Bella Thorne: “I Channelled Rose McGowan For Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
The Disney starlet shares her inspirations and gives us her top tips for getting over a Very Bad Day…
Bella Thorne, unlike many a former tween star, is clearly in no hurry to move on from her Disney connections. Having starred as CeCe Jones in Disney Channel TV show Shake It Off from 2010 until 2013, she’s now hitting the big screen in Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as high school queen, Celia.
MTV caught up with Bella ahead of the film’s release to hear about her own Very Bad Day, working with Steve Carell and overcoming dyslexia to write a YA book series.
MTV UK: Was Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day a book that was read to you as a child or was the film your first experience of the story?
Bella Thorne: Well I’m dyslexic, so I hated reading as a child because I was so bad at it, which I found really embarrassing. I’ve read it now and I think it’s a great book, people loved it, they still love it now and they loved it in their childhood reading it. It’s a really good story about living with your decisions and it’s a great thing to show kids.
MTV UK: What was it that first attracted you to the role of Celia?
Bella: I loved the script, I love Jen and Steve; I mean to get to work with Steve Carell was so cool. Who wouldn’t want to work with Steve Carell? Steve is a very good actor in that he isn’t always on, because he’s not that person, he’s playing a character that’s so big. Then they call ‘cut’ and he keeps to himself and studies his lines. Jen, she was really nice too and just like, ‘Hey guys, what’s up, are we ready to get this?’
MTV UK: There’s a great younger cast too; did you find yourself offering any advice to the newcomers, like Ed Oxenbould who plays Alexander?
Bella: Gosh no! [laughs] I don’t think that would have been appropriate, because he is so cool and he’s a great kid, but most of my scenes weren’t with him. I think he’s grown up a lot since he shot the movie and his family is really nice too.
MTV UK: Did you find yourself taking inspiration from any other movie characters when trying to channel Celia’s princess-y attitude?
Bella: I liked to channel… what is her name from Jawbreaker? The brunette… Rose McGowan! When I’m playing a funny, mean-ish character, I like to channel her mostly. I love that movie anyway, but I think she has a fun, likeable way of doing it, which is kind of what I wanted for Celia. You don’t want to hate the character. That’s not cute.
MTV UK: When was the last time you found yourself having a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day?
Bella: The other day. I’m usually very positive and look at the bright side, then crack a joke that everyone laughs at, but I didn’t that day. I just sulked in my bedroom! I did not make that a good day, and I really should have, but I was too distraught.
MTV UK: What would usually be your top tip for getting over a Very Bad Day?
Bella: Well I want you to make the face I’m making right now; the really funny side smile that’s kind of douchey. Then I want you to say, ‘Well at least,’ and say whatever your problem is and make a funny comment about it. That will make the whole day better and it’s all because of this face. If you’re around people, everyone will laugh, and it’ll be great. It’s like a Schmidt from New Girl face.
MTV UK: You were in Milan for Fashion Week last month; what was your favourite show?
Bella: I loved me some Moschino, I loved me some Versace and I actually also loved the Versus show; their pieces were great and they had some really cool dresses in there.
MTV UK: You’ve modelled yourself, including your recent Candie’s campaign, but would that be something you’re keen to do more of?
Bella: D’ya know, I really want to design shoes, though designing is really hard and takes up a lot of your time. I already have a book series coming out and I really love my acting, so those are the two things I focus on most, and writing a book is not that easy obviously. My sister would probably design a shoe line with me.
MTV UK: We heard about your YA book series; can you tell us more about it?
Bella: So the book series is Autumn Falls, that’s what it’s called, and it’s based around a girl who moves to Miami when her father passes away. He leaves her a journal to write in to help her through high school, but she doesn’t realise that the things she writes come to life a little bit, mostly backfiring on her throughout the series. You can pre-order it now. Can you pre-order it?
MTV UK: Sure we can!
Bella: I would be very thankful.
MTV UK: Consider it done.
Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is released at cinemas nationwide on October 24th, with previews in selected cinemas