Mae Whitman Talks ‘Beautiful’ Character Arc In ‘Perks Of Being A Wallflower’

by Meg Malone

Mae Whitman has played some notable girlfriends in the past, including Ann Veal on “Arrested Development” and Roxy Richter in “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.” In her upcoming movie, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” she’ll play Mary Elizabeth, who is the first girlfriend for main character, Charlie (Logan Lerman). Mae recently talked to MTV News about her character’s personality and the kind of personal journey that Mary Elizabeth takes over the course of the film.

“Mary Elizabeth was my favorite character just because of really the arc that she has,” Mae said. “It’s so important and beautiful. It’s funny because she starts out so confident. I mean, she’s just the most opinionated girl in the world and everything she says goes.”

Mae hints though that in the movie, her character will need to learn how to adapt, and this re-evaluation eventually helps her grow.

“She has a golden heart, but she sort of goes through this change where for the first time she can’t just control the situation because someone else is involved and she really has to sort of learn to operate with someone else, with Charlie,” Mae said. “But I think ultimately in the end she comes out even stronger in a real way than she was before, so I think it’s really special.”

Mae also had tons of nice things to say about her cast mates in the movie, giving individual words of praise to some of her co-stars including Ezra Miller and Emma Watson, but she also commented on her experience working with the whole cast.

“We all became really close and we spent a lot of late nights and early mornings together,” Mae said. “Just really getting to know each other.”

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” will hit theaters on September 14, and Mae said she hopes the film will be “really inspirational.” If the final product is anything like the trailer (which still gives me goosebumps!), it definitely seems like Mae’s hope will come true.

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