There are two Joseph Gordon-Levitts, and they coexist in the same beatific-faced, wiry-framed vessel. The first, a sensitive actor known to his traditional media fans as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, eats things like raw kale salad, which is exactly what he orders from the patio of Little Dom’s, a neighborhood hashery in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, on a calm evening in August. This Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a sweet-tempered movie star who could make—who has made—pixie princess Zooey Deschanel look like an ice queen by comparison. He’s quick with a quip, and, no matter who or what he plays onscreen, the audience roots for him.
He says things like, “There’s a difference between a girl who’s sexy, like, ‘I’m a slave,’ and an assuredly sexy girl like Beyoncé,” because he’s a gentleman. The second Joe is RegularJoe, as he’s known to the members of his online collaborative production site, hitRECord. Gordon-Levitt is sometimes overpowered by Joe, who’ll add things like, “But I have to admit, man, I fall for the slave thing, too.” Joe follows up Gordon-Levitt’s bed of leafy greens with an unwieldy tower of hot fudge–and whipped cream–topped gelato sundae.