Aimee Teegarden: On Set for Disney’s "Prom"
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It’s a cool and very windy day on a high school athletic field in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley on the set of Disney's upcoming film Prom. We’re sitting in “video village” [that’s movie-speak for the monitor area where a film’s director watches the action]. In the near distance is a smoky, blackened, burned-out shed. There are firemen on set. What? Should we evacuate?
Story goes that Nova, played by “Friday Night Light’s” Julie, Aimee Teegarden, is a prom chairman and is livid and hurt that someone has burned up all her decorations. After we watch several scenes including a confrontation between Nova and hottie/newbie at school, Jesse, played by cute, long-haired rebel Thomas McDonell, Aimee comes over and joins us in the “village”. Let’s get the scoop on this high school drama.
TeenHollywood: Can you clue us in on Nova?
Aimee: I play Nova Prescott and she definitely has a strong personality. Everybody has to be perfect in her world. She’s an overachiever which is kind of why she’s the prom committee president. She’s very preppy.
TeenHollywood: Are you an overachiever yourself?
Aimee: I go back and forth. There are a lot of similarities. I like the idea of pushing forward to make everything work out one way or the other.
TeenHollywood: Is your character Nova’s look anything like your own or totally different?
Aimee: There are similar pieces. Nova wears a lot of dresses and I’m more of a dress girl. I’m a little more fashion-forward I suppose. I have a lot of classic pieces too like my closet is pretty much filled with dark denim jeans.
TeenHollywood: God forbid but let’s say your closet is on fire, like the shed here on set. What would you save?
Aimee: Oooo. I would save my purse collection and my shoe collection.
TeenHollywood: How does working on Prom compare to work on the set of “Friday Night Lights”?
Aimee: We have a very different shooting style here. Whereas “Friday Night Lights” was lot of freeform improvisation and there is a continual storyline. Here, it’s a movie so there is an end.
TeenHollywood: How does Nova differ from Julie?
Aimee: They are both in high school. Nova’s a lot more outspoken and friendly. Julie is more of an introvert. Very set in her ways. And Nova’s definitely an outgoing go-getter.
TeenHollywood: What attracted you to the role?
Aimee: I just liked the idea that it was going to be a fun movie for Disney that was set in [a world with] a very realistic backdrop and wasn’t this bright, poppy, over-the-top, singing/dancing movie. I feel like it can withstand the ages and twenty years from now kids can watch it and relate to the issues and the look. It’s a very neutral palate. Nothing on this movie is [current] fashion. It’s timeless.
TeenHollywood: Is there a movie like that that you look back on that has that feel for you?
Aimee: Any of the John Hughes movies; 16 Candles or Say Anything. That kind of stuff.
TeenHollywood: Thomas said you guys were paired in auditions. How was that process? What did you think when you found out he would be your co-star/love interest?
Aimee: I had met with the director and went to auditions when I was back in Texas doing “Friday Night Lights”. Then I got a call that they wanted to do a final audition in L.A. so I flew out and did a mix and match with five other guys. I was auditioning myself so I was more nervous for myself than anyone else at the time but Thomas was the first guy to come in and he was absolutely fantastic. He has great instincts.
TeenHollywood: Did you go to prom yourself?
Aimee: I did. It was a good prom.
TeenHollywood: Did you go with friend or date?
Aimee: I went with a boyfriend.
TeenHollywood: What did you wear?
Aimee: I wore an over the knee, turquoise sparkly number with spaghetti straps that had this giant satin belt thing with a giant bow in the back.
TeenHollywood: What should a guy never do on a date if he wants to continue going out with you?
Aimee: Oh, pick up his cell phone and play with it. That’s a huge turn off. That’s disrespectful!
TeenHollywood: What’s it like to carry the lead part in this film?
Aimee: It’s really exciting actually. I’m here every single day, sunup to sundown. It’s definitely a lot more work but I think a bigger payoff in the end.
TeenHollywood: What was it like coming to the end of “Friday Night Lights” after five years?
Aimee: I kind of grew up on the show. It was a little bittersweet. It was like a second family. Also, at the same time, you’ve got to move on. Julie goes to college and moves on too.
TeenHollywood: Who would be your fave celebrity prom date?
Aimee: Dane Cook because he would be funny and keep me entertained.
TeenHollywood: What music do you like?
Aimee: I like Death Cab for Cutie.
TeenHollywood: Are there any books that made a difference for you when you were younger?
Aimee: My favorite book growing up was “The Secret Garden” and I liked reading “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. I read “Twilight” when it first came out and enjoyed it. “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” is a great book. I’ve always been vegetarian but I’m now Vegan 99 percent of the time. I feel a lot better and cleaner and I’m ethically a lot happier.
TeenHollywood: What do you do for fun when you aren’t filming?
Aimee: Go shopping! I got a cool army jacket at Forever 21 for like 20 bucks and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it. And I love Jimmy Choo shoes.
TeenHollywood: Favorite stores?
Aimee: I love make-up so Sephora is a big favorite of mine because you can test them all out. I love trying on different eye shadows. I have a huge collection of them. I’m normally on the hunt for good purple and greeny eye shadows.
TeenHollywood: Has anything fun or interesting happened with the cast off set?
Aimee: I got involved in some dinners but I’m typically working when they are out.
TeenHollywood: What do you hope audiences take away from seeing Prom?
Aimee: Everybody has this perfect idea of their senior year of high school and how great things are gonna be and, in reality, high school’s not perfect. It’s life. I think no matter where you go to school or what type of school you go to there’s always those teenage problems you go through whether it’s breaking up with a boyfriend or girl drama or not getting asked to prom. I think a lot of people can relate to and enjoy this story.
TeenHollywood: Can you describe the movie in three words?
Aimee: Fun, prom and relatable.
Fans can learn more about the film on its official Facebook Page! PROM hits theaters April 29^th !