actor that ever lived, if you want to find something that is pretty hurtful, you’ll find it.”
Teller applies this “live and let live” attitude to news that his Whiplash writer/director Damien Chazelle cast him in the for the musical La La Land, only to replace Teller with Ryan Gosling.
“I’m a pretty strong believer that everything happens for a reason,” Teller says, “I’m happy Damien made the film he wanted to make.”
Bleed for This — about the rise, fall, and rise again of real-life boxing champ Vinny Pazienza — hits theaters Friday.
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