Ev­ery­thing, ev­ery­thing about a ro­man­tic new movie

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ALYSSIA BIRJALAL

IMAG­INE not be­ing able to breath the very air that keeps us alive, or feel the sun on your face, or be­ing con­fined to a made-up space con­ducive to sur­vival only.

Such is the life of Maddy, an 18- year- old, smart, cu­ri­ous and imag­i­na­tive young women in the movie Ev­ery­thing, Ev­ery­thing.

Based on the best-sell­ing book of the same name by Ni­cola Yoon, Maddy (Amandla Sten­berg) has an ill­ness and can­not leave the pro­tec­tion of the her­met­i­cally sealed en­vi­ron­ment within her house.

Di­rected by Stella Meghie, Ev­ery­thing, Ev­ery­thing, will be re­leased na­tion­wide on June 23.

It tells the un­likely love story of Maddy and her new neigh­bour, Olly (Nick Robin­son).

The two young peo­ple sep­a­rated by per­sonal and fam­ily chal­lenges find each other against all odds and risk ev­ery­thing for love.

Also star­ring are Mex­i­can ac­tress Ana de la Reguera, as Maddy’s nurse and clos­est friend Carla and Anika Noni Rose as Maddy’s lov­ing but over­pro­tec­tive mother.

We spoke to De la Reguera about her char­ac­ter in the film and what movie-go­ers can look for­ward to. Why did you want to be a part Ev­ery­thing, Ev­ery­thing? The novel was won­der­ful and de­servedly em­braced by young peo­ple ev­ery­where and it’s from an of in­ter­est­ing au­thor.

I also love that it is a movie about all these dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing my char­ac­ter, Carla, who im­pact the life of this won­der­ful young woman, Maddy. Maddy and Carla, a nurse treat­ing Maddy at home, be­come close. So I was very ex­cited to por­tray Carla. Carla is Maddy’s nurse, but they’re also friends. How was that to play?

Carla has known Maddy most of her life – they grew up to­gether. Carla is Maddy’s con­fi­dante and they joke a lot to­gether.

I re­ally wanted to make Carla less se­ri­ous and bring more light and fun to her. She loves mak­ing Maddy laugh. What was the big­gest chal- lenge in play­ing the role?

I wanted Carla to be re­lat­able, and make sure the au­di­ence un­der­stands the friend­ship be­tween her and Maddy. But I was care­ful not to make it look silly, and I re­ally hope peo­ple en­joy Carla. What was it like act­ing op­pos- ite the two ac­tors with whom you worked most closely – Amandla and Anika Noni Rose, who plays Maddy’s mother, Pauline?

It was great. Amandla is a su­per­s­mart young woman who car­ries so much of the film on her shoul­ders. She was al­ways pre­pared and pro­fes­sional. Anika and I be­came re­ally good friends dur­ing pro­duc­tion, and we still get to­gether and have lunch. She’s very pos­i­tive and has a strong per­son­al­ity, but with a very light sense, which I love. So we re­ally con­nected, too. Look­ing back on the ex­peri- ence of mak­ing the film, was there any­thing that was par­ticu- larly chal­leng­ing or fun to play?

It was ex­cit­ing to play a scene where Carla ar­ranges for Maddy to meet Olly. I knew that was the mo­ment in the movie that every­one is go­ing to be wait­ing for.

What do you hope au­di­ences ex­pe­ri­ence when they see Ev­ery­thing, Ev­ery­thing in the cin­ema?

I think au­di­ences are go­ing to fall in love with Maddy and Olly. They re­ally have a spe­cial chem­istry and they’re beau­ti­ful to­gether.

I think that’s what you want in love – to find some­one who you con­nect with. With just one look, some­thing spe­cial hap­pens. Every­one will re­late to that be­cause every­one has had a mo­ment like that, or if they haven’t, they want to.

Ev­ery­thing, Ev­ery­thing is a beau­ti­ful love story about two peo­ple who’ll do any­thing for love. And who doesn’t love that?

Ev­ery­thing, Ev­ery­thing.

Ana de la Reguera and Amandla Sten­berg in

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