Check out an interview Emma did with GQ.com where she talks wanting to be Kim Kardashians’ butt…
In Adult World, Emma Roberts—you know, Julia’s niece—plays Amy, an aspiring poet who’s fresh out of college and frustrated by the lack of instant literary fame and success she deserves expected and her day-job at a sex-toy shop. In the real world, she’s sharp, funny, and so over texting. We rang up Roberts to talk about the film and why you should just pick up the phone already.
Adult World tackles all those millennial stereotypes that are out there.
There’s just so many things in the movie that are so true! It’s my generation: you grow up in this world of everyone’s told that they’re going to change the world and very few actually can and do. And, also, in this weird world of the Internet and Instagram and Twitter and texting—it really has a weird effect on people that we’re just starting to see. I loved that Adult World kind of assessed all of that.
What about Amy did you identify with most?
I mean, I’m coming out of it, but I definitely identified with being that age where you’re not an adult and you’re not a kid. I just turned 23 Tuesday and I was driving and thought, So what do people do when they’re 23, like what is it? Amy kind of has that thing, she knows exactly what she’s doing and where she’s going and then it slowly kind of falls to like, Wait what am I really going to do?
You spend so much of your screen-time with John Cusack who plays your grumpy poet mentor—is there anything you learned from him on set?
He’s so great to work with because he loves to adlib, and he loves to use the whole set—like, we’ll be doing a scene in a room and he’ll just walk out of the room in the scene and then walk back in the room, and I’m like, Oh my God, that didn’t even occur to me that that was OK to do! Now I want to walk out of the room!! He just does stuff that you don’t see on the paper, and then he does it, and you’re like, That’s so genius.
And now, some questions from our lady questionnaire: who was your biggest celebrity crush as a kid?
The one that really hung in there for the long haul was Orlando Bloom. It was just all about Orlando Bloom for, probably, four or five years.
What is the sexiest non-sexual thing that someone could do to win you over?
Be funny. I love, in a guy, a good sense of humor, and someone that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Because I’m very sarcastic and I’ve had some disastrous moments with guys where I’ll be joking and they take it very seriously and then are very offended by me.
If you could live a day in the life of another person’s body part, who, and what, would it be?
Kim Kardashian’s butt so I can get all the gossip.
Is there a trend that you really just don’t understand?
I don’t understand most trends, but the one I really didn’t get: neon. I was really scared it was going to be a downward fashion spiral into the eighties, but luckily it went away.
In what way, if any, are you old-fashioned?
I guess when it comes to dating, I’m old-fashioned. I’m very like, Pick up the phone. I hate having to decipher text messages between people. Can they just call? And stop being weird? And then making me feel weird when I want to talk on the phone?
Do you have any dating red flags or deal breakers?
When people act different in front of their friends, especially guys. Like, when you’re talking about how sweet someone is and then you’re around them in a group and they’re like kind of trying to be cool, or rude to you, or whatever—that to me is always like, Hmm. Noted.
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