Prom Cast - Thomas McDonell, Nicholas Braun, Janelle Ortiz
There's the great athlete, the most popular girl in school, the
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Nicholas Braun: "It's about couples, people in high school, falling in and out of love to try and figure out where they're at romantically. My character is nowhere romantically. He's a complete mess. He doesn't know how to talk to girls."
The total opposite of you.
Nicholas Braun: "I guess so. I'm not the smoothest guy. I might look it, but I'm not. I blow it all the time. So anyway..."
Your co-star's making faces.
Nicholas Braun: "Is she? Do you think I'm good?"
Janelle Ortiz: "I think you're fabulous."
Nicholas Braun: "Really? Okay. I'll take the compliment."
Janelle Ortiz: "But you know, Prom's not only about the relationship and people's things, it's also going through their senior year and experiencing the highs and lows and getting into college, and having your boyfriend maybe not want to go to the college you're going to. So it really deals with a lot of the emotions that typical teenagers feel in high school."
What's the time frame? Are we talking months that we see you guys or the weeks leading up to prom?
Janelle Ortiz: "The time frame specifically is about six weeks. Yeah, so you can see the last six weeks. For both of us it's our senior year, but there's a few underclassmen too. So it's a six week time periods."
How close to your school experiences are these characters that you play?
Janelle Ortiz: "My character, she's kind of the gossip girl of the school so she knows everything about everybody. I was kind of like that, but not to the extent that she is, you know? I enjoyed knowing things about people, but it's not my number one priority. But I feel like if I went to Brookside...I don't know. It's similar to my high school experience, I guess."
Nicholas Braun: "It's not so close to mine. I mean I went to a very small private school. Our prom was about 80 kids total. This is like hundreds, public school, a lot of kids. It was very small."
Janelle Ortiz: "Mine was 4,000."
Nicholas Braun: "Yeah, not even close. So it was a really intimate [experience]. It still had all those sort of elements of a prom - the lead-up and you want it to be an epic night and sort of have a girl that you're into go with you. It didn't exactly go like that for me. One time I actually...I was with a girl and I thought that we were going to be together and maybe even start dating after the prom, and then in the middle of the night she turned on me a bit and went with another guy. Yeah, it was kind of a bummer."
How do you recover from that?
Nicholas Braun: "I tried to find another girl that night, for one. That didn't work out so I kind of just like hung with my bros and was like, 'Whatever. I don't need her. I didn't even like that girl.' I was pretty heartbroken."
Janelle Ortiz: "I've been to a few proms but I've had a pretty bad Winter Formal and Homecoming experiences. Like I was telling him in the car, I faked spraining my ankle so I wouldn't have to dance with this dude because he was crazy. Yeah, I've done that. I've gotten stood up."
Wait, what were you doing with a crazy guy in the first place?
Janelle Ortiz: "So what happened is my mom fixed us up together."
Nicholas Braun: "Moms."
Janelle Ortiz: "My mom thought it would be appropriate and it wasn't at all. So I told him before the dance, I said, 'I have no intentions of this being a romantic relationship. I'm just going because my mom kind of forced me.' And he really didn't understand that concept, so he was trying to hold my hand and do all that good stuff. He freaked me out so I pretended like I sprained my ankle and I couldn't dance for the rest of the night. I hope he doesn't watch this because I'm screwed."
Nicholas Braun: "That's true."
Janelle Ortiz: "Just kidding. It's all a joke. I'm sorry!"
Nicholas Braun: "She really did sprain her ankle."
Janelle Ortiz: "I did. I did. I did."
And it took a while to heal.
Janelle Ortiz: "It took weeks. I had to get surgery.
Thomas McDonell: "What do you know about it so far?"
It takes place at a high school and there's a prom involved.
Thomas McDonell: "That's true. Well, the movie is about sort of the time leading up until prom and so a lot of it is like about the relationships of the characters in that time leading up to prom, less about the actual prom itself. You know what I mean?"
So most of the action won't take place at the prom.
Thomas McDonell: "That is the final act."
So tell me about these characters. How do they interact?
Thomas McDonell: "Well, it's a pretty big cast, you know? So there's a bunch of us. There are these upperclassmen...they are all different and they all have their relationships that they've developed throughout their high school years. My character's sort of the outsider, bad boy guy. But then there's the head of the prom committee and there's the great athlete, the most popular girl in school, the prom queen."
Are you in real life the outsider?
Thomas McDonell: "In some ways it is, but I don't really feel like an outsider so much. Do I seem like one?"
No. Is this something where you're playing against type?
Thomas McDonell: "It was sometimes, not completely."
Is this just for a teen audience?
Thomas McDonell: "I think that a lot of people are going to like it - a lot of different kinds of people."
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