In the second part of FEARnet’s interview with Jackson (check out the first part here if you missed it), Jackson talks about his films Dread and The Last Airbender, as well as his guest spot on Criminal Minds.
On the subject of fear, what’s the first movie that ever scared you?
The first movie that ever scared me was Poltergeist. I watched it when I was about ten, my older sisters made me watch it. Freaked me out for two or three days. I couldn’t sleep at all, I was scared of my own shadow… that was definitely the first movie that ever did it for me in the horror genre, and it freaked me the hell out. My parents got real mad at my older sisters for that one.
Dread is a film more in the traditional horror realm than perhaps Twilight is, but do you see much of an overlap between those two worlds?
I don’t know… I’ve always been varied in terms of the art I like to create; I’m a musician, I’m an actor, I write, I just directed my first music video for one of Spencer Bell’s songs called “Beautiful, More So,” and I also have the same degree of varied taste in art. So it depends on your taste, really. But they are very different films. [Laughs] Twilight‘s more of a romantic action film, and Dread‘s more of a psychological thriller. The two are very different, but that’s also how I’ve managed my career, through very different mediums and different characters, as much as I can. It lets me spread my wings as an actor and try on different shoes for a little while.
Make sure to read the rest of the interview here.