You probably imagine that we here at Teen Vogue spend lots of time rubbing elbows on red carpets and hanging out in directors’ chairs on sets. And, well, you’re right! Getting a peek behind the scenes is one of our favorite parts of the job. Especially when something cool and insider-y happens while we’re there.
Case in point: We recently got to spend some time with Avan Jogia, AKA the dark and mysterious star of ABC Family’s Twisted, on the set of his upcoming movie The Outskirts. The comedy co-stars a bevy of Young Hollywood powerhouses, including Victoria Justice (who Avan knows from his Victorious days), Peyton List, and Ashley Rickards, to name a few. We had just finished chatting with Victoria when Avan came over with a huge smile on his face—he had just discovered (while we were there!) that he’d won the title role of King Tut in a brand-new Spike TV series. Huge news for the 22-year-old, who will now be leading-man material on not one but two major television shows.
Victoria couldn’t have been happier for her friend. There was a lot of hugging (and even some jumping around on her part!), and it made us realize what we’ve all always hoped about our favorite stars: These guys really, genuinely care about each other’s success.
Sweetness aside, the news created a bit of a frenzy: Apparently Avan only had a week until he had to fly off to start training for the physically-demanding series, but such is life when you’re an up-and-coming actor taking on big-deal roles. “I’m so excited to be part of this series,” he told us, still flushed with emotion from winning the part. “It’s going to be amazing to work with Sir Ben Kingsley, someone that I admired growing up. We’ll be shooting in Morocco for five months. It’s going to be incredibly physical: I’ll be riding chariots, shooting arrows, throwing knives. I just need to learn how to do all that. This is my life—this is being an actor. That’s the hardest part of the job, but it’s also the most exciting: You never know what you’re going to have to get good at, so you have to be really good at picking up stuff quickly. Like riding horses and chariots, of all things.”