Hunter King's brand new movie, A Girl Like Her, just came out on DVD. In the film, the actress plays the quintessential mean girl, who is a truly vicious bully in her high school. When TWIST caught up with Hunter, she told us all about her new project, what it was like channeling the bully persona that's so unlike her, and the powerful messages we can all take away from the story.
"My character Avery is the bully, [but] throughout the the film you kind of see a transformation happen with her," Hunter tells us. "I don't want to give anything away, but she's the standard mean girl. Everything you can imagine, she does to this poor girl Jessica."
"It was really hard [channeling her mean persona]," Hunter shares. "Basically after ever single take, I would run up and apologize to the actress playing Jessica. I would feel awful doing all of the awful things I did to her, but she was a trooper. She took it like a champion. At the end of the day, it is make-believe and it's what we do for a living, but it was really difficult treating another human being like that. It gives you a look into what girls, and even boys, are going through nowadays, it happens in school."
"I think self-awareness is one thing [that inspires her to change]" Hunter shares. "You know how people always say that they're not going to be a 'yes man'? My character's friends are 'yes men', always telling her yes and going along with what she's doing. Until finally someone comes along who is going to stand up to her and tell her what she's doing is wrong. I think that's one of the first people to ever really stand up to Avery and teach her a lesson when most people are too scared to."
"I can relate more to the character of Jessica [than Avery]," Hunter tells us. "Every day on Twitter or when I was in high school, people experience bullying and I was bullied a lot in high school. Things you get tweeted? People say really mean things because they get bold on social media and behind that computer screen. I can still relate to Avery in the fact that sometimes you're unaware of your behavior until someone brings it to your attention and is like, hey, I'm here to help you, not hurt you."
Everyone can learn something from Hunter's new movie – and she has a message for anyone dealing with bullies themselves.
"You're not alone. Everyone experiences it," she shares. "What you realize in this film, with the three main characters, is that almost everyone experiences bullying, whether they're the victim of the bully, the friend of the person getting bullied, or they're a bystander seeing everything happening. Everyone experiences it some way and somehow, and there is something you can do. It will get better. A lot of times, people forget, and that's what happens with Jessica, you get in a sinkhole and it takes over and overwhelms you. You feel like it's never going to end, but it will. People in high school are only going to have so much power over you for so long. Remember that it's going to end."
That's so powerful!
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