We’re gonna fill you in on a little secret: we have an ongoing list of reasons why we wanna be best friends with Zoey Deutch. It’s not a physical list that we wrote out or anything, but we could recite the reasons if prompted. For starters, she’s a talented human being (as demonstrated by her multiple YA movie roles alone), she’s smart, she’s caring, plus her sense of humor is off the charts. And it’s the last reason that we mentioned — her off-the-charts sense of humor — that’s further demonstrated practically every day.
Over the weekend, we caught up with a couple members of Zoey’s latest project, Before I Fall, to find out what went down behind the scenes of the Lauren Oliver book-turned-movie (a.k.a. one of the most anticipated movies of the year). And, let us tell you, that Zoey is the ultimate prankster.
“You should ask Zoey about the prank that she pulled on Kian,” director Ry Russo-Young informed us. “There’s a prank that she and Logan [Miller] pulled on Kian [Lawley], relating to the sex scene. I don’t feel at liberty to say more about it, but if she wants to tell you, then she can!”
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Zoey didn’t get a chance to explain what went down… but Kian did! “The funny thing is, on set, Zoey — we were joking back and forth, and she was saying that it was going to be… we weren’t going to be acting, to say the least,” he explains. “We weren’t going to be acting in [the sex] scene. And I was like, ‘No way! No way are we going to be doing it for real.’ And then she’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah we are.’ And, it was my first sex scene, so I was like, ‘Whoa.’ I was thrown off.”
“Then, I went to the director and was like, ‘No way, we’re doing it for real, right?’ he continues. “And she’s like, ‘No. Why would you think that?’ And, I look back at Zoey and she was laughing and they were all laughing. So, she pranked me on set saying it was going to be for real. So, that made me nervous, but once I found out that it was all in fun, I enjoyed it. Like, it was fun. I was obviously nervous, but it was cool; it was nice.”
So, the 21-year-old YouTuber believed he was going to have sexual intercourse with the 22-year-old actress… on camera. You know, like porn. WHA-?! Maybe he’s really gullible, or Zoey’s simply that believable… or both! Also, according to Kian, the sex scene was “fun,” “cool” and “nice” — a far cry from all those stars who hated their intimate on-screen moments, huh?
Of course, that’s not all we spoke about. Since Teen readers love Zoey oh so much, we also asked Kian to tell us a secret about the brunette beauty. “Well, I don’t want to be boring and say, like, ‘She’s goofy,'” he starts. “But, on set, she… it’s not like you’re working with a robot; it’s the complete opposite. Off set, she’s fun, goofy, bouncy. She’ll steal your phone and take stupid selfies; I have a selfie of her picking my nose, or something. It was something just weird, and I went through my phone later that day and saw it and thought it was really funny. You don’t really get to hang out with people or actors that are that… real. She was very outgoing and stuff, so that’s a cool thing. It’s not really a secret, but it’s a cool thing about her.”
Before I Fall hits theaters on Friday, March 3. Until then, make sure to stay tuned for more of our interviews!
Before I Fall isn’t the only book in which the lead character dies at the beginning:
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
This novel is the heartbreaking tale of a 14-year-old girl named Susie Salmon (played by Saoirse Ronan in the film adaptation), who gets raped and murdered while taking a shortcut home from school. She then watches as her friends and family cope with the death of a loved one and search for her remains. The book is even more chilling than the film, FYI, and a must-read if you haven't done so already!
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Lauren's 2010 book follows Samantha Kingston, a girl who dies in a car accident and then wakes up the next morning, remembering the events but forced to relive the exact same day, over and over again. This happens every day for a week in a kind of Groundhog Day-like fashion as Sam tries time and time again to alter her destiny.
The movie based on this book is set to release on March 3, 2017 and stars Zoey Deutch. Kian Lawley will also be in the film, so it's safe to say we're all pretty excited for the premiere!
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
If I Stay's central character, Mia, doesn't exactly die at the beginning of the book, but she is put into a coma, where she exists in a partially-alive and partially-dead condition separated from her physical body. Like Susie in The Lovely Bones, she is able to watch her loved ones respond to the car accident that killed her brother and parents and placed Mia in critical condition, and she must decide whether to come back to the world of the living or go with her family to the after-life.
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Gabrielle Zevin's main character, Liz, is hit by a taxi and dies tragically. However, as you may have guessed from her placement on this list, that's not the end of her story.
In this magical realism book, Liz's next stage of life is on a ship called the SS Nile, where she meets her deceased grandmother and other people that died before she had (including her idol).
While she is able to view the life she left behind from the "Observation deck," she can't communicate with her living friends and family, nor can she alter the events on Earth. In Elsewhere, they age backwards until they eventually reach 7 days old, at which point they return to Earth to be reborn.
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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This story is a more realistic novel about life after death. Although Hannah Baker does not keep living, her story does in Thirteen Reasons Why. When Hannah heartbreakingly decided to commit suicide, she realized that there are 13 people she blamed for her depression. She recorded the tapes and sent them to the people who she felt urged her to end her own life, including a boy her age who spread a malicious rumor about her, her former best friend and a classmate who sexually harassed her.
Universal Pictures originally picked up the rights to the story and Hannah was to be played by Selena Gomez in a film adaptation. However, in 2015, it was announced that the harrowing story will become a Netflix series and Sel will be an executive producer, though she won't act in the film itself.
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
When Brie, a hopeless romantic, is told by a guy she loves that he's no longer interested in her, she LITERALLY dies of a broken heart. But Brie isn't able to move on, instead she stays connected to Earth as a post-mortem spectator — realizing the secrets that were being held from her while still alive. Of course, there's a cutie named Patrick who helps her navigate the after-life, making this story seriously intriguing.
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Like Thirteen Reasons Why, this book includes suicide (obvs) and people scrambling to look for a reason behind such a desperate act. After the five Lisbon sisters all killed themselves, the story is told by a group of guys who admired the young women and are looking to find out how and why they all chose to die. The book was turned into a film with Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett in 2000.
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Original reporting done by Shyla Watson.