Joey King on Starring Opposite Brad Pitt as Assassins in ‘Bullet Train’
Pitt return the favor?
I learned a lot from Brad, some incredible personal life lessons. He’s been in the public eye for so long. It’s such a weird thing to balance. Only a niche group knows exactly what it feels like. Brad was so gracious in helping someone like me.
How tough was it brandishing a double-edged medieval sword for your title role in 20th Century Studios’ The Princess?
The Princess is the hardest job I’ve ever done physically. I did months and months of training. I fell in love with sword fighting. I’m left-handed and I became quite good with a sword with my right hand. My stunt doubles trained me hard. These women helped me become the best fighter I could be.
You now strut through life with more physical confidence?
I don’t think I could necessarily kick some ass. But I do feel like I could kind [have] hurt someone. I definitely feel a little more comfortable walking alone now.
You’ve shaved your head three times, including for your Emmy-nominated role as Gypsy Rose in The Act. Any tips to the guys for going bald?
There’s a reason I keep shaving my head: It’s the best feeling in the world! Everyone should doit at least once. When your head’s shaved, you don’t have to do anything to your hair—obviously—and you look cool.
For a woman, there’s a cute pixie-cut phase. After that, your hair becomes a straight-up disaster for about a year. The hair on the back of your head looks longer than the front, so you’ve got this mullet going on. At that point, you have to just stay inside.