19 April 2024
Entertainment Movies

Julia Stiles Needed to Be Simply Like Kat Stratford, Too

Larisa Oleynik, who performed Kat’s child sister, Bianca, recollects rewatching “10 Issues” just lately. “The factor I really like a lot — and I’m going to get emotional — is, she’s so earnest,” Oleynik stated. “She’s so real. And to me, that’s the most stunning factor about Julia’s portrayal of that character. It’s coming from a deeply heartfelt, susceptible, delicate, insanely clever place,” she stated, whereas including: “I don’t assume anybody else would have been in a position to be that actual.”

Stiles began appearing as a 12-year-old in New York’s La MaMa Experimental Theatre Membership, however had a tough time discovering her place in movie. “I used to be a 17-year-old lady, auditioning for romantic comedies and commercials and TV exhibits and all the time being instructed, ‘You’re too critical,’” she stated. “You already know, ‘Smile. You’re too angsty.’” That modified when she learn the “10 Issues” script. “It was the primary time that I had learn a personality in a teenage romantic comedy that spoke to me,” she stated.

As Oleynik remembers it, Stiles was that lady, “a cool, downtown New Yorker” who, although just a few months Oleynik’s senior, “appeared a lot extra mature.” Earlier than the “10 Issues” desk learn, Oleynik had gone to Fred Segal to purchase her real-life junior promenade costume, an indigo slip that wasn’t all that dissimilar to the prom dress Kat wears in the movie. “I actually, actually needed her approval,” Oleynik stated. “I keep in mind pondering, if Julia approves, I can go.”

IN 2002, ACCORDING TO THE self-appointed cultural anthropologists at Newsweek journal, there have been precisely three kinds of teenage ladies in America. You could possibly be an Alpha: a blonde who beloved cheerleading, worshiped Gwyneth and Vogue, and managed to be “each bitchy and good.” You could possibly be a Beta, which was mainly an aspiring Alpha; Betas reportedly took slimming capsules as after-school snacks, spent after-prom at a motel, and had been, tragically, brunette. Or you would be part of a rising cohort of Gamma Ladies: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”-watching, flare-jeans-wearing freethinkers who had been “obsessive about Shakespeare,” dated the “class smartass,” and subscribed to Jane journal. The poster little one for the Gamma Woman: Julia Stiles.