Mark Schafer/Twentieth Century Fox
Mark Schafer/Twentieth Century Fox
Emma Roberts certainly isn't known for doing outlandish comedy, but no matter.
The young starlet wouldn't mind being a part of a Bridesmaids-like flick.
That's just one of the many things we touched upon when I sat down the other day with Roberts and Michael Angarano to talk about their new movie, The Art of Getting By (out June 17), a quirky coming-of-age dramedy about a high school senior (the adorable Freddie Highmore) on the verge of being thrown out of school.
Roberts plays the troubled teen's unlikely love interest while Angarano is a recent grad who befriends both of them. Read on to find out what they told me about their own high school years, having a certain Twilight star playing Roberts' very inappropriate mother and more...
How did you both get involved with the movie?
Emma Roberts: I read the script a while ago and then I was attached to it and then it went away and then I was reattached to it and then all of a sudden we're shooting in New York.
Michael Angarano: I actually had read the script three or four years before for Freddy's role and that just shows you how long scripts just linger around.
What were you like in high school? Probably not typical high school since you were working, right?
ER I didn't go to high school. I was home schooled, but all my friends were in high school so I would go to all of their like proms and football games and stuff to a point where people thought I went to the school but I didn't. So it was fun for me. It was cool for me cause I could pick my group of friends and I didn't have to deal with the other people cause I was home schooled.
MA: I came from New York. I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island. But I moved to L.A. when I was about 12 and I really couldn't go to normal school because I was always working. By the time high school came I was on Will & Grace...So it was very strange for me because I really didn't know anybody at all for the first few months of high school. It was a very strange time the first few months of high school.
Do you feel like you missed out?
ER: No. To be honest, I had a really great social life and I was really popular. I'm not even going to lie about it.
I love your honesty.
ER: I'm just saying I was popular and I had a lot of friends and I had a great time and no one ever wants to admit that."
Elizabeth Reaser [of Twilight] plays your drunk mom.
ER: I texted her on Mothers Day and was like "Happy Mothers Day, Mom." I have friends whose moms are like that, really inappropriate. It's those parents that are a lot older that don't realty care what you think about them."
This being summer, what movies do you really want to see?
MA: I saw Tree of Life and I was so so excited by it.
ER: I was going to say I want to see Tree of Life. What's coming out this summer that's like a really big summer movie? I want to see Bad Teacher. It looks really funny.
Have you seen Bridesmaids?
ER: I've never laughed so hard in my life. When she's in the chocolate fountain and fighting with the cookie!
MA: When she gets on the horse to ride up to the wedding ceremony and she's in high heels and a little skirt. I know it's small, but I just thought it was so funny.
Would you do a raunchy comedy like that?
ER: Ya! It'd be really fun.
Do you have that kind of comedy in you?
ER: I don't know, but I think so.
MA: In a lot of the movie I'm kind of mentoring Freddie Highmore's character and talking to him about how he should make a move on Emma's character. I would just say some stuff every once in a while and [director Gavin Wiesen] would be like, "You need to go do like a raunchy sex comedy, because that's what movie you're in right now."
What did you say?
MA: [Smiles] I have no idea. I think I blocked it out.