Everyman Rising

Joseph Gordon-Levitt grows up

Martin Schoeller for TIME

Yes, of course Joseph Gordon-Levitt would like to sing a song. Or dance. Or take photos. Or listen to your song and watch you dance while he takes photos. He'll sing "La Bamba" just because a radio DJ asks him to. He'll do an impersonation of Seth Rogen just because I ask him to. He treats life as if it's one big freshman dorm room.

There's a lightness to Gordon-Levitt, or JGL, as his online fans often call him. He had it in Inception, bouncing gravity-free off ceilings and walls, and...

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