‘The Edge of Seventeen’ Star Hayden Szeto on the Brutal Process of Auditioning for a Role

     November 14, 2016

Opening this weekend is writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig’s feature debut, the coming-of-age comedy The Edge of Seventeen. Produced by Academy Award winner James L. Brooks – the director of Broadcast NewsTerms of Endearment and As Good as It Gets – the film is a candid and honest look at what it’s like to be in High School today when it’s filled with social media, text messages, and constant drama. The film is about two best friends Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) and Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) whose relationship becomes strained when Krista starts dating Nadine’s all-star older brother (Blake Jenner). As Nadine learns to deal with High School without her best friend, an unexpected friendship of a new classmate (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope while she struggles to deal with her well-meaning but ineffective mother (Kyra Sedgwick). The film also stars Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s History teacher, mentor, and reluctant sounding board. What’s great about the film is that all the characters feel real and the dialogue isn’t written by committee. Check it out for yourself by watching the red-band trailer.


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During my interview with Hayden Szeto he talked about making the character his own, his reaction after reading the script, the brutal process of auditioning for a role, what it was like working with Hailee Steinfeld, and a lot more.

Check out what he had to say in the video above and below is a list of what we talked about and some images from the film.

Hayden Szeto:

  • How the film captures what it’s like being 17 and whatever happens is literally the most important thing that has ever happened in the universe.
  • Talks about his reaction reading the script for the first time.
  • How he was cast without doing any sort of chemistry read with Hailee Steinfeld.
  • How he watched all of Steinfeld’s movies before filming began.
  • How did he make the character his own?
  • Talks about auditioning for roles.
  • Who was the first one he told after getting cast?
  • How James L. Brooks like to ruin takes due to laughing on set.
  • Future stuff.

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