Interviews: Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, and Justin Chon on 21 AND OVER’s Bare Butts & Life Lessons
21 and Over poster image: © 2013 Relativity Media.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of chatting with Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, and Justin Chon about their new movie, 21 and Over, in theaters today (March 1).
During roundtable discussions, I asked each about the same two topics, and here’s what they had to say…
On teddy bears and bare butts:
“[The teddy bear] was like a pouch and there was a drawstring. I could only take about thirty minutes at a time, ‘cause it really started to cut off circulation to my nuts. It hurts. You have to get it tight, so it doesn’t fall off, but when you do it tight, it really hurts. So it’s a catch-22.” – Justin Chon
“No butt doubles. I was blessed with this tushie.”
– Skylar Astin
“Skylar’s got a great ass. Some of us are born with it, some of us have to work for it….
As soon as I got this movie, I was like ‘Yo, I’m gonna work out a ton.’” – Miles Teller
The three protagonists go on an Odyssey-like journey, fraught with peril, just trying to get home. What life-lesson does your character learn from it?
“I think what Casey … takes away from this whole experience is to not take life so seriously. ‘Cause he comes in all buttoned up, he’s trying to take a job and his life to the next level, and I think when he meets Nicole [Sarah Wright], and watching how Miller [Teller] just has this natural ease about him, … he takes away that you should never let go of the people that really matter. Your best friends … are always going to be there, and are always going to call you on your shit.” – Skylar Astin
“That [he] need[s] to stand up for [him]self, … to take control of [his] own life, and that [his] happiness is more important than pleasing [his] parents. And I think that’s a great lesson. I was fortunate enough to have parents that let me do whatever I wanted, so I didn’t really have to deal with that. But at the same time I can see how suffocating that would be—to have to answer to someone all the time, [and] how every choice depends on what they think about it.” – Justin Chon
“Don’t mess with [sorority girls]. (laughs) Branding is for life. It’s permanent.” – Miles Teller
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21 and Over, written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, also stars Sarah Wright, Jonathan Keltz, and François Chau.
Mar. 1, 2013