WEST HOLLYWOOD, California — At the Pacific Design Center on Tuesday night (May 31), the stars of “The Art of Getting By” assembled for MTV’s Sneak Peek Week, and they opened up about the New York City set of the coming-of-age dramedy.
The film follows a set of New York teens as they embark on the real world and attempt to make grown-up decisions and say goodbye to their adolescence.
The audience seemed to connect to the film’s drama and comedy, especially relating to the heart of the story as George (played by Freddie Highmore) attempts to change his image from careless slacker, win the heart of Sally (Emma Roberts) and embrace his talent as an artist.
The film’s leading lady, Emma Roberts, confessed that she signed on thanks to her feelings for her character Sally. “I just loved the dynamic between all the different characters,” she said. “To me, I related to her personally.”
Of shooting in New York, she gushed about the chance. “New York is a fun place to shoot, but it’s definitely hectic.”
Roberts’ onscreen love interest, Michael Angarano, added, “I think [director] Gavin [Wiesen] wrote it in a way that made it very relatable. It’s definitely an authentic movie about a very specific time in your life. My least favorite part of the script was that [my] Dustin character was so unlikeable. He probably thinks he’s wiser than he probably is.”
Elizabeth Reaser jumped at the chance to play Sally’s mom, who is very different from her character in “Twilight.” “It was the script, and then I feel in love with the characters,” she said. “I was fascinated by someone who would behave like this.
“It was very exciting [to play this kind of mom]. . All those things were fascinating to me,” she added. “I think she’s a really good mom. I think she loves her daughter.”
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