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Elsie Fisher on Starring in Movie Eighth Grade


>>Jimmy: SEE, I’M VERY HAPPY TO MEET YOU, YOU’RE GREAT IN THE MOVIE. >>OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>Jimmy: THE MOVIE ITSELF IS GREAT. AND I’M SURE — HAVE YOU BEEN READING ALL THE GREAT REVIEWS OF YOUR WORK?>>YES. I HAVE BEEN READING LETTER BOX. >>Jimmy: IS LETTER BOX LIKE A THING I DON’T KNOW ABOUT?>>IT’S LIKE A FILM CRITIC THING, I DON’T REALLY CARE. >>Jimmy: I DON’T KNOW ABOUT ANY OF THIS STUFF, LETTER BOX. DID YOU FIND OUT THE REVIEWS WERE GOOD BEFORE YOU DECIDED TO START READING THIS STUFF? OR DID YOU JUST RIGHT IN AND READ IT?>>I DON’T KNOW, I’VE ALWAYS BEEN TALKING WITH THE AUDIENCES AFTER SCREENINGS AND THEY’VE SEEMED TO LIKE RIT I DID MY RESEARCH AFTERWARDS.>>Jimmy: THAT MUST THRILL YOU I WOULD THINK. >>IT DOES, YES. >>Jimmy: HOW OLD ARE YOU?>>I’M 15. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: SO YOU WERE IN EIGHTH GRADE — WHERE YOU GOING TO SCHOOL?>>LOS CERRITOS IN THOUSAND OAKS.>>Jimmy: THOUSAND ON THE JOBS. RIGHT AFTER YOU FINISHED GOING TO THE ACTUAL EIGHTH GRADE, YOU STARTED SHOOTING THIS MOVIE. DID YOU SHOOT IT AT YOUR SCHOOL? OR AT A DIFFERENT SCHOOL?>>NO NO, THIS WAS IN SU IF. FERN MIDDLE SCHOOL IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. >>Jimmy: TOTALLY DIFFERENT KIDS. WAS THAT FUN TO BE AROUND A BUNCH OF KIDS WHO WERE ALL YOUR AGE WHO WEREN’T YOUR ACTUAL CLASSMATES?>>OH, YEAH, EVERYONE WHO PLAYED AN EXTRA IN THE MOVIE WAS FANTASTIC. >>Jimmy: THERE ARE A LOT OF REALLY FUNNY KIDS IN THE MOVIE. >>YEAH. >>Jimmy: SO YOU’RE IN THIS MOVIE. I THINK FOR ADULTS IT’S NOT LIKE — I MEAN, IF YOU HAVE KIDS IT’S — IT MAKES YOU FEEL GLAD THAT YOU’RE NOT IN THE EIGHTH GRADE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YEAH. >>Jimmy: IT ALSO I THINK IS AN INTERESTING LOOK INTO WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE IN THE EIGHTH GRADE NOW WITH SOCIAL MEDIA AND ALL THESE THINGS THAT EVERYONE IS SO INTERESTED IN. ARE YOU SIMILAR TO THE CHARACTER THAT YOU PLAY IN THE MOVIE?>>YEAH. >>Jimmy: ARE YOU A SHY KID TRYING TO FIT IN WITH YOUR CLASSMATES?>>OH, ABSOLUTELY. AND IKE ANOTHER THING, THAT’S WHY I LOVED THE SCRIPT SO MUCH AND JUST MAKING THE MOVIE, I FEEL HER ANXIETY IN A VERY DEEP LEVEL. GETTING TO PORTRAY THAT ON SCREEN WAS VERY COOL. >>Jimmy: YOU’RE AN ACTOR, YOU’VE BEEN ACTING SINCE HOW OLD?>>5 YEARS OLD. >>Jimmy: WHAT DID YOU DO WHEN YOU WERE 5?>>I DID “DESPICABLE ME.” THE VOICE OF AGNES. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: OH, ALL RIGHT. AND THEN AFTER THAT, WERE YOU IN THINGS?>>YEAH, YEAH. A LITTLE LATER WHEN I WAS ABOUT 9 I PLAYED THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER IN “McFARLAND USA.”>>Jimmy: DID YOU SHOOT VIDEOS LIKE YOU DO IN THE MOVIE?>>YEAH, THERE WAS A POINT WHEN I WAS PROBABLY ABOUT 11 WHERE I HAD A MINECRAFT YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR LESS THAN A WEEK. >>Jimmy: REALLY. >>I HAD 60 WHOLE SUBSCRIBERS.>>Jimmy: 60’S PRETTY GOOD FOR A WEEK. YOU’D PLAY MINECRAFT?>>YEAH, PLAYED MINECRAFT WITH MY EMO COUSIN, IT WAS VERY INTERESTING. >>Jimmy: WHY DID YOU WRAP UP THE MINECRAFT YOUTUBE CHALLENGE?>>YOU KNOW, I JUST HAD CREATIVE DIFFERENCES WITH THE GAME. I DON’T THINK I COULD REALLY EXPRESS MYSELF THROUGH THAT MEDIUM.>>Jimmy: AND NOW YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING LIKE THAT RIGHT? DON’T YOU HAVE LIKE ANOTHER — >>YES, I HAVE A — I HAVE A DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS PODCAST WITH A COUPLE OF MY FRIENDS. >>Jimmy: OKAY. WHAT’S THE NAME OF YOUR DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS PODCAST?>>IT’S CALLED EXTREME D AND D. BUT IT’S AN X HYPHEN TREME. WE HAD TO BE EXTRA LIKE THAT. >>Jimmy: I SEE. YOU PLAY DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS?>>YEAH, YEAH. >>Jimmy: IS IT THE SAME DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS THAT WENT ON WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL WITH THE DICE AND THE — >>YES, YEP, ABSOLUTELY. >>Jimmy: YOU DRAW THE CHARACTERS OUT?>>I DO, YEAH. >>Jimmy: YOU DO, YEAH. >>IT IS VERY NERDY BUT IT’S LIKE WE HAVE LARPING SO IT’S COOL NOW TO PLAY D AND D. >>Jimmy: IS IT?>>I THINK SO, I THINK SO. >>Jimmy: TELL ME WHAT LARPING IS. >>LIVE ACTION ROLE PLAYING. YOU ACTUALLY DRESS UP LIKE THE CHARACTERS AND YOU ROLE PLAY. >>Jimmy: YOU SHOW UP AT SOMEBODY’S HOUSE –>>YEAH, YEAH. >>Jimmy: DRESSED AS THE CHARACTER. >>HELL, YEAH. >>Jimmy: WHAT IS YOUR CHARACTER –>>I HAVEN’T LARPED. >>Jimmy: YOU’VE NOT DONE ANY LARPING. >>THAT IS TOO MUCH FOR ME. >>Jimmy: LARPING IS SOMETHING YOU’RE PLANNING TO DO IN FUTURE OR NO?>>ONCE WE HAVE THE NEXT STEP AFTER LARPING AND IT BECOMES COOL AGAIN, MAYBE. >>SEE. SPEAKING OF THE NEXT STEP THIS MOVIE IS OBVIOUSLY GETTING A LOT OF ATTENTION, ARE YOU GETTING OFFERS TO DO — I WOULD IMAGINE DO OTHER MOVIES AND SHOWS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.>>YEAH A LITTLE BIT YEAH. >>Jimmy: WILL YOU GO TO SCHOOL?>>I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO TRY TO GET HOME SCHOOLED NEXT YEAR. >>Jimmy: OH. >>JUST BECAUSE LIKE — I DON’T KNOW. >>Jimmy: THAT YOU COULD MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT. >>YES, YEAH. >>Jimmy: TRYING TO FIT IN WITH MOM. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YOU’D BE SURPRISED. IT’S MORE DIFFICULT THAN YOU THINK. >>Jimmy: SO THE RESULT OF YOU MAKING THIS MOVIE ABOUT EIGHTH GRADE IS YOU’RE GOING TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL? [ LAUGHTER ]>>YEAH. [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: THAT’S FUNNY. >>I THINK JUST THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN EIGHTH GRADE, THE REAL ONE, MAKES ME WANT TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL. >>Jimmy: YEAH, RIGHT. >>BECAUSE THAT SUCKED. >>Jimmy: DID IT? IT SUCKED FOR YOU?>>I THINK SO, YEAH. >>Jimmy: HAVE YOUR CLASSMATES SEEN THE MOVIE?>>I’VE LET ONE ACTUAL CLASSMATE SEE THE MOVIE AND SHE LOVED IT. >>Jimmy: IT’S RATED “R” SO THEY’D HAVE TO GET THEIR PARENT OR THEIR UBER DRIVER TO BRING THEM IN THE THEATER. [ LAUGHTER ]>>THE HOPE IS — I THINK IT’S GREAT THAT IT’S RATED “R.” NOW PARENTS AND KIDS WILL HAVE TO SEE IT TOGETHER. SIT IN OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE THEATER, TALK ABOUT IT AFTERWARDS.>>Jimmy: YEAH, I WONDER ABOUT THAT, I WONDER IF KIDS ARE GOING TO WANT PARENTS TO SEE THIS. I KNOW THERE’S A WHOLE SEW CREDIT SOCIETY THAT GOES ON. MAYBE YOU CAN TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT IT. >>SURE, SURE. >>Jimmy: THERE ARE FAKE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS WHICH THEY CALL, RATHER CLEVERLY, TH THINSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS. THAT IS TRUE?>>I KNOW THOSE EXIST BUT I HAVE NO INSIGHT INTO THEM. I HAVE OLDER FRIENDS WHO KNOW ABOUT THEM. >>Jimmy: SO THAT’S ALREADY OLD?>>I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S OLD. THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS — >>Jimmy: YOU’RE UNDER OATH HERE AND YOU NEED TO TELL THE TRUTH. >>I’M SO SORRY, I’M NOT LYING, I SWEAR. >>Jimmy: YOU’RE NOT HOLDING BACK INFORMATION TO PROTECT YOURSELF?>>YOU KNOW, I’M NOT COOL ENOUGH, I GUESS.>>Jimmy: YEAH, INTERESTING. BECAUSE I FELT LIKE, WHEN I WAS WATCHING, I FELT LIKE I WAS WATCHING IN SOME WAYS A DOCUMENTARY ON WHAT’S GOING ON IN SCHOOL RIGHT NOW.>>YEAH, I THINK IT’S VERY ACCURATE TO AT LEAST MY OWN SCHOOL YEAR. THAT’S ANOTHER REASON WHY I THINK, AT LEAST, PARENTS SHOULD SEE IT. HOPEFULLY OTHER KIDS WILL. BECAUSE IT’S LIKE, YOU KNOW, YOU GET TO SEE WHAT YOUR KIDS ARE GOING THROUGH. THEY’RE EMOTIONALLY MATURE. >>Jimmy: THERE ARE A LOT OF SIMILARITIES. I MEAN, AS DIFFERENT AS IT IS, IT’S STILL — MY WIFE AND I WATCHED IT AND IT JUST — YEAH. YOU HAD THAT SAME LIKE KIND OF ANXIETY THAT YOU HAVE. >>SURE, SURE, YEAH. >>Jimmy: YOU’RE A KID AND JUST TRYING TO BE A PART OF A POOL PARTY OR WHATEVER’S GOING ON, YOU KNOW. >>YEAH. I MEAN, YEAH. I THINK JUST LIKE IN GENERAL IS VERY ANXIETY-INDUCING.>>YEAH. >>EIGHTH GRADE ESPECIALLY IS JUST A GREAT CONDUIT FOR THAT. >>Jimmy: NO KIDDING, IT REALLY IS, IT’S A MAGNIFYING GLASS FOR ALL OF THAT STUFF. ALTHOUGH THIS PEOPLE, AND THESE ARE THE PEOPLE YOU CAN’T TRUST, PEAK IN THE EIGHTH GRADE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>EXACTLY. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME PEOPLE ON MY TWITTER COMMENTS SAYING, EIGHTH GRADE WASN’T THAT BAD. IT WAS MY BEST YEAR. >>Jimmy: RIGHT. WE’LL SEE HOW THINGS ARE GOING FOR THEM ON FACEBOOK IN 20 YEARS. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YES, EXACTLY.>>Jimmy: BELIEVE ME, I KNOW HOW THAT WORKS OUT. WELL, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE MOVIE AND ON THE DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS PODCAST.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: ELSIE FISHER, EVERYBODY! “EIGHTH GRADE” IS IN THEAT

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