The Virginity Hit-Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman, Jacob Davich
About 90% is completely
Matt Bennett: "They're two completely different worlds, but they're two completely awesome worlds. That's the good thing. I improv'd a lot for this movie. I really put a lot of heart and soul into it. I mean, I put the same amount of heart and soul into Nickelodeon, but it's like working with the same people every day. It becomes a family kind of thing. We've been doing this show for about a year now. It's like going and saying, 'Hey,' to everybody, like knowing it's like family. It's great. Two completely different but awesome projects."
But you guys had to be like family in this and you even lived together.
Matt Bennett: "It's true. We did. We lived in New Orleans for three months together in the same house. It was one of the most rewarding things. And actually what's so great about this film is a lot of the stuff that you'll see, we shot in between actual filming. So they gave us cameras and said roll when you're alone, just like anything. So you go on superzack1000 on YouTube, you see the end credits, it's all just montages of stuff that we shot ourselves. I guess it really paid off because it made it really realistic."
But doesn't it feel like you kind of lose your privacy then if even when you're off the set you're still filming?
Matt Bennett: "It helped a lot. A lot of the anger and just humiliation came from living with these people - but in a good way, in a good way. I wouldn't have traded it for the world."
Was it easy to get the chemistry? Was it instant that you clicked?
Matt Bennett: "Absolutely actually. Zack and I met a year before we started filming and we talked every single day after that. So our chemistry was a year in the making when we filmed it. And Justin and Jacob and Nicole and Krysta, everybody else in the film just so nice. Everybody was so nice. I'm glad none of them were mean."
Zack Pearlman: "Yeah. I mean this was my first audition so this has been the craziest adventure for me."
I would imagine. And you guys ad-libbed so much.
Zack Pearlman: "Yeah, 90% of the movie - about 90% is completely improvised."
How did your writer/directors feel about that?
Zack Pearlman: "They loved it. I mean, it was their idea. If anything, they encouraged it. They would pitch out lines and pitch out concepts and then we would just... You know, it invokes true emotion and reaction so that's...when they wrote it, they wrote it to get it made and they directed it to make it good."
That's a good way to sum that up. You guys lived in a house together and did you ever get tired of each other being so close together all the time?
Zack Pearlman: "I will say that me and Justin [Kline] who are great friends would get into like yelling fights, but it was amazing. That's what true friendship is based on is those fights and tears and jeers. It's something that I would hope to do with every single movie that I'm in from now on."
Live in a house and get filmed all the time?
Zack Pearlman: "Well, it really makes the chemistry of the cast shine through. Matt and I are best friends and that's something that shows in the movie. But like in real life, we had a year before we started filming and Matt and I became best friends."
Jacob Davich: "My character is there for instigation and just to make everything a good time. I had the distinct privilege of playing myself entirely in the movie."
So this character's exactly like you?
Jacob Davich: "Oh god, yes. I couldn't have had more fun doing it either. There was no BS necessary. It was totally and entirely authentic and genuine, and I couldn't have had much more fun doing it."
So then you never had to go by the script, right?
Jacob Davich: "You know, it's funny. We knew the story perfectly. We knew what scenes we were doing perfectly. But we knew each other well enough that we could just show up and do it ourselves. That's what makes it so great is that it's entirely real. It feels like we actually love each other and we totally do."
And you actually hate each other in real life...
Jacob Davich: "No. I did at first because I didn't know who the hell it was or what was going on."
You lived in one house together. How did that help?
Jacob Davich: "That was literally what made the movie. We were forced to just break through those barriers, and we did it. Believe me, it was weird for a little while there - just for a couple of days - but we got over it really easily because everyone's great. We all knew what we were doing. We were all there for the same thing, and we all loved the project. We got to know each other really well, really fast. We just broke through all the awkwardness pretty much immediately."
But it's got to be a little weird having everything getting filmed though, because you guys were filming when you were at the house, right?
Jacob Davich: "It was 24/7. It's not as weird as you'd think it would be because we were just being ourselves. We were just doing it. It took a little getting used to."
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