TWIST just spoke with Mae Whitman who stars in the upcoming movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower! Mae dished to us all about her character, what it's like to work with Emma Watson and gave advice for meeting friends at school! Check out the interview below!
TWIST: This movie looks awesome! So tell me about your character, Mary Elizabeth.
Mae Whitman: You know, Mary Elizabeth is a great character. She's more so the bossy type of person that has great ideas. I don't know if you've seen but she has an edgy haircut and she pretty much carries an edgy attitude throughout the movie, in a good way. But she kind of does her own thing and has this leader attitude about her.
T: Cool! You're working with a lot of great co-stars in this movie, so how is it working with stars like Emma Watson?
MW: Yea, Emma Watson is just awesome! I mean, I've been a fan of hers for a long time - before Harry Potter - just her whole career seems great to me. And she's the best kind of person to be around. Everything about her, she's very classy and artistic and I just love her! All the other characters are great too, you know, Logan, Paul Rudd, everyone has this great vibe and we all just get along so well.
T: Awesome! So what was the vibe like on set - did you guys have any inside jokes or funny moments?
MW: Of course, you know we had to be on set all day. It would be 9 o' clock in the morning and we'd be doing pretty wacky stuff. There was a lot of music being played on set. We all hung out a lot and played a lot of music at all hours of the night, and everybody in Pittsburgh was so cool! It's a really cool city and so that was basically our vibe of the set. Because it's a movie about friends we totally wanted to get close, so that was one of the main things we got to do - get to know each other. It was kind of like a big party!
T: Cool! So do you have an embarrassing moment you can spill to us?
MW: I feel like I have so many embarrassing moments from places like school that I've blocked them all out at this point. With my entire childhood, I think my most embarrassing moment from school would actually be that we used to make videos for my class. We had to act like characters and dress up and talk like them. I remember I used to get really into it, being an actress, and it was pretty horrifying to watch. So now we have videos and my parents are like 'Oh no, it looks so good,' but it's just so horrible! I have a video where I'm dressed like Jackie Kennedy, you know, talking with this accent and wearing like a black wig and sitting on my couch properly - I mean the level of commitment is adorable but also incredibly embarrassing [laughs].
T: Cool! Would you have any advice for any of our readers who may be struggling with meeting friends at school?
MW: You know, I definitely struggled with meeting friends at school, and I still have friends from school! It's just a difficult time, and I would say really try to be yourself. Stick to what feels natural and comfortable for you. Don't try to squeeze into anyone else's perception of you, because it's not natural and you won't attract the right friends that way. If you're just yourself - confident, kind, and compassionate toward other people's feelings - then you're going to end up making a lot of friends. Eventually the right crowd of people will come to you. So I would say be yourself!
T: Awesome! What can our readers expect next from you?
MW: I'm actually about to start shooting the fourth season of the show Parenthood that I'm on. That'll be pretty cool because there are characters of all different ages on there. And other than that, I'm doing a lot of voice-over stuff like the Tinker Bell movie and also the new version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's going to be coming out on Nickelodeon and I play the voice of April on that. So yea, it'll be fun.
T: Awesome! Thanks so much for speaking with us!
MW: Thank You!
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