So is Joe Nussbaum crazy or brave? I didn't ask him that, but I did get the chance to toss a few other questions his way at the World Premiere of "Sleepover," presented by MGM.
INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR JOE NUSSBAUM:
My question after seeing the movie is, what do the popular girls have to gain by getting involved in this bet? They already have rights to the popular kids table at high school.
Thats a really good question.
No one else will analyze it that much.
No, we analyzed it that much. We talked about that a lot. To me, when Staci and her friends challenge Julie and her friends to the Scavenger Hunt, its just to once again to demonstrate their complete superiority. Theyve got nothing to lose. All they want to do is watch these girls humiliate themselves. Then Hannah says, Lets play for the lunch spot. Its not Stacis idea. And Staci cant be shown up by Hannah. Its hubris. She says, Sure, we can play for the lunch spot. Were never going to lose anyway so it doesnt matter. So thats why they do it. Its all about your pride being attacked.
Its a pride issue.
Its a pride issue. And remember they didnt come up with that. They just wanted to humiliate them and then Hannah said, Lets make it interesting. Lets raise the stakes.
Did you eat at the cool table or the dork table in school?
(Laughing) I ate in-between. I was very in-between. I was kind of like Julie [Alexa Vega's character]. Julie would sit at the dumpster tables, I wasnt quite at the dumpster tables, but I definitely wasnt at the fountain.
Why tackle a teen movie for your first feature film? Its a tough genre.
Yeah. Well you know, its such a fun genre and the girls were so great. The script was really strong and I just responded to it right away. It just seemed like it had a nice mix of heart and comedy, I hope that shows through in the movie. It was a fun project to work on.
Are you done with teen films now? Is that genre something you want to put behind you?
No, not necessarily. If there was another great script that came along, Id do it in a second. I love working with these kids.
What was the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge was their hours. They can only work so many hours because theyre not 18 yet. This is not a small little movie where people just talk in living rooms. Theres a club with 400 people, and theres a high school dance with a live band. Theres skateboarding and jumping over fountains and its a lot to shoot in a short amount of time, and with a short amount of hours from the kids each day. So that was really hard. But once we got it in the can, it was smooth sailing.
Whats your next project?
I dont know yet. Im reading scripts right now and looking for a great comedy, and well see what comes along.
So youre going to stick with comedy?
I love comedy as long as it has a real relationship at the core.
Interviews from the World Premiere of Sleepover: Mika Boorem & Brie Larson / Sean Faris & Evan Peters / Kallie Flynn Childress & Ryan Slattery / Scout Taylor-Compton & Sara Paxton / Jane Lynch
Interview with Alexa Vega on the Set of Sleepover