Interview: Kirby Bliss Blanton and Alexis Knapp on Project X

I recently sat down with Kirby Bliss Blanton and Alexis Knapp to discuss this weekend's Project X. It was a freewheeling conversation, big fun for the whole family. Enjoy!


Laremy Legel: What do you look for in a rager?

Alexis Knapp: Good music and an insane amount of alcohol.

LL: I look for juggling. A little strange, I realize.

AK: You don't know how to juggle?

LL: No, that's why I look for it. Were you shooting Project X mostly at night?

Kirby Bliss Blanton: There were two full weeks of night shoots. Which means you're trying to sleep in until 6 p.m., and then you work all night until 6 a.m., they give you breakfast and then you go home and try to sleep. It was nuts. I always took an hour or so to decompress. It's even strange to go home and be by yourself. I'm thinking "I'm used to having 300 people around".

LL: You're ready to be a trucker, your schedule was totally inverted! Now the film feels very free flowing, did you stick to script or was there some improv happening here?

KBB: Some improv, but mostly sticking to the script. The boys got to have more fun. We mostly stuck to script because us two are a big part of the storyline, and the rest is party.

LL: Was it difficult to focus while shooting night after night of party scenes?

AK: Somehow it wasn't. I used to find that I could get mental serenity surrounded by chaos. And a lot of times I was included in that chaos, dancing with them, but it kind of blurs out and you focus in.


LL: Have you actually been to a party like this?

KBB: I would think to go to a party like this you'd need the money behind it that we had.

LL: Well ... alcohol is relatively cheap, and DJs can be affordable.

KBB: This DJ was not cheap. I don't even want to know, because I know how much he gets paid now and it's ridiculous. Now he's gotten even bigger.

LL: Who was the DJ?

KBB: DJ Jesse Marco. He gets paid so much for one event ... I just wanna be a DJ!

LL: You'll get there, keep shooting for the stars. So when I was prepping for this interview I noticed you both have a Miley Cyrus connection. Let's stir up a little controversy, who is the better friend to Miley right this second?

KBB: Neither?

AK: I guess probably me because I worked with her more recently.

LL: Have either of you seen Chronicle?

KBB: I didn't, but I want to. I've heard good things about it.

AK: Negative [I haven't seen it].

KBB: Aren't they superheroes or something? Can't they move stuff with their minds?

LL: Yeah. Not quite the same as being on Ecstasy.

KBB: You just think you can move stuff with your mind on Ecstasy but it's still just sitting there.

LL: Do you think the found footage genre is here to stay?

AK: I think so, definitely. It's just escalating. It makes the whole cinema experience so much more real, more organic. It's great.

KBB: Also, we did it differently than it's been done before.

LL: This is the first found footage comedy, right?

KBB: It is. So even if it elevates we're still the first ones to do it this way.


LL: You guys open against The Lorax. First time in history two movies ending in X open the weekend against each other (Note: I realize this is a preposterous lead-in to a question). Help people decide between the Rated R party film and the PG family film.

KBB: I'm pretty sure if you have kids you're going to The Lorax. But I think we'll beat them.

AK: There's more adults in the world than children!

KBB: The Lorax will do well, but it's oranges and apples, you can't really compare.

LL: Yeah, it wasn't a very fair question.

KBB: Agreed!

LL: What are some of your favorite comedies?

AK: Dumb and Dumber.

LL: Yeah, solid.

AK: Big time, number one.

KBB: I like The Big Lebowski. The Dude is my man. My brother and I can quote that.


LL: What music are you listening to right now?

AK: If it's time to party, it's time for hip hop. I love Drake, Jay-Z, Kanye. If I'm chilling at home though I'm listening to Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation, Radiohead, DJ Shadow. I also listen to a lot of classical.

KBB: I like M83 and Naked and Famous.


LL: Any future projects you want to mention?

AK: I've got Pitch Perfect that I just finished filming. It's a musical comedy, collegiate acapella singing groups. It should be really good, it's got Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow. We all sing and dance, it's going to be like a Glee kind of thing. And the Miley Cyrus movie, So Undercover, with Jeremy Piven, Miley gets hired by the FBI, I'm her roommate, apparently she's got a hit out on her. It's really funny, I play this uppity energetic character.

KBB: I did a movie called Hot Bot recently.

LL: Did you play a hot bot?

KBB: No, I wish. I play the girl next door again.

LL: I've lived a lot of places and you've never been next door.

KBB: Thanks, thanks. Then I have The Inbetweeners, it's huge in The UK, we're going to do an American Version.


LL: Any book recommendations?

KBB: I'm reading The Hunger Games.

LL: How far are you?

KBB: I'm on book two.

LL: The third one is phenomenal. Although there seems to be an age divide there, I've heard the youngsters don't love the third one.

KBB: I'm going to like the third one, I'm am an adult. I'm twenty one!

LL: I'm not.

AK: Do you read Carl Sagan?

LL: Sure, yeah.

AK: Check out Demon Haunted World. I just started reading that, it's great. I don't read much fiction because I already read a lot of scripts, so I want to learn about the world [when I pick something up].


Project X opens in theaters Friday, March 2.