I was a good boy. I showed up, did resonably well, played sports, did some art. I just had no interest in acting. I loved baseball; I wanted to be a baseball player for as long as I can remember. Then I saw ‘Top Gun’ and I wanted to be a fighter pilot. I viewed my family’s acting business as a job. you know, my dad went to work. Sometimes he didn’t work. My mom pretty much quit acting when I was four. But it was just the job that put food on the table, and I didn’t really think about it. The first time I did something was my senior year of high school. I was studying 'Waiting for Godot’ for a senior seminar class, and part of it was to perform it at the end of the semester. I really enjoyed it, but still didn’t think twice about it. Then I went to college and came back to it, because I was having a hard time making friends and finding a social circle. I’d been in this very nice but very sheltered private high school; then I got to Berkeley, which has like 30,000 kids, and I didn’t what the hell was happening. So I just went to find people, and I found the theater department.
Chris Pine for Off Camera Magazine, interview and photographs by Sam Jones
For young women, I would say, don’t worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things. For young men, and women, too, what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength. Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up. I used to hate my nose. Now I don’t. It’s OK. - Meryl Streep