In October 2013, Gordon-Levitt identified himself as a feminist, giving credit to his mother: "My mom brought me up to be a feminist.She was active in the movement in the '60s and '70s.Subsequently, he was approached by an agent and began appearing on television and in commercials for Sunny Jim peanut butter, Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes.

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In 1991, he played both David Collins and Daniel Collins in the Dark Shadows television series, and appeared in the movie A River Runs Through It .

During 1992–93, he played in The Powers That Be, a sitcom starring John Forsythe, as a clever young boy named Pierce Van Horne.

Following the premiere, the film was acquired by Relativity Media and Gordon-Levitt stated: "I always intended this to be a movie for a mass popular audience. I couldn't possibly be more grateful."; often stylized as hit REC●rd) is an online collaborative production company founded and owned by Gordon-Levitt.

The company uses a variety of media to produce such projects as short films, books, and DVDs.

His films include 2001's drama Manic, which was set in a mental institution, Mysterious Skin (2004), in which he played a gay prostitute and child sexual abuse victim, and Brick (2005), a modern-day film noir set at a high school, in which he had the lead role of Brendan Frye, a teen who becomes involved in an underground drug ring while investigating a murder.

Brick received positive reviews, with The Minnesota Daily's critic commenting that Gordon-Levitt played the character "beautifully", "true to film's style", "unfeeling but not disenchanted", and "sexy in the most ambiguous way." He also starred opposite Steve Sandvoss as a young judgmental missionary in Latter Days (2003), a film that centers on a sexually repressed Mormon missionary (Sandvoss) who falls for his gay neighbor. His next role was in 2007's The Lookout, in which he played Chris Pratt, a janitor involved in a bank heist.

I hope to do a thousand more movies with him because he's simply the best.

But in the meantime, we made a little New Year's duet for all of you!

The Hollywood movie industry has come a long way since its past.

co-star Zooey Deschanel are great friends, but, despite some palpable on-screen chemistry, the two will never date in real life.

costars have reunited on screen, except this time, instead of going through an emotional rollercoaster, Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sing a rendition of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? She & Him's female half posted the video on her website Hello Giggles, and wrote, "I have known Joe Gordon-Levitt for going on 12 years.