The Paper Towns actor kept it real with us, "I can't lie. It was my first film so I felt obligated to take it," he said. "But besides that, it was important to the demographic - the young teenagers." It doesn't hurt that he really liked his character, Radar, too. "I fell in love after reading the book. His quirks, his obsessions. That was a cherry on top." After chatting with Justice, we can't wait to see what his future holds.
C: We're still having a hard time believing this was your first time on the big screen! How did you feel going in to meet the cast?
JS: "John Greene has such a huge following. I think it was intimidating until I met everyone. As soon as I met Nat, he was so welcoming and friendly. It was so easy playing these characters because the friendships were so genuine and awesome. It was real on-screen and off. I'm super fortunate and grateful to have the opportunity on my first film to be with amazing relaxed people."
C: What was the most surprising thing you learned from this experience?
JS: "Just watching everyone perform. When Nat performs, he's so illuminating and so natural - but at the same time he serves the character well. Watching and learning from that, I'm extremely grateful.
C: You didn't have any scenes with Cara, but how was meeting and watching her work on set?
JS: "She treats everyone like her best friend, which is astonishing to me because I would imagine it's hard to keep up with all the relationships. She's just so friendly, outgoing and wild. She's funny and goofy, but at the same time she knows how to buckle down and she respects the craft and knows how to focus on the work. Just watching her, it's obvious that she knows what she's doing."
C: You're still so young! What were/are your backup plans if acting didn't pan out?
JS: "From a young age I knew I wanted to be an actor. Both my parents are musicians, so artistry was always going to be an option. I remember being young and watching kids in films and I knew I wanted to be one of those kids. I kind of stuck on that path ever since knowing that's what I wanted to do."
C: You're also starring in a new Netflix original. Can you tell us a little about "The Get Down"?
JS: "Yes! It's about kids growing up in the '70s in south Bronx during a tough time, and kind of at an all time low. At the rise at hip hop and soul music, it was a distraction from the violence. We finished four episodes and we're on a short hiatus and we'll finish up in February and I think it'll come out tentatively in the summer."
C: We still have many months to wait until next summer, but Halloween is right around the corner! What are you going to be this year?
JS: "I'm a zombie, coming up for six consecutive years. I do the full gore, full bloody, scars and all. So much gore! I walk around like a zombie all day. It's very nerdy, but it is what I love to do."
Paper Towns is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD.