Lyndsy Fonseca is certainly a rising talent. After cutting her teeth on shows like Boston Public and the soap opera The Young and the Restless, she's now a fixture on two popular TV shows, How I Met Your Mother and Desperate Housewives. The young actress does also have time for films as well, and I recently had the chance to talk to her about her film, Remember the Daze, over the phone. Here's what she had to say.
Lyndsy Fonseca: Hello, Brian from MovieWeb.
Hello Lyndsy from Remember the Daze. How are you doing today?
Lyndsy Fonseca: (Laughs) I'm good. How are you?
I'm good. So, what first attracted you to this project and your character, Dawn?
Lyndsy Fonseca: I guess I could relate to her in many ways. I remember when I was that age, high school age, and being really insecure with yourself, wanting to be loved and wanting to fit in and wanting to find out who you are, maybe going about things the wrong way. I also found somewhat of a strength in her, that she wanted to come out with being gay, and I thought that was very courageous of her.
This movie kind of feels like this generation's Dazed and Confused or American Graffiti. Did you get that kind of a feel when you first read this script?
Lyndsy Fonseca: Yeah! Yeah, aboslutely. You know what's funny about this movie is what it is and what the script was, was totally different. We got actors like Chris Marquette and Wesley (Jonathan) and people who were so involved they just decided to go off on tangents and they created the funniest characters. A lot of what the movie is, was just created on film. It has nothing to do with the script. The script was great to begin with, but once (writer-director) Jess (Manafort) cast these characters, they really came to life.
So it wasn't as much improv, or it was just getting a different feel for the characters?
Lyndsy Fonseca: I stuck to the script a lot, because I had a lot of the dramatic scenes in the movie, but the stuff that was funny and fun, like Shahine Ezell plays Eddie and he, in real life, is a rapper and he would just go off on these poetic diddy things - I don't know what they call them - and the boys would just start rapping and it made it in the movie. Chris Marquette created this bizarre character where he just mumbles and uses his hands and I think a lot of what made the movie really funny, is we just had really good actors who just did their thing.
I read that you were home-schooled since 7th grade. Did you have a lot of adjusting to do, since you don't have a high-school experience to fall back on?
Lyndsy Fonseca: Yeah. I really don't know how I feel so comfortable playing a high school girl, because I never did go to high school and I never did have that experience. I feel like, just being young and being in a situation in that movie, where you're around a bunch of young kids, you just kind of feel like you're in school, because you're around everyone your age. Since I was little, I've played high school students. Boston Public was my first job where I played a high school student and pretty much every job after that. I guess, what you believe becomes real.
You've got quite a talented young cast around you with Melonie Diaz, Leighton Meester, Alexa Vega, Amber Heard and I'm a huge fan of Chris Marquette. I loved him in The Girl Next Door.
Lyndsy Fonseca: Yeah.
Did you guys all click right away when you first were on the set?
Lyndsy Fonseca: I actually knew half the cast already, because a lot of the kids in L.A. have known each other for so long because we're all at auditions and working together. Chris, Michael Welch, John Robinson, Doug Smith is one of my best friends. I knew so many people already, going into it, and the people I didn't know like Melonie Diaz, who's a New Yorker, we just clicked right away. It was all just the most fun. We all had a blast out there.
So what was the shooting schedule for you guys like? Was it a quick shoot?
Lyndsy Fonseca: I think it was about six weeks, which is about average for an indie film. It was a pretty rigorous schedule, but nothing was too crazy. We had a lot of fun.
I saw that the title was changed from A Beautiful Ordinary to Remember the Daze. Do you know why they went with that title change?
Lyndsy Fonseca: I don't know specifically why, but the movie was bought and they decided how they wanted to promote the movie so people come and I guess that's how they wanted to do it.
So do you have any favorite, crazy stories from the set at all?
Lyndsy Fonseca: Hah. Every day was crazy. Every day we were playing kids who were getting high, getting drunk, going crazy, getting in fights, girls crying. I mean, every day, the content of the material was so crazy that it was just funny. I remember one day I wasn't even working and I was just hanging out with 5 or 6 of the castmates. We were always hanging out, every day. I was on the set and Leighton and Katrina (Begin) where they were on shrooms and they turn around and there's a duck in their car. We were cracking up. Everything was just so funny.
For a high school sort of movie, it's fairly risque. How do you think parents will react to this type of movie?
Lyndsy Fonseca: I think high school kids are risque, whether they should be or not. That's just kind of the way it is. When you do a high school movie that's very PG, it might not get the audience that wants to watch it. With this movie, it's based off Jess' (Manafort) high school experiences, the director. She wrote it and all of these characters are real people so she wanted it to be really true to what she experienced. She didn't want to bullshit anybody or sugarcoat anything. It is what it is. These are the relationships that happened and this is how much they drank and that's just what it was. I think people kind of relate to that because it's just a real story.
I read that you originally signed on for a recurring role in Heroes, but you had to do just the first episode of this past season. Are there any plans of going back to that show at all?
Lyndsy Fonseca: No. I had a really exciting experience there, because I was such a huge fan of the show. I loved the first season and I was excited that I would get a small role on it and work with Hayden (Panettiere). I was just recurring and then I was still auditioning for series regular roles and I booked Desperate Housewives. Contractually, being on every episode of Desperate Housewives, I couldn't have done anything on Heroes. They were really great to me over there, but there was nothing we could do. They cut me out because of scheduling and I couldn't be two places at once. I had a really good year on Desperate Housewives and it's just unfortunate that I couldn't play a cheerleader with Hayden (Panettiere) on Heroes, but I had a really great year on Desperate Housewives.
So are you guys working on Desperate Housewives right now then?
Lyndsy Fonseca: We just wrapped. We just wrapped the season.
Oh. So can you give us any tidbits of what we can expect in the fall?
Lyndsy Fonseca: (Laughs) Just that it will be drastically different. A lot will be different. There are a lot of changes on Wisteria Lane.
The movie didn't get a very wide theatrical release, but for movies like this, DVD is like the movie's wide release. How do you think the youngsters of America will react to this movie, now that it can be seen by a wider audience?
Lyndsy Fonseca: Yeah. In this day and age, it's really difficult to get a movie with a big distribution deal. It's just so hard out there. I had such high hopes for this movie and I'm surprised that it got in the theaters that it did, because it's so hard out there. It's just going to be so awesome when it's in Blockbuster and all these places because kids will just be walking by and they'll go, 'Oh cool. What's this?' and it will get to be seen. That's really exciting, especially for Jess (Manafort), who has put so much work into the movie.
Well, that's all I have for you, Lyndsy. Thanks a lot for your time.
Lyndsy Fonseca: Cool. Thank you!
You can find Lyndsy and this talented cast of young actors in Remember the Daze, which can be found at your nearest DVD retailer on June 3.