Emma Roberts: More than "Getting By"
We recently interviewed talented, 20-year-old Emma Roberts, indie movie queen and star of the recent Scream 4. Starting this week, Emma co-stars with the now 19-year-old Freddie Highmore in the very real coming-of-age film The Art of Getting By and we wanted to touch base again.
In the movie, Emma plays Sally, a quirky, bright high school senior who, like most young women that age, is still experimenting with life; this includes boys. Freddie’s character George is a smart and talented but unfocused high school slacker whose life comes into sharp focus when he meets friendly Sally.
We’re on the cell with Emma who reveals that she is now a great gal pal of Twilight star Elizabeth Reaser who plays her free-wheeling mom in the film, much of her cute wardrobe in the movie came from her own closet and, poor girl, she just lost her fave leather jacket that she’s owned since age 16! Bummer!
Let’s talk love, young relationships and more with Emma.
TeenHollywood: Emma, first of all, why will teens enjoy seeing The Art of Getting By?
Emma: I just feel like my character Sally is a young woman who is not portrayed as a bitch but not as weak. She’s portrayed how I think young girls really are when they’re coming into their own.
I like that she’s not sitting around heartbroken and crying about a boy. As much as she hurts George, she is trying to take responsibility for her life. I think that’s really interesting and you don’t see women, especially young women, behave that way in movies lately.
And, hey, we’re girls and we love love and I think this is such a fun movie that shows first love and growing up. I love love!
TeenHollywood: Good attitude! Were you ever aimless or kind of a slacker like George in the film; not sure what your life’s passion was or did you always want to act; no detours?
Emma: I’ve always wanted to be an actor and I really love reading and going to the movies myself. I’ve always felt so lucky to get to do that as my job because I’m such a fan as well. I did have a moment where I wanted to be a lawyer after seeing Legally Blonde but I decided I’d just play one.
TeenHollywood: George takes the blame in the film for Sally’s smoking at school. Have you ever taken the rap for something a friend did or, has anyone taken the blame for something you did?
Emma: When I was really young I bit someone in preschool and I lied and said that I didn’t do it. The kid had bite marks on him and I’m like “I don’t know what he’s talking about”.
TeenHollywood: Funny. What about the character of Sally did you most identify with?
Emma: I guess I identify with Sally in that she’s really outgoing. She’s not a good girl or a bad girl. She has lots of different personalities as I think most young women do when they’re finding out who they really are.
TeenHollywood: All very relatable. A lot of educators are trying to get George to apply himself. Have you had a memorable teacher or mentor and what did he or she teach you?
Emma: I only went to elementary school (as far as public school) but I was really lucky I went to school then because I learned the very basics of how to act (behave) as a person. You’re learning basic math and all of that but they’re also teaching you how to interact with people. I went to a really artsy public school and they let you be yourself and be an individual and I was happy for that.
TeenHollywood: Talk about working with Elizabeth Reaser of the “Twilight” films as your mom. Was it more like girlfriends than a mom/daughter vibe between you?
Emma: She’s actually one of my best friends. I love her. I see her all the time. She’s the best. I sent her a text on Mother’s Day. I’m like “Happy Mother’s Day, mom”. We were like girlfriends during the movie though.
TeenHollywood: Cool! Sally has a fun wardrobe in the film. Did you enjoy your wardrobe and did you keep anything?
Emma: Yeah. I wore a lot of my own clothes, actually. There was a blue floral dress that I wore. My favorite leather jacket, the jacket that I bought when I was sixteen I wore in this movie and I lost it last week. It’s gone forever. I think I just left it somewhere.
TeenHollywood: Oh no! Sorry about that. You and Freddie both have February birthdays a year apart so you are Aquarians. Did you find that you have similar qualities right away on meeting each other?
Emma: Yeah. I love astrology and I think that’s true!
TeenHollywood: What advice would you have for young people who might feel aimless like George does?
Emma: You have to figure out for yourself what you really want to do and when you decide that then really commit yourself. That’s really important.