Victoria Justice and Thomas Mann on 'Fun size,' Josh Schwartz's directorial debut
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Mann, who was seen earlier this year in Project X, says that in addition to loving the Fun Size screenplay, he was drawn to his character.
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Josh Schwartz, the writer-producer behind popular teen television shows like The O.C. and Gossip Girl, made his directorial debut with Fun Size. Mann says Schwartz is one of the reasons he wanted to be in the film.
"Josh Schwartz, the director, is just the coolest, nicest guy ever. He has great taste in what young people like and what they're into," Mann says.
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"He's super into music, and I think that influences his filmmaking a lot. He gets into the minds of young people," Justice says. "I love the fact that the film was reminiscent of a John Hughes film. It has that coming-of-age comedy feel to it. My character Wren has some similarities to Molly Ringwald's character [in Sixteen Candles], being a teenage girl who is a little bit lost and feels kind of misunderstood and wants to escape from everything at home."
Working with a young cast was fun for Mann and Justice, and they enjoyed filming in Cleveland.
"Shooting in Cleveland was great," Justice says. "It was cool to be able to shoot a movie somewhere separate from Los Angeles. We were thrown into this small town with our film crew and the cast and we had a lot of fun."
Being in a new city without the comforts of home reminded Mann of summer camp, and he says it was a great way for the cast to bond.
"You become sort of a family. You're all in this new place so it's sort of like a summer camp. You get to know each other so well. In that sense it's really special and that's why I like making movies, because every experience is so different," Mann says.
Fun Size opens in theaters today.