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Jeremy Renner on His Fil-Am Costar, Hollywood (Manila Bulletin)

Los Angeles – Jeremy Renner arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel with a broken right arm which, he said, he broke while doing a stunt.

The 46-year-old actor, who was in the Philippines when he did “The Bourne Legacy” in 2012, beamed and smiled, temporarily forgetting the pain of his broken arm when we asked him about his “Wind River” co-star Teo Briones, who portrays his son Casey Lambert in the American thriller.

Jeremy Renner (Photo courtesy of Janet R. Nepales/HFPA)He said, “Teo is so great. He has just got such an amazing energy and he is just such a hard worker. He got to learn to ride that horse and really control that big horse around. I was really impressed with him.”

Teo is the son of Jon Jon Briones, who is the acclaimed Engineer in the musical “Miss Saigon” and actress-singer Megan Johnson Briones, who portrayed Ellen in the same musical. Born Mateo Justis Briones in Oxford, England while his parents were on tour, Teo began acting at the age of 5. His older sister, Isa Briones (“Takers”), 18, is also an actress-singer.

“Wind River” is about the discovery of a body by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert (Renner) in the Wind River Indian Reservation and he gets assistance from FBI rookie agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen).

Jeremy said that in his research for the film, he learned a lot about the plight of women who live in such reservations.

“The main thing that I learned was that there was too much of it actually going on, and nothing really being done about it. I couldn’t really focus on the masses of what’s going on. I just focused on the story at hand and to keep that as truthful and honest as I possibly could.”

As a father himself to 4-year-old Ava Berlin, his daughter with ex-wife Canadian model Sonni Pacheco, Jeremy said he is more self-aware and affected by such a part.

He disclosed, “I thought more probably being an older brother than I was as a father, with my sisters and things like that, much more of a protector for them, and my two sisters and my mom, who I spent most of my life with in the household. One I helped birth and the other sister I helped birth, her first kid. So I have a strong connection to them and the guy running out on my sister and so I did all the things that he was supposed to do. So that kind of protector, it brings up those sorts of things, the guy to carry the weight and carry the load.”

He added that being a father makes him conscious also of where his films are shot. He disclosed, “Playing a father was very important to me because it was a big part of my life. And the sort of practical side of filmmaking now is decided to serve what is going to put me in front of my child, otherwise I just can’t do it. So I have to be close so I can pick her up and take her to school and be a part of that. So creatively, there are a lot of things as an actor I would like to do. But what would actually work or not, will be determined where it shoots potentially.”

Asked if parenting has become easier or more challenging now that his daughter is four years old, Jeremy revealed, “It’s all rewarding. I learn every day, more about myself and more about me as a father. Watching and experiencing and challenging that little creature whom I get to share life with, it’s a great perspective. It is great clarity and focus that she brings me and it makes life easier.

“It gets easier as you get older and people keep saying that. But I don’t know if it gets easier by any means. I don’t know if I want it to get easier. She is going to create lots of great challenges for me. I hope to do the same for her.”

His formula to good parenting? He quipped, “How does anybody know how to be a good parent? There’s no license or test that you have to take before you have a child. Continuity, consistency and those things are important, especially for a man to become a beautiful little creature. That’s really important, to give self-confidence and the skill set to problem solve and that is also great for confidence and all of these things that I get the luxury of being able to do all the time because I am not forced to have to go to work, like my parents, who both worked.”

Source: Janet Nepales at The Manila Bulletin.


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