“Girls” star Adam Driver graces the latest issue of GQ, and spends more time talking about his two years in the military as a Marine than he does the past two years of his acting career which have earned him worldwide recognition — and a “Star Wars Episode VII” role. That, the Juilliard graduate explains, is because he still doesn’t feel like he deserves his fame.
“In a way, I don’t feel like I’ve really put in my dues. Like it doesn’t feel earned,” he tells the magazine. “Not to get on, like, a stomping pedestal about the culture or anything, but everyone is so used to having everything immediately, and that doesn’t seem to lend itself to things being good. You know? The things on there, they’re just mediocre. There’s not really a lot of work or weight involved.”
The way GQ tells it, Driver threw himself into his Juilliard education and his acting career with the same drive and dedication he used to excel in the Marines. He spent two years in the military organization before he broke his sternum and was medically discharged, an outcome that he says “f***in’ kills me.”
“I like everything I do to have some kind of meaning,” Driver says. “The more masochistic the part, the more appealing.”
After someone described acting as a service, Driver says he found his purpose become clearer. “Here’s the thing,” he tells GQ. “Life’s s***ty, and we’re all gonna die. You have friends, and they die. You have a disease, someone you care about has a disease, Wall Street people are scamming everyone, the poor get poorer, the rich get richer. That’s what we’re surrounded by all the time.