February 12, 2013

Logan Lerman: "Emma Watson worked really hard on her accent for Perks"

“We were kind of living in a dorm environment,” star Logan Lerman said of the nights in the hotel during production with Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and other castmates.

There’s a scene toward the beginning of the film when “Come On Eileen” plays at the dance, and Charlie dances his way up to Patrick and Sam. What was that like to shoot?
Oh, it was a lot of fun. That was a few days there when we were trying to knock out all the scenes at that location. Most of the time was going into perfecting the dance that Em and Ezra did, kind of coordinated thing that they made up. That took a lot of time. And then it was, “Alright. I’m just gonna wing it and give them some options.” So I gave them some options. It was just fun cause I got to just f— around on set, just dance.

So Emma and Ezra’s dance was highly choreographed, and you just kind of threw it out there?
Yeah, I didn’t really want to show them what I was going to do. So there was a lot of crappy takes, a lot of ridiculous stuff. I don’t know what the hell I was doing, and Charlie didn’t either, so it worked well.

You made another film with Emma, Noah.
Yeah, it’s a first for me. It’s pretty rare that that happens, working with someone so close to the last film we did. We’ve been in tight quarters for a little while.

In Perks, Emma has an American accent.
We had the role reversal on Noah.

How did that dynamic work? Did you help her out on Perks, then she helped you out on Noah?
I wouldn’t really call it British that I had to do [for Noah]. “Mid-Atlantic” is what they call it. I don’t know what the heck it is. On the set for Perks, she was a little nervous about it, but she did a great job, and she worked really hard. We were all there for her, the whole cast. Anytime she had a question she’d usually come over to me – “How does that sound?” We’d let her know. It was a good little team.

Noah is radically different from Perks. Was there anything was similar about the two sets?
Oh, hell no. The vibes were completely different. But it was nice to have that familiarity of a friend because it was a pretty intimidating set. It was much more intimidating than stepping onto Perks.

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