B.L. Did you find yourself relating to your character
Kyle on any level?
C.E. Not really. I think that Kyle was a real driven kid; not
that I am not driven but he was a good student, a good worker,
probably never cheated and a straight shooter, and he just felt
that the SAT was standing in the way of his goals. Personally
the SAT was not that big of a deal to me at the time.
B.L. You went to high school but I guess you already had in
mind that you wanted to be an actor so that you had no intentions
of going to college.
C.E. I wanted to be an actor since high school and I started
working towards it in junior and senior year. By senior year I
pretty well decided that I was going to go to L.A. and give it
a shot. So the SAT was never really breathing down my neck.
B.L. It is something that puts way too much pressure on students.
C.E. Oh sure, it dictates a lot. It controls what schools you
get into, what jobs you can get and to kids that's a really
B.L. You have a fabulous ensemble cast to work with and it
really seemed like you bonded. What was it like working with these
C.E. It was wonderful. Everyone got along phenomenally. We were
shooting on location in Vancouver so we were all forced to be
with one another. We were all at the same hotel, so we moved as
this group unit everywhere and it really helped to form our relationships.
B.L. Which one of your cast mates surprised you the most?
C.E. I had faith in everyone as an actor and that was one of
the things that attracted me to the project. The person I was
most curious about was Darius Miles because he was this big NBA
star and that was kind of neat. It was great to hang out with
him; he was like a big kid, and it was great.
B.L. Brian Robbins - your director - really knows how to get
into the heads of teens. What was it like working with him?
C.E. Phenomenal. I think films really begin and end with the
director, and he dictates everything. Not only the quality of
the film but the environment. If he comes to work everyday screaming
and stressed out it's going to bleed onto your actors and crew,
and Brian was just calm and the greatest guy to work for. He was
so relaxed and so friendly and so casual. He really made the working
environment a wonderful place to be.
B.L. Working with Scarlett Johansson, what can you say?
C.E. Lucky to have her! She's phenomenal; the girl is an amazing
actress, what can I say?
B.L. This was made before she broke out in Lost in Translation
and Girl with a Pearl Earring - have you seen those films?
C.E. I have not actually but I hear they are amazing.
B.L. Your career is starting to take off. Since making Not
Another Teen Movie have you sworn off whipped cream?
C.E. (big laugh) Yes, whipped cream and bananas. I can't even
look at them, I gag.
B.L. What's it like for you now to walk out on the street.
Are people starting to recognize you?
C.E. I don't get recognized actually which is nice.
B.L. Well, I think things are going to change soon.
C.E. Well, we'll see.
B.L. Are you looking forward to that?
C.E. I don't know how to feel; we'll see how it goes.
B.L. You've got a couple of other films coming out, one called
Cellular that you made with Kim Basinger. What was she
like to work with?
C.E. It was amazing, she is phenomenal. The woman has an Oscar
and it shows. She really is a brilliant actress.
B.L. Is there anything specific that you look for when you
get a script or is there something that you really want to do?
C.E. I think that the most important thing is the director. He's
the guy who is telling your story and he's the one making the
film and you are acting going through his filter. You really want
to pick and choose the right storytellers, making sure that you
can work together as a team when you are both trying to do your
B.L. Are you working on anything right now?
B.L. Just taking a little break.
C.E. Yup, a little relaxing time, enjoying some time off.
B.L. So ultimately, what would you like teens to take from
The Perfect Score?
C.E. To realize that no test can tell you your worth.