Liam Aiken plays Tyler in ‘Girls Against Boys’, he had some interesting things to say about the film, his character and working with Danielle Panabaker:
ShockYa: You have a smaller role in “Girls Against Boys.” Your character, Tyler, is sort of a touchstone for Danielle’s Shae, popping up mostly in the third act. Did you have a chance to read and talk about the script as a whole with Austin?
Liam Aiken: I did, I read the whole script and I knew what I was getting into. I knew it was a pretty small role. But I had a good time auditioning with Austin — we kind of connected, and it was a good meeting. He responded to what I was doing, and it was definitely good meeting him. I’d never done anything that was so blatantly a psychological thriller, so I thought it was interesting all around.
ShockYa: Because the film can be interpreted a couple ways, I’m interested in what your take on it was, and whether there’s a pinch of a “Fight Club” element to it, since I’m guessing Austin didn’t explicitly reveal his intentions.
LA: It definitely has an element of that – the element of imagination. I think in any case it’s interesting — Lu’s ability to feed into Shae’s desires, [because clearly] she feels like she’s missing and lacking a certain control in her life. She starts to look for that in someone else. I don’t know if I know Austin’s final choice, but I think it’s certainly left open to interpretation, and for good reason. You mentioned “Fight Club,” and that’s a good comparison to make because it’s possibly about another side of a person, and getting to know a side of that person through a fictionalized character. I think he does a pretty good job of leaving you in the dark as to what the definitive answer is on that, and that’s what makes it fun, too.
ShockYa: You have such a nice, easygoing rapport with Danielle, and when the movie pivots back to that tender, coming-of-age love story in the third act it feels like an entirely different thing. Were you able to spend some time together prior to filming or did you really have to hit the ground running?
LA: Well, we knew what we needed to accomplish in some respects, but we had a really nice day, actually, at Coney Island (before shooting). We got to play around a lot, and that was a fun and very relaxed day. And I think when we were filming there was always a very relaxed feeling on the set, because we were filming on days when there usually wasn’t too much in the way of crazy, brutal stuff going on. My first day was funny because everyone was harrowed from the day before, when they’d shot a sequence that was brutal. So our scenes were always kind of a nice respite for everyone – but especially Danielle – to relax and be playful.
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