Jack Nicholson's grandson Duke, 20, gives his first interview after starring in Us

Jack Nicholson’s 20-year-old grandson son Duke is stepping into the spotlight.

The Us actor talked to The Hollywood Reporter for his very first interview this week about his low rise to fame as he carves out his own career away from his legendary 82-year-old grandfather who starred in classics such as Chinatown, Batman and As Good As It Gets.

‘It wasn’t a big moment, like, “I want to be an actor,”‘ he said about his career choice.  ‘It was just a gradual thing.’ 

Chip off the ole block: Jack Nicholson's 20-year-old grandson son Duke is stepping into the spotlight. The Us actor talked to The Hollywood Reporter for his very first interview this week about his low rise to fame as he carves out his own career; seen in March

Chip off the ole block: Jack Nicholson’s 20-year-old grandson son Duke is stepping into the spotlight. The Us actor talked to The Hollywood Reporter for his very first interview this week about his low rise to fame as he carves out his own career; seen in March

He also says that he doesn’t talk to Jack much about Hollywood. Rather, they talk sports. Jack is a die hard Lakers fan. 

And Duke also said that though Jack has not been seen much in public lately, his health is fine.

‘He’s doing great. He’s 100 percent,’ said the actor. 

They also just spent a holiday together, Thanksgiving: ‘It’s usually pretty small. Me, my Uncle Ray, my Aunt Lorraine, my mom,’ Duke said. 

Gradpa: He is creating his own work away from his legendary 82-year-old grandfather who starred in classics such as Chinatown, Batman and As Good As It Gets; seen in 2004

Gradpa: He is creating his own work away from his legendary 82-year-old grandfather who starred in classics such as Chinatown, Batman and As Good As It Gets; seen in 2004

Duke’s mother is Jennifer Nicholson, 56, a fashion designer with a boutique in Ojai, according to the HR.

Dad is retired pro surfer Mark Norfleet, 54. (Duke is named after the legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku.)   

His grandmother is Sandra Knight; she was wed to Jack from 1962 to 1968.error.

Duke is closer to Uncle Ray, 27, and Aunt Lorraine, 29 — Nicholson’s children with actress-model Rebecca Broussard, 56 — than to older brother Sean, 24, a film studies major at Emerson College, the site said. ‘We fought a lot as kids,’ Duke said. ‘Classic brother things.’

Family: Duke's mother is Jennifer Nicholson, 56, a fashion designer with a boutique in Ojai, according to the HR. Seen with mom and his brother Sean in 2010

Family: Duke’s mother is Jennifer Nicholson, 56, a fashion designer with a boutique in Ojai, according to the HR. Seen with mom and his brother Sean in 2010

During his sit down, Duke talks about posing with Lana Del Rey for her album cover Norman F**ing Rockwell: ‘We love the mystery.’

‘Lana just, like, loves Duke,’ says film director Nicholas Jarecki. ‘I think in the same way that we all do.’  

‘Lana is a friend of mine and she called me and said, Hey, we’re doing the album cover tomorrow. You want to be on it?’ said Duke. ‘I just went with it,’ he says. ‘I don’t try to analyze things too much.’ 

‘He’s this really obsessed film nerd,’ says Jarecki, who cast Duke as a fentanyl dealer in his next film Dreamland.

‘I don’t think you find too many 20-year-olds sitting there on a diet of Bertolucci and Nicholas Ray films.’ 

At first he wanted to direct. ‘I made one short [in high school] called The Happy Fisherman, but I never show it to anyone really,’ he offered. ‘It was about a fisherman who gets his d**k bit by a fish.’

Then he was cast in the movie Slowdive with the help of Val Kilmer’s son Jack. 

‘Duke Nicholson is the carny,’ Jordan Peele said of casting him in Us. ‘He’s always been the carny.’ 

 ‘Jordan was like, ‘Have you seen The Shining? You’re my Lloyd,’  Duke recalls: ‘I mean, The Shining is one of the greatest horror films of all time …’

 

 

 

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