Diploma? Check. Next stop? Hollywood.
By Hanna Weintrub
Dylan and Cole Sprouse, now 22 and proud graduates of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, are unapologetically hilarious. “Dylan and I really like to have fun with our image in the industry,” spills Cole. “Both of our IMDb pages have like black and white photos from when we were maybe 13. So we’re trying to keep that going,” shares Dylan. See what we mean? And lucky for us, we’ll hopefully get to see more of their hilarity because the twin brothers, best known for their roles as Zack and Cody on Disney’s The Suite Life series, are returning to acting.
After four years out of the spotlight, the two brothers sat down with us to reflect on why taking a break from Hollywood and going away to college was their best decision yet. Their raw and real advice on stepping away from the industry for a shot at normalcy is advice to be heard far and wide by all aspiring actors and actresses.
On deciding to go to college together and not separate.
Cole: Originally we were [thinking of going separate]. We really wanted to get out of LA and we wanted to study in city. We chose NYU because their arts program was great and they’re a prestigious institution, but really because you’re in a city. You’re involved in a completely different way of life. You didn’t feel trapped within a campus or in a bubble.
On tricking everyone at graduation.
Cole: We actually received each other’s diplomas.
Dylan: In fact, if you look up my graduating photo you’ll see. We just decided, you know, there’s no reason not to. No one’s going to notice.
On taking a break from acting.
Cole: Dylan and I made the conscious decision to distance ourselves from the industry quite a bit. And we went to an educational institution; a very prestigious institution. We had considered that to be a successful move. But because it wasn’t acting or entertainment, which is very often considered a pinnacle profession where you can’t do something better than acting, singing, or anything like that, it was seen as something negative. Which was interesting—it was tinted with a narrative of failure. Right after the show had ended, we were being hounded. So we really wanted to step out and fade away from the industry and, you know, we were pleasantly surprised at how often people reached out wondering what we were doing and where we were.
On deciding to not major in acting.
Cole: I studied archaeology.
Dylan: I studied video game design. The one thing I knew for sure about myself is I didn’t want to study acting. It was something we had done and something that we don’t really need to train all that much more for. I mean, look—you could always learn more.
On a chance at normalcy.
Dylan: In all of this, there’s this grim realization that there really is no truly escaping the industry. Like once you’re in it, you’re in it for good whether you’re doing anything or not. By not doing anything, we were doing something. You know, it was something interesting to some people at least. So there was this realization recently that was like, ‘You know what? I think it’s time to just come to terms with that and go back into acting.’
Cole: A lot of people asked us, ‘Why did you guys leave?’ And I think that way of phrasing it makes it sound like we were like, ‘No, never again.’ That’s not really the way we thought about it. We always had an anticipation to go back, but we desperately wanted an alternative perspective on it.
On what going to college taught them about the industry.
Cole: It gave such a powerful perspective on how the industry works and operates. In enabling us to study other paths and other understandings and ideas, it really empowered my understanding of the industry and how to act and how to be within it as well. I really am so glad we decided to go away for a little bit.
Their advice to future actors and actresses.
Dylan: If you want to be an actor or actress out of high school or college, just know what you’re getting in for. It’s a job. If you look at it like a job and you make it a career and a profession, then you’re bound to do well.
On getting back into acting.
Cole: We’ve sent a couple of tapes into a couple projects just to keep ourselves up to date. What’s also funny about auditioning now is Dylan and I are looking to do things together, but also things apart. We have to come to terms with the fact that we’re going to be put in competition with one another, which is both a healthy thing and an unhealthy thing for two twins who were always in competition.
On what’s next.
Cole: I have a prospective play over at the new Whitney Museum in November.
Dylan: And we’re writing a lot of stuff, too.
Cole: I mean, I’m very excited now because we’ve both come out of the institution and we’ve gained such a perspective that’s going to really allow us to pursue the industry in a new light. It will be in a way that we probably have much more control over.
Keep an eye out for these two.
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Is nice to know our awesome twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse, are having so much fun in California, I’m very sure they missed being back home. Check out these cool pics posted by these lucky fans @EmmeMorin from Twitter, who met the boys at the beach and a fun Cole selfie, posted by Julia from Sprousetwins blog!