Alex Shaffer: Win Win
If there ever were a modern day overnight success story, it's that of newcomer Alex Shaffer. The 17 year old auditioned for Tom McCarthy's
Win Win after a friend texted him about the casting call. His grandmother did a little research, Shaffer's father sent in a picture, and the rest, as they say, is Hollywood history. Shaffer had Sundance audiences in awe with his character's rebel-with-a-cause attitude. He shines opposite Oscar-nominated actors Paul Giamatti (
Cinderella Man) and Amy Ryan (
Gone Baby Gone) as Kyle, who unexpectedly shows up to live with his wealthy grandfather. Already, Shaffer's powerful, yet understated performance in
Win Win has garnered multiple rave reviews, but the teen star-in-the-making is not getting ahead of himself. "I'm definitely focused on acting right now," Shaffer told The Daily Beast. "I'd love to get involved in anything – movies, TV – I'm just trying to get to the next step."