Claire Corlett

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5 Questions With Bo Burnham And Elsie Fisher From “Eighth Grade”


I feel like things are truly actually
getting better. Just the need to always be on kind of,
because, you know, it gives you a lot of pressure especially as a young kid, I
think, to just like, be socially aware and, you know, not be embarrassing, and I don’t know. There’s just a lot of pressure put on young people I think. Yeah, and I think
at the time when you’re young to fail and to grow and to have to like go through all
of those steps that are meant to be sort of messy and imperfect and yet have to
present yourself perfectly the entire time, I think it’s very stressful, and
also to not be able to get away from your social life– to wake up with your
social life literally as an alarm on your nightstand and to go to bed with it.
Like, just to have a little bit of time away is necessary. I think a lot of
kids that– and just people in general that feel alone– very quickly realize
that they’re not. As particular as you maybe, you can like throw it into Google
and it’ll predict exactly what you’re saying and you’ll be like, I guess it doesn’t
like… you can find like an entire community based off of like, you know, the one sentence in one book that you’re obsessed with or something. It does bind people, I think, and definitely it gives voice to people that wouldn’t
traditionally have the means to have a voice. The impetus of the movie was just
wanting to explore that, wanting to talk about anxiety and portray anxiety in the
way I felt it in my life which was that it sort of tends to graft itself onto
very banal circumstances. I think a big problem with anxiety is that it isn’t– it
feels so pathetic to the people feeling it. You know you’re going like, why am I
freaking out? I’m in line at the grocery store. Why am I freaking out? I’m at a
dinner with seven people making small talk. So, the movie doesn’t have to
elevate itself to like the type of plots that normally movies have to
to justify themselves, because it’s about how anxiety sort of elevates the regular
boring stuff of life into what feel like sort of life and death situations. That feeling of not being seen, I mean, that applies to people with anxiety but also
people in the community, and like yeah, I mean, I think most people can relate to
aspects of the film but especially people who’ve had to like deal with that
kind of thing and coming out and you know, having stuff to like not hide but
just be uncomfortable with perhaps, even though there’s nothing wrong with it, but
you still have those feelings. Realize that like, the struggles that you’re
facing are avenues for strength and it’s incredible to be able to– hopefully
times will get better but if they don’t maybe try to find strength in the fact
that you are getting through something difficult and sort of the most put
together and strong adults I know are ones that went through really, really
tough times and those– and it’s not fair what you’re going through. It’s not fair
you’re being treated that way, but sometimes out of unfairness can come
like, a real resilience and strength that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. Hi my name is Elsie Fisher. My name is Bo Burnham. It gets better. It gets better.

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