Dylan Sprouse – and his twin brother Cole – are both returning to the public eye after taking some time off to finish college, travel, and pursue other passions. But the star feels uncomfortable about being asked in interviews about his upcoming projects – and he took to Instagram to share why.
"Am I not doing anything? It's a weird thing to be asked 'what are you doing now?' Normally I wouldn't think twice but it happened 4 times today," Dylan posted on Instagram in a message he plans to soon delete to keep his theme going. "I really want to say 'nothing'... I want to say 'I'm enjoying myself by relaxing, traveling, consuming media, and continuing to learn' but the truth is is that unless I'm doing something bigger and better than what I've previously done, people deem it regressive."
"So I say 'Oh well I'm writing a few scripts and I'm trying to start a brewery in Brooklyn.' They furl their brow and ask 'So no more acting then?' And I say 'Well it doesn't really work like that...the project that I do next needs to be good or the character needs to be something different from what I've done before, so for now I'm just auditioning until that kind of thing comes along.' That's not untrue...I should be doing something more or something provocative I think. It's actually the only thing I stress about; what thing do I have to show people I'm doing next? What legacy am I leaving?"
Dylan shared that he feels like he's come up with the answers that people expect from him, but bringing Cole into the equation complicates things for him even more.
"After that I think about @colesprouse and I because I know what question comes next. I think about how people want conflict between us, it's more interesting. They want the two of us to be distinct in a way that begs their allegiance to one or the other," he shared. "I don't blame anyone, it's natural and it IS more fun. We both want to act in meaningful projects and be selective about what we do so getting the ball rolling in that way seems to be sisyphean. As I've grown it becomes more evident that it's all on you to create those opportunities, so in the meantime we make passing exchanges on social media that have the bare minimum of humanity to be reblogged and say 'love ya' in person."
"Then they ask 'where's your brother? Is HE still acting?' And I recite 'yup, he's gunna be in Vancouver soon doing a project,"' he adds. "Then we take a snapchat pic and I don't tell them that Cole probably wants to say 'nothing' as badly as I do. I don't say it because I presume that there is a lot more work to do and I can't say 'nothing' until I think 'nothing' is desired from me. It's a blessing that that's not yet. I think I've just been thinking about nothing too long."
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