Amandla Sten­berg

Girlfriend - - GF ENTERTAINMENT -

WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE STAR OF EV­ERY­THING, EV­ERY­THING TO TALK ABOUT THE FILM.

Imag­ine if you couldn’t go out­side. For Maddy, who is al­ler­gic to ev­ery­thing, that’s her life. She lit­er­ally has to stay in her house 24/7. Sounds bor­ing, right? Well, it gets in­ter­est­ing when Olly moves in next door.

GF: How did you land the role of Maddy?

I grad­u­ated from high school and I de­cided to take a trip over­seas to kind of find my­self – you know, one of those trips. So I was in Paris when I re­ceived the script. The stu­dio was re­ally in­ter­ested in me and they asked if I could meet with a cast­ing agent there, and I de­cided to go for it and the au­di­tion went re­ally well. They de­cided I had all the qual­i­ties they felt they wanted for Maddy.

GF: Even though we may not be able to re­late to Maddy’s ill­ness, the film is still very re­lat­able. Why do you think that is?

I think the in­ter­ac­tions be­tween the char­ac­ters are very re­lat­able, it’s just placed in a con­text that is re­ally whim­si­cal and kind of like a fairy­tale. But the mo­ments be­tween the char­ac­ters are re­ally grounded and real. Some­times too real.

GF: What was it like tak­ing on a role from a much-loved book that has a huge fan base?

You know, it’s not some­thing you can think about too much. You just have to think about keep­ing the tone and spirit and the sense of the book alive. And keep­ing it as ac­cu­rate as pos­si­ble. IN CIN­E­MAS JULY 6.

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