In the FoxLight: ‘Love’, ‘Simon’
Michael Tammero sits down with the cast
On the eve of the release, the cast and the director of “Love, Simon” open about the film’s importance in the current society.
The film tells the story of a closeted high school student, Simon, who connects with a similar boy with the name Blue online. It follows his journey to find acceptance while falling in love with his newly discovered kindred spirit.
Director Greg Berlanti and stars Natasha Rothwell, Katherine Langford and Nick Robinson went down with Fox News to discuss why they think the film as a major story to tell in 2018.
Rothwell brought politics into the conversation when discussing the movie.
“Under the current administration, it is critical to celebrate and highlight marginalized voices and to give them a platform, and stories are interesting and moving and compelling, and I think that’s what this film does,” she said. “That is why I am so proud to be a part of it. I think this movie will play in theaters and for audiences that really listen to the message that this movie has of kindness, acceptance, and living in your truth and be authentic and supporting each other as we try to do that.”
Director Berlanti said when he read the script moved him “in so many different ways.”
“One of the ways was, it was just so nice that there’s a feature film script that I read was that not just a comedy or a drama, but was actually both, and reminded me of all kind of movies had grown up with,” Berlanti told Fox News. “Then I realized that part of the reason why it moved me so much was that it in 2016 at the moment, you know, and there was not a romantic teen comedy with a gay character in the middle and that I was connecting very personally with it that way, and I found it to be both for everyone, but also specifically for the children, that was just in the way and they can hopefully experience a film like this in a way that they have not previously. The timing of it, for me, was of essential importance that I felt it was too late and that they happened a long time ago and so I wanted to do everything I could to make it happen.”
“13 Reasons Why’ actress Katherine Langford, who plays the role of Simon, the friend of Lea in the film, gushed about the film’s ability to depict a country’s population that don’t often see themselves portrayed in the media.
“I think the representation is of crucial importance. You have to see people who look like you, who think like you, speak like you, who are going through the same things as you. And I think that’s what filmmakers can do so beautifully is to tell stories,” she said. “I was also on ’13 Reasons Why’, and I think that the two agreements between ‘Love’, ‘Simon’ and the show that we try to tell a story in an authentic way. I do not choose one with a social agenda, but I think that I am truly grateful to be a part of both and, again, I think you should make representation, in particular with a story that so many people have gone through and hasn’t been told yet.”
Robinson, the film’s star, noted that he was interested in the role of LGBTQ characters in front and in the middle for the first time.
“What makes it different is usually if you are seeing a movie like this or a sign like this is their kind of perfunctory, you know? They are not real…they are in the background. They are a fringe element,” he said. “With this, Simon’s story, it is really front and center and I think that is what makes it different. It is a new perspective.”
“Love, Simon” hits theaters on March 16.
Fox News’ Liza Aristizabal contributed to this report