17 Again - Burr Steers, Tiya Sircar and Josie Loren
And the stunt coordinator was desperately trying to teach us how to
Burr Steers: "Well, it's the opportunity to get to make them. My first film was an independent."
Which I love [Igby Goes Down].
Burr Steers: "Thank you very much."
This is very different.
Burr Steers: "Very different. It's a studio movie. It's a different time and you have to put in the context of the time. This is a movie about wish fulfillment. We live in a time of wishful thinking."
You must have really enjoyed working with Zac Efron because you guys are going to work together on another project.
Burr Steers: "We had a great time. He's so impressive. He's just such a driven hard-worker. I mean he's really impressive."
What's the attraction for you for a story like this?
Burr Steers: "I think the hook is and the reason these get done again and again and again – it's a theme people go back to – is that idea of going back to that seminal moment in your life when you made a decision. You went down one road or the other. And who doesn't think about, 'If I had done this…,' you know? If I'd had better grades and I'd gone on to this school, what would my life be? And in this movie he realizes at the end I would have done it all the same. I would have done it because I ended up with my family and my wife. I'm rich, if not in the materialistic ways, in every other way. I have a great life."
Tiya Sircar: "It was probably the most fun project I've ever worked on. I mean, think about it. Like the people…Zac and Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann and Thomas Lennon, one of the funniest people on Earth. It's kind of hard not to have a good time."
Everybody slaps everybody else in this movie. Did you get in on that at all?
Tiya Sircar: "I totally got in on that. I slapped Zac Efron over and over again."
That was a lot of fun?
Tiya Sircar: "It was fun except I felt kind of bad. He's like the nicest person in the world. But when you're sort of forced to slap, it is kind of fun."
You have to do it. It's part of the job.
Tiya Sircar: "Poor guy, though. Basically there were several of us in quick succession that slapped him across the face. And the stunt coordinator was desperately trying to teach us how to fake slap, to safe slap, and no one was getting it right. So at some point we had to just do it for real. Zac was not loving that."
Was he bruised at the end?
Tiya Sircar: "Yes. After like seven takes it was like purple, but he was a trooper."
Would you go back to being 17 again? I'm going to assume that wasn't very long ago at all.
Tiya Sircar: "No, it was like yesterday. I had the best time in high school. I had such a wonderful experience being a teenager that maybe I would go back again. Maybe not for too long, but I wouldn't mind revisiting. I know what things I would fix, I think."
So you would actually fix something?
Tiya Sircar: "Yes, for sure. I would study harder. No joke. I really would. I would have listened to my parents more. That makes me sound old though. Really, 17 was yesterday."
What are you working on?
Tiya Sircar: "I just got back from shooting a movie in Thailand called The Lost Medallion. We were in the middle of nowhere, 50 miles from the Burmese border, shooting in bat caves and thousand year old temple ruins and it was amazing. And then I've got another film coming out that I shot last year called Just Peck and it is going to be debuting at Cannes next month."
Congratulations. What's that one about?
Tiya Sircar: "It's actually a pretty amazing movie. It's got Marcia Cross and Camryn Manheim, and it's sort of a movie about these teenage kids that are a little misunderstood and what happens between them. It's a pretty great movie and we'll be in theaters in the US in the fall."
What do you think teenagers are going to get out of the story?
Josie Loren: "I think it's no regrets because Zac goes back in time and he feels like he didn't live up to everything that he was. So I think live your life and don't have any regrets about it."
Would you go back to 17?
Josie Loren: "No. No, I love where I am right now."
What are you going to work on next?
Josie Loren: "I'm actually starting to shoot Make it or Break it, the new ABC family one hour drama. We start on Monday."