Prom Interviews - Nolan Sotillo, Yin Chang, and Joe Adler
I'm just off in my own world.
Rebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' Prom.Tell me about working on this.Nolan Sotillo: "This was my first feature film so it was absolutely the most incredible experience of my life. The cast was so great. I hadn't worked on anything else so they really taught me a lot. I'm really thankful for that. We're all such a big family now; we'll go out and have game night. I'm so excited to be here at this."Why does everybody keep talking about this game night? What did you play that was so exciting?Nolan Sotillo: "Well, they played Janga the first night. I was really bad at Janga. Like, if it was my move, I'd knock all the things down. So then we moved on and we played Apples to Apples and we played the thing where you put the thing on your forehead and you had to guess what you are. It's really just such a great cast because it felt like such a great family. I'm on the younger end of the cast, so everybody kind of looked down on me as like the kid. So they looked after me well."They looked after you? They didn't punk you?Nolan Sotillo: "No, thankfully they didn't. I feel like they felt I was young and I didn't do anything wrong, so they treated me well."And you got to sing in this?Nolan Sotillo: "Yes, I got to sing on the Prom soundtrack."Are you a singer?Nolan Sotillo: "Yeah, I was a singer before I was an actor. So I've been singing for four years, and it's been such an incredible experience. I brought my guitar and I wrote songs on set. So, I mean, it was kind of impossible for the director not to be able to hear me. They're like, 'Why don't we try and get you on the soundtrack?' So I recorded a song called 'We Can Be Anything.' It's being played on Radio Disney."Is that a little surreal, a little crazy? Here's your first film and now you're also on the soundtrack?Nolan Sotillo: "It definitely is, you know? It's also surreal because I still listen to Radio Disney and my song comes on, and I freak out. Like, I'll scream when my song comes on."Tell me about being a part of this huge ensemble cast.Yin Chang: "It's an amazing experience. Everyone, they're such wonderful people and I love them as a cast. And, honestly, a lot of them it's their first gig ever and they're so professional and so talented. But you know what? Not only are they talented, but outside they're really good, friendly people. We have a lot of things in common. We're family-oriented, and we are literally - I know it's cliche - but we are like a family. We have game night. We got out for dinners, we go out for movies. So it's a wonderful experience just meeting the people."Is it nice to be able to get back together with them?Yin Chang: "Yeah, but it's funny because we're going to have a barbecue this Sunday, like almost all of us together. So it's kind of like another hang out, so it's really, really, really fun, yeah."Maybe you guys can plan Prom 2.Yin Chang: "Well, hopefully."What's the lesson of Prom?Yin Chang: "Me, personally, when I see this movie when you want to do something, you have a goal or a dream, just go for it because you can't turn back time and change things that you wanted to do. So if you have the chance, you grab it and you go with it. That's the message."So your character's described as the film's Spicoli [Sean Penn's character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High]. Is that true?Joe Adler: "Kind of. The Disney Spicoli, if that makes sense. The G-rated Spicoli. There will be no smoke, no nothing. I'm just off in my own world. I'm aloof."Are you normally aloof?Joe Adler: "No. I'm present, I'm aware. I'm chill, I'm laid back, but I'm having a conversation. I'm coherent."And you're surrounded by all your cast members. How much fun is that to get back together?Joe Adler: "It's awesome. I mean, I grew to love these guys."What hijinks did you guys get up to on the set?Joe Adler: "We had game nights off set and all kinds of madness like that. On set, it was funny. Some of us would drop by even if we didn't have to work, just because we wanted to hang out, eat some food, watch other people work. Because we bonded really well, all of us."There were a lot of you who hadn't acted in anything else. Did that help them when you all got together?Joe Adler: "Yeah. There was a few of us this was our first job, the veterans treated us with a lot of respect. They didn't belittle us or treat us like we were new. They really respected us and allowed us to bring to the table what we brought into the auditions. It's great. You see the chemistry onscreen."What's the best advice for people getting ready to go to their prom?Joe Adler: "Man, don't stress. That's the number one rule. Who am I to speak? My prom's coming up in a few weeks, so I'm stressed. I'm breaking my own rules."More on Prom: