Here's why Nat Wolff feels major puppy love

Nat Wolff on "Ashby"


Nat Wolff befriends a CIA assassin played by Mickey Rourke in Ashby, opening Friday. He learned a ton from the experience, says Wolff, which is how he likes it.

"Usually, the way I pick roles is when it's an interesting story with cool people working on it. If the character scares me, I think that's the one I'm drawn to," says Wolff. "If I see a role and think, 'How the hell am I going to do this?' Those are the ones I tend to take, if they are given to me, or fight for them."

We sat down with the actor, singer and songwriter to talk about social media, canine love, and what it's like being parented by Sarah Silverman (on-screen, we mean).

Wolff is all about the Silverman experience: "Amazing. I will go on record to say that Sarah Silverman is too young to be my mom. She's just unbelievable. There's very few people who make me break scenes: my brother Alex, and Sarah. She's so funny and spontaneous. I've gone to see her standup and we've stayed friends."

He forged quite the doggie bond with Rourke's beloved chihuahuas: "I get along with his dogs and I'd hang out with his dogs in his trailer. He doesn't let anything get in the way of his performance. I got a lot out of that too. For him, his dogs are almost everything. I feel that way about my dog, too, my French bulldog. I'd never had a costar who had all his dogs on set. He had three I think at one point in his trailer."

Yes, he's tall and able to float above the fandom fray: "I stay above most people's faces. I get recognized a little more since The Fault in Our Stars. I get recognized for the John Green movies. His fans are so intense. He's like a rock star. He's getting people to read."

Costarring in Paper Towns with Instagram queen Cara Delevingne taught him some social media lessons: "The way she uses social media is cool and admirable. I don't know how to do it that way. It really is a reflection of her. She's really outspoken. More power to her. She's a really sweet and great person. You said you met her? People who know her, love her. When I've seen things that blow out of proportion -- if you only knew this person, you'd know how silly this is."

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