Twisted‘s Avan Jogia has landed a role in Michael opposite James Franco for director Justin Kelly and executive producer Gus Van Sant. Franco stars as a gay activist who, after enduring years of taunts and struggle, becomes an anti-gay Christian pastor. Jogia will play Will, a young man Michael (Franco) meets and falls for along his journey. Earlier this week ABC Family cancelled the teen drama series Twisted, which starred Jogia as a troubled high schooler who returns to his hometown amid suspicion after killing his aunt as a child. The 22-year-old Canadian thesp who earned a following on Nickelodeon’s Victorious was recently chosen to lead Spike’s upcoming event series Tut playing the young King Tutankhamun opposite Ben Kingsley. He’s been booking more indie feature fare of late including Ten Thousand Saints with Hailee Steinfeld and Shangri-La Suite with Emily Browning, Ashley Greene, and Luke Grimes. Jogia recently wrapped filming on teen comedy The Outskirts with Ashley Rickards, Eden Sher, and former Nickelodeon co-star Victoria Justice. He’s repped by ICM Partners, LINK and Tyman Stewart at Characters.
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.”
Twisted star, Avan Jogia was recently named one of GQ Magazine‘s “Best Dressed Men.” Avan was given the titled for the suit he wore to the Kids Choice Awards last last month.
Avan says, “Thanks @GQMagazine for the honor and @armani for the getup.” Congrats Avan, we think you look very sharp!
Avan Jogia shows off his style while shooting an exclusive photo shoot for Glamoholic Magazine’s February 2014 issue. The “Twisted” star posed in six different looks, photographed by Courtney Phillip. Glamoholic.com brings you an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from this photo shoot (below.)
The photos will be published in the upcoming issue of Glamoholic, where Avan will talk to the magazine about his show “Twisted”Twisted”, which comes back with new episodes on Tuesday, February 11 9/8c, on ABC Family.
Looks aren’t everything, but they certainly don’t hurt, especially when it comes to our favorite TV shows. As the end of 2013 approaches, HollywoodLife.com is reflecting on the guys that had us swooning in our living rooms all year long, from the superheroes to the pirates to the vampires — and yes, there were a lot of vampires.
(Important note: In the interest of including as many different shows as possible, we limited our list to one guy per show. Our apologies to any snubbed hotties.)
Adam Levine on NBC’s The Voice
Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman on HBO’s True Blood
Avan Jogia as Danny Desai on ABC Family’s Twisted
Charles Michael Davis as Marcel Gerard on The CW’s The Originals
Colin O’Donoghue as Captain Hook on ABC’s Once Upon A Time
Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries
Jay Ryan as Vincent Keller on The CW’s Beauty & The Beast
Kit Harington as Jon Snow on HBO’s Game of Thrones
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen on The CW’s Arrow
Tyler Hoechlin on MTV’s Teen Wolf
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OK!: What’s coming up on Twisted?
Avan Jogia: The first two episodes are pretty intense. Someone who has been out of Danny’s life for a little bit comes back into it and his father might make an appearance. And then some big thing kind of happens at the end of the first episode that sets up the whole rest of the show. It’s hugely different from the first cycle. It changes everything. It’s almost like another pilot…almost.
OK!: Do we get any answers to questions the audience has about Danny?
AJ: Yeah, but when you answer one question there’s a thousand other questions that come up. Danny starts to lose it a little bit, actually, which has been fun for me to play. The weight of the events of the first two episodes are more and more on his shoulders. It’s fun.
OK!: If you could bring any of your old Victorious costars onto Twisted, who would you cast?
AJ: I think Matt Bennett would be hilarious. Him doing any serious moment would be amazing.