1. NEW TEEN HEART-THROB
This 23-year-old has landed the lead role as Chloe Grace Moretz's boyfriend in If I Stay, now showing in cinemas. Blackley plays Adam, who tries to coax girlfriend Mia (Moretz) out of coma.
2. TURNING HEADS
In the movie, Adam is introduced walking down a school hallway in a leather jacket with a guitar on his back, as girls drool and swoon. In real life, Blackley said he never had such attention. Blackley told The Canadian Press: "That wasn't me in high school. I had terrible hair in high school."
3. HE'S NOT A ROCK STAR
Blackley had his showbiz start with rock musical Spring Awakenings, followed by a role as George Harrison in a production of Backbeat. He learnt to play the guitar at 12, but he said he only looked the part of a rock band frontman. "It's probably just because I wear tight jeans," he told Clash Music.
4. CHEMISTRY TIME
Working with Moretz was an unusual experience, as Blackley was star-struck when he first met the actress. But they found chemistry from the get-go. He told Metro: "We just got on with it and had fun."
5. MOVING UP
Next for Blackley is a Woody Allen project, where he will share screen time with Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix.
While he could not reveal much about the currently untitled project, Blackley is thrilled to be working with the "amazing" director. "I'd turn up at work and be like, 'Wow, where am I?'" he told Global News.
Name Jamie Alexander Blackley
Born July 8, 1991, Isle of Man, UK
Filmography London Boulevard (2010), Snow White And The Huntsman (2012), The Fifth Estate (2013), If I Stay (2014)
ACTORS WHO HAVE SHOWED OFF THEIR STRUMMING PROWESS
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY BEGIN AGAIN (2014)
OSCAR ISAAC INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013)
MICHAEL CERA SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD (2010)
KRISTEN STEWART THE RUNAWAYS (2010)
JOAQUIN PHOENIX WALK THE LINE (2005)
JACK BLACK SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003)
This article was first published on September 10, 2014.
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