I have added photos from inside the after party for Palo Alto at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, check them out below! Also have added more photos to Tribeca premiere and Apple Store appearance!
Emma was spotted out and about during the day in NYC on April 25th then later that night going see Cinderella on Broadway with Evan Peters. Check out all photo additions below!
Also click “read rest of this entry below” for articles from teenvogue.com and people.com…
There was nothing but a sense of comfort on the set of the suburban teen drama Palo Alto – especially between costars Emma Roberts and James Franco, whose book of short stories provided the basis for the film.
“This is like a dream cast,” Roberts, 23, told PEOPLE Thursday at the film’s New York premiere, at the Tribeca Film Festival. “It was one of those kind of lightning-in-a-bottle casts where, when we were on set, I was like, ‘This really special. This isn’t like a regular movie.’ ”
Added the actress: “James is someone [who] I’ve always wanted to work with … I was so nervous to meet him because I’m like, ‘Oh, my god, is he going to be nice?’ And he was so nice and such a great actor to work with and just a sweetheart.”
In the film – which focuses on the experiences of rebellious high school students in an urban community of northern California – Franco, 36, and Roberts share a charged chemistry: Roberts’s character gets caught up in a flirtatious streak with her soccer coach, played by Franco.
“It was fun,” Roberts gushes about getting up close and personal with Franco. “Neither of us made it awkward, so it was great. And also, I think the fact that I was not actually 17 probably made things less weird. I was 21. I think that that kind of made things feel like we’re pretending – this isn’t real.”
As for the film itself, the newly engaged actress said she was drawn by characters that are “very relatable” and “feel very familiar.”
“You’ve definitely met this girl, and you know this guy and the parents,” she explained. “You definitely have friends who have parents like that. And I think that’s what makes the movie so fun to watch, because you’re kind of seeing all of this unravel and relating it to your own experiences.”
The teen movie canon is filled with dramedies like Heathers, Clueless, and Mean Girls—flicks that perfectly capture aspects of high school, from bullying to first loves to, well, mean girls, but don’t really nail the emotion that comes with it all. Palo Alto, the critically-acclaimed indie flick and directorial debut from Gia Coppola (26-year-old cousin to Sofia and granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola), does. It doesn’t hurt that it’s based off a book written by a youngish (and persistently young-at-heart) James Franco, or that it was directed by a twenty-something, or that it stars a real-life high schooler Jack Kilmer (he filmed it before he graduated last year).
In the movie, leading lady Emma Roberts is a shy 14-year-old girl who attracts the attention of both a dreamy but disturbed soccer coach, played by James, and a cute skater dude, played by Jack, who can’t stop getting himself into trouble. (He also spends his after-school hours painting watercolor portraits in nursing homes—mostly because he finds himself on probation, but still.) Though her character is nearly a decade younger than the 23-year-old actress, it was all too easy to jump back into the headspace of a freshman. “You never really forget being in high school,” she said when we caught up with her just before last night’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere. And acting opposite Jack, who had never been in a movie before, made it easy to feel young, too. “He’s a little heartthrob. I told him, ‘If I was a 17-year-old single girl, I would have such a crush on you.'”
It was a role she set her sights on years ago, so it’s no wonder it all came so naturally. In fact, Emma, whose bookworm tendencies are well-documented, bought the novel the day it hit shelves. “I read it in three days and thought, ‘If they ever make this into a movie, I want to be in it,'” she says. “I got it right when it came out and read it as a teenager, and I just thought the characters were really honest. James wasn’t afraid to make everybody have flaws. There weren’t good kids and bad kids, there were good people who did bad things and bad people who did good things, and I liked that it showed that not everything was black and white.”
And as for working with James, well, forget everything you’ve heard. “I was so excited to meet him because I’ve been a fan of his forever,” she said. “You read so many things about people, so I really nervous, but he was so above and beyond nice to me. He’s a really cool normal guy, and really smart, and very sweet. He was a dream to work with. I’d work with him again in a second.” Don’t let her fool you, though—he may be a cool normal guy IRL, but on-screen, he’s so chillingly good as a predatory grownup, it’ll send shivers down your spine.
James isn’t the only one who gives a memorable performance. Nat Wolff, who was on Nickelodeon back when Emma was in the tween fave Unfabulous, plays such a convincing sociopath that you’ll never look at the former Naked Brother the same way. Emma also stepped out of her comfort zone, giving her usual bad-girl persona (Celeste and Jesse Forever, We’re the Millers, American Horror Story: Coven) a rest to channel her inner goody two-shoes. So, basically the opposite of Madison Montgomery, her beloved alter-ego on AHS. “Madison is a really fun character,” Emma said. “But April was so unlike me that it was cool to get to play her, too. I’m not that quiet or reserved, so it was fun to go into the mind of somebody else.”
Check out the trailer below, and go see Emma be awesome and James be creepy and Jack be charming on a big screen near you.