Michael Cera’s breakthrough came in 2007 when he starred in both Very badly and June only months apart, but he almost gave up acting when the movies made him an overnight celebrity.
In an interview with The Guardian, the 35-year-old opened up about how “overwhelming” he found his fame when he was just 19 years old. “I didn’t know how to handle walking down the street. Fame makes you feel very uncomfortable in your own skin and you’re paranoid and weird,” he shared. “There was a lot of great stuff about it, and I met a lot of amazing people, but there’s also a lot of bad energy, which I wasn’t prepared to handle.”
While Cera had been in a number of projects prior to the 2007 hits, the two movies brought him into the spotlight in previous roles, such as George Michael Bluth in arrested development-I did not do it.
“If people are drunk, they recognize you and they’re very enthusiastic, but it can also be a bit toxic. When you’re a kid, people also feel like they can grab you, they’re not as respectful.” of you or your physical space,” she continued. “I didn’t know how to respectfully set my own boundaries.” Over the weekend Very badly hit theaters, Cera went to a bar with friends and felt a “burning sensation” the whole time because he was aware of how people were “so aware” of him.
The experience of sudden fame eventually prompted him to take on less commercial projects for a while. “There was a point where I wanted to stop taking jobs that would make me more famous,” he said, noting that he turned down the chance to host. Saturday night live at that time too. “He was having a bit of a meltdown…He wasn’t really enjoying the level of heat…I really didn’t know if he was going to continue to be an actor.”
When he considered taking a step back, he had already signed for Scott Pilgrim against the world, in which he played the lead role. The experience of working on the film with director Edgar Wright drew him back. “I was already committed to it, I went and did it, and obviously I’m very grateful that it happened,” he said. “I knew it wasn’t like that.” It is like constantly fanning the flames so that they grow higher and higher. I knew that was not really my goal. I think I wanted to be a working actor who can enjoy my everyday life and the world I’ve created. for me. I think that was what he was trying to figure out in general.”
Wax is set to appear in by greta gerwig very early Barbiewhich is his highest-profile live-action role since playing a fictionalized version of himself in 2013. This is the end. However, she has been working steadily ever since, appearing in a host of independent projects. Cera has also briefly appeared in various television series such as twin peaks in 2017, the Hulu series life and bethand most recently an episode of black mirror.