In an interview with stars of the upcoming movie The Duff, The Wrap’s Linda Ge asks Mae Whitman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Robbie Amell (The Flash) about playing best friends and figuring out who you are in high school. In The Duff Whitman plays Bianca, who has a falling out with her best friends after a clueless neighbor (Amell) lets it slip that she’s their DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). A journey of self-discovery well known to teen movie watchers ensues, with makeovers, romantic entanglements and messages of staying true to yourself. Watch the Full Interview Below:
The film was adapted from the book “The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend” by author Kody Keplinger, who also participated in the interview. She was more than ecstatic when it was announced Whitman would play Bianca:
“Before the book even came out, I had written on my blog that I thought Mae Whitman would be a great Bianca,” Keplinger said. “So a while later, with the movie happening, I got a phone call going, ‘You’re not going to believe this.’”
They also revealed what classic teen movie they’d love to remake. While Amell said he didn’t want to remake it, but wishes he could somehow still portray the infamous Ferris Bueller from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Whitman chose “Some Kind of Wonderful,” the classic John Hughes movie from 1987.
“I just love that movie so much,” she said. “The best friend role in that — she’s just so unapologetically punky, like, ‘You’re stupid and we’re meant to be together.’ I really like her power in that role.”
Some Kind of Wonderful was a hit when it came out nearly three decades ago and definitely could be updated into an awesome current film. If you would like to see Whitman as the unapologetic Watts or suggest other actors for the movie, you can dream cast and support here >>
The Duff opens in theaters February 20th!