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Saturday 31 January 2015

Ellar Coltrane: Boyhood made me grow up

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18:  Actor Ellar Coltrane attends the "Boyhood" opening night screening during the 2014 BAMcinemaFest at BAM Harvey Theater on June 18, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
Ellar Coltrane

Ellar Coltrane finds Boyhood "comforting" rather than "embarrassing or awkward" as he once feared.

The movie follows Ellar's character Mason over 12 years and was shot as he moved from being a child to an adult in real life. At first the star didn't really know what was going on, but he's now started to understand just how ground-breaking the project is.

"I've undergone more physiological and emotion development in the past six months than I have in the past six years," he told Teen Vogue. "The first couple times I watched, it was hard to really think much. There were so many emotions and curiosity that had been building up for so long. Everyone as a teenager struggles with self-identity and feeling real and important and valid. We feel really disconnected from ourselves and everyone around us, and to see all these little parts of myself that taken out of context might be embarrassing or awkward, but seeing it all put together like that is very comforting. It's terrifying, but it's actually proof that I'm real."

The movie was directed by Richard Linklater and also stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. As well as following Mason as he becomes a teenager, the film shows the way the family's life changes too.

The now 19-year-old actor was cast when he was six and although he vaguely remembers auditioning, he didn't really understand what he was signing up to. It's only recently that he's realised how "crazy" the project is, especially as it was only shot over three days each year. There would be around a week of rehearsals beforehand, but aside from that Ellar's life was normal.

"The long nature of the project allowed a lot of us to become very lost in the artistic process and forget about the end goal of it being a movie and people watching it," he explained. "Most of the project was kind of distant. The purpose of doing it was to do it."

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