“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a dramedy film that centers on the close friendship between three teenagers and captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Charlie (played by Logan Lerman) is an introvert who is a new student at a high school, where he finds it hard to make friends until pretty and popular Sam (played by Emma Watson) brings him into her social circle, which includes her openly gay stepbrother Patrick (played by Ezra Miller).
Even though the three teens are close friends, each of them has a secret that could threaten to change some aspect of their relationship if the secret is revealed. Meanwhile, Charlie (who is a couple of years younger than Sam) starts to fall in love with her, even though she already has a boyfriend and it is her last year in high school before she goes to college. Here is what Lerman, Watson and Miller said during a roundtable discussion for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
What was your very first group meeting like with director Stephen Chbosky, who wrote the book and screenplay to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”? What was your first impression of each other?
Lerman: From my perspective, it seemed like we all walked in, and at that point, it seemed like we all were the roles. We were meeting each other as the characters. It was really interesting to meet [Ezra Miller] and to see [Emma Watson] again. We were all different people at that point. I think it was interesting.
Miller: I remember thinking, “Oh, these guys are hilarious! This is so cool!” But also having “Charlie voice.”
Lerman: We were still figuring it out, but still walking in there.
Miller: I hadn’t meet [Stephen Chbosky] before … I feel like we started joking around really fast. In that first day, [Emma Watson and I] were already dancing.
Watson: I do love to dance. I’m going to be way more honest and less nice than all of you. It takes a little while to get to know Logan. It’s one of the nicer things about him. He doesn’t put all of his cards out on the table. I was like, “This guy is kind of quiet. What’s his deal? What’s going on? I want to figure him out.”
But with Ezra, I was like, “Who is this kid? What’s his deal?” And Logan and I bonded over our passion in wanting to make the movie. We were like, “This is such a great script!”
Lerman: We met a while ago.
Watson: We met way early on. And then with Ezra, I’m sure he thought, “Who is this uptight, English boring girl?
Watson: And we bonded over dance, which was so special.
Miller: I didn’t get a second of “Who is this boring, British actor chick?” I got, “This chick has got serious funk bones! She’s riding the soul train super-hard!”
Watson: We tried to bring all the best dance moments in different movies and bring them all together. We have our “dancing in the rain” moment in the beginning. We have our “Grease” face slap.
Miller: I remember when you and Steve were working in unison about the initial choreography discussions. And he was like, “Emma, do you have any moves that you refer to or go to?”
And Emma was like, “Yeah, standard double-hit, tap on the head, body roll.” And she did the body roll and the booty pop. And I was like, “Um, we can do that? We’re going for PG-13.” This girl is not boring!
Watson: The body roll is my move!
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