Fathers, lock up your daughters -- Matthew Espinosa has officially arrived! In just a few short days, the Vine star will make his feature film debut in "Be Somebody" as Jordan Jaye, a teen idol of Justin Bieber-level fame who longs for just a little taste of normalcy. After a chance encounter with a group of crazed fans separates Jordan from his tour bus, the singer connects with small town high-school student and aspiring street artist Emily (Sarah Jeffery). Despite their differences, the duo form an unlikely kinship as they inspire each other to, well, be somebody.
Wonderwall.com got the scoop on "Be Somebody" -- which debuts in select theaters, on VOD and on Digital HD on June 10, 2016 -- straight from Matt, who dished on the surprising similarities between himself and his on-screen alter ego, his wildest fan encounters, what he misses about being a normal teenager and more. Keep reading for the top 10 things we learned about the Justin Bieber look-alike in his own words, plus check out an exclusive first look at "Be Somebody" in the clip below.
No. 1: Matt wanted to make his big screen debut in a particular type of film
"[I knew] the kind of movie I wanted to do first," he told us. "I didn't want to start my movie career off with some bloody, gut-wrenching movie where I'm a murderer. One day maybe I might get into that type of stuff, but I definitely wanted to start my acting career off with something lighthearted."
No. 2: He briefly lost his cool on set
"On the first day, I was pretty nervous -- really nervous, actually," says Matt. "But after the first or second day, I started getting more into it and started understanding it all. It was really cool once I got into the groove of it."
No. 3: He gets homesick on the road
"The worst thing [about life on the road] is you miss home," he says. "You're like, 'Dang, I'm in all these new places, but I kinda just wanna be in my own bed right now.' There are just so many different beds and different places. It gets to be a lot when you're traveling for a month -- it's a lot for one human being to be put in a bus and to go from once place to another and actually perform and then go to the next city and do the same thing."
No. 4: But not everything about life on the road is bad -- especially not the girls!
"The best thing about touring is the fact that I get to wake up in a new city all the time," says Matt. "It's such a blessing. I remember being on a bus and waking up to the screams of fans and being in a hotel room and waking up and opening my window and seeing hundreds of girls at the bottom of the hotel screaming the moment I opened the curtain. It's a crazy feeling."
No. 5: He's legitimately mystified by his fans
"There are times on tour when they'll sprint after the bus or sprint after a car that we're driving in, and it's dangerous," says Matt. "They're running right next to the car -- sprinting -- and if they trip, they could get caught under the car. I'm flattered that they're doing this, but at the end of the day, I'm looking out for them. I care for them and I don't want anything happening to them."
"I don't even know if they're thinking about their safety half of the time," he adds of his rabid fan base. "They're like running on this adrenaline, I guess. I've seen them hop fences. I saw one girl fall really hard, but she got up like it didn't even happen and sprinted toward me. I'm like, 'Do you have nerves? You don't feel pain?' It was wild. I gave her props like, 'Yo, you good?' She was like, 'Yeah, I'm fine. Oh my gosh, can I get a photo?' I'm like, 'Uh, yeah, you can get three.'"
No. 6: But he sometimes wishes they'd interact with him differently
"I try to not have them run and stuff," he says. "If there are people following me or screaming and running at me and there are a few, I'll be like, 'Just take a photo with me. I understand you're excited and I really appreciate that, but I'm a human at the end of the day. Let's grab a photo. Tell me your name and how you're doing. What's been going on? What's in your mind? What are you thinking about? How are your grades? Are you on a sports team? How's your family? What's your favorite movie? Do you like cereal? If you do, what's your favorite cereal?' I like it when they come up to me and actually introduce themselves."
No. 7: Like his "Be Somebody" alter ego, Matt sometimes feels like he's missed out on certain parts of being a normal teenager
"A high school experience I missed out on or wish I had more of was sports -- I was really into sports," says the Vine star, who played football and lacrosse. He also told us that he misses the camaraderie of high school: "We were all in it together as one team and one school," he says. "It was really cool to feel like I was part of something. I lost that when I went to California and started doing online classes. Graduating from online classes is different than walking with a cap and gown on. … I didn't realize that I'm not gonna be able to do that."
"You have to pick and choose in your life what's more important," he concludes.
No. 8: He had a very surprising prom date
Matt moved mountains in May 2016 to attend what would've been his senior prom at the school he attended before he moved to California to pursue his career. During a one-day break between a trip to Dubai and work in Los Angeles, the Vine star stopped in Virginia to accompany one of his best pals, who'd just broken up with his girlfriend of two or three years, to the big dance. Recalled Matt, "I texted my friend Travis like, 'Yo, do you know anyone who doesn't have a date yet? I'm trying to get a ticket.' He was like, 'Drake!' I was expecting a girl, but, yeah, that's fine. I was just going to hit up any of my friends that were still going, like, 'Hey, do you wanna go as friends?' But my friend Drake, he and his girlfriend broke up and it was like a week away from prom and he wasn't finding a date, so I was like, 'Yo, Drake, take me to prom!' He was like, 'Done!'"
"I've never been more drained, honestly. I was just dead," adds Matt of the whirlwind experience. "But it was very much worth it. It was my senior prom, and I wouldn't have changed a thing."
No. 9: No, his pal Justin Bieber didn't inspire his "Be Somebody" alter ego -- at least not entirely!
"I looked at a multitude of celebrities that kind of had a play in Jordan," says Matt. "I feel like a majority of celebrities feel how Jordan feels when it comes to stress. I don't think I can narrow it down to one person overall. Jordan relates to many people."
No. 10: He has lofty career aspirations
Matt's list of idols includes Leonardo DiCaprio (not just because of his career as an actor but also because of his dedication to various philanthropic efforts), Will Smith, Morgan Freeman "because he's a boss" and Seth Rogen -- anyone who's "doing something with their voice," says the rising star.
Now check out the trailer for "Be Somebody" in the video below!
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