Huffington Post’s journalist, Erica Abeel had the opportunity to talk to Andrea Portes (who is ‘Hick’ author) about the movie, the cast, Chloe as Luli and Chloe’s family! Read what she said about her :) To read full interview click here.
What do you think of the casting? Chloë Moretz looks almost ridiculously like the character in the novel as you describe her, even down to the big, plummy mouth. As Luli she’s a lot hotter than as the vampire girl in Let Me In. And what about Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne, who’s become quite the heartthrob?
Andrea Portes: Let’s face it. Chloë Moretz existing right now is really lucky for the film. I can’t imagine anyone else in that role. Also, Chloe herself has a lot of Luli’s qualities… smart, funny, precocious, sharp, intellectually curious, sometimes just a kid goofing around, two seconds later beyond her years. She’s really kind of a little miracle.
I am giddy for people to see Eddie Redmayne as Eddie Kreezer. He’s just riveting. It’s beyond anything I had ever dreamed of. It’s nice, too, because off camera he’s just a really kind, smart, self-deprecating, English gent. He’s top shelf. Blake Lively came to the set with the novel book-marked and dog-eared and she wanted to add more dialogue from the book. So, of course, I was thrilled. (Any novelist would be.) She was really smart about the role. Glenda is not an easy role to play and she nailed it.
Did you bond with Chloë over the film?
Andrea Portes: I did get along well with Chloë and her family. They’re really good people. It’s funny, too, because in a lot of these blogs people are expressing concern over her growing up too fast. And I’m thinking… No, no, if anything Chloë is much more insulated and protected than most girls her age. Her mom, Teri, and her brother, Trevor, who is also her acting couch, make sure she’s got an amazing, secure foundation. And that she goes to bed early. It’s really sweet, actually.