Emma Watson Interview For ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’
‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ centers on 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. Co-starring the likes of Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh and Mae Whitman. Stephen Chbosky writes and directs the adaptation of his own highly acclaimed young adult novel of the same name. ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is released in cinemas September 14th in the US and October 3rd in the UK. Look out for a more in-depth interview with Emma Watson for ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ next week.
What was your reaction when you finished reading ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘ script for the first time?
Emma Watson: I was actually crying when I finished the script (laughs), so that was my first reaction. I read the whole thing in one sitting, in one go. I just didn’t move for like two hours. I read the whole thing from page to page. I just loved it, I was like, “Wow, where did this come from?” I called my agent and just said how much I loved it and then I went back to Brown University and ended up speaking to a bunch of my friends and mentioned the name of the script that I read. And it turned out that three or four or my friends were huge fans of the book. They started talking to me about it and it turned out that this book has this amazing following. It was great.
I thought the cast was fantastic in capturing these characters, showing their relatable inner lives….?
Emma Watson: Yeah. There’s no way that you can read the book, having been through any kind of High School experience and just not….even not just a High School experience, but just having been through being a teenager and not being able to relate to one of the experiences of the characters. It just covers so much. It’s so real, it’s so true. I didn’t really need to go to an American High School or go to Prom, or have any of those kind of experience to be able to relate to Sam or Charlie or Brad, or any of the characters.
In capturing these characters, what was it like building the chemistry between your fellow cast members?
Emma Watson: When I came onto the movie I was very anxious about doing loads of research and trying to figure out how I was going to create these kind of friendships that they’ve obviously had for such a long time. I was really worried about it all and I was doing all this prep work and Stephen Chbosky was like, “You don’t even have to worry about that. Your all going to be best friends.” I was like, “Really?” He was like, “Yeah, you’re all going to be best friends and you’re going to have the summer of your life.” And it turned out to be completely true (laughs), I’ve met probably some of my friends for life on this movie.
Can you talk a little about Charlie and Sam’s connection in the story? And how was it working as Sam alongside Logan Lerman as Charlie?
Emma Watson: Charlie is a kid who’s been through a pretty rough time, and he’s the sweetest, most sensitive soul you will ever meet. At the time we meet him at the beginning of ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ his best friend Michael has just died and he’s in a really scared, anxious place. He’s just coming to a new High School, he’s meeting new people, he’s dealing with this loss, he’s dealing with his awkwardness and then Sam, even more so than Patrick at the beginning, she really sees that. And she decides with Patrick to take him under their wing and to take care of him, shepherd him through High School essentially – which can be an intimidating place.
Watching Logan be Charlie was just devastating. He so innately understands Charlie’s awkwardness and his innocence. And Logan has that, it’s interesting because Logan is incredibly smart and very professional and very hard working, but then there’s also this side of Logan that’s incredibly sweet. He just thinks the best of people all the time – and that’s Charlie. And he also has that kind of honesty and that purity.
What was it like working with Stephen Chbosky, someone who directed the film, wrote the screenplay, and wrote the novel that ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ feature film is based on? A person who knows this world and these characters inside out?
Emma Watson: Amazing, it was absolutely amazing to have the man who conceptualised it, who dreamed up my character, who dreamed up the whole world in ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ directing it as well as writing it – as well as having already released the book. It’s such a pure line of connection and he has such vision. He was amazing, really amazing.
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