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Leftovers Stars Max and Charlie Carver Take the Cake (No, really… they did)!

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It’s always a little surreal when I get to interview an actor from a movie or tv show I watch. But sitting across from Charlie and Max Carver from HBO’s “The Leftovers” was twice as disorienting! Charlie (in the jeans on the left) and Max (floral khakis on the right. Yep, a summer fashion plate, that one!) play the two most clueless characters in a show where, pretty much everyone, IS clueless.

But these two USC grads couldn’t be further from their characters (as I found with Ryan Kwanten—Jason Stackhouse on True Blood—if that helps you get where I’m going). Max, who may be the more talkative one because he led off on the Q&A, gave a very insightful interpretation of the mysterious, rapturous series. He said it’s more poem than narrative—or maybe those are my words and that’s how I remember his point. And Charlie punctuated Max’s thoughts the way twins tend to do.

What struck me most though was how focused and polite these guys were. And I’m glad they were so nice because, during my quick research, I saw that Christine and I were interviewing them on their birthday! Actually Max is born one minute after midnight so August 1st is his big day. Anyway, we ran down to the bakery and grabbed them a cake. And they couldn’t have been more appreciative!

So, Happy Birthday(s) Charlie and Max! We’re glad you spent a few minutes of your 26th celebration with us. Although why I gave you the box for that Bavarian chocolate cream cake without snagging a slice I’ll never figure out! You guys better have tried it!

 Twitter: @maxcarver  @charlie_carver 
 

From Christine Devine:

We knew them when! While Max and Charlie Carver may be on a new show(HBO), fans already know and love them from Teen Wolf (MTV) and Desperate Housewives (ABC). Still, when I heard we (FOX) had twins coming on I nearly panicked. How ever would we tell them apart? Thankfully, as Jeff noted, they were not the kind of twins that dressed as one. Each was kind enough to dress differently so that we could tell them apart. I was doing well, until, they both answered a few questions in unison, with the same one word answer. That was not only seeing double, but hearing double. To really test the two, we put them to the L.A./Q.A. test. We asked the NorCal boys about their favorite L.A. hotspots.

While both picked Pinkberry in question number one, in question number two we saw a rift. Charlie is more beach while Max is more Runyon Canyon.

Max is more Stanley Cup while Charlie cheers on the Super Bowl.

As for social networking Charlie is Twitter guy, whereas, you find Max more on Facebook.

As for sports, for Max it’s “Go Giants” while Charlie has gone So-Cal and supports Kobe and crew. “Laker’s baby” he says.

Both look pretty fashion forward. Charlie’s style is Ron Herman. Max finds fashion-finds on La Brea.

On the question, Disneyland versus Disney Concert Hall, Charlie picked the “land.” Max picked the “hall.”

As for Sunset Strip or Vegas strip? Both picked Vegas, but Charlie made sure to mention “24 hours max!”

Among their food favorites, you might find Max at Joan’s on Third or Jerry’s Famous Deli. Charlie is a Mel’s Diner guy.

Fans, if you’re looking to bump into the “Leftovers” twins, follow the Kogi truck. They’re fans of the Korean taco truck. Or hang out at In-N-Out Burger. Charlie says when he flies into L.A. it’s “the first thing I do upon landing at LAX.”

We asked about their favorite “California” songs. Charlie picked California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & Papas while Max picked “San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie. While the song was sung by McKenzie it was written and produced by John Phillips of The Mamas & Papas. When it comes to Hollywood, the twins seem to be living the California dream!

 

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