She has played some feisty characters, but IRL Emma Roberts is one sweet chick. She spilled all the goss from her new flick, Nerve, to DOLLY’S Matthew Galea.
We chat to Nerve star Emma Roberts.
“I’M NOT PHYSICALLY BRAVE BUT I’D LIKE TO THINK I’M EMOTIONALLY BRAVE WHEN I NEED TO BE.”
IN YOUR FILM NERVE YOUR CHARACTER HAS TO COMPLETE CRAZY DARES FROM PEOPLE ONLINE, WHICH TAKES OVER HER LIFE. DO YOU THINK THIS REFLECTS THE INTERNET’S INFLUENCE IRL?
Absolutely! I feel like we live in a world that’s almost run by social media and the internet. I mean, nobody does anything without the internet, but I love something tangible. Like, I have the biggest bookshelf in my house. I always keep a pen and a notepad in my purse – to me it’s terrifying to have my whole life in my phone ’cos if it crashes, it’s all gone.
TOTALLY! SO DID STARRING IN THE MOVIE CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE TECHNOLOGY?
Definitely. When I’m with my friends I’ll just leave my phone at home because I think it’s important to be in the moment. You’d be surprised how many times I reach for my phone and it scares me how attached I am to it, so I try to step away and not be worried about getting a text or a call or an email or a Snapchat or an Instagram post or a tweet.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS FILM?
I was reading a couple of other scripts and this just stuck in my mind – I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I just felt like there was something really special here. The music, the colour, the chemistry, the way New York is like its own character – it’s thrilling. They really captured that so well.
THE MOVIE IS VERY ACTION-PACKED. DID YOU DO A LOT OF YOUR OWN STUNTS?
Oh definitely! For the ladder scene, I was literally three storeys in the air, crossing a ladder on a rope! I was so nervous but I looked at Dave [Franco, my co-star] before I went out the window and he was just like: ‘It’s OK, don’t worry!’
YOUR CHARACTER VEE TAKES A LOT OF RISKS. WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A RISK-TAKER?
I think I am when it comes to saying what I believe and standing up for people who I love, but when it comes to heights and stuff like that, no way. I’m definitely not physically brave, but I’d like to think I’m emotionally brave when I need to be.
IS THERE A MESSAGE YOU HOPE YOUR FANS TAKE FROM THE FILM?
To make the internet a safer and happier place, because I see how my little sister who is 15 gets affected by the negative comments, so I hope it helps people understand that these people are just hiding behind anonymity, so don’t worry about what they say about you. And if you don’t feel safe about something that’s happening online, tell someone because there are just too many tragedies linked to that kind of stuff.
IF WE WERE TO PEEK IN YOUR TRAILER, WHAT WOULD WE FIND?
I make it my own little getaway, so you’d find fairy lights, a lot of magazines, a blanket and pillow ’cos I take naps during work. And I like to cut out pictures from magazines that inspire me for the movie and put them on the mirror. I love a good moodboard.
YOU’RE KNOWN FOR PLAYING STRONG, OUTSPOKEN CHARACTERS. DO YOU INTENTIONALLY CHOOSE THOSE ROLES BECAUSE THEY ARE EMPOWERING?
I kind of just gravitate towards what I gravitate towards and it happens to be that. I think that’s just because I wouldn’t be attracted to a role if it didn’t say something.