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The highly anticipated nightmare odyssey, Beau Is Afraid, marks director Ari Aster’s third feature following his critically acclaimed films Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019). Coming to theaters on April 21, Beau Is Afraid centers on a paranoid man named Beau, played by Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix, who goes on an epic expedition in order to get back home. A24 describes the film as “ingeniously depraved.” In the teasers, trailers, and posters, we are also introduced to a younger version of Beau played by Armen Nahapetian.

We were joined on the Popternative show by Armen to discuss his role as the teenage version of Joaquin Phoenix’s Beau including his audition process, preparing for his flashbacks scenes, and working with Ari Aster.

Armen Nahapetian as Teen Beau in Beau Is Afraid. Photo by: A24

When asked about initially reading the script and his audition process, Armen explains that it was definitely an experience:

“It’s one of those scripts where I was reading it and I was like, ‘what the hell?’ but I could also imagine it in my head and that’s a good thing. I’m usually drawn to more weird and interesting types of scripts and auditions because a lot of the choices that I get to make in auditions for those are interesting. Speaking of which, for this audition I kissed myself in a mirror; my reflection, so that was a pretty interesting choice. I definitely had a lot of questions when reading the script.”

“I think everyone is going to be surprised. There are so many things you can take away from the film; so many different interpretations. I think everyone is going to have their own meaning of the film,” Armen goes on to explain.

Watch the full interview with Armen below.

Beau Is Afraid will have its wide release in theaters on Friday, April 21.

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