Karl Glusman (Actor) Bio, Age, Girlfriend, Movies and TV Shows

Karl Glusman Biography

Karl Glusman is an American actor known for his lead role in the controversial drama Love (2015) and has also appeared in The Neon Demon (2016) and Nocturnal Animals (2016).


Glusman was born on January 3, 1988, in New York City, U.S. He is 35 years old as of January 2023.

Karl Glusman Family

Glusman was born in The Bronx, New York, where his parents met while studying medicine, but he grew up in the Portland area because his family moved to Oregon when he was six months old.

Karl Glusman Girlfriend / Dating

Glusman has been in a relationship with actress Zoë Kravitz since 2016. Kravitz announced about their engagement in an interview published in the November 2018 issue of Rolling Stone.

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Karl Glusman education

Glusman studied at Lake Oswego High School, and then enrolled at Portland State University, but dropped out after a year. He took acting courses while in college, as well as at the Portland Actors Conservatory. Aspiring to be an actor, he later attended the William Esper Studio in New York.


After shooting a television commercial for Adidas, Glusman flew to France with the intention to start a new beginning after ending a relationship. There, through a mutual acquaintance, he met acclaimed Argentine-French film director Gaspar Noé, who cast Glusman in Love (2015), a film depicting extensive unsimulated sex. It aired at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

The premiere set a record for the festival, selling all 2,200 seats in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. It was in Cannes where Glusman met film director and fashion designer Tom Ford, who then cast him in his film Nocturnal Animals in the following year. Also in 2016, he appeared in Nicolas Winding Refn’s thriller The Neon Demon.

Love (2015 film)

Love is a 2015 erotic drama art film written and directed by Gaspar Noé. The film marked Noé’s fourth directorial venture after a gap of five years. It was released in 3D.

Karl Glusman Movies and TV Shows

The Iconographer
Young thug
Starship Troopers: Invasion
Blow Up
Summer House
Joe Altman
The Neon Demon
Nocturnal Animals
Sam Duffy
Above Suspicion

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Karl Glusman Interview

Interviewer: “Love” is a very hypnotic movie as most Gaspar Noe movies are. The thing I admired most about your performance is how it is more emotionally naked than physically naked, and that’s something I hope people will realize when they watch it. Just how emotionally taxing was the role of Murphy for you?

Karl Glusman: You are the first person to ask me that because the focus is always kind of on the flesh. It was tough. Gaspar liked to surprise us a lot. He wouldn’t tell us what we were going to shoot the day we were shooting.

He would kind of put us into position and let us run for 45 minutes at a time and then change the cameras around. There would be screaming at each other and spitting on each other. In Paris I was alone and I didn’t really know anybody, and I don’t really speak very good French at all.

I could understand a little more by the end than when we started shooting, but when you are doing stuff like this you become part of a smaller group of people that really understands the work you are doing. It’s hard to talk to friends back home about it because they don’t really know what you’re going through.

You feel a little isolated. It’s hard to talk to people about it when they have no concept of what you’re doing. There were definitely times where I felt kind of crazy. I felt like Gaspar was really having a laugh like he was sort of manic and he’s like the master manipulator.

I had a nightmare before I went over to France and before he even hired me. In my dream I was in sort of a spherical compartment. The walls were lined with cameras from every angle, and I was being shaken and tossed around.

That sort of in a nutshell was what the experience was like at times because he really asked a lot of his actors. He wanted you to cry, he wanted you to strip down naked, he wanted you to scream and spit on each other, and he tried to charm you constantly and get you to fall in love with each other and didn’t really allow you to prepare for it because there is no script.

How do you prepare for something like that? You kind of just have to take a breath and jump off a cliff and hope that the parachute is going to open at some point.

Interviewer: I read that you and the actresses didn’t have any dialogue to work with. How would you go about preparing to do a scene with Gaspar?

KG: I’ll take you through one day of shooting. Without giving any of the plots away, there was one day where I got up, I had my little coffee in the morning, I’m waiting for the car to pick me up to take me to set and I get a call from Gaspar and he’s like, “Hey I’m at a café not too far from you.

Can you come over and meet me here?” I said, “Yeah but the car is coming to pick me up like right now.” And he’s like, “Oh no, no, no, I called them and I told them not to get you. Just come over to the café which is a couple of blocks down on the left and meet me there.

There is somebody I want you to meet.” Okay, so I walk over to the café and there is a young guy there whose name is Juan and he’s actually in the movie. Juan didn’t know it, but Gaspar wanted to put him in the movie so he has me meet him to see if he can play my best friend.

So I meet that guy and he’s like nice and we talked for a minute. He had done this with a couple of other actors and I tried to give him the thumbs up. And he turns to Juan says, “So can you come by to the set today for a little screen test? Would you be cool with that?” The guy was like, “Sure, cool.”

Gaspar then said, “Cool, just make sure you’re not late.” So then we go to set and a couple of hours later Juan shows up and he thinks that he’s just doing a little audition or something, and both the cameras are set up.

I don’t know what the shot’s going to be, neither does Gaspar, neither does Benoît Debie (the director of photography). They (Gaspar and Benoît) play with the lights for 45 minutes before they find a shot that they like, and that’s literally how they work.

He just knew that if he put me in this position or if he put her in that position, then maybe he could match cut it with a different scene. He is giving himself options in the editing room.

And then before Juan knows it he’s signing his NDA and he’s cast in the movie, and like 10 minutes later I’m like screaming at him that I’m going to kill him for like fucking my girlfriend and this and that. It was like that the whole time.

We wouldn’t have an actor cast and he’d say we gotta go find an actor, and we would go out that night and go trolling the bars looking for someone who might be able to play the police commissioner and then we would run it through Vincent Maraval, our producer at Wild Bunch.

Gaspar would tell them, “Hey you should be in the movie” and they were like “nah, nah, nah.” And Gaspar was like, “No, no, no, you should show up tomorrow.” And that’s how it was.

Gaspar would have friends show up on set and make cameos, and it was all very, very improvised, very at the moment, very immediate. The whole nature of the movie and in terms of his process is surprising himself, surprising everybody around him and kind of not planning.

That’s kind of the way it was with him. It was just like go, go, go and you never knew what you were going to get that day. His whole mantra was every day is Christmas. What do you want for Christmas today?

And I think that he kind of lives by that; that life is short and that the only promise that God ever made to man is that you’re going to die and you might as well enjoy it now because you don’t know what dreams may come.

Interview: I imagine many people, especially in America, will be quick to dismiss “Love” as just a porno, but it really isn’t. What’s fascinating is how it portrays sex in its different forms.

Adopted from Exclusive.