When you were deciding what your character would sound like and act like, were there any actors that you were pulling from? You reminded me a lot of John Cusack in High Fidelity—and everything else that he’s been in.

That’s a good comparison. I mean, yeah, stuff like that maybe subconsciously worked its way into it, but no—I was just thinking of being annoying but charming in a sense. My natural speaking voice was not going to really pass since it was a little deep. I knew I would have to talk in a higher register.

How online are you? Do you spend a lot of time on the internet?

No. It’s probably for the best. I’ve never made a TikTok. I’m not on Twitter—or X, sorry, excuse me.

Twitter’s fine!

Yeah, I’ll call it that. I use Instagram here and there. I’m super uncultured when it comes to the internet and all the applications, all that stuff. My friends will send me stuff and I’ll get a kick out of it. But other than that I’m pretty ignorant of it.

What’s the funniest thing that they’ve sent you?

Everybody’s been sending me Paul [Giamatti] eating the In-N-Out burger after the Golden Globes.

There are also more than a few Dominic Sessa fan accounts already.

Insanity.

One of them dug up a video of your acapella group singing “Party in the U.S.A.”

Oh no, people are watching these? How did that get out there? That’s hilarious. That was probably my junior year—maybe it was my senior year. I don’t know. But yeah, I did do acapella in high school, and there was a period where our captain, so to speak, was out of commission, so I was taking the lead very boldly, trying to help the younger kids and stuff. I guess by default, since I was one of the few who could read the music, I had to take the lead in some of those things.

They’re super sleuths! There were a lot of really memorable outfits in the movie, and you’ve also worn some great looks on red carpets. How has your fashion evolved now that you’re navigating Hollywood?

I’ve never really been someone who explored that much. I would always just wear jeans and T-shirts, mainly. The only time I would dress up was in high school for my dress code. But yeah, I’m having fun just trying different stuff, just seeing what I like. I know that I like to wear a lot of black, so I’m incorporating that into a lot of the stuff I wear. I’m definitely, like, just keeping the classic look, keeping my hair the way it is with the sideburns, just being myself, I guess. I want to bring sideburns back, so if I can do that, that’s a win.

How old were you when you first started growing them?

I guess I was probably in high school. Wait, I know exactly when it happened. It was my junior year and we did a radio play of Frankenstein, and I was playing Henry Clerval and there was nobody even watching it, but, trying to get into character or whatever, I grew out these giant muttonchops. I probably have a picture somewhere. And then I guess when I shaved those, I just trimmed it down, not as far up. I just kept little sideburns and that’s when it started, and I just kept it.



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