JK Simmons is the anti-Miles Teller: ‘I have no illusions about being a movie star’


Here are some photos of Miles Teller and JK Simmons at the BFI London Film Festival yesterday – these are photocall and premiere photos for Whiplash. I’m surprised to see Miles towering over JK. I mean, I knew Miles was a big guy, but I thought JK was tall too. Whiplash has become the indie partner to The Imitation Game this year. The Imitation Game keeps scooping up the big awards at film festivals, while Whiplash keeps getting awards for “Audience Favorite” and such. Plus, most people really believe that JK is a major Oscar contender for Best Supporting Actor. Too bad his costar has already worn out his welcome, right?

JK has been doing a lot of press for the film, just as much as Miles. But JK’s interviews don’t generate the same kind of heat because JK is not a raging a—hole. When The Wrap sat down with JK to talk about the movie, the last questions were about being a life-long character actor, remembered and beloved without ever being a proper “movie star.” When asked if he would ever want to be a leading man, JK said:

“Well, I’ve had a lot of great supporting parts. And honestly, I’ve got a wife and kids, so I like spending time at home. I just did a TV show this past year where I was number one on the call sheet ["Growing Up Fisher"], and I was working 60 hours a week. And it was a good show and I enjoyed it, but at the end of the day I was like, this is a lot of work. Generally, I like being the supporting guy. And that was obviously part of the joy of doing “Whiplash,” because this is just a bigger supporting part than usual. But I have no illusions about being a movie star. I’m just glad to be able to work. To be able to do the short and then do the feature a year later, and then to be sitting here in whatever fancy hotel this is talking about it has been a pretty cool journey.

[From The Wrap]

Humble. Cool. Not interested in being the second coming of Ryan Gosling. Happy where he is. Compare that to any of Miles Teller’s recent profiles and you wonder what JK really thinks of his costar. Oh, Miles has a new interview with The Daily Beast this week – go here to read. He says some sort of interesting stuff about his friendship with Shailene Woodley (he compared them to Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) and once again talked about how in-demand he is these days.



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Seapharris7 says:

    I simply adore JK.

    • Mia V. says:

      When you are good in what you do, you don’t have to brag about it, people know. Classy JK.

    • cubfan34 says:

      One of my favorite actors for a long time. IMDB lists him at 5’11″.

    • Jh says:

      Me too! He is awesome.

    • LDUB says:

      I think he’s really hot. Looks like he has a big c*ck too. LMAO, you know the type that just carries themselves a certain way (Jon Hamm…). IMO.

    • Gia says:

      I first saw him in OZ and he was scary as f-ck. Freaky, nazi, homosexual rapist…I mean. He’s amazingly versatile!

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Yes. He’s a great and understated comedian. I love his work – he’s so great in both Juno and Burn After Reading, and countless other movies. I just love when the really good, but understated character actors get some recognition. Like when Tom Wilkinson and later Richard Jenkins got their Oscar nods, even though they didn’t win (because the Oscar always goes to the histronic, overplayed character and not the actors that portray their characters with underplayed subtlety, which IMO is much harder).

  2. Kiddo says:

    We Are Farmers. Bum Budum Bum Bum Bum Bum.

  3. lower-case deb says:

    that picture of him with the umbrella, he looks like the Russian czar!

  4. Darkladi says:

    I admire JK’s class in the face of douchbaggery.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      So impressive. He’s had a long career and has probably encountered other idiots before. He just does his thing and goes on, knowing ten years from now, he will still be working while Miles Teller may have disappeared completely.

      • Aussie girl says:

        Very true. He is happy with is roles and really does have an impressive body of work.

      • icerose says:

        I have grteat respect for this man ever since OZ and he manages to play across the board characters villiains, good guys and comedy, I hope he gets a nomination.

    • Brin says:

      Agreed….class, maturity and talent!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yes, he could have lowered himself to douche level, but he’s too good for that. Love him.

    • lunchcoma says:

      My guess is that it wasn’t even hard. He’s probably seen lots of young guys with Miles’s attitude over his long carer, and realizes that a handful of leading movie roles don’t necessarily translate into anything worth having attitude about.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree. The contrast is stunning.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    I would love to see him get an Oscar nomination- it’s really cool when someone who has been a hard working actor for so long gets that one role that puts them on a new level. Plus we could all snark on Miles a bit more.

    • starrywonder says:

      I think he is one of the front runners to get a nomination this year for Best Supporting Actor.

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      Yes like Cranston toiled in the character actor vineyard for years until Walter White! I loved JK as the psychologist Dr Emil Skoda in many many Law and Ordere episodes and ESP as the laid back Dad in Juno!

      • lucy2 says:

        Yes, Cranston is a great example. It’s funny how Hollywood tends to elevate certain stars, when often they’re kind of mediocre and there’s much more talented people in smaller roles.

    • LB says:

      Reminds me of Bryan Cranston in that way. Love them both.

    • Jag says:

      Agreed! I had first misunderstood that JK was the one for Oscar contention. Now that I’m not confused anymore, I totally support him getting the Oscar!

      Just fyi, I only clicked on this because it was about JK Simmons. Had it been Teller, I would’ve passed on by because I’m sick of the guy.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree, it would be great if he is nominated.

  6. Abbott says:

    That Daily Beast story makes me angrier than a sex rash. Miles Teller is a the worst.

  7. Sea Dragon says:

    Thank you Miles for helping place a name to a face. Simmons is awesome and I won’t forget it. It’s also interesting that you’re standing next to him with an arrogant smirk and pose. You’re every bit the ass* that you seem to be when your mouth is flapping.

  8. Toot says:

    JK always makes me remember OZ. He played his evil character so well.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Exceptionally brilliant.

    • manta says:

      Same for me. Oz was a favorite of mine and for a few years, every time JK Simmons was on screen, I was “Oh, Schillinger’s in that”.
      Glad he’s got some accolades nowadays.

      • Toot says:

        Me too, and when I see “Beecher”, I always call Lee Tergesen that. lol

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Harold Perrineau will always be Augustus and Christopher Meloni is always Keller.

      • Toot says:

        Yep Lilac, don’t forget evil Adebisi aka Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. lol

        All through his run on L&O I still called Chris “Keller”. lol

    • Skins says:

      Best show ever

    • captain hero says:

      Absolutely. Jk Simmons was so brilliantly terrifying in oz that I can only see him as shillinger. I’m not even bothering to learn the other kid’s name.

    • icerose says:

      OZ is an all time favourite show of mine, Do you remember when he and Beecher did the musical number, I laughed so much

  9. doofus says:

    They’re both holding their own umbrellas! How refreshing.

  10. DenG says:

    I loved J.K. in “Burn After Reading” (also with Pitt, Clooney, Swinton and Malkovich). I don’t care if it’s an insurance commercial, I like him in anything.

    • Hautie says:

      JK really does so well in the supporting roles. Always remember-able.

      There was an older movie, I saw recently on cable “New to Town”. He was so great as the jack-ass foreman guy. Him and Harry Connick Jr. had some great scenes in that movie together. Even Rene Zellweger was funny in it too.

  11. BestJess says:

    Would love to see JK Simmons get an Oscar, have never seen him in anything where he wasn’t the best in the cast. My friends and I still use Shillinger as our nutbar barometer.

  12. noway says:

    Class and talent personified. Can’t wait for his Oscar nomination, and I hope he wins.

  13. Jsilly4 says:

    I think it says a lot that J.K. Has his arm around Miles and is smiling and Miles is standing their with his arms crossed with a smirk on his face. One of these men is a jerk and the other isn’t. It’s very obvious Miles is the jerk.

  14. Josefa says:

    He’s a class act. I guess he’s used to bratty and douchey young starlets and doesn’t pay more attention than necessary to them.

  15. Mop top says:

    “I’ve got a wife and kids, so I enjoy spending time at home.” Swoon.

    • delorb says:


      He looks so sexy in that suit. Love him to pieces. Ever since seeing him in Oz, where I loved to hate his guts. Oz was such a brilliant show and with so much male frontal nudity.

  16. Skins says:

    Never heard of Miles Teller

  17. Sunny says:

    I love that he is getting recognition for his work! He has been around a long time.

    I am super disappointed in Miles Teller of late. I love his work and have been following his career for a few years. In all of his earlier interviews, he came across as genuine and really passionate about acting(although he always sounded a little like a frat boy). But the last 4 months or so, in all of his interviews he is sounding like an a&*hole. Honestly, becoming famous has made him terrible. Talented but oh so terrible and unlikeable.

  18. Chinoiserie says:

    I watch Legend of Korra so it is nice to know more about the voice-actors. Without Teller I would have never known anything about JK so something good came of this.

  19. CCBird says:

    So refreshing to read this after all the Miles Teller crap (I can’t believe he’s 27 years old – he’s just as annoying as the Beebs). JK Simmons is such a fabulous actor. He was great in the Closer, brilliant in Burn After Reading, and so hilarious in an episode of Party Down as a douchey, expletive-laden Hollywood producer (& if you haven’t seen Party Down, check it out – 2 seasons of the most witty takedown of Hollywood ever).

  20. sauvage says:

    He was AWESOME in “The Closer” wit Kyra Sedgwick and AWESOME in “Juno”. Love, love, love.

  21. Pants says:

    This Miles Teller guy’s face is just so… Punchable.

    • Jaded says:

      I know, don’t you just want to slap that sanctimonious, self-righteous smirk into next week…plus I’ve always been in love with JK – he was so great in Juno.

      “Look, in my opinion the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what-have-you. The right person is still going to think the sun shines out of your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.” -Mac MacGuff

  22. anrolies says:

    Miles Teller is a ungrateful brat. JK Simmions is getting Oscar buzz for his role in Whiplash and I think the reason why Miles keeps saying he has never heard of him or only saw him in insurance commericals is because he seems jealous of JK’s success.
    And comparing himself with Ryan Gosling is laughable. Ryan is considered good looking in Hollywood and a good actor by many people. Miles is not good looking at all and there is nothing special about his acting. He is delusional to think he will get offered the kind of roles that Ryan Gosling or Leonorado Dicaprio would get offered. He doesn’t fit the bill of a handsome leading man. He will never ever have that.

  23. mediapileup says:

    This interview in Indiewire is great too: http://www.indiewire.com/article/jk-simmons-on-his-whiplash-oscar-buzz-and-abusing-miles-teller-20141015. He sounds grateful for his success and doesn’t say one negative thing about anybody. Clearly a professional in action…unlike some people.

  24. Mindy says:

    JK is an all around TALENT. JK can do everything… tv, films, BROADWAY. He can play baddies, good guys and he’s got a beautiful singing voice (pick up the 1992 Guys and Dolls revival cast recording and hear for yourselves). I adore him.

    Let’s see where this kd Lang – looking kid (except kd is much more butch) will be in 20 years… my guess is that he won’t have a career by then.

  25. Reece says:

    I knew it. He DGAF. :D If Teller is still around in 10 yrs then I’ll talk.

  26. Maria says:

    Character actors like JK have a tendency to outlast the 1st billing movie stars, especially these young up and coming flavor of the year ones. We’ll see how well this young man is doing when he’s JK’s age, right?

  27. derpshooter says:

    Anyone who makes the same face as Beiber is a bad egg. Send Miles down the chute with Veruca Salt.