In our Final Name Q&A sequence, we go deep into all issues with a few of our favourite celebrities – from the final time they had been shocked to the final music they heard. This week, Avantika takes our name.
Avantika did not have the standard American highschool expertise, however she did handle to become involved in some components whereas filming her new Netflix film, “Senior 12 months,” in Atlanta final summer time. “I by no means went to the dance,” she tells POPSUGAR. “So it was so, so superb and so, so enjoyable to have the ability to reside that on this film.”
“Senior 12 months” stars Insurgent Wilson as Stephanie Conway, a former highschool cheer captain who suffers a head harm and results in a coma for 20 years. When she wakes up, everybody else in her life has moved on. She goes again to highschool to attempt to shut this chapter of her life and transfer on, however Gen Z highschool could be very completely different from the 2000s world she’s used to.
One of many greatest variations is the cheerleading squad, which is populated by Janet de Avantika and her buddies. Stephanie’s squad was all tremendous skinny, straight, white women, and the brand new squad is rather more various and politically lively. “I actually did not assume I used to be going to ebook this function as a result of it is the function of a cheerleader and I do not assume I give off a variety of cheerleader power,” says Avantika. “However they wished somebody who was humorous. . . . I used to be actually stunned after I booked, however I used to be so excited and so completely happy.”
Avantika thinks she and Janet are very comparable. “I am additionally a bit introverted and impressive and I like to be led,” she explains. “She loves listening to folks, listening to their concepts. And whereas she, at face worth, appears uptight, she’s not a lot.” Janet and her buddies settle for Stephanie—whose late adolescence could make her a little bit of a jerk—with open arms.
Avantika admits she was just a little intimidated strolling onto the set of a Netflix grownup comedy when her final film was Disney’s “Spin,” however everybody welcomed her. She says, “Working with Insurgent was a dream. I do not assume anybody expects something much less. However she’s so, so superb.”
Probably the most difficult a part of the film was that the cheerleading crew performs numerous dance numbers, however Avantika has a background in ballet. She jumped on the probability to discover work in hip-hop and the choreographer stored issues mild so everybody may discover and get free. “It was extra like a dance that you can spend time with actually having enjoyable, relatively than spending time considering, ‘Oh my God. Is my approach proper? My foot has a scythe? Is my hand okay?” she says.
In keeping with Avantika, the toughest day was filming a fantasy sequence the place the group dances to Britney Spears’ “(You Drive Me) Loopy”, recreating the well-known music video. “We could not have air-con on that set and it was midsummer in Atlanta. It was scorching and humid and it was powerful,” she mentioned. However that did not cease it from being an incredible second. “I can not stress sufficient to you ways a lot I beloved filming ‘Loopy,’” she says. “Recording ‘Loopy’ and remaking such an iconic music was actually, actually enjoyable.”
Wanting forward, Avantika is engaged on producing an adaptation of a New York Instances bestseller that she is going to star in, however she nonetheless cannot reveal what the mission is. “Such an excellent ebook for the Asian neighborhood,” she suggests. “I am actually excited.”
Learn on to see what else Avantika has to say about “Senior 12 months”, his favourite album, and extra in our Final Name interview.
How was your final day on the set of “Senior 12 months”?
Numerous tears, a lot of crying. And the ironic factor is that many of the forged lives in Los Angeles, so we actually cried and, by our tears, thought, “Do you wish to have lunch on Wednesday after we get dwelling?” So we had been all so upset, however all of us actually reside subsequent to one another, so we hang around on a regular basis. Two of our forged members introduced in an ice cream truck and it was really an ice cream truck. So we had been in a position to eat it by our tears. They had been sticky fingers of ice cream and tears.
Except for “Senior 12 months”, what was the final highschool film you watched?
I simply watched “No Clue”.
Who was the final “Senior 12 months” co-star you texted?
Joshua Colley. He is texting me now.
When was the final time you had been shocked?
I went to an occasion the opposite day and noticed Alana Haim from the Haim sisters. I am an enormous fan. She was co-hosting this occasion for the Oscars. I used to be so excited to see her.
What was the final music you heard?
It was CAN’s “Vitamin C”.
What was the final album you purchased or streamed?
I simply listened to the whole thing of “Born to Die”, [by] Lana Del Rey, once more, for the ninetieth time in my life.
What’s the final picture in your digicam roll?
The final picture in my digicam roll is of me and my make-up artist who was doing my make-up for right this moment. It is a actually dangerous image of me [with] him within the body wanting superb as common.
What was the final sequence you binge-watched?
I simply concurrently watched “Tokyo Vice” on HBO Max and “Heartstopper” on Netflix.
What was the final film you watched?
I simply watched “KIMI” on HBO Max as a result of I have been listening to so much about it, I believed it was nice.
What was the very last thing you purchased on-line?
These gold hoops that positive had been manner too costly, so I believe I can return them.
What was the very last thing you probably did for enjoyable?
My enjoyable stuff simply consists of cooking and going to the flicks. I simply baked banana bread yesterday after which ate it on my technique to a film.
What was the very last thing you probably did to maintain your self?
I had this actually three hour morning and evening pores and skin routine. So I simply did this. . . . I’m hooked on skincare. It is just a little troublesome.
Which was the final ebook you learn?
I simply completed studying “Rabbit” by Mona Awad. haunted.
What was the final reward you acquired?
One among my buddies simply gave me an image of me and them in a small handmade body.
What was the final journey you took?
I simply took a visit to San Diego.
What was the final piece of recommendation you acquired that modified your life?
I watched “All the pieces All over the place at As soon as” for the sixth time yesterday. And I believe there is a quote from him that claims, “All we’ve got on this life is a number of patches of time the place all of it actually is sensible.” And I believe that is so, so good. And that very same day I acquired a name saying, “Oh my God. All the pieces I have been doing for the final yr and a half has culminated on this name.” So I believe it was nice recommendation, clearly from a film, however I beloved it.
“Senior 12 months” premieres on Netflix on Could 13.
Picture supply: Courtesy of Avantika