Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are already getting rave reviews for their starring roles in The Spectacular Now, a film about two complex high school seniors who are drawn to each other despite running in different circles. But while prepping for the roles, the two had to think hard about how they wanted to come across.
“I wanted to work out because it was going to be my first sex scene,” Miles says. “I wanted to get some abs, abs are really cool.” But Shailene, who doesn’t wear any makeup in the film, thought it wouldn’t be right for his character.
“It was both of our first on-screen love-making experiences,” Shailene says of the young actors’ intimate scene. “It was a very safe environment.”
“Pineapple was the safe word,” Miles joked.
Kidding aside, both young stars are mindful of the way they’re portrayed on and off screen. “I hate when I see young adult movies when people look like fake little plastic Barbie dolls.” Shailene says. “It’s just not realistic.”
She voiced her anger about an overly-photoshopped picture of her in a recent magazine. “There was a photo of me, and I had big red juicy beautiful red lips, and my boobs were huge and my stomach was way flatter than it is in real life,” she says. “I saw that in a magazine and I thought, “that’s bullshit, that’s not what I really look like and it really frustrated me.”
Since then she’s ditched the makeup and makes every effort to be natural. “I try to make a conscious effort to properly represent myself.”
To hear what other movie the actors will be bringing their chemistry to next Spring, check out today’s Daily Shot.