‘The Half of It’ is among the greatest coming-of-age films in a very long time. HL spoke with Wolfgang Novogratz about Trig’s massive rock star second on the expertise present and dealing with director Alice Wu.
The Half of It was launched Might 1 on Netflix and immediately captured everybody’s hearts. The film gained the Founders Award for Finest Narrative Function on the 2020 Tribeca Movie Competition. The Half of It follows the good and introverted Ellie Chu who helps a faculty jock named Paul woo the woman he likes with love letters. Ellie doesn’t count on to turn out to be pals with Paul or fall in love together with his crush, Aster. Wolfgang Novogratz performs Trig Carson, Aster’s boyfriend and the so-called “king” of Squahamish.
One of the vital memorable moments of the film is when Trig efficiency an electrical rendition of Berlin’s “Masquerade” on the Squahamish expertise present. Whereas Wolfgang appeared like a pure musician, he had by no means sung or performed guitar earlier than The Half of It. “Within the script, all that it stated was Trig performs within the expertise present. The best way it was written, I assumed it was going to be a fast shot of me on stage after which goes to Ellie character and her massive quantity,” Wolfgang instructed MeSlop EXCLUSIVELY. “A pair days earlier than Alice [Wu] comes over and he or she tells me I’m going to be taught this music. They’re going to provide me a guitar lesson with this nice musician from Brooklyn, and I’m going to sing all the music all day. My final day of filming was spent 12 hours of performing the music from begin to end for like 300 extras — and I by no means sang or performed guitar in my life, so it was fairly nerve-wracking.”
He added: “I spent actually the evening earlier than with this nice musician. He taught me all of the chords for the music in order that I might know the place to place my hand and it could appear like I knew what I used to be doing. We simply spent the entire evening watching YouTube movies of Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger. All of the dance strikes and all that stuff is simply me from take to take with Alice saying to do this and check out that. I used to be simply making an attempt to be a rock star.”
There’s little doubt that Trig seems to have every little thing he needs. Nonetheless, he’s greater than a little bit “blissfully unaware,” as Wolfgang places it. The actor believes Trig will probably all the time have that small-town life mentality. “I all the time noticed him because the golden boy of this small city, and he’s sort of received his complete life mapped out for him,” Wolfgang stated. “His dad runs an enormous graveling enterprise. After highschool, I’m not even certain he’s going to go to varsity, however he proposed to Aster and can marry Aster after which take over his household’s enterprise. He’ll sort of stay the life he’s been dwelling in highschool. He’s the king on this small city, and I don’t suppose he has actual aspirations past that. I feel he’s a reasonably easy man who doesn’t actually suppose. He’s sort of blissfully unaware. His life is nice, and I don’t suppose he actually may be very introspective.”
The Half of It was written, directed, and produced by Alice. Wolfgang opened up about working alongside Alice and immersing himself on the earth she created. “I had a very nice time working with Alice on set,” Wolfgang stated. “I feel she may be very emotionally clever. With all of the characters, she was actually ensuring that these had been actual folks. Though they’re youthful and set in highschool, their emotions and their wishes and their motivations matter. I feel she would simply discuss to us in a really subtle, grownup method and he or she’ was by no means dumbing issues down.”