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Lindzi.com: Tell me a little about your upcoming movie "100 Girls."

Jonathan Tucker: It's about a character named Matthew who is a freshman in college. He's not the best skilled with women. He's at a party and goes into an elevator and the elevator blacks out. He ends up falling in love and making love to a woman he doesn't know and doesn't see. She leaves in the morning and he spends the rest of the semester searching for her.

Lindzi.com: And you're Matthew?

Jonathan Tucker: That would be me! I'm so incredibly skilled with women. {laughs} It was fun and we had a really good time doing it. I just tried to have a lot of fun with the character because he's got to have some kind of humor and humility if he spends his entire semester trying to find a woman he doesn't really know. The character actually does a lot of the same things I would do.

Lindzi.com: What was life around the set like?

Jonathan Tucker: It was crazy. We shot like fourteen hours a day. Like every day. Sometimes even later. Trying to keep that smile on every day was pretty difficult, but I like the crew a lot. We had good meals together. When it gets to be like one in the morning and you're still shooting (and you've been there since 7 or 8 'o clock!) you start to bond with everybody and that anger turns into humor. And there were definitely a lot of girls! You can't mistaken that. I actually have a girlfriend so I tried to be as professional as possible, but I'd bring a friend or two on the set and their jaws would drop. It was really hard because I have a lot of kissing and touching scenes so I'd try to be as medical and professional as possible, but I'm a teenager, you know, with all these beautiful women so I tried my best.

Lindzi.com: Have you kept in touch with any of the cast?

Jonathan Tucker: I talk to Larisa a lot and Emmanuel. Most of the girls I've become really good friends with. I talk to them on a regular basis. I usually keep a lot of key friends after a film, but this one especially. This was one of my first films where my mother and father didn't have to be present on the set. It was cool.

Lindzi.com: Who was your favorite of the 100 Girls?

Jonathan Tucker: That's such a damning question because they'll read it and be like "Egghh!" I really had a great time with all of them. Each one of them brings something very different to their character. We had a great time.

Lindzi.com: What was the most memorable scene for you?

Jonathan Tucker: Well, I had my first sex scene, which was probably the most difficult, most fun, and most interesting. When you go in, you're like "Oh my gawd." There's no one there. You're on a closed set with maybe like five people in the room. And there's the girl. It was Emmanuel. She's not the mystery girl. We both had the biggest smiles on our face. It was real weird and awkward because that's the most personal experience that two people can have. And then there's a camera. It went on for like five or six hours, but it came out good.

Lindzi.com: Do you believe in love at first sight?

Jonathan Tucker: I do to tell you the truth. There's some kind of connection. I don't know if it's something spiritual. Of course, when you look at someone you'll think, "Wow. That girl's absolutely beautiful." I don't usually go for the typical kind of girl. I like real, interesting looking girls. When you get passed the physical part of it, I like a girl who's smart and knows what's going on in the world or an entrepreneur. Someone who doesn't just sit back and look beautiful.

Lindzi.com: That must be so difficult to find in Hollywood because...

Jonathan Tucker: ...everything's based on looks. This is the first time in my whole life that I've had a girlfriend. She is so wonderful and she's not in the business. Some actors have girlfriends in the business because those are the people they work with. I've always been told it's better not to mix the two so I haven't.

Lindzi.com: It must be so difficult to keep things going with your hectic schedule.

Jonathan Tucker: It really is. I think she's hating L.A. more and more as it takes me away from her. It's alright. She understands that this is my passion, though.

Lindzi.com: So, tell me a little about your upcoming movie, "The Virgin Suicides."

Jonathan Tucker: I was in Toronto shooting a Showtime movie and met with Sophia [the director] and got the opportunity to be in the movie. I got to really develop my character. Although it's a smaller part, I had a good time with it. I'm more of a dorky kind of character who is obsessed with these girls.

Lindzi.com: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Jonathan Tucker: I go to a boarding school in California so that takes up every spare moment. However, when I'm out of school and not roaming around L.A., I'm a big lacrosse player. I love to wrestle, hang out with friends, read, and mostly relax. I'm at school twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week so I let my mind relax a little bit. It's tough trying to balance two very demanding and conflicting jobs.

Lindzi.com: How did you get started with all of this?

Jonathan Tucker: I guess when I was about three or four years old in New York when I was watching the ballet with my Grandmother. Way back in the day, I went through that and moved onto acting. I kinda fell into it. I did some national commercials and one thing led to another. I was always pushing to do more. The level I've been fortunate enough to get to has been very accidental, but now it's a little more professional.

Lindzi.com: The signature question... what drives you insane?

Jonathan Tucker: When I don't get the opportunity to do the best work I can and can't go back and change it. I'm a perfectionist. I'll do a scene, finish it, start working on a new scene and then think of like a hundred different ways I could've done the other. So, when things are not perfect, I'm very hard on myself.

Lindzi.com: Is there anything that hasn't been asked that you'd like to answer?

Jonathan Tucker: I can tell you the actor who I admire the most. Billy Crudup. Do you know who he is? He's awesome. I actually played his younger version in the movie Sleepers. He's done some incredible work and every time a movie of his comes up they say he's going to be the next big star like Matt Damon or Leonardo DiCaprio, but every time it just doesn't click. He does incredible projects whether it's theatre or film. I like that he's not just doing commercial films, he's doing a lot of terrific stuff.

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