This month, the 28-year-old actor is starring in Flatliners, a remake of the 1990 film about a group of students experimenting with near-death experiences. CLEO catches up with the heart-throb.
Can you tell us more about your character, Brad?
Brad is a third-year medical student, and one of those guys who thinks he’s much cooler than he actually is. He’s a guy who likes to believe he’s courageous, but in reality, he’s more like the lion from Oz – minus the cute factor, but with all the hair.
The original film starred young actors who then went on to become big movie stars (Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon), and it also became a cult film. How do you feel about starring in this version close to 30 years later?
I am excited to be a part of it! I’ve always loved the movie. I was fascinated, and still am, by the concept.
Are you a fan of the sci-figenre, or the psychological horror genre?
I love a good sci-fiflick when it questions society and tries to see where we, as a species, are headed. The Matrix does this well, [and also] Alien, War of the Worlds, Children of Men… I’m less thrilled about horror movies. I get too scared!
Did anything creepy happen on set?
We were filming in an abandoned hospital, and I swear I heard the sounds of an ECG machine and someone coughing from a nearby room. Upon further investigation, no machine, person, or coughing existed.
Where can we find Beau Mirchoff on weekends, and what would he most likely be doing?
Well, that changes a lot from week to week. I love to get out of town and try new things so I’m usually pretty unpredictable. As I’m writing this, I’m currently on the northwest side of Vancouver Island, doing some spearfishing and hiking.
Flatliners is showing in cinemas this month.
We hear you read a lot, and that you’re also getting a degree in English. Can you recommend five books to CLEO readers?
Yay, I love doing this! Here it goes:
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Seriously, read all of Jane Austen… she’s incredible!
2. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
He’s also the author of The Power of Now, which you should also read. This is a great book on spirituality and living in the present moment. It grabs much wisdom from Buddhist teachings and reworks or rethinks them, and introduces them in a profound and digestible way.
3. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
This book is massive in scope, covering the history of Homo sapiens. It’s incredible.
4. Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
This is my favourite play, written by one of the great American playwrights of the 21st century. It’s almost an autobiographical account of his life, and is about an American family struggling with addiction and their interminable quest for peace amongst chaos.
5. Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
On the most basic level, this book is just fun to read. The story spans 40 years and covers the crazy, eccentric, heart-wrenching journey of Tom Wingo. Enjoy!
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