Netflix‘s He’s All That, a reimagining of the 1999 teenage romcom, is a story about romance, yes. But it’s also a story about the masks we wear in high school. And, to an even deeper extent, the pressures social media imposes to present those masks to the world at large. It has its moments of cheesy silliness (which is a staple of teenage romcoms, let’s be honest). But its underlying message is one that likely will resonate with those who grew up in the Instagram and Twitter era.
I was recently given the opportunity to speak with Myra Molloy (Quinn), Annie Jacob (Nisha) & Isabella Crovetti (Brin) about whether their experience on the film has changed their perceptions of social media, what they enjoyed most about filming, and whether we can have hope for a sequel, to see Nisha and Quinn’s relationship explored in more depth. (They’re All That, anyone?)
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When asked about what resonated the most with her in portraying her character Quinn, Molloy said she was drawn to the character’s loyalty and the way she supports Padgett (Addison Rae). It was these characteristics that drew me to her character as well. But with them, I was also drawn to Quinn’s kindness. It takes a good deal of strength to continue to be kind – particularly, it seems, at that age, when it’s sometimes easier to set kindness aside to “fit in.” Especially when kindness means standing up for – and to – a friend.
But did their experience on the film impact their perception of social media? For Crovetti, who plays Cameron’s sister Brin, it was a lesson she’d already learned. Social media is fine for what it is, but it’s best not to get wrapped up in it.
Meanwhile, Jacob, who plays Cameron’s best friend Nisha, pointed out the good that can be had from social media. Provided you can utilize it while being authentic and true to yourself. It does give the audience the chance to connect with – and relate to – actors and characters in ways that perhaps they couldn’t before. For those who are unaccustomed to being able to see themselves on screen (due often to their race or ethnicity), this can be a powerful thing.
As for what lessons a teen today could take from her character, Jacob said it’s important to be yourself. But also, remember that everyone in high school is afraid. It’s easy to forget sometimes, that regardless of whether you’re the coolest kid in class or the class clown, high school presents challenges for us all. If you’re willing to give others a chance, you can make friendships you never would have expected.
As it turns out, one of my favorite moments from the film is a favorite for the actresses, as well. The relationship between Quinn and Nisha may have been a minor plot in the movie, but it was well-done enough that there seems to be so much more to explore. And it seems the actresses agree!
So how about it, Netflix? Any chance for a They’re All That sequel in 2022?
He’s All That is streaming now on Netflix.