Straight off her whirlwind press tour with Breaking Dawn, Elizabeth Reaser took time out to talk to us about her next role as the wife of Charlize Theron's ex-boyfriend in Young Adult, opening in limited release this Friday. She told us about her life as a teenage bad girl — from skipping school to running away from home — and what it was like witnessing Charlize Theron's "mind-blowing" performance during filming. Watch to hear more cute anecdotes from Elizabeth's younger years, plus why she's so fascinated with people from high school.View Transcript »
I don't know why. I guess because high school is one of the most heightened periods of one's life. I was straight up bad girl. You've been through a land of press tours, just coming off of twilight, now this. How has promoting this movie been different? You know, this movie I'm just so excited to be a part of. Because Jason, and Charlize, and Diablo, and Patrick. I mean this was, as an actor. It couldn't get any better of an experience between the script being so phenomenal and Jason, and Charlize. That was the better performance I have ever seen. To work with her, it was like it was like mind-blowing watching her do it, cause it was so real. So, it couldn't be more different, and I'm just so lucky. I mean I literally flew in from Oslo yesterday and then went to--you know, I was doing the Twilight premier of Oslo yesterday--and then flew in, and went to the screening of Young Adult. And now I'm doing this. It's just so crazy. It's been a real whirlwind. And tell me what was it like working with Jason and Diablo. Well Jason is just really, he's so smart and so confident that it makes everything seem easy and I remember his thing that he would always say to me is, "Are you having fun?" Which I've never had a director say to me. I've never seen anyone really focus on that aspect of the work. And I think it brings a great energy to the movie. He has a real sense of funand just such a confidence. It empowers you to feel confident as well. And in the movie, the character basically tries to relive her high school tries to come back and re-kindle a romance with her high school sweetheart, even makes a friend with a former classmate on the way. Do you ever wonder about your old high school peers? I do, I wonder I felt my first boyfriend. I'm always curious you know, I have a friend from home and all. She always gives me the updates on what people people are doing, and who married who. And I think that's fascinating. I don't know why. I guess because high school is one of the most heightened periods of one's life. For whatever reason, only or becoming an adult, and I think that so I'm always fascinated with what happened to so and so. And what were you you like in high school? I was so bad. I skipped school, I ran away from home, I was just out of control. I went to catholic school all girls school for most life, and then I went a public coed high school. And I just couldn't wasn't to what was happening, so I sort of went nuts a little bit. You know how there are always these stupid categories? Like the cool girls, the geeks, the bands Where did you fall in? I was straight up bad girl. Great.