Sam Trammell and Laura Dern Talk THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Preparing for the Role, the First Fan Screening, and More

     June 7, 2014


Now playing in theaters is director Josh Boone’s The Fault in Our Stars.  The adaptation of the John Green novel centers on the relationship between two teenagers (Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort) who meet at a cancer support group and fall in love.  While I wasn’t sure what to expect about the film going in, I attended a screening filled with press and die-hard fans and it was a powerful experience.  Not only did I share in the many tears that flowed from the entire audience, I started to understand why so many people are in love with the book and the characters.  Unlike a sappy, cliche portrait of “cancer love”, the movie is a realistic portrayal of young romance between two people with a unique outlook on life.  It’s a great film with fantastic performances.  The Fault in Our Stars also stars Willem DafoeNat WolffLaura DernSam TrammellMike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey.  For more on the film, watch the extended trailer, 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or read Matt’s review.

At the New York City press junket, I landed an exclusive video interview with Sam Trammell and Laura Dern (they play Woodley’s parents).  They talked about their experiences making the movie, the first fan screening, how they prepared for the role, the book’s popularity, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

And if you missed our exclusive video interviews with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort or author John Green and Nat Wolff, click the links.

Sam Trammell and Laura Dern:

  • When did they realize the book and movie means a lot to so many people?
  • They talk about being in the audience for the first fan screening.
  • How did they prepare for the role?

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