Following them from grade school to junior high, the two characters live through triumph and disaster, family drama and first love, all while Juli waits for Bryce to finally come to his senses and see things her way. Casting the right actors for the leading roles was very important to the filmmaker, whose casting search reached as far away as Australia, where they found their Bryce in Callan McAuliffe. During a phone interview with Collider, Callan McAuliffe talked about how badly he wanted to be in an American film, how grateful he was to work with Rob Reiner and how he would love to model his career after Johnny Depp.
Caruso and produced by Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay. Check out what he had to say after the jump: What can you say about Flipped and who you play in it?
The film is about that. What was it about this film and the character that attracted you to this project and made you want to be a part of it? I wanted to be in a movie. This was my first American audition. You might as well give it a try. They were really concerned about me being Australian, money wise, because it was difficult. But, the fact that it was Rob Reiner directing my first film, I was ecstatic. Were you worried about being able to pull off the accent?
And, they really stayed true to the book as well, which I think everyone will like. How was it to work with Madeline Carroll?
Did you guys do anything to get to know each other before filming? They did a bonding test. In one of the auditions, they brought me in to read with her and, from the start, I thought she was fantastic. She was a really good actress and we got along straight away. Were you nervous about playing a romantic lead, at your age? It was just a fantastic role to play, and I was really stoked.
And, it was my first American film, so anything was fantastic. What was it like to work with someone the caliber of Rob Reiner? How does that enrich your acting? He was a fantastic man. He was so jolly and such a nice guy, and he knew what he was doing. It was just a great experience.
What was your reaction when you saw the movie for the first time? Were you happy with how it turned out? I hate watching myself, as do a lot of actors. I really enjoyed it. Can you talk about what that film is about and who you play in it?
I have to get a bit of diversity in there. What was it like to sign on for something like that? I was just excited to have landed another role. Pittsburgh is really nice. I really like it. Is there anyone you wish you had more scenes with? One of the people I wish I got to work with more is Kevin Durand. Caruso been, as a director? What has the experience of working with him been like, in comparison to Rob Reiner? Everyone is really cooperative and kind on the set.
We just get the fantastic set. Have you gotten to meet Spielberg or Bay? I really want to, though. Were you a fan of their work? But, I definitely love Transformers.
Do you enjoy doing physical action work? Are you in a lot of the action in this film? Sometimes your foot placement is off, so you have to go back and do it again, and you get really tired. Had you been a fan of the sci-fi genre before doing this? But, I do enjoy most of the films that I see that are sci-fi.
Do you want to continue to change things up, in your career? How did you originally get into acting? Did someone or something inspire you, or did you just always want to be a performer? In terms of getting into acting, my school is really sports intensive. You commit to a team and you go on the weekend and play against other schools. I ended up going pretty good, and I got a few jobs and was happy with it.
Eventually, I got put up for some TV shows. What a stroke of luck. Acting is all about timing and placement. I just happened to get that role. At any point, have you done any training or are you just learning along the way? I think they train you to do something, and sometimes you might not be able to break out of it. Acting is lying, and lying is acting. So, I just prefer to read the script and do it my own way. I have no plans, whatsoever. I enjoy making money and I enjoy the work.
Are there any actors that you admire the career of? I admire his career, all the way, with just the diversity in his roles and all the different things that he plays.