Young Adult: Interview with Charlize Theron

Young Adult: Interview with Charlize Theron

The team behind “Juno”–Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody and two-time Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman, has made another striking serious comedy, “Young Adult.”


Trust in Director Jason Reitman.

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned in my career is that you can have great material but if you don’t have a director who inspires you or is capable, it really doesn’t matter.  It’s important to have chemistry with a director and Jason and I could not be more similar in terms of how we approach the work. I had complete trust in him – so when he said we had a scene in two takes, I could walk away from it believing that we did. I hate fussing and rehearsal and I love just coming in and getting the job done.  And that’s how he works. He has a real love for what he does and is protective of the characters and the process. For me, that’s all I can ask for.”

Affection for Oswalt

“I think acting is always a very intimate experience and there are very, very rare occasions where your work with another actor surpasses what is really expected from you. I felt really safe working with Patton, like he always had my back. I really loved working with him, his attitude, what he brought to his character. Matt and I had about seven pages of dialogue together and a lot of it took place in a bar. We were in that bar for like a week and it was really nice to play and ad-lib and discover with him. Between him and Jason, I felt like I had these two brothers who were really cool and really funny.”

Collette Wolfe

“Sandra is the character who causes the most damage in a way and she does it so innocently.  Collette played her so beautifully and when we did the big scene in which she tells me everything, I was completely speechless.”