Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been busy following his rise to fame as Quicksilver in the Avengers: Age of Ultron. In addition to his role in the insanely popular franchise, the actor recently took part in a photo shoot with Flaunt magazine. The shoot included some 40 pages of photos and an interview where he discussed his troubles early on in life and how his wife, director Sam Taylor-Johnson, helped him pull through it all.
In addition to the photos, which include shots of Taylor-Johnson shirtless in the desert, the actor discussed his early days growing up. In that regard, Taylor-Johnson revealed that he was quite insecure about himself and that acting helped him find confidence in his voice.
“[Growing up] I thought I was stupid, wasn’t clever enough,” he explained in the interview. “I had really low self esteem, but when I started making films, and was around all these people in the film world, I felt empowered and I felt special. Not because I was an actor, not because of the fame from it. I felt like I finally had a voice. I was able to be openly and freely myself. I was allowed to cry and be emotional. I was allowed to yell and be as bold as I wanted.”
However, apart from the freedoms that acting gave him, trouble still managed to follow him despite the fame and money he made with acting.
“I needed to draw upon true, real experiences. I needed to be able to fill my cup,” he revealed, adding, “I needed more knowledge and experience, so I just started to do it all.”
Aaron Taylor-Johnson went on to add that he got into some pretty bad situations after dropping out of school to pursue acting full time.
“I worked hard, played hard, and had money to burn. I got myself into some serious, crappy situations. My adolescence was all about wild exploring and experimentation, about doing and trying everything. Searching for what fit right.”
How did he turn his life around? Taylor-Johnson credits his wife, director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) for helping him get through the rough patches in his life and creating a need for him to settle down.
“Second I met Sam, I knew I wanted to stop running, I just wanted to stay in the moment with her,” he stated. “And that’s what it’s been ever since then.”
Catch Aaron Taylor Johnson as Quicksilver when the Avengers: Age of Ultron DVD is released this fall.
[Photo Courtesy: Michael Muller for Flaunt Magazine]