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THE MOVIE: Sleepover

THE STARS:
Alexa Vega • Sean Faris • Sara Paxton
DIRECTOR: Joe Nussbaum

Friends in the… THE CONCEPT:
Julie (Vega) has invited her three best friends for a sleepover to celebrate their last day of junior high school. Wanting to be cool, they take on a challenge from the ‘popular girls,’ headed by Staci (Paxton), to an all-night scavenger hunt, and embark on the adventure of their lives.

U.S. RELEASE: July 9 2004, Nationwide • Rated: PG

THE COMMENTS:

JOE NUSSBAUM on working with all these teenagers:
“Truthfully, working with the girls was the best part of the whole experience. In fact, when things would get stressful and there was a problem, the girls would walk on the set and they’d be giggling and happy, and I’d be happy to see them, and I would go and hang out with the girls and have a good time, because I can’t handle the pressure.”

ALEXA VEGA:
“I had a sleepover for the girls so that we could bond a little bit more, so they wouldn’t feel uncomfortable on the set. The first couple of weeks of shooting are really a little intimidating, especially when you don’t know anybody, so that’s why I was like, ‘Let’s do a sleepover from the start?’ And the next day we went to Universal Studios and we rode rides and had a lot of fun.”

NUSSBAUM:
“The girls got along with each other incredibly well. To me it was all about Alexa setting the tone. Alexa is a great kid, a great actress, not a Diva in the least bit – she was in the position where if she wanted to be demanding she could have, but she didn’t, and because of that all the other girls fell into line.”

SARA PAXTON:
“I’m really nice in real life, so it’s cool to play a ‘bad girl.’ I totally feel in love with the Staci character because she was so funny. She’s so mean, but at the end of the film you see a different side of her. I based my character on my publicist. Not because she’s mean, she’s not mean at all, it’s because she thinks it’s all about her and she’s very prissy – we call her the Diva.”

SEAN FARIS (Steve) on his most memorable sleepover:
“It was my 13th birthday and my mom took us to the store and we bought a 24 pack of Northern toilet paper. We went back home and stuffed our backpacks full and about 1 a.m. we went out and TP’d half the neighborhood. We got to a cul-de-sac and here comes a cop car. We bolted, and three or four of us got away, we ran back to my home and we’re climbing up to the balcony suddenly (makes police siren sound), four cop cars pulled up in front of our house. My mom was cool, she didn’t tell anybody’s parents about it.”

VEGA on the five most important things a girl needs if she plans a sleepover:
“You have to have a tent, because I like to sleep outdoors. I think it’s so much more fun and more adventurous; a paintball gun; red vines, because they’re good and make good snacks; definitely music – I usually make a mix, and we always make slushys.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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