You know those job postings that sound promising until you get to the bottom of the listing, and it says that you'll be paid... in experience? Experience, as far as my knowledge tells me, cannot buy me breakfast. It's tough — especially if you're a struggling artist-type — to sign on for a gig if it doesn't offer you cash money or at least some free snacks, but when you already have cash money, then who cares, right? Well, US Weekly says that Adam Levine took his role in Begin Again for free. So... we should probably consider Levine to be the ultimate acting intern, then, huh. NYU students, be jealous (or roll your eyes, your choice).
But you can only do things for experience if you're already super fortunate. Levine regaled his luxurious life to USA Today in an article with a very appropriate title, "No One Knows How Good My Life Is." In the article, he explains his secrets to having such a great life. Part of it involves rolling in money. For example, he has no plans on defying his truest self by doing his laundry ("Whether or not you do your own laundry does not make you humble," he says, as I go put mine in the dryer). Anyhow, according to The Doctrine of Levine, another facet of being a happy person is doing things for love, provided you can afford to do so. He goes on:
I did this movie for no money. I'm very lucky that I'm in that position [...] I want to have good experiences. I don't want to do a bunch of [expletive] that I hate. I want to treat [acting] completely differently because I have the very fortunate luxury of not having to think of this in terms of money.
Hey, I want to treat my possible foray into seashell art differently, too. (Puts on dark glasses and hat a la Judy Funny in Doug and walks away. MY LIFE IS SO GOOD.)
Look, high five to him for wanting to do a movie with Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. High 10 to him for wanting to expand his artistic skill set. Low five to him for not demanding a ludicrous paycheck, because come on. There's no need for all of this self-aggrandizing. Plenty of people are actual interns and do work for experience, and they have to do their own laundry, too. There's no need to get on his high (and probably very expensive) horse because he did a movie for free — it's not charity work. It's art. But we'll forgive what he says for now. Remember — this was all for the experience.