‘I Am Number Four’ is an action-packed adventure entwined with a romantic story. I play the role of John Smith. John wants to be a normal kid but he is from a different planet and he has been given this destiny of becoming a warrior.
I’m very ambitious. I live in reality but I have dreams I want to fulfill – I want to be a director and I’ve already started my own production company. But I also have a measure of success that I keep to myself. It’s something very personal to me.
My dad’s one of my biggest heroes. I also think Paul Newman’s an inspiration. I know a lot of people say that but I love that he’s a great role model and a humanitarian. I admire people who don’t necessarily want to change the world but try to make it a better environment.
I jumped off a cliff backwards for ‘I Am Number Four’ which was pretty cool. I’d never done that before. It took seven takes from different angles and luckily there were no injuries. I came close though. My head nearly hit the rock at one point.
Los Angeles is a very magical place when you take the entertainment industry out of it. You have beautiful beaches and amazing mountains here. I’m a big rock climber. I head out into the mountains whenever I have free time. It’s amazing.