'The Fault in Our Stars' Nat Wolff Talks Selena Gomez in 'Behaving Badly' & Working With His Childhood Crush
It's been a great year for Nat Wolff. Not only did he co-star in one of the biggest movies of the summer, The Fault in Our Stars , have roles in James Franco's Palo Alto, and find success with the musical duo he shares with his brother, Nat & Alex Wolff, he also snagged the lead role in the highly anticipated adaptation of John Green's Paper Towns. And Friday, you can see the talented young actor on the big screen opposite Selena Gomez in Behaving Badly. Nat Wolff spoke with Bustle about his stellar year, working with the former Disney star, and more.
As if the title wasn't a big enough giveaway, Behaving Badly isn't a family friendly film like Wolff's other summer offering, TFIOS. It is, however, an homage to those films from the 1980s that immortalized teen culture as nothing more than brooding outcasts and retro topless cars. From the moment Wolff's Rick Stevens breaks the fourth wall by looking to the camera after a clever one-liner, we are transported back to the likes of Ferris Bueller's day off, and other John Hughes films. There's even a scene where the teenage protagonist gets to take an expensive car, in this case an Aston Martin, out for a joy ride.
"On set we would call it 'Ferris Bueller on Crack'," Wolff told Bustle. " I'm a huge Ferris Bueller fan and Risky Business fan, and a big fan of The Graduate — obviously this isn't exactly like The Graduate but there are some similiarities in the script. I love those stylized coming of age movies."
The idea of an older woman seducing a younger man, like The Graduate, is just one theme the film explores. According to IMDB, the film centers around:
18 year old Rick Stevens is willing to do whatever it takes to win the heart of Nina Pennington. In his quest to land the girl of his dreams, he has to contend with her psycho ex, his best friends horny mother, a manic strip club manager, a perverted principal, a lecherous priest, his suicidal mother, and a patron saint with a camel toe. No one ever said love was easy.
I asked Wolff, if, like the film's character, women throw themselves at him left and right. He laughed at the question, saying, "Uh... no. Not at all. I mean... no comment."
The 19-year-old actor did speak about his relationship with fellow child star and on-screen romantic interest Selena Gomez. "I grew up knowing of her. We had the same agent growing up, and I had always heard what a wonderful person she was," Wolff said.
"I met her when I was like 13 or something. She's just a really amazing actress and a great person. It was a total pleasure working with her. I was actually on Nikelodeon, she was on Disney, I think our shows were competing when we were younger."
And both young actors are also musicians. While Gomez and Wolff's band performed a show together at the Best Buy theatre in New York, they are also hoping to record something more permanent. "We've been trying to find a good time to go into the studio together," he revealed.
Other than Gomez, the cast boasts an impressive ensemble, with Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker playing both Wolff's mother and a sultry Saint, Dylan McDermott playing a sleazy strip club owner, Cary Elwes as Wolff's perverted dad, Gary Busey, Jason Lee, and Heather Graham as Wolff's lawyer.
"I had a lot of fun filming scenes with with Heather Graham, who I think is just like the best actress, and my total childhood crush," Wolff said.
Throughout the film, Wolff's Rick Stevens does some pretty idiotic things, from sleeping with his best friend's mom to making bets with a mobster's son. "Compared to this movie most people's life is pretty tame," Wolff said. "It is totally over the top and wild, I hope it makes people laugh. Obviously at a certain age [teens] can see it. A lot of Selena and I's younger fans can't see it because it's so dark."
So what is the in-demand-actor up to next? A movie called Ashby, set to release in 2015.
"I just finished a movie yesterday," Wolff said. "We had a night shoot that started at 1 in the afternoon and ended at 8 in the morning. I'm still out of it. It's a movie with Emma Roberts and Mickey Rourke which was a pretty unbelievable experience."
Behaving Badly hits theatres Friday, August 1. Watch the NSFW trailer below:
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