McAuliffe at the Chivas Regal GQ Men of the Year Awards, November 2012
|Born||Callan Ryan Claude McAuliffe
24 January 1995
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Alma mater||The Scots College|
Hollywood is the place to be for actors – and there's just a big rush when an Australian comes over just because there's less of them. I guess that's just how it is. Like if you pick a pink jellybean out of a jar of green ones it'd be amazing, but if you pick a green one, no one will care.
I've never been a really big fan of theatre. I don't know why. It's so much for effort. It's much more difficult for me than stage acting just because of the pressure that's piled on you and you have to learn the entire performance by heart.
I can play songs that I hear from a movie and just play it a few times on the keyboard. I will hit all the notes on the keyboard until I find the right key, and then I will play the rest of the song.
I wasn't really geeky. In terms of the high school hierarchy, I was very much in the middle ground. You have the really popular guys, you have the nerdy guys, and then you have the people who really don't care – and that was me. I wasn't really picked on or anything like that.
I want to be able to have a conversation with people. I don't want to be stupid. I'd like to have a life outside acting.
You know, every country needs another country to mock, and Australians seem to be pretty good at impersonating American people. Maybe it's because all the movies and music and TV you see there is from America, so we just have the knack for it.
I would say I'm pretty much the exact same as the stereotypical American kid. I mean I'm really lazy, I play a lot of video games, I like girls. I like, you know, the violence and action type thing.
I do chores around the house, but I don't get an allowance for them. I wash the dishes and sweep the floor… I'm sweeping the floor quite a lot, and my mum always expects me to get a broom and swagger it across the floor all the time.
I can run up a wall and do a back flip – that's the most impressive thing that I can do.
'I Am Number Four' definitely borrows from a whole bunch of genres and has a whole bunch of different themes throughout. And I think if it was just one stale two-dimensional thing then it would be kind of boring. And I think they did a fantastic job.
A school out of Canberra sends me a term's worth of work. I sit on the couch by myself and complete it and send it back.
I'm not a big texter anyway. I'm really slow at it and so I try to avoid it to avoid embarrassment, you know what I mean?
I find that you learn from others. It's very much about watching TV and watching movies for me and grasping that way and watching other people act.
I have a huge Lego collection – I have a really big Lego collection. We're talking pretty darn large. I also have a huge collection of original stainless steel Thomas the Tank Engine train toys. Beautiful little trains; they're my favorite thing in the world.
I don't want to scrounge around and be homeless, and I want to finish my education.
The Australian accent is sort of like going down a step in smartness, you could say, because you guys pronounce things as they're spelled. We add and abbreviate stuff.
I originally envisioned myself doing something with the suffix 'ology' at the end of it, like marine biology or entomology. But after I started to do some acting gigs, I thought it wasn't a bad thing… I said to myself, 'I might as well keep riding this bus until the wheels fall off.'
I never thought acting would be my life. I only started doing it because I needed something to occupy my weekends after I dislocated my knee and couldn't play sport.
I didn't really like my Sydney accent – nobody likes the sound of their own voice – and when I was a little younger tried to change my accent gradually. But I've only ever really lived in Sydney and Los Angeles, so I haven't been influenced by the accents of some far-off land.
I'm not really one for fancy, big words and poetry, and the scriptwriters worked very hard on 'Paradise Lost' to translate it.
I've always had a natural affiliation with nature. If I wasn't an actor, I'd be some sort of biologist working in the field in Africa or something.
I go out with a lot of British people. Some of them say I sound a little tipsy.