The Art of Getting By star loves Miu Miu and dishes on padded bras, pale legs and her penchant for Proenza.
In Emma Roberts’ recent movie, The Art of Getting By (out on DVD now), she plays Sally, a beautiful, popular, known-for-dating-older-guys high schooler. Yet the role is anything but stereotypical teen fare. Instead of bullying “losers” and spreading rumors about her fellow peers à la Mean Girls, Sally finds friendship, and eventually love, in a fatalistic boy named George (Freddie Highmore), the school’s token oddball. “Sally’s not a cliché. She’s pretty and she’s popular but she also is smart and funny and serious, she’s not one thing or the other,” says Roberts.
Roberts’ own clothes were often the basis for Sally’s movie wardrobe, from her t-shirts and jeans to suede Miu Miu pumps—a brand she absolutely gushes over and calls her obsession with a “sickness.”
Lucky recently talked to Emma about everything from how Freddie Highmore made her cry to why red coats make her so happy:
The Art of Getting By is the first feature film Gavin Wiesin’s wrote and directed. How was it starring in his first big movie?
It was really fun. I just really loved that he wrote a story that was very close to his heart and very relatable. It was something that I feel like everyone goes through—family problems, friend problems, being in love for the first time. Those are all topics that he approached in a much more real way than I’ve seen in the past with teenage movies.
How was it working with Freddie Highmore? He typically plays sort of quirky roles.
I love Freddie. We sat down in London way before we did the movie to get to know each other and we just had a really fun time talking. He’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met and he’s just so sweet; I mean, I’ve never heard a bad thing come out of his mouth. He’s the nicest boy. And he made me cry when I saw the movie! Seeing the film all put together I got teary eyed. I was like, “Freddie, you made me cry!”
What was your favorite scene to shoot?
It was probably the final scene where we’re having that tender moment when we’re saying goodbye. We shot that at like 4:30 in the morning and we were just so tired and so delirious from working all day and all night that it ended up coming across even more real than I thought. When I saw it in the movie I was like “Oh my god! So sad!”
Do you think that Sally does stay with George in the end?
I think no matter what happens they’ll always be in each other’s lives. I don’t know in what way necessarily, but I think that the ending just shows that there are people you’ll meet in life that, no matter what, will always stick with you. Sally and George are those people for each other. And it’s very rare that that happens in life, so when it does it’s really special. Everyone has a George and everyone has a Sally!
Have you found your George yet?
You know, we’ve all had that, and we’ll all have it again—that’s the good part!
Did you get to help style or pick out the clothes for Sally?
Yeah, I actually wore a lot of my own clothes—specifically these brown Florentini + Baker biker boots because we wanted her to have a pair of biker boots, but it’s so hard to get them worn in perfectly before you start shooting. I’ve had this pair for years and years and years and years, so I donated them to Sally’s cause. And also the first leather jacket I ever bought was in London when I was sixteen—I remember thinking I was the coolest person ever when I bought that jacket, so I brought it out for Sally to wear.
Was the beautiful silver dress Sally wears on New Years yours as well?
I loved that! That’s not mine but I loved it. I picked out the shoes that went with that, I don’t know if you ever saw them, but they were these green suede Miu Miu pumps and they were mine.
Miu Miu has the most amazing stuff right now.
Oh my god, I’m obsessed. You don’t understand, it’s a sickness. I love Miu Miu. I’m just addicted to clothes in general, but I feel they do such a fun take on the girly adult, you know what I mean? I just love everything because they have such casual stuff like great black patent leather and then they have amazing sparkles.
You have a new movie coming out called Celeste and Jesse Forever. You play Riley who is kind of a crazy pop star. What was the best thing that you got to wear for that role?
It was another piece that I actually brought to the movie, which is this dress that I had never worn, and should have gotten rid of, but I just couldn’t part with it. It was literally a t-shirt dress that had a high neck and went down to your feet but it had holes in the entire thing-it looks like a big fishing net. I was like “I’m going to wear this one day,” and it’s just so inappropriate and I never had a place to wear it, so when I got that part in the movie I went to my fitting and I was like “She has to wear this!” It’s the most ridiculous thing ever. And I wore like a black sequined bra and underwear underneath it so it’s completely insane. There were about seven inches of padding in my boobs.
As far as your personal style goes, what’s your favorite go-to outfit that you can wear whenever?
I live in my Isabel Marant ankle boots. I literally have them in like four colors. I wear them every day because I’m so short and they give me a little bit of height but they’re also comfortable. I pair them with black skinny jeans, usually Current/Elliott or J Brand, because those fit me the best. And then as far as tops, I always have one t-shirt that I’m obsessed with that I wear every day for like a week. I love finding a good t-shirt, that’s my favorite thing. There’s nothing better!
With winter approaching, what do you do to add a special element to that kind of outfit?
I always try to find a special coat. This year I got an amazing one—it’s baby blue tweed and it goes down to my shins. It’s very vintage-y looking but also very warm. You never see what you’re wearing under a coat in the winter, especially for me being in New York so much, so I feel like it’s all about finding a really great beanie and a really great coat. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone wearing a bright, bright red coat in the winter. I love that.
What is your favorite season to dress for?
Winter! I love summer, but my legs are so pale I can never wear shorts or a bikini. And then when I don’t, it becomes a vicious cycle where my legs just stay pale all year round! So I love the winter because I can just wear pants the whole time, even though I have been known to rock a black skinny jean in the summer in L.A., which is not a good look.
If you could only have one accessory and one item of clothing from you current closet, what would you choose?
Oh my god. I guess probably my PS1 bag because I literally wear it every day and it looks so beaten up. It’s time for a new one I think. And piece of clothing…probably-oh my god that’s so hard! Probably…there’s this Elizabeth and James T-shirt that I just live in; it’s long sleeved and it has a big wolf on the front and I don’t know why but I’m in love with it. I wear it to bed and during the day, sometimes both!
Did you take any fashion cues from your aunt, Julia Roberts, growing up?
I’ve always loved her red carpet style. I actually was one of the people there when she picked out her Oscar winning dress [which was vintage Valentino] and I loved it!
Do you have any advice on where to get a great holiday gift for someone?
For really fun gifts that aren’t too expensive I love Fredflare.com. They have so much stuff and I always order really fun hostess gifts or just great Christmas gifts for my good friends.