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At the sprightly age of 17, meteoric Texan Tye Sheridan has enjoyed a charmed career so far. The past 4 years have been a near flawless rise since his 2011 Palme d'Or winning on screen debut in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. Speaking this week to Indiewire, he had this to say about his first ever role:

he taught me to just be natural in front of the camera. He didn't give me a script to read. He wanted my dialogue to just feel natural. If I was gonna have dialogue in the scene, he didn't want it to be written, he didn't want me to prepare, he just wanted me to say it and improvise. He basically just cast me as the character he wanted me to be in the movie. I was just being myself in front of the camera.

He was back at that very festival the following year opposite a red hot Matthew McConaughey in Jeff Nichols' Mud. Unlike Malick, Nichols actually gave the kid a script and the young actor duly ate it up. The performance won him newcomer awards all over the place and lined him up for his current role in David Gordon Green's Joe, another festival favorite at Venice last year where he picked up this mental looking Marcello Mastroianni award:

Good luck getting that thing in your carry-on.
Good luck getting that thing in your carry-on.

He also spoke about the experience of working with Green:

You experience a lot and you learn a lot of things about other people's lives, and it can teach you so much about life itself, and making decisions, and yeah, I really enjoyed every minute of it.

Sheridan has slotted beautifully into Hollywood's current love affair with American Southern Gothic. He has a wonderfully grounded, organic energy and a great Texan lilt. Projects with Gilles Paquet-Brenner and Rodrigo Garcia are both in the works. It's been great so far, we wish him all the best.

Is Sheridan one of the best young actors in Hollywood? Are you sick of him already? Who his age is any better? Do let us know below.

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