Jake Owen Opens Up About First Time Acting Ahead of ‘Our Friend’ Film Release

by Katie Maloney

Country star, Jake Owen, can now officially add “actor” to his resume.

The country musician shared a clip from the movie Our Friend on Instagram. The clip prominently features Owen along with actors Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck. The film is about a woman (Johnson) and her husband (Affleck). The woman discovers that she has terminal cancer and the couple’s lives are upended. They decide to invite their friend (Jason Segel) to live with them and help them and their family cope with the news. The story is based on a real-life couple and their friend.

Along with the clip, Owen writes “Wanted to share a little clip of a film I was a part of…I’ve never been in a ‘movie’ before so I won’t lie.. sitting down in front of Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel, and Casey Affleck and acting like I knew what I was doing, was a bit of a challenge. I’ve always loved a good challenge.”

Jake Owen Shares The Details Of His First Acting Experience

During an interview with The Bobby Bones Show, Owen opens up about his experiences on set.

“You’re a real-life actor,” says Bobby Bones. To which Owen quickly replies, “I don’t know if I’m a real-life actor, but I got a cool part in a really cool movie.”

Owen got the part after his agent asked him if he’d ever want to try acting. Owen said that he was excited about the opportunity. He says, “I’m always up for a challenge, something I’ve never done.” After receiving the role, his agent suggested that Owen take acting lessons. However, Owen declined to do so. He quickly regretted his lack of lessons during his first day on set.

“I was really nervous. And I was really really insecure about it,” says Owen. “But I didn’t want anyone to know. My manager told me before, ‘You should probably take some acting lessons.’ But I thought, ‘I don’t need to take acting lessons.’ Then my first day, my first scene was with Casey Affleck…and they don’t tell you what to do. They assume you know what you’re doing. And I had no idea what I was doing,” says Owen laughing.

Jake Owen talks about his scenes in Our Friend.

Owen Hates Watching Himself Act In The Movie

Owen has plenty of experience seeing himself in music videos or on stage for concerts. However, he says, watching himself in a movie isn’t quite the same. Bobby asked Owen what it’s like to see himself on the big screen.

“Oh my god, it was horrible,” says Owen. “When I got the video to post. I didn’t want to post it. It’s not that I’m not proud of the movie. It’s like a song. You have to get used to hearing yourself on that song in order to feel comfortable,” says Owen.

However, Owen posted the clip and says that he is proud of the message behind the film.

“It’s about the beautiful, real-life experiences of friendships and what your friends do for you when you’re going through moments like that,” says Owen. “And kind of in our lives now, as separated as we’ve all been for so long, this is a really cool story and movie about bringing people together,” he says.

It’s only a matter of time before we say, “Academy Award winner…Jake Owen!”