Five minutes into my interview with rising actor Blake Cooper Griffin, it became apparent to me that there was something different about him. In an industry that currently seems dominated by celebrity fads and Twitter followers, Blake’s combination of charm and substance is reminiscent of classic Hollywood icons like Robert Redford, Montgomery Clift, Paul Newman, and even Willem Defoe. “My goal is to play interesting characters truthfully. I like to find small idiosyncrasies in characters. My hope is, that, you know, that will impact audiences and add up to something. If I’m interested, hopefully the audience will be.. hopefully,” Blake laughed as he sipped a black coffee at Palihouse Hotel in West Hollywood where we met for the interview.
“The second I finished the script, I knew I had to be in the film. I had a hunch that, you know, this was going to be something that could change lives. I became obsessed with what was underneath the character of Bill Bradley.”
Love is All You Need? is co-written by Kim Rocco Shields and David Tillman; Shields also directs. The film examines a world where being gay is the norm and the heterosexual persons are bullied and follows a girl and a guy who falls in love on a college campus, in a world where same sex couples are the majority and mixed gender couples are the minority. The couple faces bullying once their relationship goes public. Griffin portrays the aggressive, if not bellicose, Bill Bradley, fraternity president and football player who has major issues with the couple’s relationship. Blake joins an impressive young Hollywood cast that also includes Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars), Emily Osment (Young and Hungry), and Briana Evigan (STEP UP franchise). Jeremy Sisto (Clueless, Suburgatory) and Elizabeth Rohm (American Hustle, Joy) also star.