Andrew Garfield might play a social media influencer in his new movie “Mainstream,” but that doesn’t mean the actor is okay with using the platforms.
The 37-year-old British star plays Link, a YouTube star who takes under his wing a young artist (Maya Hawke). The two are soon consumed with what it means to become a viral celebrity.
Garfield told Fox News it was a departure for him in terms of character. “It’s a very strange, extreme, liberated, uncensored kind of character, detached from reality in some ways, a kind of pure identity, a pure ego type of character,” he described.
“I was able to be released and play something that was very, very foreign to me and maybe access parts of myself that I might have buried since I was a child,” he said. he adds.
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Even before signing the film, directed by Gia Coppola, Garfield believes in limiting his use of social media.
“I have a Twitter account, but it’s not a ‘me’ thing. It’s like, I just got it to keep up with the news and people who are funny, ”he explained. “I have no reason to really [use it] particularly. “
” I do not think so [using social media] would benefit my mental health. I think I’m too sensitive and permeable, and I want to stay that way, ”Garfield admitted.
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The former “Spider-Man” star said she looked at different YouTube personalities to help him develop his character, but also realized the pressure many social media stars face to constantly create content and keep going. to raise the bar.
“It’s like that rocky culture thing, and it’s not conducive to good mental health, I would say, but also it’s not conducive to yourself in a way because you’re constantly looking for something. something on the outside or rules that were imposed on you by the outside, ”Garfield said.
“I think it’s unnatural to feel the pressure of constantly making things. Inevitably you’re going to start doing things that need to be more mass-produced or less authentic to you or less, you know, with your own soul. ”
In terms of who the villain is in the story, Garfield doesn’t think it’s that simple.
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“Maybe it’s more impulses within us that maybe don’t serve our higher selves or our deeper selves, or maybe [it’s about] access those parts of us that are darker, less socialized and more self-centered, ”he said.
“Mainstream” is in select theaters and available on demand.
FOX’s Ashley Dvorkin contributed to this report.