Not once but twice has King pulled a Natalie Portman for roles of a lifetime – first, she sheared her locks for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and then once more in Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. “I said to (Joey), ‘Look, I want you to do the movie but you’re going to have to shave your head again,’” explains Braff. “She was so game. She was like, ‘I’ll do it, I don’t care.’” This is one 15-year-old with a dedication way beyond her years – and with a forthcoming role in James Franco’s Lockheed, next year should see her star burn brighter than ever.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Joey King: Ellen hosting the Oscars and blowing up Twitter with the amazing #selfie.
What’s your favourite song and movie of 2014?
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Joey King: I think people will become even more tolerant of diversity and differences, and hopefully style will reflect that.
In 15 words, sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Joey King: Turn 16, get my licence, get a car and get Destiny’s Child back together.
What’s the most exciting thing about the music/film/fashion industry today?
Joey King: It’s always interesting and people aren’t afraid to take big risks.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Joey King: How to ride a unicycle, the art of kissing boys on camera, and how to replace a faucet.
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Joey King: Matisyahu.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Joey King: All my apps are arranged in files by colour.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Joey King: The Shins.
Lead image: Joey King in Wish I Was Here; courtesy of Koch Media
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