Even for big stars, moviemaking can get tedious. Luckily for Elijah Wood’s “Try Seventeen” co-stars Mandy Moore and Franka Potente, the self-proclaimed music geek brought more than 200 CDs to the set.
“[Elijah] has a great, great taste of music,” Potente said on “Try Seventeen”’s Vancouver, Canada, set. “Actually, the first day I met him he brought this huge CD case. … He gave me probably 50 CDs, and it’s great. All great stuff. He introduced me to the Strokes, Sigur Rós, and others.”
“I brought a case that holds like 208 CDs,” Wood explained. “I brought a big Case Logic as well as a smaller one, to be more specific. I’m so anal.”
Wood’s eclectic tastes run the gamut from the obscure to the more well known, yet nevertheless it’s all incredibly hip. A constant CD consumer, the young star of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is passionate about finding new styles to delve into.
“[I listen to] a lot of garage music,” Wood said. “Iann Robinson at MTV has kind of got me into a lot cool garage music — Television, the Sonics, cool stuff like that. Modest Mouse, I’ve been listening to a lot of. … It’s such a mix. It’s all over the place. The new Herbaliser’s great. I’m waiting for the new Blackalicious record.”
Like a lot of music geeks, Wood has no problem giving out lessons on “cool.” While working on “Try Seventeen,” Wood was kind enough to expose not only “Bourne Identity” vixen Potente to a new world of sound, but pop princess Moore as well
“I’ve kind of schooled her a bit,” he said. “She’s recommended stuff to me as well. I mean she has good taste — it’s just different. And I don’t really pretend to like the pop music. But that’s cool. I certainly respect what she does.”
“Elijah’s a huge music fan, but our musical tastes differ quite a bit,” the singer/actress agreed. “All of the music he’s really fond of and a big fan of is mostly stuff I’ve never heard of. The only thing that we kind of have in common are the Strokes and like Björk and stuff, but other than that everything is over my head.”
Moore said that her on-set selections included Incubus, Citizen Cope, late soul crooner Jeff Buckley and the outspoken New Radicals.
“Just like a little bit of everything,” she said. “I’m getting ready to start work on a new record, so I’ve been listening to people for inspiration in what kind of direction I want to take the album in. … I’ve been listening [to] a lot of Todd Rundgren and Joan Armatrading, ’cause I would love to cover maybe one of their songs.”
Though she’s plotting a new album, Moore said she probably won’t be recording any music for “Try Seventeen.”
“I’m going to lay low right now as far as the combining the music with my acting efforts,” she said. “I had fun doing ’A Walk to Remember’ and having a song be a part of the film and part of the soundtrack, because I think that it fit in very well. It was definitely right for that film. This film, ’Try Seventeen,’ has a much different edge, and I think I would just like to be seen as Mandy the actress in this particular project, but who knows. You never know.”
The “edge” in “Try Seventeen” involves a love triangle centered around 17-year-old Jones Dillon (Wood), who’s posing as someone older in order to attend college. He ends up learning more from the school of life inside his own apartment building than he does from his professors.
Though Wood is equally serious about his musical obsessions as he is about his acting craft, the two have more or less always been intertwined. After all, his first acting gig was in Paula Abdul’s video for “Forever Your Girl.”
“David Fincher directed it,” Wood said. “Obviously at the time David Fincher (who went on to make ’Seven’ and ’Fight Club’) wasn’t the uber-director that he is now. … That was literally the first job I got. I had been in Los Angeles for like six weeks auditioning. … They brought me in and I met Paula Abdul, which was like the greatest thing in the world for an 8-year-old.”