Emily Osment Cyberbully interview with KiwiCommons: I was approached with an offer for the film about two months ago and it was right before I was about to leave out of the country to go play shows & I honestly almost rescheduled. At the last minute I decided to go in and I read the script in about half an hour and..
..I rushed in and met with Joel Rice, who’s the producer of the film, and we read together. We did a few scenes, and he was really ecstatic for the opportunity for me to be involved in this film which was surprising for me because I’ve never truly experiences that, of someone who fought so hard to get me in a room to meet and do this movie. He said ‘we saw you when we looked at the film the first time and I think you’d be so great in this’.
So I looked at the film again and I really fell in love with the character, especially the fact that she takes such an incredible journey through this and I think that’s kind of attractive to anyone whose an actor because you don’t want to play a bland character, you don’t want to play a flat character, you want to play a character that has an arc and starts one place and ends 180 degrees from that. I
think that’s what really got me hooked on this film, and plus all of the campaigns going on around it with Delete Digital drama and StompOutBullying.org, and all of the really cool campaigns, I think that this is going to be for a good cause and it’s going to help me do what I want to do.
..I think because I never truly experienced bullying first hand even though I went to a private high school and I went to two different elementary schools, I truly did have the opportunity to be bullied but somehow I escaped it. And I think my attitude towards it before this film was that ‘oh, it’s not that big of a deal’ and ‘people need to learn how to have thicker skin’ and you know,
‘just laugh it off’, because that’s how I did it if i was ever approached by someone who had something negative to say, it’s a joke! I use humour for that. I think after doing this film and talking to people who really have been bullied, you learn that it’s their whole life, especially when it’s cyberbullying and it’s on the Internet,
Because it follows you into your home and it’s everywhere. Basically, it’s like a cyber footprint and you can’t get away from it. And I think that’s what’s scariest. And truly in this film you see my character Taylor go through that, she just can’t get away from it. She doesn’t know how to handle it, she thinks she’s the only one, and she’s already completely insecure from the beginning so..
..everything that happens from then basically would have just pushed her off the edge anyway. Truly, the director came up to me one day on the set after I had been weeping, because I cried every single day on this movie. In between tears, at lunch, he came up to me said ‘I really want to hear some music you’ve been working on recently. Don’t give me all this pop crap, I wanna hear some good stuff.’ I was like ‘okay Charles!’
I play instruments and stuff but I personally have been writing and I’ve had a lot of Radiohead influence and all the artists that I truly love and he listened to it and he really liked it and he asked me to write something for the film. So I did! It’s kind of a new cap for me because I produced it and I’ve never really done that before. I always have a lot of hands in the pot and this one is just me.
No music video, but I think the movie is truly the music video for this. Yeah, the exercises were great. I mean, it’s very funny. I cried every single day on this film, every single day. And you go home at the end of the day, and you don’t want to talk to anybody and you don’t want to call your friends because you’re..
..depressed out of your mind. And I was surprised how much the job in general and the acting exercises that I was doing, and everything that I was doing to get prepared in my mind for this role, really took a tole on me. Emotionally and physically, I could not believe it. On her future: College this fall, hopefully a film in between and maybe some theater, I don’t know. Maybe go to the moon, I don’t know, who knows!