Cole Sprouse on Creepy Twins and the Toxicity of Social Media
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Cole Sprouse on Creepy Twins and the Toxicity of Social Media


(groovy rock music) – Hey guys, I’m Cole Sprouse, and this is my Variety cover shoot. I talk to my brother at
least once a day, or try to. I don’t talk to him about career- So how’s your career? But I think a lot of people
thought that my brother and I had only ever shared roles or done roles side by side when we were kids, but we did a lot of roles
separate when we were kids. We were all over the map. I mean we had done
commercials, and music videos, and TV, and film, and direct-to-DVD film, and we were on Blockbuster shelves on whatever it was in the back. It was inevitable that my
brother and I eventually decided to pursue different
parts of the industry and pursue different careers, and I think he and I don’t really
look too similar anymore so we can’t really do the
whole kitschy twin thing. I also think it’s a little embarrassing if people do that at my age. Twins reach an age where they either decide to be like fully
formed individuals, or they decide to become
The Shining twins, which is really terrifying,
and I’m just glad my brother and I missed whatever
fork in the road that was. Where we both dressed in like overalls and like sailor caps or whatever the hell. (funky guitar music) Having an identical twin
next to me going through the same exact experiences
in a very similar way with a very similar point
of view is therapeutic. When you’re a child actor, you’re a minor, and so a lot of the
larger business decisions that are controlling your career are done outside of your own agency. One of the dangers of,
at least my position, which was a sitcom inside a sound stage for like nine years with Disney Channel, you’re raised in such
an insular environment that you forget what
real human experience, or boots on the ground,
actually looks like. Taking time for college
was really important. I think it’s one of those things that I’d recommend to
every single young actor. That allowed me to regain a
semblance of my anonymity, which is something
that’s really important. Anonymity is one of those things that allows you to
enter into a human space with a kind of open
heart and really be able move with more agency
and learn about people, and learn about their
stories without these sort of predetermined notions of yourself being carried by other people. I also had the luxury of
being identified as a duo for a long time with my brother, and when I separated and
sort of did my own thing, I wasn’t as easily recognized. (funky guitar music) I think an issue that we’re
dealing with recoiling from social media and the internet age. I found the internet rewards extremes, so it started to encourage a real sensationalist kind of thinking. That’s bound to have adverse effects, and the short-term attention span economy that’s sorta been built within it has allowed us to ingest a
tremendous amount of propaganda. As we look back upon this period, we’re really going to see
with a bit more clarity what we were actually digesting. When I started, social media
was not a thing at all. And now it’s become a
fundamental component to the success of your young career. I feel for a lot of the kids
who are in my position now within the social media age
where you are growing up and you’re forced to
make a kind of commentary and be scrutinized with
severe sensationalism that the internet breeds
without acknowledging just how young you are, and how you can be
stupid when you’re a kid. I also think that the obsession with social media and follower counts is coming from a statistically minded group of employers and CEOs that are looking at follower
counts as butts in seats, and it’s not really the case. I think social media
following is really illusory. I think it’s also dangerous to rely on social media following as an indication of talent or success. I think it’s more of a publicity machine than an actual filter for talent, and so I don’t think it’s good for actors. The industry is going
to hopefully reevaluate how it looks at this stuff. This actually doesn’t put people in seats. Make some money, you know? I doesn’t make money. Which is the language that
we’re all using, I suppose.

100 thoughts on “Cole Sprouse on Creepy Twins and the Toxicity of Social Media

  1. Apparently everyone in the comment section is 10-15max or smth because I'm not impressed at all with his "persona". He is so full of himself, pretentious and always trying to be funny. His acting is mediocre…no emotion at all.

  2. Extremely astute read on social media. Future generations are going to look back on this era and be ashamed. It's like we're going through the Salem witch trials, part 2.

  3. It’s nice that he talk smart just like how Emma Watson talks.. it’s refreshing to witness people who demonstrate a vast range of vocab..

  4. I thinks the suite life Hannah Montana and wizards are probably one of the longest running Disney shows most last 2-3 -seasons and they are done.oh cant forget Lizzie maguire .

  5. had to use google translate for half of the conversation, wtf i thought i at least knew english i am baffled (thats the only cool word that came to my mind sorry lol)
    P.S: english is sorta my second language , more of a first lamo

  6. Even tho im not an english speaker and i sometimes dont understand a shit from his amazing vocabulary i still love when he talks

  7. The comments made it seem like he used very advanced vocabulary but the way he speaks is very normal. I’m 24 years old.

  8. Clicked on this because I really wanted to know what he had to say about social media. He's a young philosopher worth following just for his insight; I honestly don't even care about his acting..

  9. Seriously, his every word was on point. Fuck. I just fell in love 😂. (I’m kidding, Cole. But seriously, Lily is a lucky girl.)

  10. I really enjoyed his comment about having anonymity in college. This is so true; having the opportunity to be anonymous was one of my favorite things about college (especially on a big campus). In class discussions, you are really given the chance to analyze issues and topics from an objective point of view and look at things from different perspectives.

  11. It saddens me that most of the comments on this video speak to his attractiveness and well-spoken vocabulary. While those are points I agree with, they are not the points he is trying to make clear in this interview. His stance on social media is one that should be highly considered; the vocabulary he uses is definitely that of an educated person who went through college/university, so it makes sense that it can be difficult for people to understand, therefore being overshadowed by people solely commenting on his appearance or his language skills. It's refreshing to hear an opinion like this on such a controversial topic from someone who has grown up in the computer age and has become witness to the toxicity that the social media top dogs and participants have created.

  12. Considering the level of perfoction Cole has reached, I feel like i am able to say, and with absolute confidence, that Lili is god's favorite creature.

  13. This was impressive. It was refreshing to hear a young person speak without using many 'like you know', 'like' etc or disney speak. Very mature guy.

  14. Basicaly he so down to earth and aware of things. seen interviews before and when they do a chat session they so straight and real about things. but of course the media catch them in their off days or moments and they get judged by that most of the time.

  15. To me Cole Sprous doesn't look like the celebrity you approach on the street for a photo, no he is the time of celeb you just want to have a conversation with because he has a interesting mind with pleasant opinions

  16. Everyone’s comments about how they need a dictionary to understand this interview makes me sad that everyone has such a poor vocabulary.

  17. Cole Sprouse … turns-up to Comic-con press events stoned off his face and proceeds to sabotage his Riverdale co-stars while they try to dodge his train-wreck … Cole Sprouse is an arsehole.

  18. uhm i'd say a lot of twins shy away from being perceived as a unit so its more about choosing to let the majority feel comfortable by disassociating.

  19. One doesn’t need to read a dictionary to have an “impressively extensive” vocabulary. One just needs to read. You take the time to pick up a book and read (it doesn’t even need to be non-fiction or educational) and you’ll see how many new words you know by the end of it

  20. Hollywood needs more actors like Cole Sprouse that are not just a pretty face and a sexy body but an actual intellectual.

  21. "I think it's also dangerous to rely on social media following as an indication of talent or success, I think it's more of a publicity machine than an actual filter for talent" Best thing to have been said on the matter thus far.

  22. He’s so articulate and answers so intelligently. He uses words like “upon”, “clarity”, etc and has a mature voice. I think that break from the limelight and decision to go to college really did good for him.

  23. There's no doubt Cole is well spoken and has been impressively proactive in broadening his acumen for greater knowledge, but this shouldn't be a rarity? I am truly worried by all the comments stating the need for a dictionary, what the fuck, people?!? Has our society really gone that much to shit? Or people calling Cole some sort of prodigy, WTF. How sad that no one else applies themselves. You too can get your degree in archeology, it's very doable. You too can expand your vocabulary, put down your damn phone and start reading actual books, people! Jeezus, I cringe for humanity.😑

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