The Spectacular Now actress, who is featured in W’s 2014 Best Performances portfolio, opens up to W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg in her latest Screen Test.
Released on 1/6/2014
High school was fantastic for me.
I participated a lot in high school.
I threw pep rallies and was in choir
and did all those hard classes that
I probably didn't need to do but did anyways
and studied my ass off.
And I loved it, I loved the social scene,
I loved everything about high school.
I did go to prom, I went to two proms.
First year it was a mistake, my prom dress.
The second year, I rented it.
I didn't see any point, girl spend like 200,
300 dollars on these prom dresses
and then never wear them again.
So I rented this dress, it was like
60 bucks or something like that
and it was corseted and then poofed out
like a princess.
I felt like Belle from Beauty and the Beast
and it was amazing.
It was a little, a little wedding like,
but I put straw in my hair and did some weird braid
to kind of hippie it up, so it was a fine balance.
I think we did wear corsages.
I remember pinning something on him
but I don't remember having,
I'm sure I had one.
Everybody sort of wants to fit in
which is, which is so boring,
I don't understand where that comes from
or what part of our society teaches us that
at such a young age.
But one of the important things about
Aimee in The Spectacular Now is,
if you want her to be a nerd, quote unquote,
if you want her to be a misfit or a wall flower,
do not hire me, because I do not think one person
is capable of being one thing ever,
that's just such a stereotype.
That was really important to me
because I've never met a nerd in my life
and I've never met a dork or a misfit.
The bikini thing in The Descendants was strange.
I was 18 when we filmed it and so trepidatious
about having to wear a bikini every day, that's,
especially in front of a crew, you know,
you're standing in front of a crew
of 200, 300 men, mostly.
Then you get to Hawaii and you realize that
everyone's wearing a bikini all day long everywhere,
and if you have clothes on you feel a little bit weird.
If we filmed that movie in Los Angeles,
I would have felt very uncomfortable wearing a bikini
but we were in Hawaii and that's what everyone does.
Mark Ruffalo can do no wrong.
Even that movie he did with Reese Witherspoon,
she like went into a coma and he was like
trying to find her body or something like that,
which is a movie that generally you wouldn't be like,
wow the acting in that film,
it's just like a feel good film.
He killed it.
He's amazing, he can do no wrong.
Titanic, Titanic was rated R, right?
I saw that and when Kate Winslet takes her robe off,
I had to turn my face.
My parents were, we were all sitting and watching the TV,
made me turn my face so that I didn't see her boobs.
We had a, like a close,
French doors to the back yard,
and through the French door reflection
I could see it.
I remember sitting there going, oh my god,
one day I'm gonna have those and it's so exciting.