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John Legend makes his major acting debut in the musical La La Land, and as one might expect, he’s singing, but he’s not playing the piano. Instead, his co-star Ryan Gosling is the piano virtuoso, and Legend says he was pretty jealous of his skills.

“He had a great coach, and by the time we were on set, he was already playing like a virtuoso. I was impressed; I was kinda jealous,” he joked.

Legend, of course, pulled out all the stops to prepare for his character, including learning to play the guitar and working with an acting coach.

“I got a coach and we worked really hard on it, and made sure every scene I was really prepared, and approached every scene with humility, knowing that I hadn’t done something like this before,” admitted Legend.

Now the film, also starring Emma Stone, is garnering tons of Oscar buzz, and the Academy Award-winner couldn’t be more excited.

“If the film won an Oscar, it would be the first for some of my cast mates and Damien. I’ve already got one,” he laughed.” No, I’m so proud already of this film and all the work we put in and really happy for people to see it.”

 

 

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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