ARCHITECT OF HIS OWN FORTUNE. Riding on the waves of his breakout hit, Jonny Weston continues to set the foundations of an outstanding acting career
Like many of his contemporaries, Jonny Weston fell in love with acting while attending university and then decided to seek fame and fortune as a professional performer. It didn’t take long, though, before he found the role that would jumpstart his career. In 2012 he appeared as the lead in “Chasing Mavericks,” the true story of surfing legend Jay Moriarty who was well-known for his prowess in riding Northern California’s massive maverick waves. Weston’s own wave of success continues to this day, with high-profile roles in movies such as “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” and “Beyond Skyline.” In the latter, he plays alongside Frank Grillo, who’s on this issue’s cover, as well as two of Indonesia’s leading action stars: “The Raid” alumni Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian. He’s not always a man of many words, but Jonny Weston certainly has a tale to tell.
DA MAN: Hi, Jonny, glad to have you with us. So, by now, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” will have been running for a couple of weeks. How would you describe your experience with the “Divergent” series?
Jonny Weston: I’m a militant enforcer in a future war. How could I not love that?
DA MAN: Now, your character, Edgar, is not present in the original novels and was created expressly for the movies. Do you think that this made getting into character more difficult as opposed to if you were playing a canon character with a more established background? Or did it allow you more freedom to improvise?
Jonny Weston: It was difficult not knowing what was going to happen next, for sure. But they were writing the part for me. Literally writing for the way I speak.