Emile Hirsch began acting at eight years old, he appeared in minor roles in television shows and made-for-TV movies. He attended the Hamilton Academy of Music and Performing Arts in LA and made his feature film debut with Jodie Foster in 2002â€™s The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys. He soon became known as legitimate actor whose inclination was towards intense, thoughtful young adult characters. He starred in The Emperorâ€™s Club, The Girl Next Door, Lords of Dogtown and Alpha Dog. He has also starred in Speed Racer, Milk and 2007â€™s Into the Wild.
Into the Wild is an adaptation of John Krakauerâ€™s book. The film was written and directed by Sean Penn and stars Vince Vaughn, Marcia Gay Harden and Kristen Stewart. Hirsch received a Screen Actors Guild and Broadcast Film Critics Awards nomination for Best Actor for Into the Wild.
Emile Hirsch joined ThinkTalk Host Zack Sherwood to discuss Sean Penn's Into The Wild, Emile's acting career and to answer some student questions. Emile talked about his interest in acting dating back to High School plays and summer camp, the experience of working under a talented director like Sean Penn and what the future holds for him. This interview originally was filmed in the Fall of 2007.