When I told my daughter I was attending an event for the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Now In Theaters!) and interviewing the cast including Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Bella Thorne, she immediately became wide eyed and said “I love Bella Thorne!!” Now I was a bit skeptical because I’d never heard of Bella Thorne before and doubted she had. Also, my daughters name is Bella; so I figured she said it because they share the same name. However, when I started to research some of Bella Thorne work, I could totally see how she knew of Bella Thorne and wondered how I hadn’t?! She has an impressive resume!
She actually began her modeling and acting career as an infant and shot her first advertisement at only four weeks old. More recently, she has had many movie and TV roles and better known for her chacter as CeCe Jones on Disney’s Shake It Up. I am pretty sure her role in the Shake It Up series is where my daughter knows her from and she is certainly unforgettable. Bella is beautiful! As she walked into the interview room, you could just tell she was a movie star; from head to toe she looked stunning. She even mentioned how “dressing up for the prom” means to her.
“I’ve been to school dances. For these kids, they love getting dressed up and putting on heels and hair and makeup, but I do that every day. It’s not special to me to wear a big dress and heels and a lot of makeup and hair spray and to look perfect, that’s not a big deal for me. I’d rather not have all that and be in sweat pants without makeup and without worrying about how I look and what angle I’m being shot from. That’s not what I find necessarily that fun. So, when I went, I was like, oh my gosh, you guys, can we get outta here? Can we go hit In and Out? Okay, I really need a burger. I really need it in my stomach. I’m not kidding. They’re serving salad. Who eats salad? What’s going on here, guys? This is weird. They’ve got fish. I don’t eat fish. I don’t eat fancy food. Well, let’s just go to In and Out. I want it animal style.”
Bella on her character Celia
“You can’t think of Celia as a mean character, ’cause she’s not. You have to think of Celia as a perfectionist. So, Celia’s, she’s a perfectionist, and when things don’t go her way, she wants to make them perfect, and when someone keeps messing that up, she ends up getting angry. That’s understandable.”
What was the hardest part of filming?
“Probably the really long hours. I don’t think people realize how much work actually goes in, not just from the cast, because, of course, the cast works hard, but the crew members. Your scene could be 15 seconds and you look at that scene and you’re like, yeah, whatever, you don’t think anything of it. That scene took 16 hours to shoot. It’s crazy to work that many hours and it’s crazy to always be on that many hours. Especially with comedy, it’s worse, because comedy falls flat. And then you’re beating a dead cow and it’s not funny anymore. And then you get frustrated, ’cause you’re not funny.“
What was the hardest scene for Bella to film?
“This scene is the dinner scene when Steve gets lit on fire. It’s so hard to film a scene with stunts, it’s very hard when you’re doing stunts and tricks. I was called in at 4:30 am, and my coverage ended up being last. It was like 11:30 and I was tired. I was tired, and I’d been doing this scene all day long. There’s a word in the movie and it’s the name of the place that they go to dinner that weird, weird name. I had to say this name, and when you’re dyslexic, you’re usually really good at memorizing, so I’ll read something once and I have it completely memorized. But that word when I first read it, I didn’t say it correctly, and so I was on set and somebody said, no, it’s actually like this. So, I had already memorized it wrong. They kept trying to get me to do it right. I did maybe 25 takes of that same exact line over and over and every time I got it wrong. Finally, the time that I got it right, Dylan is so overworked, ’cause he’s the other actor in the scene, so it’s just as bad as it is for him, and he looks at me and he starts bursting out laughter and ruins the whole take. And I was like Dylan, I might punch you in the face right now. And he just could not help it. So, every time I got it right, he was chuckling, because it just been such a long day.”
Bella’s message to teenage girls
“I’m gonna give them a piece of advice that I was given and I wish I would’ve taken it. Growing up on TV, I always tried to be perfect for everybody and I wanted everyone to like me. For some reason, I really cared what other people thought so much and I would do anything to get someone’s stamp of approval. And now that I’m 17, I really don’t care. I don’t. And I wish I would not have cared so much, because I changed who I was as a person to be who everybody wanted me to be, and that’s not a cute look. And you have to realize that I don’t care who you are; I don’t care if you’re in high school and you have glasses and braces and you don’t think you’re cool, people will like you for being you, no matter what. It’s impossible for people not to like you when you’re just being you. It really is. You will find a branch, and I have. I have a great group of friends now and we don’t have to impress each other. I’m not wearing makeup when I’m with them. I look ratchet. I’m looking ratchet when I’m with them. I’m in sweat pants. I am oily, greasy, sweaty. I don’t care. And we don’t have to prove anything to each other. And that’s what’s cool”
What a great message, just be you!
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is now open in theaters nationwide. Go see it, if you haven’t! And take the kids, they will love it.
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