On Aug. 4, 2014, Examiner.com was on the red carpet for a New York special fan screening of CBS Film's "What If." The film opens in limited release on this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, with a national expansion on Aug. 22, 2014. The charming film tells the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold.
Then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?
Read our exclusive red carpet interviews below:
What is your favorite emoji of all time?
Daniel Radcliffe: What's my favorite emoji? I have actually recently been sort of doing a lot of that, but it's mainly ... trying to get the hands to do things that can be misconstrued as sexual. And that's basically how I've been using it for the last week and a half since I've discovered it.
What do you love most about this movie that's different than other movies that you've done?
Daniel Radcliffe: I've never played a contemporary modern human being before! So it's really nice just to be a person alive today. You know, growing up in England you do a lot of period films, and obviously "Potter" is kind of it's own world, so yeah ... it's very nice to just step onto set and not have to worry about any of that and just be a person.
How do you tell a friend that you like them?
Daniel Radcliffe: It's interesting, because when you do a film like this, people ask advice on things you are not equipped to give advice on. But I would say... just be very open and honest. You might not get the answer you're looking for, but at least you can move on with your life.
So what did you love about this project when you first read the script?
MD: I thought it definitely jumped off the page, I thought it was very funny. I thought Elan wrote this amazing dialogue, and I was just really excited to play Nicole. I thought she was a weirdo, and I wanted to hang out with her for a month.
What was it like working with Zoe and Daniel?
MD: It was wonderful! They're just the loveliest people and so much fun to work with and really good actors. And I was just over the moon about them.
Do you have any fun set stories?
MD: I feel like the funnest stuff is actually captured on film! It was really fun to go skinny dipping together, and it was really fun to build a campfire together. I mean, the movie itself is very fun, so we didn't have to manufacture stuff.
So what's coming up next for you?
MD: I have a movie coming out called "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" in the fall, and then another movie called "Kitchen Sink" coming out in January. And then just working until then and seeing what else comes up.
What was it like working on the movie with Daniel and Zoe?
MP: Honestly, it was so fun. I remember at the first day we met at the table read, Dan and I were there first, and I was just sitting next to him hanging out, and he was just very down to earth, very charming, so cool, and so funny. I immediately knew he was going to be so great in this movie since I met him in real life, and so he and I hit it off right away. [Zoe] has a sister my age, and I have a sister who is just her age, and we quickly fell into those roles, and I continue to look up to her like a big sister and we hang out whenever we can; it's really nice.
Do you have any fun set stories?
MP: Well, there's a scene in the movie where Zoe and I are on the beach suntanning, and I was just joking around in between takes, and I stuck my stomach out really really far, and I was showing her like "Look how pregnant I can make myself look!" Michael had been setting up the shot and he was watching us do it, and he was like please Megan, do it again, do it again. And I was like, you're not going to keep this though, and he was like no, no, no. And now, of course, it's in the movie. A little embarrassing, but it makes people laugh!
What are you most excited about in the coming year?
MP: I'm getting married!
MP: Thanks! And I just bought house, and I've only spent three days in it because I've been off traveling and working, but I'm really excited to settle into it and decorate it, though I've been working a lot nonstop for the past couple of years, so once I finish this series I'm filming on in September, it'll just be nice to spend a few months doing life things and planning and doing the house.
Daniel Radcliffe has a busy schedule this week. Today, he will be attending the Moves Magazine 2014 Summer Issue Party, to celebrate being on the cover. He will also be attending IvyConnect's Inaugural Innovator Film Awards presented by Cadillac on Aug. 6, where he will introduce a special screening of "What If." Today, IvyConnect is also hosting a screening of the film in New York presented by Cadillac, Peroni, Terrazas and Beach Magazine.