Nat Wolff Takes tips from Mickey Rourke in 'Ashby'

You know Nat Wolff from ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ and ‘Paper Towns’. Now he co-stars in ‘Ashby’ as a high-school student who's just moved to a small town, where a new friend played by Mickey Rourke teaches him a few things, including how to fight.

Fun facts about Nat Wolff (Source: Wikipedia)

When Nat and his younger brother Alex were toddlers, they arose from the bathtub shouting, "We're the naked brothers band!" Their father tells of Nat teaching himself to play major and minor chords on the piano when he was four years old. As his father recalls, "I asked him, ‍ '​How did you learn them?' He said, 'Dad, they're right here.' I said, 'What are those chords?' He said, 'These are my proud chords.‍ '​" By age 5, he started writing his own songs, and by the time he was in preschool, he constructed a band called The Silver Boulders alongside his best friends.

Nat first gained notice in the wake of the September 11 attacks when he held his birthday party outside his apartment, which is where he performed his composition titled "Firefighters". The benefit concert was a success; it raised over $46,000 and was donated to the children of New York City Fire Department's Squad 18. Alex eventually joined the band as the drummer; both boys were emboldened by The Beatles. When Wolff was young, he put signs on his bedroom door stating: "I want to be a child actor!" At first, his mother refused because she did not want her children exposed to stardom when they were young. As a result, Draper decided to appease Nat by letting him film his own sitcom called Don't Eat Off My Plate.

He began his acting career Off-Broadway with a minor role in his mother's playwrighting Getting Into Heaven (2003) and in the Off-Broadway production of Heartbeat to Baghdad (2004), both at The Flea Theater. He later gained recognition, at the age of nine, for starring in, contributing lead vocals, instrumentation, and lyrics for the 2005 musical comedy film The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, which was written and directed by his mother and had obtained the Audience Award for a Family Feature Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The film was bought by Nickelodeon as the pilot to the television series of the same name (2007-2009) which was created, written, produced and directed by his mother, while his father co-starred and produced and supervised the music. Moreover, Nat's younger brother was featured in the ensemble cast and also wrote and performed the music.

The series earned him one BMI Cable Award for composing the series' music, as well as two Young Artist Award nominations and one KCA nomination for Best TV Actor. The show produced two soundtrack albums and the single "Crazy Car" reached #23 on the Top 200 Billboard Charts. Wolff, who was 6 when he wrote the song, is believed to be the youngest person ever to compose a charting song on the Top 200 Billboard Charts. His unreleased song "Yes We Can", in honor of President Barack Obama, was heard by the President and his two daughters who enjoyed it and called him. Prior to the encounter, Nat had the occasion of meeting Obama who emboldened him to write the composition.

Wolff's other film credits include appearing in the Nickelodeon TV movie special Mr. Troop Mom (2009), the romantic comedy New Year's Eve (2011), and the independent comedic drama Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2011). In 2010, he starred in his brother's playwright What Would Woody Do? at The Flea Theater. Wolff co-starred in in the comedy film Admission (2013) and the comedy film Behaving Badly in 2014. That same year, his supporting role in the drama film The Fault in Our Stars earned him two Teen Choice Awards in the categories of Movie Scene Stealer and Chemistry.

In 2015, Wolff starred in Paper Towns, his second film adaptation of a John Green novel after The Fault in Our Stars. He played the lead role, Quentin, a teenage boy in love with his neighbor (played Cara Delevingne). Writing for Variety, critic Justin Chang stated that "Wolff, who’s present in just about every scene, manages to hold the center as a young man who isn’t overly concerned about either standing out or fitting in, and whose behavior can often be as hesitant as it is impulsive."

'Ashby' is in theaters and On Demand on Friday, September 25th.

Follow Nat Wolff on Twitter: @natandalex

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