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In our Q&A collection Last Call, we get all the way down to the underside of each final thing with a few of our favourite celebs — from the final time they had been starstruck to the final music they listened to. This week, Avantika takes our name.
Avantika did not get the standard American highschool expertise, however she did get to dabble in components of it whereas filming her new Netflix movie, “Senior Year,” in Atlanta final summer time. “I by no means went to promenade,” she tells POPSUGAR. “So it was simply so, so superb and so, so enjoyable to have the ability to dwell that out on this film.”
“Senior Yr” stars Rebel 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 heads again to highschool to attempt to shut out that chapter of her life and transfer on, however Gen Z highschool may be very totally different from the 2000s world she’s used to.
One of many greatest variations is the cheerleader squad, which is populated by Avantika’s Janet and her pals. Stephanie’s squad was all tremendous skinny, straight, white ladies, and the brand new squad is way more various and politically energetic. “I truthfully did not suppose I used to be going to e-book this half as a result of it is the position of a cheerleader and I do not suppose I give off very cheerleader power,” Avantika says. “However they wished somebody who was humorous. . . . I used to be very shocked once I booked it, however I used to be simply so excited and so completely happy.”
Avantika thinks she and Janet are fairly alike. “I am additionally barely introverted and I am bold and I actually simply love being pushed,” she explains. “She loves to listen to individuals out, hear their concepts out. And whereas she, at face worth, appears uptight, she’s very a lot not so.” Janet and her pals settle for Stephanie — whose delayed adolescence could make her a little bit of a jerk — with open arms.
Avantika admits she was just a little intimidated approaching to 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 suppose anyone expects something lower than that. However she’s simply so, so unimaginable.”
Probably the most difficult a part of the film was that the cheerleading squad performs a number of dance numbers, however Avantika has a background in ballet. She relished the prospect to discover working in hip-hop and the choreographer stored issues mild so everybody may discover and keep free. “It was extra like dancing that you could possibly spend time truly having enjoyable with, reasonably than spending time on like, ‘Oh my God. Is my method proper? Is my foot sickled? Are my hand’s good?,” she says.
In keeping with Avantika, essentially the most tough day was filming a fantasy sequence the place the group dances to Britney Spears‘s “(You Drive Me) Loopy,” recreating the famous music video. “We couldn’t have air con on that set and it was mid-summer in Atlanta. It was scorching and humid and it was tough,” she stated. However that did not cease it from being an incredible time. “I can’t stress to you ways a lot I liked capturing ‘Loopy,'” she says. “Capturing ‘Loopy’ and remaking such an iconic music was so, a lot enjoyable.”
Trying to the longer term, Avantika is engaged on producing an adaptation of a New York Occasions bestseller that she’ll be starring in, however she will be able to’t reveal simply what the undertaking is but. “Such an important e-book for the Asian neighborhood,” she hints. “I am actually excited.”
Maintain studying to see what else Avantika has to say about “Senior Yr,” her favourite album, and a lot extra in our Final Name interview.
What was the final day on the “Senior Yr” set like?
A lot of tears, numerous crying. And the ironic factor is almost all of the solid lives in LA, so we actually cried and thru tears, we’re like, “Do you wish to go to lunch on Wednesday after we get again dwelling?” So we had been all so upset, however all of us dwell actually proper subsequent to one another, so we hang around on a regular basis. Two of our solid members introduced in an ice cream truck and it was truly a gelato truck. So we had been capable of binge on that by our tears. It was sticky ice cream fingers and tears.
Apart from “Senior Yr,” what was the final highschool film you watched?
I simply rewatched “Clueless.”
Who was the final “Senior Yr” costar you texted?
Joshua Colley. He is texting me proper now.
When was the final time you had been starstruck?
I went to an occasion the opposite day and I noticed Alana Haim from the Haim sisters. I am such a giant fan. She was cohosting this occasion for the Oscars. I used to be so excited to see her.
What was the final music you listened to?
It was “Vitamin C” by CAN.
What was the final album you purchased or streamed?
I simply listened to the whole lot of “Born to Die,” [by] Lana Del Rey, once more, for the ninetieth time in my life.
What’s the final picture in your digital camera roll?
The final picture in my digital camera roll is of me and my make-up artist who was doing my make-up for right this moment. It is a actually unhealthy image of me [with] him within the body trying superb as normal.
What was the final present you binge-watched?
I simply concurrently binge-watched “Tokyo Vice” on HBO Max and “Heartstopper” on Netflix.
What was the final film that you just watched?
I simply watched “KIMI” on HBO Max as a result of I have been listening to a lot about it, I assumed it was nice.
What was the very last thing you purchased on-line?
These gold hoops that had been for certain method overpriced, so I feel I would return them.
What was the very last thing you probably did for enjoyable?
My doing stuff for enjoyable consists of simply cooking and going to the films. I simply baked banana bread yesterday after which ate it on my solution to a film.
What was the very last thing you probably did for self-care?
I had this actually three hour pores and skin routine morning and evening. So I simply did that. . . . I am hooked on skincare. It’s kind of of a problem.
What was the final e-book you learn?
I simply learn “Bunny” by Mona Awad. Haunting.
What was the final reward you acquired?
One in every of my pals simply gave me an image of me and them in just a little cute handmade body.
What was the final journey you went on?
I simply did a highway journey to San Diego.
What was the final piece of recommendation you acquired that modified your life?
I watched “Everything Everywhere All at Once” for the sixth time yesterday. And I feel there’s one quote from it that claims, “All we get on this lifetime are a couple of specks of time the place any of this truly is sensible.” And I simply suppose that is so, so good. And that very day I bought a cellphone name the place it was like, “Oh my God. All this that I had been doing for the previous yr and a half culminated into this name.” So I feel that was simply actually nice recommendation, clearly from a film, however I liked it.
“Senior Yr” premieres on Netflix on Might 13.
Picture Supply: Courtesy of Avantika