It wasn’t easy being McLovin.
Actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse says that the onslaught of sudden fame that came from playing the party-obsessed nerd in the 2007 comedy classic “Superbad” was a difficult experience to handle as a 17-year-old.
“It was very tough to be a nobody one minute and then, literally, two days after the movie came out, it was me getting recognized everywhere,” he told Page Six.
“It was very alarming, it was very intense. There was a lot of anxiety, a lot of breakdowns, but I had a great support system of friends and family, a great agent and manager to help me guide a career that I wanted — but it was intense.”
The 31-year-old said that getting recognized on the streets as McLovin took a while to get used to.
“It was very alarming for a 17-year-old person. I was trying to figure out who I was as a human being at the time and then to have millions of people knowing you as McLovin was very intense,” he said.
“It wasn’t like I was a working actor that worked my way up to a certain level of fame. It was zero to 100 very fast and I was barely out of high school. When it was happening I think I was young and dumb enough to go along with the ride, but looking back at it now it was very intense.”
That’s not to say that Mintz-Plasse is ungrateful for the experience or exposure, stressing that he “loved” the movie and the work opportunities it opened up.
Mintz-Plasse has since carved out a successful career, voicing Fishlegs in the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise and appearing in movies like “Role Models” and “Neighbors.”
And there’s a brief appearance in the Oscar-winning film “Promising Young Woman.”
“It was only five minutes,” he said modestly. “I had zero to do with its greatness but I recommend people go watch it if they haven’t seen it yet. I just think it’s one of the most challenging movies this year.”
He’s also co-starring in an Audible Original scripted comedy podcast called “A Total Switch Show,” which stars Zoey Deutch alongside her real-life mother, “Back to the Future” star Lea Thompson, who switch bodies.
And if a mother-daughter switcheroo sounds a little like the premise of “Freaky Friday” you’re not wrong.
“It is definitely a version of that,” Mintz-Plasse agreed. “But they’re taking something you’ve seen before and taking a new spin, throwing an R-rated spin on top of it which is really cool. There’s a lot of swear words, some sexual stuff going on. I think it’s a really fun world to show if they never actually switched back.”
“A Total Switch Show” comes out on Thursday.
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