A few months ago, I had the pleasure of hopping on a plane from freezing New York City to the slightly less chilly North Carolina to visit the set of Fox’s Paper Towns, the latest adaptation from novelist John Green. We were able to spend the day walking through sets at the sound stage, chatting with John Green in between scenes at a local high school, and even sit down with John, Justice Smith (Radar), and briefly with Nat Wolff (Quentin).
Luckily, we had a brief chance to chat with very busy Nat Wolff between scenes being shot that day.
How’s the filming going?
“It’s going great, I’m a little bit exhausted because I’ve never really done anything where I was in every single scene but it’s amazing crew, honestly. I love working with John and Jake is doing an amazing job and it’s a group of kids that I like to hang out with all the time.”
On your first day on this set, was it strange to be like okay well John is here and I’m here but like my Fault cast is not here and now it’s a different thing?
“Well, I felt right at home because as soon as John shows up he goes ‘man those are the ugliest shoes I’ve ever seen.’ Strangely enough I ended up spending more time with John than the two of them. John and I were paired up, we were kind of ready to make our own movie.”
What has so far been your favorite scene to film?
“I really loved all the scenes with Margo and she’s really a great actress. It started off with more of the heavy scenes and now it’s been fun, we’re just kind of starting to do the fun, goofy, scenes with the friends. Everybody says this on every movie, a lot of times its fake, most the time people are pretending but we really have become best friends on this movie. We all live right next to each other and we spend every single second together so we kind of have manufactured, which just happened naturally. I feel like I have known them my entire life so the scenes are so easy.”
About the film:
Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin, a high school senior who has been in love with his enigmatic neighbor Margo since childhood. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Q must find a deeper understanding of true friendship–and true love.
Paper Towns hits theaters everywhere July 24, 2015.