■ The 19-year-old actor talks about gaming meltdowns, CGI and why he’s not a fan of electric skateboards
Your new film, The Darkest Minds, is a superhero movie. What tech-assisted superpowers would you want?
I have a super-brain in the film. I can solve anything on the spot. If I could have a gadget-assisted superpower I’d definitely want an invisibility cloak but it would give me teleportation powers as well.
Have you done a lot of green-screen work? How do you find it?
I like doing green-screen work. This film has the largest amount of CGI of anything I’ve worked on. They had to do full 3D body scans of us for the CGI effects and also sculpted masks of our faces. I don’t know what they did with those. It takes a lot of focus because you’re supposed to be concentrating on something you can’t see. There’s a lot of CGI stuff involving the villains in this film and they all have a monstrous look.
What games are you playing at the moment?
I have the PS4 and I’m playing Infamous, Call Of Duty: Black Ops and some anime games. The first console I had was the PlayStation One. They had a Rugrats game I used to play.
Do you have a favourite game character?
Sonic. I like his design, his cockiness and how fast he runs.
You’re a skater. Do you use an electric skateboard?
No. It’s a trend, like electric scooters. With a skateboard you want to do anything at any moment, a trick or a flip, and you lose that with an electric skateboard. It’s where we are with moving forward with technology, I guess, but for me it takes the fun out of it. I like using the AudioCube when I’m skating. It’s super loud and the bass is crazy.
Who are your favourite people to follow on social media?
Instagram comedians and I’m friends with Deshae Frost. I really used to hate social media but it’s part of my job and I’ve been told I have to use it.
What’s been your most disappointing tech purchase?
I was a big Pokémon fan for a while and bought one of the Pokémon games for the Nintendo DS. It wouldn’t play at all so I had to take it back to the store. I didn’t get an explanation and never used the DS again. I also had the Xbox 360 and was 20 minutes into Gears Of War and got the ring of death. I was very let down.
If you could invent any gadget, what would it do?
I’d want a tool that can write or draw anything I think of. I’m writing a video game right now — I’m a big fan of Final Fantasy and this game would be as visually stunning as Final Fantasy 15.
■ The Darkest Minds is in cinemas now