Today on July 14, 2014, Examiner.com is excited to share our exclusive interviews with "Affluenza" stars Nicola Peltz, Gregg Sulkin, Ben Rosenfield, which hit theaters and VOD this past weekend. All of them give stellar performances in the film. In 2008, swept up in a heady pre-recession world of absentee parents, plentiful booze and casual sex, aspiring photographer Fisher Miller (Ben Rosenfield) escapes his middle-class life for the moneyed mansions of the young, beautiful elite. With a stash of high-quality weed and a vintage camera, he gains access to his gorgeous cousin Kate's (Nicola Peltz) circle of wealthy and indulged friends, just as their entitled reality is about to spin out of control. A revealing take on the hidden perils of privilege.
Nicola Peltz plays Kate in the film.
Can you tell me a little bit about your character?
So I play Kate Miller and when you look at her on the outside she looks like she should be the happiest girl in the world because she has everything she wants in a materialistic world, but when you break her down, she’s really a sad person and has a dark side to her, and I really enjoyed playing her. I had a great time on set.
What is it like to balance between roles like Tessa in "Transformers" and Kate in "Affluenza"?
It’s incredible. I hope I’m lucky enough to be doing this my whole life. I love it so much. "Affluenza" I shot when I was 17, and it was very different from "Transformers," which I shot a year later when I was just 18, and I love being able to go to different sets, meet different people, and work with people who I look up to.
So you are a rising star in Hollywood, and a role model.
Well Thank You very much. It’s important to stick to the person you are and do what you love to do. Acting is my passion and I love it so much, and now I’m lucky enough to do it everyday. It’s important to do something for yourself.
What was it like working with Ben and Gregg?
Ben is one of most talented people I’ve ever met in my life. He’s so amazing, so smart, he has such an calming and amazing aura to him. Then Greg is talented as well. This whole cast is just so talented and having the pleasure of working with young actors it’s really inspiring.
Could you tell me about collaborating with Kevin?
Kevin is so amazing, so talented and "Holy Rollers" is insane. It's so good. He’s such an actor's director. He just works with you. I love Kevin.
What was the most challenging part about playing this role?
I guess each day had it’s different challenges, but that’s the fun of it.
Gregg Sulkin stars in the film.
What attracted you to the project?
I think the message of the movie was quite important. I think it's important for a younger generation to realize that even if you don't have money, it's not the end of the world. One scene in the movie is the rich aren't perfect, they have lies and they have secrets, sometimes even more than the 99 percent. I like the fact that the 1 percent learned something as well, these kids are an elite group, very privileged and very wealthy, if you're lucky enough to be in that position it's crucial that you act with a certain class and carry yourself in a certain demeanor, to be humble, to be respectful of people who may not be in your financial position. Because to be honest everyone is equal and deserves as much respect as anyone else no matter where you come from, no matter your financial situation may be.
Can you speak about collaborating with the director, Kevin?
I loved working with Kevin. There's some emotional stuff, some dark stuff in the movie that my character goes through. My character is probably the darkest out of everyone. I had to trust Kevin a lot. Kevin shared a lot of his personal experience with me throughout his life, and obviously when someone opens himself up, you have no choice but to respond and listen, respond and be affected. I owe a lot of my performance to Kevin to be honest.
What was it like going to that dark place?
I don't think any human being likes to go to a dark place, but it's my job, so if I wasn't good at it I wouldn't be here.
Speak about the cast.
Grant, Ben and I lived in an apartment in Brooklyn. Kevin wanted us to be friends and get close, so the three of us were living in an apartment. It was great. We were working and playing video games after work, and became very close. Nicola is from New York so she stayed with her family quite a lot so ... honestly they were a pleasure to work with. I have been fortunate throughout my career to work with nice people and this was no exception.
What's next for you?
I have a second season of an MTV show that I do "Faking It." I'm going to go shoot the second season. That's going to come up on MTV towards the end of the year. Then I did a movie for Fox called "Another Me," with Sophie Turner, from "Game of Thrones," and that's coming out, that just came out in Spain last week and its coming out to the world sometime.
Ben Rosenfield is another young actor whose career we are excited to follow.
Tell me a little about your character?
Well my character is named Fisher. He wants to be a photographer and goes to stay with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Long Island, and gets himself into a pretty interesting summer.
Tell me about immersing yourself into this role? It is a little bit dark at times.
At times when the scenes are dark, maybe you have to take yourself to a dark place. The sets and the customers do a lot of work for you as well.
Tell me about working with Kevin?
Kevin was incredibly collaborative, and trusting, and fun, and strong when you needed him to be. It was a great pleasure working with him.
What did you love about the script?
I think it was very original, and I guess it comes from a personal place from the writer and Kevin’s heart, and the influence of The Great Gatsby as being a backdrop for the story, I thought was pretty fascinating.