Katie Holmes joined the project before funding was secured, and stayed with it through its ups and downs. Writer/director Hedges praised his young star, saying, "For April, I wanted someone with edge, someone sexy and funny and surprising and a bit erratic. Katie picks very smart projects, and I felt like this was a part nobody had seen her play."
What interested you in doing this movie?
I always love a good story. I like movies that make me feel, movies that make me think, and I like movies that have hope. I feel that this movie has a lot of hope at the end. I think theres a lot going on in almost every scene so it keeps me captured. Thats what I look for in a movie.
Was there anything in your characters relationship to her family that you could relate to?
I suppose what drew me to playing April was the fact that shes in her early 20's and trying to figure it all out. Its not easy, and I think that its a very confusing age. So many of my friends who are actors, musicians, college grads looking for a job, theyre saying, OK, what are we doing? I have my apartment so now what? I think she and Bobby really represent that time in your young life.
I like April a lot because shes not what she seems. She has a sort of tough, edgy appearance that leaves you to believe that she can handle anything because shes strong and doesnt care, yet she has this huge heart. You see how much she cares for Bobby and how much he cares for her. You start to understand all the confusion thats inside of her.
This film was shot in just 16 days. Did that help you or work against you?
I preferred it. Not every movie can be shot that way, obviously, but because of the emotional content of this movie, I felt it was advantageous for all the actors. I shot for 10 days so I stayed in that character and that zone, for that period of time. We knew that going in, and it was just one of those get ready and go for it [projects]. It was really thrilling in that way. You had to go in thinking positively, being prepared, and just going for it.
The energy on set was just that of, Were going to get through this and solve these problems. It was like a real camp. And coming off of the TV show, I really liked that pace I like a fast pace. I get bored if I have to wait around because then I over-think things. Shooting with a digital camera, you dont have to take time to reload, there wasnt much lighting, so it was scene to scene to scene. You do get to do 20 takes and its 30 minutes, whereas its usually 3 hours.
As far as your characters wardrobe and appearance goes, did you contribute to how she would look?
A lot of it was Peter (Hedges), the costume designer, and hair and makeup people. I went around to the East Village and I have some friends down there. Theyre really cool and can get away with a look like this. Im just not that cool. It was very collaborative, but I dont really know what I added to it.
Would you be embarrassed to walk around like that?
No, but its just not me. Id feel dorky because Id know I wasnt able to pull it off. But it was a lot of fun. In fact, I didnt want people to think, Okay, Im putting this wig on and itll make me serious and itll make me look good. I looked like Pippi Longstocking (laughing).