Girls Against Boys
Danielle as Shae
February 1, 2013 (limited)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Directed by: Austin Chick
Status: Coming soon!
"Nearlyweds" (TV Movie)
Danielle as Erin
January 12, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Status: Coming Soon!
(TV Series - Guest)
Danielle as Juliette
January 23 - Feb 20, 2013
Episodes: 5 Episodes
Status: Coming Soon!
Danielle as TBA
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Directed by: Jordan Alan
Danielle as TBA
Release Date: 2013
Directed by: Unknown
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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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Danielle Panabaker also chatted with Fangoria’s Michael Gingold. Here’s what she had to say:
FANGORIA: After playing a number of horror heroines, GIRLS AGAINST BOYS is your first genre role as the aggressor. How was that experience for you?
DANIELLE PANABAKER: It was great. What really attracted me to the role initially was that it was nice to see a woman take matters into her own hands and go through that process, and finding out what motivated Shae to take each of those steps.
FANG: Did you make any contributions to the story or your character?
PANABAKER: I don’t recall making any specific contributions. I was impressed with the film just to begin with. Austin had taken such time to create these characters and this world, so from the get-go, I was excited about the project.
FANG: It’s interesting to see a male writer/director tackle a project so oriented toward female concerns and sensibilities, especially in this context.
PANABAKER: Absolutely. I remember I went back to check the cover page of the script when I first read it, to make sure it really was written by a man. I thought, “Maybe Austin could be a woman’s name?” But I was impressed that he is so sensitive. He has a very European sensibility about his filmmaking, and a lot of the films he suggested I watch while working together, like LILYA 4-EVER, lent themselves to that. He has great respect for women as well.
FANG: Did he have you look at other films about female vigilantes, like THE BRAVE ONE or MS. 45?
PANABAKER: No, he didn’t! It’s so funny; someone else referenced MS. 45, but I am not familiar with that at all. In fact, my primary focus was more on Shae’s emotional journey, rather than the revenge element.
FANG: How was it working with Nicole LaLiberte?
PANABAKER: It was great. I was so excited when Nicole was cast. I couldn’t wait to meet her, and she was lovely. We hung out at her house a few times just to get to know each other, and that was very useful as the film went on, because we have such an intimate relationship in the film, and I was grateful that she was so open to working with me.
Danielle Panabaker spoke more about her latest film, ‘Girls Against Boys’. This time to Icon Vs. Icon:
What about acting intrigued you early on and made you pursue it as a career?
That is an interesting question. I feel like I fell into acting initially. My sister and I started doing it when we were younger, doing community theater. It wasn’t until I was fortunate enough to work on “Empire Falls” that I really began to love it and understand all the different craftsman and artists involved in creating a film. They really bring to life everything you see and experience while watching it. I think that was what really ignited my passion for acting.
Who would you cite as some of your biggest influences on-screen and off?
Good question! On-screen, going back to “Empire Falls,” I am very grateful that everyone was so kind to me. I was the youngest person on set by far and it was really my first professional experience. There were so many great experiences from the sound guy explaining to me not to crinkle my crackers over my line to Ed [Harris] working so hard to create a relationship. They are certainly role models for me. Particularly, the director, Fred Schepisi, was incredibly kind to me and helped so much. I will always be grateful to them all. In my personal life, I think I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by really incredible people. First and foremost, I wouldn’t be where I am without my parents. It starts there. I have been very lucky to create a family, so to speak, in LA with some great people. The producer of “Sky High” and his wife mean the world to me and have always been there for me to talk me through career choices but also help me with life choices. I feel very lucky in that way.
What impressed you about the script for Girls Against Boys?
There are a lot of films where women have the role of someone’s wife or girlfriend or daughter or sister. This is a role that was really about women, and in particular, one woman’s experience. It felt to me like a coming of age story. This young woman in New York, who has gone off to college, unfortunately goes through this really traumatic event. I’ve always seen it as a coming of age story and that was really appealing to me to see the whole life of this character in the movie.
Can you talk about what brings Shae to the breaking point? Is Lu partially to blame?
Absolutely. Necessity is the mother of invention, so who knows what really brought Lu into her life. I think the assault was pretty jarring to her and something like that doesn’t go away over night. Shae needed a way to deal with it.
Describe Shae’s dynamic with Lu and how it changes over the arc of the movie.
Their relationship is complicated. If it was described on Facebook, it would certainly say it’s “complicated.” From Shae’s perspective, the relationship starts out as a guardian angel, someone who comes in, who has been on the peripheral of your life and now all of a sudden, she’s front and center. That’s where their relationship begins. You get to see this friendship flourish, especially as Lu takes an older sister role as a protector. We can all relate to having someone who showed us the ropes, in one way or another. That’s how the relationship begins and Shae then goes through something really terrible. Lu is there to pick her up, get her back on her feet and helps her get going. Shae places a lot of trust in Lu. I might argue it is misplaced trust, but it certainly got her going.
What was the audition process like with you and Nicole LaLiberte, the actress who played Lu?
I actually didn’t meet her before Austin hired her because Austin hired her out of New York, and I was in L.A., but afterwards she ended up coming out to L.A. for a brief period of time, so we hung out a bit then.
What is it like working with Austin? Does he have a dark personality?
I don’t think Austin has a dark personality. I really loved working with him. He definitely has what I would consider more of a New York sensibility in that he has a tough exterior, but we worked incredibly well together and I’m still grateful for the experience. He’s definitely a man of few words.
There’s a point in the film when Lu shoots the first guy in front of your character, and then you laugh, go to the sink, and throw up. You make a very quick transition. What do you think is going through Shae’s mind that makes her accept the murder and play along from that moment on?
I think a lot of things. I think her first instinct is shock and horror, and then she’s sort of like, ‘Wait, this can’t be real. Like, who shoots someone?’ But then there’s a moment of, ‘Well now we’re on this journey together, so what’s next?’
I was thinking that maybe she’s thinking, ‘I have to play along with this because this woman is crazy,’ but it seems like your character enjoyed it.
She does have a gun. I think everyone can relate to having a moment where they wish they could get revenge on someone,where someone has hurt them in some way and they just wish they could do something to get them back. When that guy wasn’t the guy who assaulted her and raped her, but he was a part of it, I think it was relief for her to see her own sort of vengeance come to fruition.
Q: How did you get involved with the film? – Uinterview
A: I was working on another film, and I was really specifically looking for something much smaller, and much more of an emotional challenge, because I think it was where I was in my life, and that is what I was craving. And this came my way, and I took a look at it and I really loved that it left me asking questions and I was curious and I wanted to know more. So [director] Austin [Chick] and I hopped on Skype to chat and it was a great match.
Q: The movie has the feel of a grindhouse film. How did you and the director approach the material? – Uinterview
A: It’s really interesting, but what was so attractive to me initially was the lack of actual over-the-top flooding gore that I feel like you see in this movie. I think that was Austin’s intention from the beginning, if not to sort of hit you over the head with it, but to let you know, that’s what was going on, so that was definitely a coversation we had. It just alterates on my own experience, coming from films that were filled with gore.
Q: There are some pretty crazy scenes in the movie, like when you’re cutting off your rapist’s feet. How did you go about filming that? – Uinterview
A: It’s really ironic actually that you would bring up that scene. One of the difficulties in shooting with such a low budget is that you don’t have money to throw around on props, so they ordered the two fake feet that I chopped off, and unfortunately, instead of sending a left foot and a right foot, they sent two left feet. Not only were two left feet sent, but they just didn’t look very authentic, so that was a challenge of shooting that scene specifically. Michael [Stahl-David]‘s character is tied to this bed and Nicole [LaLiberte] went to cut the ropes, and the props department came running and said, “No, no no! Don’t cut it! We don’t have anymore!” There would be no more rope for us to work with it. So, there were certainly physical challenges, but I think that actually worked to our benefit because a lot of the gore and gruesomeness happened off camera, you hear it and you know it’s there, but you are not assaulted with it visually.
Danielle Panabaker talked to Tara Aquino from Complex Magazine about her latest film, ‘Girls Against Boys’, which is now playing in LA and NYC!
Is racing between press junkets and auditions and film sets a normal routine for you?
Yeah, absolutely. I feel like I’m always on the go, I’m always on the run. It’s been busy today, but luckily I’ve been doing interviews from the comfort of my own home. I made myself a bowl of chili that I’ve been munching on between calls. Very glamorous. [Laughs.]
Do you feel like you’ve just gotten busier throughout the years of your career?
Yes and no. I feel like it does get busier professionally, but personally I think I choose how I spend my time more carefully, so it balances it out in that sense.
So what initially drew you to Girls Against Boys?
When I first read the script, it was really nice to see something written for women. Oftentimes, women are simply the girlfriend or the wife or the daughter or the sister, so it was nice to find such a powerful role. It was a coming-of-age story focused on this woman. She was forced to grow up.
She is forced to grow up in a pretty radical way. What kind of mindset did you have to place yourself in to film the more explicit scenes?
It was definitely a challenge. I spent some time reading books and surfing the Internet to research what certain people’s responses are when they go through a traumatic event like [sexual abuse and murder]. There’s less authenticity to it, but I feel like women like the anonymity it provides and I think that might be a little safer. To my understanding, women who go through something like this oftentimes feel very ashamed. It was great to get the material I could.
Katherine Tejeda from The Highlighter got to speak with Danielle Panabaker about ‘Girls Against Boys’, which is now playing in LA and NYC!
What attracted you to that part and how did you land the role?
The script was first sent to me while I was outside of town shooting something else. I took a look at it and I was really compelled by the story of a young woman coming of age. She goes through some really traumatic events and has a really interesting way of coping with it. It was a great opportunity to see a character through a full arc. I took a look at the script hopped on a plane to have a chat with Austin [Chick] for a while. Then he and I met in person and we got along swimmingly. That is what really sealed the deal for me because it is such a personal and powerful experience, I needed to be working with someone I felt I can trust and empower me to give the best performance possible.
How is it different or the same as other things you have done?
It was different in a lot of ways. We made this for less than a million dollars and that set a lot of challenges. It was a very physically demanding shoot. We shot six days a week and I was rehearsing on my days off. I was constantly exhausted and running around. It was physically very challenging but also emotionally challenging. I tried to do my research and be respectful of women who have gone through an experience like this. It was draining to be in that mind-space on a regular basis. So for the most part it was quite different. It was a great experience to be in New York. I feel like we were very lucky to find the location we got to shoot at so I’m very grateful for that.
‘Girls Against Boys’ opens in TWO cinemas tomorrow, February 1st. If you are lucky enough to live in the LA or NYC areas, here are your options:
5240 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601 | (310)478-3836
34 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011 | (212) 255-8800
The rest of us, not-so-lucky ones, will have to wait for the Blu-ray/DVD release on February 26th! Pre-order your copy on Amazon.
Danielle Panabaker and ‘Girls Against Boys’ director, Austin Chick, answered some questions on Reddit earlier today. I got the chance to ask a few and they were all nicely answered. One of the questions is about the Blu-ray release so make sure you read the full post:
Fredy (D-Panabaker.Org): Is there a specific, intended meaning for two of the scenes that focus on Shae’s face: when she’s dancing at the club, and when she’s looking at the mirror near the finale?
Austin Chick: Hi Fredy – You’ve seen it so you know that’s it’s actually a sort of quiet movie in some ways. It’s not the bloody, high-octane, thrill-ride that the log line might suggest. It’s a more internal psychological journey – almost like a dark fever-dream – and that’s the intended effect of those shots. It’s the journey “through the looking glass” which it what we actually do in that mirror shot toward the end of the movie.
Danielle, you mentioned in a recent interview there were some scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut that could have defined the relationship between the two girls even better. Could you tell us more about them?
Danielle Panabaker: The scenes were useful to me as an actor filling out the role, but I respect Austin’s decision not to put them in the movie. To me, those scenes gave a small insight into the beginning of the end of their relationship.
Austin, one of the very first shots of the film reveals, almost unnoticeably, that Shae and Lu might actually have a much deeper “relationship” (to avoid spoilers, I hope you know what I mean). Was that something you based off on when writing the script?
Austin Chick: I DO know what you mean and without giving too much away… yes. I wanted to drop an early hint that there might be another way of reading things but it’s very easy to miss. Perhaps I’m too subtle for my own good.