Breakout star Myles Truitt talks about landing the role of a lifetime in Lionsgate’s 'Kin'
One would think that working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood on your first feature film would be daunting. However, Truitt truly did have one of the best experiences.
Based on the short film ‘Bag Man’ by filmmakers Jonathan and Josh Baker, ‘Kin’ follows adopted brothers Eli (Myles Truitt) and Jimmy (Jack Reynor) who are being chased by a vengeful criminal and otherworldly soldiers, with a mysterious weapon of mass destruction as their only protection. The film also stars Dennis Quaid, James Franco, Zoe Kravitz and apart from Reynor and the newcomer Truitt.
Meaww got to speak exclusively with Truitt, Hollywood's newest breakout star. You will find that at just 16 years old, Truitt has already worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. In 2017 Truitt got his first break in television co-starring as Ronnie Defoe in the BET mini-series ‘New Edition,’ which was a three-night event chronicling the legendary music group, setting an all-time rating record for the network. In 2017, he also appeared in Syfy’s original series ‘Superstition,’ as well as completing production on the film ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn. However, his biggest and most important role to date is that of Eli in ‘Kin.’
After seeing the film, we were thrilled to speak with Truitt to get the inside scoop into the start of what appears to be a blossoming career and how he landed this dynamic role. He, of course, first watched the short film ‘Bag Man’, and really resonated with the main character.
“The character was very similar to me. I am very to myself, Eli is very to himself. I am very independent and Eli is very independent. So once I saw that and I read the script, I was like I gotta get this role! After the chemistry read I came back home for like 2 months and then Josh and Jonathan called me back and told me I got the role. My mom was crying, my family was just really excited. This is a huge stepping stone for me.”
One would think that working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood on your first feature film would be daunting. However, Truitt truly did have one of the best experiences of his life, cultivating friendships and memories that will surely be instrumental in his career going forward. Specifically, Zoe (who plays Millie) gave Truitt some of the best advice on how to have a long and successful career in Hollywood.
“I just learned to be focused, but to also have fun at times. And just to treat people the way you want to be treated. And Zoe was like a big sister to me on set, she took me under her wing and taught me a bunch of different things in the acting world, and how to carry myself.”
Zoe even gave Truitt the surprise and gift of a lifetime when she found out his love and adoration for one of the biggest musicians and names in the music industry, Drake.
“When I first met Zoe we were filming a scene and they were moving the cameras for different angles, so we had a few minutes to talk. She asked me who my favorite musician was and I told her that I loved Drake. So the last week of filming she comes up to me and says, ‘Hey, I have a big fan of yours that wants to talk to you.’ And I’m thinking maybe it’s someone that saw me on TV for ‘New Edition’. But it was actually Drake. Face-timing me and looking at me. Drake said, ‘I’m a big fan and hear that you've been working pretty hard, I’m gonna send some stuff in the mail. I hope you achieve your dreams and do what you love and keep doing it.’ And I was just crying, that was a really great experience.”
Additionally, Truitt also created fantastic bonds with the entire cast, including Quaid and Reynor who became like family to him.
“I created a great bond with Jack too. I never had a big brother, and he really helped me with that. And we would all have lunch together, we had Thanksgiving together. And Dennis Quaid was like my best friend, all the time we were filming we were cracking jokes, there was no dull moment we had with each other.”
Putting aside the positive interactions behind the scenes, we asked Truitt what it is about ‘Kin’ that he thinks will really resonate with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. And while ‘Kin’ does have a lot of moving parts in its story, it is more or less a film about real problems that anyone can relate to.
“It’s action, it's drama, it's family…everything you could get in one movie that you would love. Kids can watch it, a grown man can watch it and they could all bond together, learn different things and take different things from this movie. This whole movie is about searching for a connection, wondering what is to come. And everyone loves a little mystery and wonder. It works the brain, that's what I like about 'Kin'."
Truitt is a star on the rise, and his performance as Eli in ‘Kin’ is one that you'll not want to miss. Lionsgate will release this dynamic sci-fi thriller on August 31st. Watch the trailer here: