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Sundancing Queen

Audiences get the royal treatment when Erin Moriarty hits the big screen in the Sundance hit The Kings of Summer

Erin Moriarty


“It’s weird I’m not in college right now because all my friends are,” says 19-year-old Erin Moriarty, star of this month’s big-screen comedy The Kings of Summer. Moriarty aspires to earn a degree from a university eventually, but for now she’s getting schooled in improvisation from Vince Vaughn (whom she appeared opposite in last year’s The Watch) and real-life funny couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, her co-stars in The Kings of Summer. The coming-of-age film was the talk of the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, but this beautiful young actress is doing her best to keep her burgeoning career in perspective. “As you work more, you gain some prestige to your name, but I’m just taking it one day at a time.”

Were you prepared for all the buzz surrounding The Kings of Summer?
No! I thought, ‘Until people actually see the film, it doesn’t mean anything.’ I hadn’t seen it before the premiere at Sundance, so I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was going to be good, but I tried to ignore the buzz.

What did you learn from working with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman?
When people are talented, it makes you better. The majority of the film was improvised. I would sit back and watch [Nick and Megan]—neither of them have a filter. I’m the opposite; I’m really reserved. It inhibits me sometimes, so seeing that they didn’t care and just went for it was a learning experience.

Whose career would you love to emulate?
Claire Danes’. She’s been acting forever, and she still does cool projects and has a lot of variety in her career. She chooses her projects wisely.

You recently moved from New York to Hancock Park. How are you enjoying it?
It’s a big adjustment, but I like it. It’s a different lifestyle. Moving to L.A. forced me to learn how to drive.

Any favorite destinations?
I love Liberation Yoga on La Brea. It’s great because you can do yoga in the garden on nice days.