Missy Peregrym on the Gymnastics Scenes and Her Stunt Double: The camerawork was amazing, the way that they filmed it. I thought the double was phenomenal. When she came in, we were in the middle training and I was terrified. I was like, Guys, I cant get that big. She was so muscular and so strong. I was like, I dont know how Im going to do that. Im willing to work as hard as possible but Im like, This is going to look so weird. Its going to be like [indicating the difference in the two girls], Missy, Isabel, Missy, Isabel. Its so obvious. I was like, Please no! But it actually worked out perfect.
They knew exactly what they were looking for and Im so proud of the way it turned out. I just didnt want this movie to look fake in that sense and for people to get out of the story to notice the doubling. I thought it was really cool.
Peregrym didnt have a background in gymnastics but that didnt stop her from believing she could do many of her own stunts. I kind of went in there thinking I could do everything, laughed Peregrym. I went in there and was like, Okay, cool. I can do a handstand Yeah, for like a second. Then I thought I could do a cartwheel and a front handspring and I was like, See? And they were like, No. What do you mean no? I just did it and I landed on my feet. That was good, but its all about form.
It really took four months to learn the basics of gymnastics plus the strength required to do any of those tricks. It took all that time just to get the strength to even try some of the difficult stuff. Obviously, its such a dangerous sport and they are not going to be like, Okay, guys, were going to do three back flips right now and we want to see you land on your feet. Id break my neck, so really it was about getting out body to look like a gymnast."
The Biggest Challenges to Playing a Gymnast: The biggest part that was the most productive of the training period was really seeing what its like to be in the gymnast world. We trained for four months, five days a week for six hours a day. Thats a really long time. I was like, Yeah, this is going to be so much fun. I cant wait to get into this, and it was the most painful thing Ive ever done. I was sore every day. Thank God [Vanessa Lengies] was in the training with me because we just really bonded through that experience. Its so hard to get up every day and be that sore. Because you are so sore, you feel like youre getting worse and worse. You want to go in there and be like, Yeah, I can do all this and all that. But, even in gymnastics, you train and one day you can do every trick and nail everything. By the way, my trick is a spin But the next day you go in and cant do anything. Why cant I turn? Thats just the way it is.
Peregrym continued. Its a mental game. Its very emotional and as our bodies were changing, it was demanding eating properly and being able to support how much we were working out. It was so weird to be in a gym for that long. You lose your perspective for whats really important in the world. I was, How does my a** look and is it going to be fine in a leotard? Its like, Missy, re-group. Not important.
Missy Peregryms Take on the Lack of Female Role Models: Definitely in Hollywood I dont think there are a lot of those roles. Thats why I was attracted to this role so much. Im really passionate about the way that Haley is because she had an arc, and I think a lot of teenaged girls are going through the same thing. I cant speak on behalf of guys because I not a guy and I dont know what their process is, but I know that, even for myself, I didnt have the same family life or the same issues exactly but every girl has this process of defending herself. I have kind of the same defense mechanisms as Haley. I make sarcastic jokes. I try to bounce everything off me like, Yeah, yeah, yeah, it doesnt matter. You try to mask your disappointment or the hurt and everything.
Its funny because Im kind of going through now what I was trying to portray as Haley. You really look at those things and what you thought were strengths are now weaknesses. You cant go through the whole time deflecting everything and Haley really gets to a point of where she really deals with what is going on, the real issues. She uses them in a positive way to make a difference instead of just being this wall to absolutely everything. She opens up and lets things in and really excels and gets the people around her to excel. She was a great influence."