Michael Angarano is not yet 24 years old, but he’s already racked up an impressive list of credits, even if a lot of folks might recognize his face from a more cherubic state. He was the young William in Almost Famous, and the young Red Pollard in Seabiscuit. Other audiences might know him best from a stint on Will & Grace. Crucially, though, Angarano is in the process of showing he has what it takes to navigate the tricky terrain between adolescent performer and young adult actor.
A solid turn opposite Uma Thurman in this year’s split-generation romance Ceremony affirmed his keen touch with uniquely verbose sensitivity, and he gives a realistically frazzled performance opposite mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano in Steven Soderbergh’s character-rooted tale of AWOL-secret-agent vengeance, Haywire, which was just recently pushed to early 2012. Up next, however, is writer-director Gavin Wiesen‘s coming-of-age tale The Art of Getting By, in which Angarano plays Dustin, a young painter who befriends Freddie Highmore’s under-motivated high schooler, George, and becomes unwittingly caught up in a love triangle with he and Emma Roberts’ Sally. I had a chance to speak with Angarano one-on-one recently. For excerpts from the chat, trip on over to ShockYa.