Still paying off student loan debt? So is actor Miles Teller, co-star of the film Insurgent, which premiered over the weekend to the tune of $54 million.
Despite having starred in several blockbuster films since his graduation from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the 28-year-old revealed to Vulture this past weekend that he has yet to wholly fulfill his student loan obligations.
“My business manager says the interest is so low, there’s no sense in paying them off,” Teller told Vulture. “I can, if I want to have that badge of accomplishment, but until then I still very much have my NYU loans.”
With roles in five upcoming films, including Fantastic Four, and Fantastic Four 2, and the success of previous films, including Divergent and Whiplash, it’s likely the actor has his debts under control. However, he’s one of the lucky few.
According to CNN Money, 40 million Americans now owe a collective $1.2 trillion in student loans, up from 29 million debtors in 2008. CNN also reports the average student loan balance increased from $23,000 in 2008 to $29,000 in 2014.
Of his role choices, the Whiplash actor told Vulture: “I never pick anything based on, oh, this is what’s out there… I don’t work for the sake of working. Everything that comes my way has been thought out in terms of what it’s doing.”
Regardless of what motivates Teller in finding suitable work, according to celbritiesmoney.com, he has earned $2 million dollars since 2011.