Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore on their chemistry in 'The Art of Getting By'
Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore got close while filming their new coming-of-age romance "The Art of Getting By" and readily admit that their on-screen chemistry was very natural.
"We always felt really at-ease around each other and that seemed to help with the chemistry on-screen," Roberts told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Chris Balish. "We have a lot of chemistry, apparently."
"Yeah, everyone seems to say that we have a lot of chemistry," Highmore agreed. "Which is a good thing."
The film follows George (Highmore), a fatalistic teenager who's managed to go through school without exerting any effort whatsoever. George's outlook changes when the popular but complicated Sally (Roberts) befriends her misanthropic classmate.
"I think that they're kind of kindred spirits and I think my character Sally finds George intriguing," Roberts said of her character. "She doesn't really understand why he's not outgoing and why he's not wanting to be her friend. She finds that intriguing and wants to get to know him and wants to understand him."
Highmore felt that his character was the one who truly benefit from the film's friendship.
"I think that Sally's impact on George is incredibly important," Highmore said. "She brings him out of his shell and makes him realize that to do the things he wants to do in life, he has to take an active role in that... he's stopped being that passive person and says 'this is the person I want to be and this is the girl I love and to get that, I'm going to do these things.'"
Highmore's breakthrough role was as a child actor opposite Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet in the Oscar-winning film "Finding Neverland." He also took on the title part in Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," once again appearing alongside with Depp, who specifically requested him for the role.
"I think I've learned something on every set that I've been on," Highmore said of his acting experience. "The best advice you've been given is often a small thing that you only realize later on. I think since I've never been to acting school that all my experience on sets has contributed to not only the person, but to the actor I am now."
The 19-year-old British actor's mother is a talent agent who also represents his friend, "Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe.
Roberts, 20, has appeared in films like "Nancy Drew," "Valentine's Day," "Twelve," "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "Scream 4." The actress is Julia Roberts' niece and briefly pursued a singing career before focusing on acting.
Both of the young actors agreed that there was something unique to the script and felt that they could bring something to their respective characters.
"I think there's a moment that comes once you've done a few films and people expect you to bring that to the table instead of just taking the script and doing exactly that," Highmore said. "Also, I think you have to feel it's something you can connect to and that's what stood out to me about 'The Art of Getting By,' it's a real representation of that moment in growing up which seemed quite fresh and different from the other scripts I was reading."
Watch a trailer for "The Art of Getting By" below.
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).