It just kind of happened right away. I remember when they were trying to cast that character, they sent me a tape of her when shed done a short film. I just kind of went, Yeah. Shes really charming. Yeah, great. Lets do it. Then I went to this club and I bumped into Eva there. That was the first time wed ever met. She kind of knew Kieran from Igby. So we met and I said, Lets get together and talk about this. We met at my place and just kind of chatted a little bit about the movie and a little bit about other stuff. Shes just a cool person. I really enjoyed her.
Brian [Dannelly] was really big into rehearsals and research. I dig that stuff. We wanted to make sure that Roland and Cassandra had a very passionate relationship. You see people in movies and their wheelchairs doing the acting for them. That character is the fact that theyre in a wheelchair. They are very asexual and theyre very one-dimensional. We didnt want that. We wanted them to have a very passionate, sexual relationship. We wanted to make sure that you could see why they ended up together. That happens a lot of times in movies where theyre kind of together and you dont really see how it all clicked. I think that was something we really made an effort to do. It all felt right. It was one of these things where the stars lined up and everything fell into place. I dont think theres a single weak point in the movie. I think everyone is so strong in it and I think shes f***king fantastic in it.
Your characters a rebel. Did you ever have any periods of rebellion in high school?
Kind of. But I went to a very small high school. There couldnt have been more than 80 people in the entire school. It was a small school. I was more of a social butterfly. I didnt really have a clique. It was the Professional Childrens School I have to set this up - the Professional Childrens School, which is none of the above. Its not professional, there are no children there, and its hardly a school. Its a place where they say young professionals can go and be normal kids and, Dont worry. If you leave, well send your work out to you. Actually I went to a Catholic school for about five years and they didnt really kick me out, but they essentially said, We cant keep up with your schedule. So I couldnt really go anywhere else, except for this place that would send your work out. Its about 40% ballerinas from the School of American Ballet, and another 40% Juilliard prodigy musicians who are all Asian, by the way. All prodigy musicians are Asian. Then you have 5% actors and 5% miscellaneous. We had a professional rollerblader who was ranked 7th in the world. We had a prodigy golfer. We had weird kind of people there. So you know, basically this is a place touted as you can go and be a normal person. Go to school and forget about work and things like that. So youre like, Okay, cool. You figure its a melting pot of all these creative, artist kinds of people. Youve got the musicians, the dancers, the actors, youve got all kinds of people coming together to do some cool stuff. And we were exactly like any other high school. It was cliquey. The ballerinas stick with the ballerinas. The musicians stick with the musicians, and never the twain shall meet. So I kind of floated in and out of these groups because I actually did dance ballet for a while. I did go to the School of American Ballet. At that point, at least in high school, Id already kind of quit so I was an actor. I was a lot of these things.
Have you been actively seeking offbeat roles to counter your childhood roles?
Not really. Its not like Im consciously saying that. Its almost like youre putting yourself in a box, youre limiting yourself. Youre saying, Im only going to do movies if their budgets are below $10 million. Or, Im only going to play these kinds of characters. Im really open-minded. Ill do anything as long as its good and unique and special, and as long as I havent seen it before. My first rule is if Id want to go see this myself. Will I go see this myself? And Im actually relatively picky about the kinds of things I get up off my chair and go see. I try not to limit myself like that. Ill do anything as long as its good, whether its stage or movies or television or whatever it is. Im pretty open-minded about the whole thing.