Joseph Gordon-Levitt's signature mismatched socks, explained


Though they were all dressed in black, one stylish actor from THR's 2016 Actor Roundtable managed stand out from the pack.

With his mismatched socks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt added a bit of quirky flare to his otherwise somber ensemble during the shoot with fellow actors Jeff Bridges, Casey Affleck, Dev Patel, Andrew Garfield and Mahershala Ali.

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In 2013, the actor revealed in a Reddit AMA that his socks were a tribute to his late brother, Dan, who passed away at age 36 in 2010. "My brother Dan always wore mismatched socks," he wrote. "I inherited his collection."

In the year's since his brother's death, the famously private actor has otherwise remained quiet in regard to his brother, choosing instead to honor Dan with his style. During the roundtable, the 35-year-old noted that having his personal life exposed was one of the more difficult aspects of an acting career and the celebrity life that comes with it.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Joseph Gordon Levitt signs and discusses his new DVD 'HitRECord On TV: Season One!' at Skylight Books on December 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Joseph Gordon Levitt signs and discusses his new DVD 'HitRECord On TV: Season One!' at Skylight Books on December 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Joseph Gordon Levitt signs and discusses his new DVD 'HitRECord On TV: Season One!' at Skylight Books on December 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on stage at the 3rd Annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, presented by Genworth, at Hollywood Palladium on October 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emma Watson speak onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 01: Actor/screenwriter Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends a screening of 'Don Jon' during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Joseph Gordon-Levitt seen on January 23, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Robin Marchant/FilmMagic)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 18: Actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends 'Don Jon's Addiction' Premiere during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 18, 2013 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 21: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the premiere of 'White Bird in a Blizzard' at ArcLight Hollywood on October 21, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 21: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the premiere of 'White Bird In A Blizzard' at ArcLight Hollywood on October 21, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Craig Robinson (L) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt attend the 3rd Annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, presented by Genworth, at Hollywood Palladium on October 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on stage at the 3rd Annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, presented by Genworth, at Hollywood Palladium on October 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the 3rd Annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, presented by Genworth, at Hollywood Palladium on October 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on stage at the 3rd Annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, presented by Genworth, at Hollywood Palladium on October 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on stage at the 3rd Annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, presented by Genworth, at Hollywood Palladium on October 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actors Craig Robinson (L) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on stage at the 3rd Annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, presented by Genworth, at Hollywood Palladium on October 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (L) and writer/director Judd Apatow attend the 3rd Annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, presented by Genworth, at Hollywood Palladium on October 17, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Anthony Mackie, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt filming Johnathan Levine's 'Untitled Christmas Eve Project' on October 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the set of 'Christmas Eve Project' on September 2, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the set of 'Christmas Eve Project' on September 2, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the set of 'Christmas Eve Project' on September 2, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Joseph Gordon-Levitt leaves the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on August 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on August 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 19: Joseph Gordon-Levitt leaves the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on August 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
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"On the one hand, it's tough to complain because it's a really privileged life I get to lead," said the Snowden star. "On the other hand, I think the whole celebrity thing is unhealthy, and I feel bad being a part of it or feeling like I'm perpetuating it."

See Gordon-Levitt in the roundtable below.


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