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  • Chairman Suite, fancy, fancy, fancy Yeah, Vogue Cole.

  • Welcome Joseph.

  • Please thank you very much.

  • This 73 questions interview was so worth it to me that I flew all the way to Vancouver to be here with you.

  • I know, and I figured you're probably gonna be pretty hungry so I decided to cook you up a little finger food.

  • Well, I just happened to be very hungry right now.

  • You like tomatoes, you like garlic, all of the above your breath is gonna stink but I guarantee you you'll love it.

  • So what are you making here?

  • This is just a little finger food for joseph and then I'm cooking up a carbonara carbonara full later.

  • You don't get any of that.

  • That sounds delicious.

  • Is this an old family recipe?

  • Yes, but I will be cooking this after our interview because I don't think you guys wanna watch me go through all of this call, what would you say is the key to a good dish?

  • Probably the attention to detail.

  • Now, I agree.

  • Do you have an ultimate favorite recipe of all time?

  • Probably this Carbonaro.

  • I make it really traditional in the roman style pecorino guanciale, which is important.

  • You can use picciotto.

  • But I like big thick cuts of guanciale.

  • Guanciale sounds so romantic if you say so.

  • Just do you consider yourself a romantic?

  • Only when vogue shows up and I have to flex on the internet?

  • No, it's complaining.

  • And what's the most romantic gesture that you've ever done?

  • I'm I'm like a road trip guy.

  • I like the big, grand sweeping vistas.

  • And are you into camping or hotels?

  • Mm camping for sure.

  • Okay.

  • And what's the most romantic gesture that's ever been done for you?

  • My heart is attached to my stomach.

  • So and he cooked meal.

  • Any family recipe.

  • That's the way to my heart.

  • You hear that ladies so cold.

  • Vancouver is stunning.

  • Are you enjoying it here when the sun is out?

  • It is the most beautiful city on earth, truly.

  • And I'm happy to see that you're being taken care of so nicely here.

  • Well, I wanted to impress you, joe.

  • No need for that.

  • But it does seem like some other people are going to be thoroughly impressed with your culinary presentation.

  • You like that consummate hospitality.

  • This is for all my imaginary friends and maybe you.

  • I feel honored.

  • I wouldn't expect anything less from someone staying in the chairman suite.

  • Just really living the sweet life, aren't you?

  • Cool?

  • It's just never escaped.

  • That's a good one.

  • Coal.

  • I see what you did there.

  • So who is this chairman?

  • And what did you do with him?

  • Don't worry about it.

  • I'm blackmailing him, but we don't got to mention his name on camera.

  • Legal reasons.

  • Big dispute certainly.

  • Certainly.

  • Now, can I ask you some questions about your childhood, geez, okay, a little family therapy again, joe.

  • Let's go.

  • Exactly.

  • So what's something that most people don't know about being a child star?

  • It's very competitive.

  • It's a very competitive arena.

  • And you have any personal anecdotes about that?

  • Well, just so happened, my direct competition was my identical twin brother, but we read not the same table.

  • So, you know, the same team.

  • Do you ever go back and watch old episodes of the Sweet Life when I'm drunk or feeling really narcissistic?

  • Yeah.

  • How does it feel when you're watching your younger self on screen like that?

  • I don't really like to watch anything I do.

  • So I try to stay away from it.

  • Okay, fair enough.

  • And if you can go back in time, what would you tell your younger self?

  • Uh, get a good financial advisor and don't do your own taxes kid.

  • I feel like there's a story in there.

  • Yeah.

  • Are you the government?

  • What's your best memory from that time?

  • Mm Well, when I graduated middle school to crew through a big graduation and I cried on screen.

  • Uh, and you know what?

  • I think it's on video somewhere, so maybe just scrub it.

  • No, I have something to hunt for.

  • Yeah.

  • Please down.

  • Was it very hard to find your own identity outside of being known as the Sprouse Twins?

  • It wasn't hard for me.

  • It was hard for the audience I think, but it's a double edged sword.

  • I get to bask in all of Dylan's accomplishments to some take credit when, when I'm happy to see that you brought all your camera gear here.

  • You're finding some time to use all this stuff.

  • I am.

  • Yeah, that's my digital camera And my first actually, this is my first little film camera.

  • What's that?

  • This is a candidate.

  • You want student student camera, cheap, efficient like coal.

  • I think I'm gonna leave that there and go to the next question.

  • Okay.

  • So I heard your dad likes to take credit for inspiring your photography.

  • Yes, But that's what fathers do is not a prerequisite for being a father.

  • Certainly.

  • Does he ever give you any tips or advice on photography?

  • He's an incredible location scout.

  • I will give him that.

  • What's the best location that he ever scouted for you?

  • Oh man.

  • Best location.

  • Uh, my future gravesite.

  • Probably.

  • Yeah.

  • God, nice little plot in the desert.

  • So more and more bit tumbleweeds is more so.

  • Have you been designated as your family photographer?

  • Mhm.

  • Yeah.

  • It'll probably just be a matter of time till I'm doing senior portraits or wedding photos and things.

  • Just dreadful.

  • Come on, it's family, that's how it works.

  • So when you're taking a photo, what's the first place your eye goes to?

  • Mm The landscape?

  • Certainly.

  • Do you have any favorite landscapes here?

  • Yeah.

  • And one of my favorite shoots ever is actually right across the water.

  • I can go and show you if you like.

  • I'd love to take a look at this.

  • You know, it's funny everywhere I go here.

  • There's a nice view, there's just there's nice views everywhere and then yes and some nice views for the people watching me bathe.

  • So what's your favorite photo shoot of all time that you've done?

  • Mhm.

  • Favorite photo shoot.

  • It's this location I'm about to show you.

  • It's a large yellow mountain on the north of Vancouver that my friend and I shot out when I was in the first season of Riverdale.

  • It sounds so magical.

  • Mm Let's check out this magical view come through, wow!

  • Maybe I'll show you on the deck and a little bit.

  • This is the view, wow!

  • Welcome, wow.

  • I love it.

  • Obviously you're quite the traveler, right?

  • Oh, I'm obsessed.

  • Yeah.

  • You believe the privilege of traveling could be very educational.

  • What could be the biggest takeaway for anyone who travels?

  • Well, I think before the advent of social media traveling was one of the greatest ways to really learn about otherness.

  • I think it's important to travel alone to suspend your own personal culture inside.

  • Uh some some place that feels unfamiliar to you, really, you can all benefit from getting out of our comfort zone.

  • And what's been your own biggest personal take away from traveling?

  • Probably my palette.

  • Of course.

  • Such a foodie.

  • What's the craziest thing you've ever eaten?

  • Uh, I like the bugs man.

  • I'll say it.

  • I think we should all be eating a lot more bugs.

  • Would you cook a bug?

  • I would cook a bug and eat the bug.

  • What bug would you cook?

  • Crickets, beetles.

  • There's tons of them.

  • It's the most diverse species on earth and they're probably all delicious.

  • Maybe this is your next favorite recipe.

  • Yeah, I'll stick to the carbonara for now.

  • What's the most memorable place that you visited?

  • Japan?

  • Certainly if I were going to go there, what city should I visit?

  • I'd say Kyoto noted.

  • Do you think you're a good travel buddy?

  • What if I'm hyping myself up?

  • Yes.

  • And what is your number one travel tip?

  • You'd recommend to anyone flying?

  • Don't nap on the first day.

  • That's the big no, no cole what is on the bedside table reading list these days?

  • Oh, I can't read but I place that there because I think it looks like I can read but that's that's the unbearable lightness of being.

  • Would you recommend it?

  • Yeah.

  • When I'm feeling the lightness in my being I don't find it to be that unbearable Phil philosophical and you'd also recommend comics because you're such a fan.

  • I am big time.

  • What's your favorite comic?

  • My favorite comic.

  • It's more of a graphic novel called Black Hole, interesting.

  • Do you own any priceless comic memorabilia?

  • I own a lot of really great old incredible hulks and Fantastic fours.

  • Um But the one that is closest to me is Avengers 500.

  • And speaking of old, you worked in archaeology after graduation is that right?

  • Great segue, Jeff.

  • What sparked your interest in archaeology?

  • My grandpa was a geologist and it was a discipline that combined a lot of my mutual interests.

  • Did you discover anything particularly interesting?

  • Oh yeah, some spooky stuff too.

  • I found an old ceramic theatrical mask of Dionysus in Bulgaria.

  • A little hellenistic settlement.

  • Wow, that's spooky.

  • I would have freaked out.

  • What a special experience.

  • Yeah, Yeah.

  • I'm still waiting to wake up from the fever dream.

  • I think so.

  • How does it feel to unearth major parts of history a lot more special than take three on on a long running production pretend like I don't know that means.

  • So what exactly happens on an archaeological dig?

  • Um Not indiana jones.

  • That's for sure.

  • A lot of, a lot of you digging over a trench of dirt with a toothbrush.

  • Would you play indiana jones have offered the role.

  • It's a hard act to follow, but I think I can put on some muscle.

  • Do you ever see yourself returning to the field?

  • I do.

  • Eventually I got some other milestones.

  • I have to hit first priorities.

  • Now you started a super fun instagram account called camera duels.

  • What was the inspiration there?

  • Rage?

  • Of course the best inspiration.

  • Has anyone ever commented on those photos and said, Hey, that's me.

  • I get reached out to almost every single photo I post.

  • What's the weirdest place someone ever tried to take a photo of you?

  • The bathroom?

  • Yeah, I wasn't in the stall.

  • It was just at the sinks, but okay.

  • It's still a little vulnerable.

  • Do you think you'll ever get used to the fact that strangers take photos of you not in the bathroom?

  • And how's this for another classic segue?

  • This shower looks amazing.

  • Yeah.

  • And it leads me to ask the most important question of this interview.

  • How many shower heads is too many shower heads depends on the stench job.

  • Of course, coal.

  • You talk a lot about preserving your mental health.

  • What are some non negotiable things that you do to help make that happen for yourself?

  • Oh, I stay off the internet.

  • I think we should all stay off of the internet.

  • I think so.

  • So why is this so important for you to be open and vulnerable about your mental health?

  • But my family and friends know what I'm doing.

  • It's very important.

  • So cold.

  • Do journal every day.

  • Right to my therapist.

  • You tell me one thing that you've learned about yourself recently.

  • Okay.

  • Bit of an emotional sponge, absorb others energies.

  • And what kind of energy are you picking up right now?

  • Okay, intense arousal joke, intense arousal must be from all the sweeping vistas of Vancouver.

  • Obviously.

  • Maybe it's all the seagulls around.

  • Yeah, it's the seagulls.

  • So last year you took a break from social media.

  • What did you do instead?

  • Okay, cooking.

  • And we're gonna have a little bit of that later.

  • Thank you.

  • You produce and star in Nebraska narrative podcast.