Talking to the stars of 'The Way Way Back'
Last week, we previewed the new movie "The Way Way Back." It was a heart- warming comedy about Duncan (played by Liam James), a boy who is just trying to fit in.
His mom's new boyfriend (Steve Carell) is rude and disrespectful toward Duncan, preventing him from having a good summer. Duncan finds Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb), who is an outcast like him, and they immediately bond.
He also finds a job at a water park, which expands his source of happiness to a whole new level. Owen (Sam Rockwell), a fun-loving man, takes Duncan under his wing as an employee and teaches him how to have fun. Finding these things, Duncan finally fits in and is accepted.
Overall, we would give this movie 4.5 out of 5 smiles. Even though it is rated PG-13, we think kids 10 and older will enjoy it.
After seeing the film, we went to the Crosby Hotel in Manhattan and sat down with co-stars AnnaSophia Robb and Liam James and talked to them about their latest film.
After seeing the movie, we have to ask: Have you guys ever been bullied?
LIAM: Personally, I don't think I've ever been subjected to a big range of bullying before -- like not by the same person more than once. I think there are jokes at everyone's expense, especially at school when that happens. But, personally, I've never had a whole group of people be unkind to me like that.
ANNASOPHIA: I've felt humiliated before and completely embarrassed. I've never been singled out by one person, though. But I've seen it happen in high school, and it's definitely a real thing.
Did you like your character?
ANNASOPHIA: I always like my characters. That's why I play them, even if they're not completely likable characters -- just became I think they're fun to portray. Susanna definitely is more of a complex character, I think, than meets the eye. The script is really so strong and well rounded. Even though she's the girl next door, she's multifaceted . . . and is going through challenges of her own.
LIAM: I really like that my character gets to have the moment with AnnaSophia's character because it's a little painful to watch him a little bit because he's such an outcast almost, and I think it's really great seeing my character accepted in the end by all these great people.
When did you guys know that you wanted to be an actor and actress?
LIAM: When I was about 10 years old, my mom asked me if I want to do some extra work. I loved the set, and I met so many interesting people. So from there, I just said I wanted to start doing auditions and stuff.
ANNASOPHIA: I was really young when I was asking my mom, I want to act. I didn't really know what it meant -- but then when I was 8 or 9, my mom found me an agent in Denver. I was begging her, and I took acting classes, and there was a showcase in L.A., and managers came out, and I went out to Los Angeles to audition.
Do you have any future plans for acting?
ANNASOPHIA: Right now, I'm about to start the second season of "The Carrie Diaries."
LIAM: I'd like to continue acting because of just all the amazing people you meet and all the great cast that was in the movie. I think that just for me is the main reason I wanted to become an actor -- just to meet all these amazing people.