While we were at the Iron Man 3 premiere event in LA we had the chance to sit down with Ty Simpkins Iron Man 3 star who plays Harley.
When I was 12 I don’t think I would have been able to walk into a room with 25 bloggers waiting to ask me questions and been calm, cool and collected. Ty Simpkins walked into the room like he had been doing it for years which in fact he probably has been.
Ty Simpkins started acting before he was born. Yep you read that right! He had his first signed acting gig before he was born. His Mom had people reaching out to see if he was available to be in a TV show right when he was born. He was three weeks old when he made his acting debut in the soap opera The Guiding Light and he has been building his resume since that moment. You may have seen Ty in War of the Worlds, Revolutionary Road, The Next Three Days, and now in Iron Man 3.
Ty plays Harley in the new Iron Man 3 movie and let me tell you he is amazing! When asked what the favorite aspect of his character is he said “I think my favorite aspect of being my character is I get to meet Tony Stark. I’m similar to him because I am like a genius in the movie.”
You could tell that Ty has a huge love and respect for Robert Downey Jr. His face lit up each time he talked about him during the interview. He told us that Robert Downey Jr is one of his biggest role models along with Chris Evans and Johnny Depp. When asked who he would love to work with he had to ask other than Robert Downey Jr? Are you seeing a theme here?
Photo credit – Disney
During our interview with Gwyneth Paltrow she mentioned that she did not have the opportunity to work with Ty but loves his interaction with Robert Downey Jr. She said what you see on screen is what you see on set.
Ty told us that working with Robert Downey Jr was a dream and that he is his favorite person!
The hardest part of filming Iron Man 3 was saying “retro-reflection panels” for Ty. He said at the end of the day he knew how to say it. Ty also does his own stunts in this movie which he loves. He said it is really fun!
One moment that had all of us laughing and feeling a bit well old was when we asked Ty what he likes to do for fun on set. He mentioned that his studio teacher has tons of fun educational apps on an iPad including …wait for it….Oregon Trail. When we responded that we had played that growing up he said….They made a modified version and that’s just really awesome. Cue 25 bloggers feeling slightly old and well giggling at the same time. It was a wonderful moment during the interview
When asked if he was nervous to meet Robert Downey Jr for the first time Ty laughts and said “no, i’m just really excited to meet him.”
Ty told us that he screamed YES when he heard he got the part in Iron Man 3. He was at cello class and finding out he got the part made cello even better! He said his biggest supporter is his Mom which drew a round of applause from all of us.
After sitting down with Ty Simpkins and listening to his passion for acting and love of the profession I know we will be seeing more and more of Ty on the big screen. He does a fantastic job in Iron Man 3 playing Harley. He plays a key role in the movie and handles it like the pro that he is.
I would like to send a huge Thank You to Ty Simpkins for taking time to meet with us right before the Iron Man 3 premiere in LA!
You can see Ty Simpkins this September in Insidious 2. He is also really excited to be part of the movie Conversations with Andy.
A huge thank you to Disney for arranging our interviews with Ty Simpkins for Iron Man 3. All opinions expressed are my own.