Julie Bowen on ‘Prom Pact’ & ‘Problematic’ 80s Movies (Exclusive) – Hollywood Life

prom treaty is the latest Disney+ original film that is both fresh and like the classic teen movies of the ’80s. The exciting movie has been updated for modern audiences — marriage proposals, anyone. Are not? — and showcases how teen movies have evolved since the ’80s. hollywood life talked EXCLUSIVELY with the executive producer Julie Bowen About Prom Treaty Mission.

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Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Mandy in ‘Prom Pact.’ (Disney+)

“I felt it was really important to tackle the 80s problem and just deal with it head-on,” says Julie. hollywood life on the film’s shooting day. “Don’t pretend like we can go, oh, it’s the 80s prom theme, and then we let go of all the stuff that goes wrong in those movies. But our main character Mandy is totally… she has her mouth. She spoke from there. She fights for what she believes in. She’s wearing a Ruth Bader Ginsburg necklace and a Save The Bees t-shirt, so it’s fitting that everyone around her is going crazy for ’80s prom that she’ll say, ‘No, it’s not good where. , and here are the reasons why.’ Once they’ve done that, we can now enjoy the good parts of those movies and have so many of the good parts.

Mandy is played by Doogie Kamealoha, MD outstanding Peyton Elizabeth Lee. She joined zombie alum Milo Manheim, who plays Ben, Mandy’s best friend. breakout star Blake Drapper also plays Graham, the famous basketball player. Think of the 2023 version of Sixteen Candles’ Jake Ryan. Julie reveals how Blake was cast as this pivotal character.

“Graham is such an important role, and we have seen a lot of people for that role. Variety and casting are really important. But Graham, to be a privileged child like him and for her [Mandy] to make the assumptions about him she needs to make, he needs to be white so she can tell you’re a privileged man. So we’re almost bound because we want to have as much diversity everywhere as possible,” explains Julie. “We actually read the original Milo Manheim for Blake, and we were like, ‘Oh, no. He’s Ben.’ And God he is Ben. He’s a great Ben. So, looking at a wide net, we looked at young men from every nation, race, color, creed for the role of Graham because we thought, maybe we’ll change it . Maybe he could be a privileged kid from a different racial background or something.

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Julie Bowen at the ‘Prom Pact’ premiere. (Disney+)

She continued, “But then when we met Blake and he was so charming and so lovely… We didn’t know he was Australian. All through Zoom, we don’t know. And then maybe a second or third Zoom with him, he says in his native accent, and I love him even more. He is interesting. He looks like a good ’80s guy, and that’s what we want. And at the same time, he has a turning point. His character is much more vulnerable, and in real life, Blake is very unusual. He was wonderful. He’s such a bubbly guy. He dresses crazy. He loves music madly. Everything about him is surprising and interesting. I think this won’t be the last time we see him.”

Julie played Claire Dunphy in the above 11 seasons Modern familybut she was just behind the scenes with prom treaty. She told hollywood life that there were “discussions” about her playing Mandy’s mother. “But at the same time, I really wanted it to be someone else. I really wanted to be behind the camera,” she said. “Wendy [McClendon-Covey] is great, and I love her. I’m also not good at seeing myself objectively. In post-production when you have to see the movie 20, 30, 50 times and you’re cutting small moments here and there, I don’t think I can be objective about it if I were. I’ll just say ‘cut it all off’ because I’m not very good at observing myself, so that’s the better option.

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Peyton Elizabeth Lee and Milo Manheim in ‘Prom Pact.’ (Disney+)

When it comes to people from Modern family the cast will have the best recommendation, Julie went along Eric Stone Street. “I watched a video on how he proposed Lindsay [Schweitzer], his girlfriend, and it’s all production value,” revealed Julie. “I don’t know if he ever made it public, but he really surprised her. He told her they were doing something completely different. [and] that they have been interviewed because some companies are interested in having them as their spokesperson. They had a full set of cameras and everything, and then the kids walked in, and he tricked her. He surprised her. It’s emotional, beautiful, and great production value. I’ll go with Eric Stonestreet. In spite of Jesse [Tyler Ferguson] would sing and dance and that would be amazing.” prom treaty premieres March 30 on Disney Channel and the following day on Disney+.


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