CELIA—beautiful, self-assured and poised for high school royalty—is Anthony’s demanding girlfriend. Her ability to handle his bad day is questionable at best— particularly if it means her perfect prom plans are compromised in any way.
While in LA for the press junket we were able to spend a bit of time with her and she talked about her role in the movie, working with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner and dealing with dyslexia.
Bella Thorne was called on to portray Celia, Anthony’s demanding girlfriend. Beautiful, self-assured and poised for high school royalty, Celia lacks the ability to handle Anthony’s foibles—particularly if it means her perfect prom plans are compromised in any way. “Celia’s dream is for prom to be perfect, and when circumstances change that vision, she does not react well,” says Thorne. “Although she doesn’t handle it maturely, it is from a point of disappointment and not from a bad place.”
Thorne says the story strikes a chord with both book readers and future moviegoers for a number of reasons. “I think a lot of people read the book because it’s funny,” she says. “It’s very different from other books you read as a kid, which are often fairy tales. This is something that feels real. This really could happen. I think that’s very relatable. We’ve all been in Alexander’s spot.”
Q : So, what brought you to this film?
BT : Um, I like this film, because, well, first of all, it’s with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. I wanted to be part of this film, because I like the script. I like what it stands for.
Q: What was your most fun scene to shoot?
BT : The most fun scene to shoot was probably when we were in the car with Steve and everybody’s making those loud noises… in this scene, it was just so weird and so funny. Um, but it was so weird that I’m sitting in a car with Steve Carell and he’s just being ridiculous.
And it’s so funny. And we’re all I’m not — I’m the one that’s supposed to be really not laughing, and it — Dylan starts laughing. He starts like kind of cracking up. Then Ed. And then comes me laughing — because they’re right next to me, and I just can’t help but laugh now. And I was like guys, stop, stop, you’re making me laugh. And — it was so funny. It was actually really fun to shoot.
Q : One of our Twitter followers wants, wants to know three words to describe Celia, which three words you would use to describe your character.
BT : Um, funny, interesting, uh — and not so forgiving.
Q : What was the hardest part of filming this movie was for you.
BT : The hardest part about filming this movie is probably the really long hours. Um, I don’t think people realize how much work actually goes in, not just from the cast, because, of course, the cast works hard, but — the crew members. You’re there, you know, you — your scene could be 15 seconds and you look at that scene and you’re like, yeah, whatever, you don’t think anything of it. That scene took 16 hours to shoot. And maybe — a couple days, 16 hours a day. That’s crazy. It’s crazy to work that many hours and it’s crazy to always be on that many hours.
FEMALE : What was the hardest scene for you to film?
BT : Okay. This scene is the dinner scene when Steve gets lit on fire. It’s so hard to film a scene with stunts, you know, hi– it’s, it’s — it’s very hard when you’re doing stunts and tricks. And, you know, everybody’s great and has awesome energy, but I was called in at 4:30 am, and my coverage ended up being last. Because you have to get Ed and some of the kids that are younger than me in the film out earlier than me, they can keep me. So, my coverage was last, and it was — like 11:30, I wanna say, and I was tired. I was tired, and I’d been doing this scene all day long. There’s a word in the movie and it’s the name — I can’t think of it right now — but it’s the name of, uh, the place that they go do dinner — that weird, weird name. Why couldn’t I have just said Benihana’s? Okay? I would’ve been happier with Beni freakin’ hana’s.
And, um, and I had to say this name, and when you’re dyslexic, you’re usually really good at memorizing, so I’ll read something once and I have it completely memorized. But that word when I first read it, I didn’t say it correctly, and so I was on set and somebody said, no, it’s actually like this. So, I had already memorized it wrong. Um, and they kept trying to get me to do it right. I did maybe 25 takes of that same exact line over and over and every time I got it wrong. Finally, the time that I got it right, Dylan is so overworked, ’cause he’s the other actor in the scene, so it — it’s just as bad as it is for him, and he looks at me and he starts bursting out laughter — ruins the whole take. And I was — [CHUCKLES] Dylan, I might punch you in the face right now. [CHUCKLES] And he just could not help it. So, every time I got it right, he was chuckling, because it just been such a long day.
Q: I have two teenage girls and so they are very familiar with who you are. So, what, what kind of message do you want as an actress — to two teenage girls who look up to you?
BT : Okay — I’m gonna give you a — well, I’m gonna give them a piece of advice that I was given and I wish I would’ve taken it. Growing up, um, on TV — and I really grew up mostly on Shake It Up — and I always tried to be perfect for everybody and I wanted everyone to like me. For some reason, I really cared what other people thought so much and I would do anything to get someone’s stamp of approval. And now that I’m, you know, 17, I really don’t care. I don’t. And I wish I would’ve cared so much, because I changed who I was as a person to be who everybody wanted me to be, and that’s not — a cute look. And you have to realize that I don’t care who you are; I don’t care if you’re in high school and you have glasses and braces and you don’t think you’re cool, people will like you for being you, no matter what. It’s impossible for people not to like you when you’re just being you. It really is. You will find a branch, and I have. I have a great group of friends now and we don’t have to impress each other. I’m not wearing makeup when I’m with them. I look ratchet. I’m looking ratchet when I’m with them. I’m in sweat pants. I am oily, greasy, sweaty. I don’t care. And we don’t have to prove anything to each other. And that’s what’s cool.
BT : — I’ve got book series coming out. — Autumn Falls. Um, November 11th. It’s very close to my heart. It’s not about a girl who’s, you know, publicized and beautiful and g– gorgeous and all y– wears heels and makeup and, you know, she’s a star. It’s not about that. It’s about a girl named Autumn Falls whose father dies and she, um — he leaves her a book. She moves to Florida.
He leaves a journal to write in. She’s like, wow, dad, thanks. Die on me and leave me a journal. Okay. And what she doesn’t realize is when she rights in the journal, things come to life, but since she’s dyslexic they come to life a little bit wonky, mostly backfiring on her throughout — — the series. So, that’s what — it’s about.