We Get an "Easy A"
You know those classes everybody wants to take because it's a snap to get an "A"? Well, movie-making isn't quite as easy for the young, hot cast of next year's high school comedy Easy A. TeenHollywood was in Ojai, California a few days ago on set at a real high school where 20-somethings Emma Stone (Superbad, The Rocker), Penn Badgley ("Gossip Girl") and Amanda Bynes (Hairspray) were going back to high school playing students at a pep rally and working hard, over and over again to get their fun scenes just right.
The film is loosely based on the Hawthorne classic "The Scarlet Letter" but before you run the other way picturing pilgrim types, the only real similarity is the timeless truth that rumors can make or break a person's reputation. 'Nuff said. We are honoring the film studio's wishes that we hold back on all the very, very cool stuff we saw until closer to the film's release date next year. But, we'll say that it was very funny and showed that these actors have some talents we've not yet seen them explore!
We got to grab some chairs behind the director's monitors, watch the action both live and on the screen and, in between set-ups, grab some time with Amanda, Penn and Emma! We got some info not related to the film that we can share right now. Check it out!
TeenHollywood: Amanda, are you in Footloose or not now?
Amanda: I'm not in it. But it's okay, I'm doing Hairspray 2 so no problem. I can't give any information but it's being written.
TeenHollywood: Are you all having fun and becoming friends on the Easy A set here? It looks like you are having fun kicking back and working together.
Amanda: Yeah, we're having a great time. It's a fun, young cast and I got to work with Lisa Kudrow who I'm a huge fan of and it's great, Patricia Clarkson, Thomas Hayden Church, Stanley Tucci. It's amazing. We have such a great script and Screen Gems is amazing so I'm really happy. So far, it's been extremely fun. We've been bonding, hanging out and having a really good time.
TeenHollywood: Did you have a "normal" high school experience or were you home-schooled?
Amanda: I went to high school and I also home-schooled. I was in and out because I was doing shows so I would do school on set but, because I'm very social and I liked being around my friends, I would make both work.
TeenHollywood: Did you have a "mean girl" experience in high school?
Amanda: Yeah. I did. There were some girls who were jealous and mean. But, I was really shy when I was in high school because I was getting so much attention [working] that when I was in school, I really didn't want it because I wanted to fit in and have friends. I didn't want people to think I thought I was that great so I sort of downplayed it. But, then I realized you have to be true to yourself and your friends will like you no matter what and it's cool.
TeenHollywood: Great advice!
Here comes adorable Penn Badgley munching on his lunch break sandwich. He sits down next to us as Amanda has to go get her hair primped. Earlier, he appeared to take a spill on set but assures us he's just fine. But, the "Gossip Girl" actor did tell us about some discomfort on another set.
TeenHollywood: So you did have an uncomfortable experience on another set?
Penn: Yeah. It was on another Screen Gems picture. One that I did last year and it's coming out this October. It's called The Stepfather. We spent three nights on a rooftop in thirty degree weather and I was just in a t-shirt and in freezing rain that they had to make. They have to keep the rain very cold because if it were warmer than the air, you'd get steam. So it was freezing water, and it was heavy in order to be seen on film. It's a miracle I didn't get some sort of illness.
TeenHollywood: Yikes. Talk about suffering for your craft!
Penn: That was an intense shoot for me because we were shooting 'Gossip Girl' at the same time and I was flying back and forth. I did a lot of my own stunts. It was a very physical role. I guess this one is too.
TeenHollywood: We're asking everyone. Did you have a regular high school experience?
Penn: I didn't actually. I graduated early, when I was 13.
TeenHollywood: Wow. You are some kind of whiz kid!
Penn: It sounds much more impressive than it is. And I started taking community college courses when I was, like, 14. So, from 14 to 17, I was going to Santa Monica College.
TeenHollywood: So does that very youthful experience mean you can't relate to a high school experience like we're seeing today?
Penn: No, everybody can. Being a teenager is universal. It's not just high school.
And, he's called back to set. Later, we sit down with Emma Stone whom, we'll say, is in a rather provocative outfit! More about that closer to film release.
TeenHollywood: Emma, what was your high school experience like?
Emma: I was only in high school for a couple of months. I went to an all girls Catholic high school and then I decided to leave and move to LA to do this [acting] which I can't believe here I am now. That was 5 1/2 years ago.
TeenHollywood: So can you relate to teen girls with the pressures they're faced with whether you're in high school or not?
Stone: Absolutely. I think that's what I like about [my character] so much. She rises above it and realizes this is just temporary and this is high school and everyone will forget this and everyone will move on. What can she do but have as much fun to get through it as she can? It kinda bites her in the a**, but it's also really funny.
TeenHollywood: Your part is pretty central to this film. This movie is on your shoulders basically. Is this the first time?
Emma: Yeah. It's been wild. It's been crazy. It feel different than I thought it might. I never thought in a million years that that would ever be the case. It's wild. This is my third movie in a row so I've been working for eight months. It's kinda natural. It's just like 'oh another set' and you're working and you kinda forget that you're here all day every day. I don't really think about it like that. I just think about getting my job done. We'll see how it turns out.
We're going to say that Emma is doing an amazing job in a scene that will showcase talents we've not seen her display as yet. We think it will all "turn out" fine! Check back in a few months for more details on Easy A!