And although the actor has built quite a career over the past five years, he still felt upstaged by this mystery girl — his What Maisie Knew co-star, 7-year-old Onata Aprile.
“I work for months, and I think about my character, I analyze everything. Then you show up on set, and she’s a million times better than I am. I’m like, ‘Come on!! This is not fair!’” Alex told EW at the Toronto International Film Festival. “When I got over the fact that this [then] 6-year-old girl was so much better than me, it was so great, because that’s what acting is, when you get so much from someone.”
But as for his pint-sized co-star, the only thing she learned from A. Skars was that he has great arms.
“I adore Onata. Even though I’m physically exhausted, I’m just so thrilled to be here,” he said. “The whole thought of maybe not being here with her broke my heart. I hadn’t seen the movie before the premiere, and neither did she. To see it with her was amazing. I love her, love working with her.”