Exclusive: RJ Cyler on ‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ & Remembering Grandmother

RJ Cyler & Thomas Mann in "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" (Fox Searchlight)
RJ Cyler & Thomas Mann in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (Fox Searchlight)
One of the many great aspects of Me and Earl and the Dying Giris newcomer RJ Cylerwho’s a scene stealer as Greg’s (Thomas Mann) best friend and filmmaking collaborator. It was just over two years ago when his family moved from Florida to California in hopes of seeing Cyler’s acting career take off. And thanks to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – it did.

“Sometimes I still have to pinch myself or I expect to wake up in the morning and (see that) all of this is a dream,” says Cyler. “When I was in the ninth grade, I never expected to be here at this time and point of my life. But I am so grateful and thankful that I am, because I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”

The resonant theme of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl “centers on the idea that discovering new things about people and life in general will continue as long as one pays attention. “It’s something that’s been always on my mind,” he adds. Addressing that idea, Cyler reflects on a priceless gift his late grandmother left the family:

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” co-starring Olivia Cooke and Nick Offerman, opens nationwide today.

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