We Are Who We Are Star Jack Dylan Grazer First Rose To Fame in Stephen King’s IT

We Are Who We Are Star Jack Dylan Grazer First Rose To Fame in Stephen King’s IT
  • Jack Dylan Grazer plays Fraser in Luca Guadagnino’s We Are Who We Are.
  • The character foils the traditional masculinity of his Army setting.
  • Here’s what to know about Grazer.

    The first things you’ll notice about Jack Dylan Grazer’s character, Fraser, the lead of Luca Guadagnino’s We Are Who We Are, are probably his nails. And then, in order: his leopard patterned shorts, his t-shirt, and the fact that’s he’s kind of a brat. (Jack Dylan Grazer would agree, kind of.)

    Fraser’s transition to the strict, Army-fatigued setting of We Are Who We Are—a U.S. Army base in northern Italy—is one of obvious conflict, and not just sartorially. Throughout its early episodes, the series places our lead protagonist in obvious opposition to the military base’s masculinity—the gangly 14-year-old watching men play basketball shirtless and do drills as he dances around listening to music and reading poetry.

    The rest plays out like the coming-of-age drama you might expect: transgression against authority, search for oneself, finding of others just like oneself. But We Are Who We Are’s tale unfolds in surprising and unfamiliar ways, thanks to actors like Grazer who bring to life characters we see far too little in cinema.

    As for Grazer, the 17-year-old behind the adolescent’s tantrums and transgressions, well, he’s been quietly breaking into Hollywood for some time.

    Here are some things to know about the series’ favorite Army brat.

    He appeared in It when he was 12

    Though you probably know him as the sidekick from Shazam! (getting the role when he was 15), Grazer’s filmography goes even farther back. His first major film role came in 2017 as Eddie Kaspbrak (the group’s germaphobe) in director Andy Muschietti’s adaptaton of Stephen King’s It. In an interview, he said that he and costar Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) improvised a lot of their dialogue.

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    He started skateboarding after Mid90s

    Grazer didn’t get the role in Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, Mid90s, but his audition inspired him to take up skating and he’s since continued to ride. In We Are Who We Are, you can see him carrying a skateboard during early episodes. And his Instagram is full of tricks and flops.

    His favorite actor: Steve Carell

    When Grazer was starting out, he made a list of all the actors he most wanted to work with. Atop the list: Carell. Grazer didn’t wait long and was cast alongside Carell in Beautiful Boy. In the film, Grazer played a younger version of Guadagnino’s previous protagonist, actor Timothée Chalamet.

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    We Are Who We Are is Grazer’s first leading role

    Grazer spent six months in Italy to prepare for the role, hoping to realize Guadagnino’s filmmaking attitude that actors become their characters and so know them better than writers and viewers.

    Of his character, Grazer told GQ:

    “He’s an enigma to himself. He doesn’t really understand a lot of the things he does but he’s so forthright so he convinces himself that he knows everything. He feels like other people don’t deserve his intelligence. But he’s also very volatile and aggressive at times, and not because he’s coming from an angry place but because he’s constantly questioning who he is.”

    Grazer admitted that his acting went a bit method, and he started acting like Fraser constantly. Like, he was doing “the walk.”


    Joshua St Clair is an editorial assistant at Men’s Health Magazine. 

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