For someone who started her career as a child star, Joey King has come a long way and the actor says she aims to venture into uncharted territory in this new era of her life. Best known around the world for her hit Netflix romantic comedy franchise The Kissing Booth and Hulu’s crime drama series The Act, King’s latest film releases have been cast members The Princess and Bullet Train.
The choices, she said, are a testament to her growth as a performer.
“For me, the way I approach my work and my career is like I want to be able to do things that make me happy. But I really feel like I’m entering a new era for me- No matter where it takes me, I grow.
“I’m becoming more comfortable in my own skin and making choices that make me happy and exciting. I can’t wait to see where this takes me,” King told PTI in a virtual interview.
The actress has been in the business since the age of four, when she starred in a TV commercial. She made her film debut with Reign Over Me in 2007 and later appeared in hits like “Crazy, Stupid, Love”, The Dark Knight Rises, The Conjuring, White House Down and Slender Man.
At 23, the actress said she felt like a changed person. King added that she continues to enjoy her work but at the same time doesn’t take herself “too seriously.”
“I’ve changed so much as a person, but I’ve also learned some of the most valuable life lessons I learned in the beginning with me. I’ve been doing this for so long and yet I still feel so in love with I’m so in love with this line of work.
“I feel lucky to be able to do this. I don’t take myself too seriously. I don’t take my job too seriously. I just want to enjoy my life and have fun. And so far this plan has work for me.
King is currently looking forward to her latest film Bullet Train, in which she stars alongside a star-studded cast including Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon and Sandra Bullock.
The actor, who recently made a foray into the action genre with the period action thriller The Princess, plays an assassin in the David Leitch-directed film.
“I couldn’t believe I got to be a part of this movie where I play an assassin for the first time and surrounded by actors you admire so much – Brad, Aaron, Brian and Michael Shannon. It was just breathtaking to be able to be part of this movie with such heavy hitters,” she said.
Based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by author Kotaro Isaka, Bullet Train follows veteran assassin Ladybug (Pitt), who wants to give up on life but is restrained by her master Maria Beetle (Bullock) in order to retrieve a briefcase from a train. at high speed from Tokyo to Kyoto.
Once aboard, he and the other competing assassins discover that their goals are all connected.
Calling Pitt “everyone’s favorite actor,” King said the Hollywood star made every cast member feel at home while filming the film.
“He’s an amazing guy with an amazing job, but more importantly, he’s a sweetheart. I feel so lucky to have been able to share this moment with him on Bullet Train.
“He is so wonderful and so kind. He just made everyone feel important and at home. I couldn’t think of a better guide to helming this film and also admiring as a person. I hope I can emulate the kind of beautiful energy he has,” she added.
Bullet Train will be released in India on Thursday, a day before it debuts in US theaters.
Sony Pictures Entertainment India is releasing the film in the country in all languages – English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.