Monday, June 4, 2012

And in that moment, I swear we were infinite

On Sunday night, the premier of one of the highlights of last summer was shown on the MTV movie awards, the perks of being a wallflower trailer.

For any of you who haven't seen it, WATCH IT. If your from Pittsburgh and don't get a slight case of the chills from the last shot of the trailer, you should probably check your pulse.

Perks is an homage to our city. The author and now director of the film, Stephan Chbosky, is from our great city and stages his critically acclaimed and uplifting coming of age story all around our home.

I was fortunate enough last summer (as many of you probably heard me say a thousand times) to be an extra in the film adaptation of perks. Even though I was only an extra for one day (about 13 hours straight to be exact) it was one of the best experiences of my life. I was one of the many extras attending the football scene in the film where Charlie, played by Logan Lerman meets Sam, played by Emma Watson. First from the standpoint of being a Harry Potter fan my entire life, sitting directly in front of Emma Watson was an experience in itself, even though I was too star struck to speak to her. The other young cast members of perks, including Ezra Miller as Patrick and Vampire Diaries's Nina Dobrev, as Candace were also on set that day and are just a fraction of the awesome cast for the film.

Decked out in early 90s attire and celebrating the same touchdown for about ten hours never got old because I was surrounded by friends who have all caught the film industry bug. The atmosphere was electric. I think all of the extras felt as lucky as I did to even just be a part of perks.

So mark your calendars for September 14, 2012 to experience The Perks of Being a Wallflower. And look for a girl in a beautiful all denim outfit with a red flannel shirt.

Even if I don't make it into the final cut of the film, I loved every second of perks. I loved making my acting debut, and being a small part of a book and now film that has meant so much to so many people. I guess I should say, for those 13 hours, I understood slightly what feeling infinite means.

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