The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: Bella Thorne ~ Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Interview

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bella Thorne ~ Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Interview

Disclosure: I am attended the #VeryBadDayEvent #Disneyinhomeevent #starwarsrebels #maleficent #sleepingbeauty #halloweentime and #fireandrescue events and my expenses: flight, accommodations, transportation and some meals were be covered by Disney. All opinions, however, are always 100% mine.


Bella was a joy to interview. I wasn't sure to expect because in the movie her character is sort of a mean girl. But she is not like that at all. What is funny is that I tweeted that I was interviewing her right before she came into the room and my Twitter feed went wild.

She had retweeted me and all her 5 million fans must have seen and started retweeting and then asking me questions. When I saw that, I asked them if they had questions for her and they did. I wish I would have been able to ask them all her questions but she answered most of them because others asked the same questions. Her fans are pretty hardcore and that is great! They were so excited and kept asking questions even after the interview is over.

I hope some of them read this post because I am sure they will be thrilled with her answers and photos. Bella talks lockers, In N Out burgers and about her new book series!!


Q: So, what brought you to this film?

Bella Thorne (BT): I like this film, because, well, first of all, it’s with Steve Carell. 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.

Q: That’s what everyone tell us about Steve.

BT: Oh, really?

Q: Yeah.

BT:  It was cool, because Steve’s obviously funny but he knows that, but, 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.  I'm the one that’s supposed to be really not [be] laughing and 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: Being the mean girl is kind of a departure for you. So, I mean what were you, what were you channeling? Some of your own experiences or I mean how, how did you find Celia?

BT: Well, are you guys all moms? You can’t think of Celia as a mean character, 'cause she’s not. You have to think of Celia as a perfectionist. Now, you guys are all moms, so let’s say I’ve completely organized these phones all in a very great order, okay, very straight, and somebody comes in and knocks this water over all your guys’ phones. Are you guys gonna be mad?

Q: No, I would.

BT: Probably. Probably mad. And so, Celia’s a perfectionist, and when things don’t go her way, she wants to make them perfect, and when someone keeps messing that up, she ends up getting angry. That’s understandable.

Q: One of my Twitter followers wants to know which three words you would use to describe your character.

BT: Funny, interesting and not so forgiving.

Q: All right, I have a question. You have a ton of fans out there that have been tweeting me a lot of questions for you. So they wanted to know, um, what the hardest part of filming this movie was for you.

BT:  The hardest part about filming this movie is probably the really long hours. 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, your scene could be 15 seconds and you look at that scene and 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.

So, I think the job is a lot harder than people wanna admit. You know, everybody’s like we're doing the skies. We're doing this take again. Okay. And you’re doing the same thing over and over. And especially with comedy, it’s worse, because comedy falls flat if you do it more than four times. Then you're beating a dead cow and it’s not funny anymore. And then you get frustrated, 'cause you're not funny. So, that’s the hardest part about filming a comedy.

Q: How familiar were you with the book?

BT: When the book was really, really famous I was young and I was really uncomfortable having dyslexia at that point. So, I didn’t read it, because I didn’t want to read. Now I’ve read it, and, you know, I’ve read the script, obviously. I’m familiar with the story.

Q: What drew you to the project?

BT: Um, I mean working with Steve and Jennifer is pretty cool, [and] I like the message of the film at the end.

Q: 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. 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 11:30 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 of 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 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. 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’s just as bad as it is for him, and he looks at me and he starts bursting out laughter [and] ruins the whole take. And I was Dylan, I might punch you in the face right now. 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: Did you go to a traditional high school?

BT: I stopped public school [in] third grade.

Q: What was that like for you? Was it kinda to play that or to play a traditional student?

BT:  It’s not really the context that gets me. It’s being in the school and seeing all those lockers. And the trophy case.

Man. I love me a locker. Oooh. I love looking at those lockers. I love looking at kids turning those little things on it. Ooooh. Ooooh, it gets me going. I really like looking at those lockers.

Q: Why?

BT:  Because as a kid [I was] dyslexic. My first language is Spanish. I had to drop Spanish to learn English to then learn how to read. You can imagine how hard that must have been. I was bullied so much in school that -- the only thing everybody would tell me was you'll probably be popular in high school, so I was always looking forward to high school growing up as a kid and those lockers. You didn’t have lockers in third grade. So, when you looked at the kids that were older than you and they had lockers, it was really cool. It was so cool to have those lockers. And I was just like, I can’t wait till I have those lockers. And you know what? I don’t have those lockers. I've never had those lockers. I’m still angry about it.

Oh, I did a film called Amityville Horror, and in the scene, there’s a locker and somebody writes something on it and I saw them writing on it, and I was like [GASP] my locker has graffiti. Cool.

I was so excited for that locker to be written on. Ooooh. I loved watching that scene.

Q: There’s a lot of discussion about the perfect prom date. And the perfect prom. What would that be for you? What did you envision as the perfect prom?

BT: Well, you know, I've been to school dances. What’s really weird is they have you go there at six and then you can't leave till 12. I go to bed every night at 10:30. Okay? I’m not a night owl. I don't like staying up at night. The only reason I'm up at night is to watch Netflix or read a script. That is the only reason. I don't like to go out. And for these kids, they love getting dressed up and putting on heels and hair and makeup, but I do that every day. It’s not special to me to wear a big dress and heels and, you know, a lot of makeup and hair spray. . . that’s not a big deal for me. I'd rather not have all that and be in sweat pants without makeup and without worrying about how I look and what angle I’m being shot from. That’s not what I find necessarily that fun.

So, when you’re from six to 12, it’s almost like working a long day on a movie set. So, when I went, I was like, oh, my gosh, you guys, can we get outta here? Can we go hit In and Out? Okay, I really need a burger. I really need it in my stomach. I’m not kidding. This food -- I don't know. They're serving salad. Who eats salad? What’s going on here, guys? This is weird. They've got fish. I don't eat fish. I don't eat fancy food. Well, let’s just go to In and Out. I want it animal style.

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 [give to] two teenage girls who look up to you?

BT: I’m gonna give them a piece of advice that I was given and I wish I would've taken it. Growing up 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 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.

Q: That was great. Thank you.

BT: I've got book series coming out. Autumn Falls. November 11th. It’s very close to my heart. It’s not about a girl who’s publicized and beautiful and gorgeous and wears heels and makeup and she’s a star. It’s not about that. It’s about a girl named Autumn Falls whose father dies and 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 writes 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.

BT:  There’s three of them.

Q: And when is the release?

BT: November 11th.



Bella was my unexpected interview. I really did not know much about her before the movie so it was nice to hear her talk about her life and the movie. She was also so refreshingly honest and funny. I can see why she has tons of followers. Thank you Bella for a great interview!! 


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1 comment:

  1. It sounds like the cast had a good time making this movie. A lot of work can go into a very short scene. Glad you enjoyed your interview. Thanks for sharing.

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