Below is the interview Emma and Micheal Angarano had with Young Hollywood Studio a while back. Also below is an interview with Emma and Freddie Highmore from teenvougue.com and some behind the scene press photos. IF you havent seen THE ART OF GETTING BY then get to a theater near you that is playing it now!
Teen Vogue: Why should we, your fans, see The Art of Getting By?
Freddie Highmore: I think it’s a real representation of what it’s like to grow up, as opposed to what you often see in some high school movies, which is a sort of stylized version of it. I think it will be really refreshing. People will see something that they can identify with in a relatable way.
Teen Vogue: Does the movie’s plot have any connections to your life?
Emma Roberts: I think everybody can relate—whether they’re in the audience, or they worked on the movie—to being in that position of falling in love, getting your heart broken, and dealing with family drama. Also, just being in the transitional phase of life where you’re not really sure where you’re going or what you’re going to do—being in limbo.
Teen Vogue: How similar are you to your characters?
Freddie Highmore: I’m not too sure how similar I am to George, but I can definitely relate to the situation that he’s in. I think everyone can, which, hopefully, will make this film really appealing.
Emma Roberts: I think I’m similar to Sally in the sense that she’s very outgoing, and very curious. I actually got to bring a lot of myself to her, which is awesome. I wore a lot of my own clothes in the movie—one of the jackets, the black leather jacket that I wore a lot throughout the film was actually mine that I bought in London. I lost it last week, so I’m glad that it’s saved on film forever.
Teen Vogue: How much have you guys bonded since working on the film?
Freddie Highmore: Everyone seems to say we have great chemistry so apparently we did bond very well! It was really fun getting to work with Emma, I think it made the more… intimate scenes definitely easier.
Emma Roberts: I think it definitely helped that everyone—especially Freddie and I—clicked from the beginning. It didn’t take much forced “getting to know you” time. I think that’s why the movie flowed so well.
Teen Vogue: What did you learn about each other that you didn’t already know?
Emma Roberts: I know everything because we’ve been asked that question seventeen times.
Freddie Highmore: Yeah, I know everything about Emma now.
Emma Roberts: That he speaks Arabic—I didn’t know that.
Freddie Highmore: Emma is incredibly well-read.
Emma Roberts: Thank you.
Freddie Highmore: That’s something that maybe a lot of people don’t know.
Teen Vogue: What was the most embarrassing moment on set?
Freddie Highmore: There weren’t too many embarrassing moments—I mean the kissing scene.
Emma Roberts: It wasn’t embarrassing, though.
Freddie Highmore: You just block out everyone else and it seemed to be all right. There almost wasn’t any time to have embarrassing moments in some ways, it was pretty full-on. Everyone just sort of worked together and got the job done.
Teen Vogue: What were your favorite things about filming in New York City?
Freddie Highmore: Every day is a different day in New York, there’s always something new going on. It was a great place to get to work and I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity.
Emma Roberts: I just thought it was fun to get to work with such a cool cast. Everyone individually is great, but I think everyone together in the movie made it something so, so special.
Teen Vogue: You both are so famous! How do you stay so grounded?
Freddie Highmore: I think having a normal situation to go back to when I’m not filming is useful. Not just my family—who have been incredibly supportive—but then having the base of going back to college, going back to your friends that have nothing to do with the film world, has been incredibly rewarding for me.
Teen Vogue: What are you listening to on your iPod right now?
Freddie Highmore: The National, at the moment.
Emma Roberts: Foster the People and the new Bon Iver album.
Teen Vogue: Emma, who are your favorite fashion designers and who do you get your style inspiration from?
Emma Roberts: I’m really inspired by British style, like Kate Moss and Sienna Miller. As far as brands go, I pretty much live in the Alexander Wang t-shirt collection. I’m obsessed with Isabel Marant.
Teen Vogue: Would you ever do a clothing line or a collaboration with a big designer like Alice + Olivia or Rodarte?
Emma Roberts: I would love to do a collaboration. Rodarte is one of my favorite designers so that would be really fun. Or even do something for a store—I love Opening Ceremony, maybe Barneys, or something like that.
Teen Vogue: What beauty product would you never leave the house without?
Emma Roberts: Mascara. I could live without everything except mascara.