Kw-logo-smaller

Odette Yustman: Sweetest "Mean Girl" Ever!

In her new comedy film You Again, beautiful, dark-haired actress Odette Yustman plays that frenemy, that mean girl you love to hate in school. What if she grew up and was marrying your brother? That's what Kristen Bell's character has to deal with in the funny film.


Kidzworld is in Beverly Hills with the star who looks glam/cute in white tee topped with long black, belted vest and black skirt by Dolce and Gabbana. Her very high, studded half boots by Jimmy Choo are kicked off under a table.


Odette, about to be married to cute actor Dave Annable from TV's Brothers and Sisters, gives us great advice for tweens and teens on surviving mean girl torture and about making huge life changes at a young age. Kick off your shoes and join us.


Kidzworld: You went to a regular high school where you were Homecoming Queen. You can be a "queen" and still have a mean girl making your life miserable in high school. Did you?


Odette: I had a mean girl, yes! I went to a small school and graduated with a class of 67 kids and I was really friendly with everybody. At one point I was actually [voted] the friendliest student and I think that's why I was Homecoming Queen because I was friendly with all the different cliques. It's still important for me to kill everyone with kindness and be as good of a person as I can. It's the truth, even if it's cheesy.


I did have a mean girl and she was horrible to a lot of people. I feel like a lot of people, to this day, have nightmares about this girl. It's so interesting because I really believe that high school can shape who you are. My grandmother still has these thoughts of this girl who bullied her in high school. So, I feel like everybody can relate to this movie, even men because they can still translate it into guy on guy bullying.


Kidzworld Do you think girls can be worse than guys when they are on a revenge kick?


Odette: Women are caaaatty! They known how to do it right. The guys will have their moments and go punch somebody out but girls are vindictive and really get in your mind and you've got to watch out for the mean girls. Sometimes best friends can turn on you. You have to be careful. You can't trust everyone.


Kidzworld Your character Joanna really reinvents herself after high school. You are young and are about to be married but have you made major changes in your life that you feel were life-altering already?


Odette: Yes, I have. I feel like I've made a lot of changes and choices, from moving out here [to L.A.] when I was 19-years-old, leaving my family and I have the big Cuban family. Cubans like to stick together and I was the one who said, “No. I'm gonna venture off and I'm gonna do this. I'm gonna choose to do acting and, if it doesn't work out, I'm gonna go to school. I need to try this out for myself.” That was a huuuuuge change in my life because I was in such a comfort zone, in a little bubble back home. Moving to Los Angeles, it's so big and you can get caught up in different things. I think it's all about finding the right group of people and just being stable and knowing yourself. That was a big change.


Kidzworld What advice would you give to girls in school now who 1. might be too self-involved and might end up becoming a mean girl and 2. Who are being picked on by mean girls?


Odette: The ones that are being picked on, you've gotta have confidence and own who you are because it's okay if you like to read books instead of going down to the beach with your friends or to the movies. It's okay if you like to stay home and okay if you want to be more social but you need to own who you are because that will help you so much later on in life, to say No or say Yes. You have to know what your boundaries are. Setting boundaries is one of the most important things you'll ever do.


Kidzworld And for the girls who are on the track to being "mean"?


Odette: You've got to check yourself. A lot of girls hang out with other mean girls. If you know you are going down that track, it's like the buddy system. Have a friend to check you. It works for me sometimes when I get a little ahead of myself, I have a best friend who is like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa.”


Kidzworld Since you and Kristen Bell are enemies through most of the movie, did the two of you kind of stay away from each other off set and try not to be buds to make the parts you were playing easier or…?


Odette: Kristen Bell is going to be the next huge thing. She's so amazing and so warm, has a great personality and really befriended me which I really appreciated. All that was acting. I'd be mean, mean, mean then, “Cut! I love you!” She took me under her wing from relationship advice to grabbing bites to eat together. She's a wonderful girl.


Kidzworld You worked with an adorable dog. Your character Joanna sort of takes over Kristen's family pet. Was it fun to work with the doggie?


Odette: [big smile] Chopper!! He was so amazing and loved to work! He was the sweetest thing. I'm such an animal lover. He was darling and I wanted to take him home with me.


Kidzworld This is your first comedy and it's a big ensemble comedy. What surprised you the most about working in a comedy movie?


Odette: How difficult comedy is! It's so challenging. The timing is everything and I was really nervous. I'd never done a comedy before and then I was working with Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell and Betty White and Sigourney Weaver, so many women who can be just so funny and they've nailed it. I learned a lot from them.


Kidzworld Your character Joanna wears some amazing clothes in the movie from cheerleading wear to a gorgeous wedding dress. Did you keep anything and what was your favorite?


Odette: Gorgeous. I wish I would have kept something. My favorite was that wedding dress but white? Maybe a different color.


Kidzworld Who was the big prankster on set always cracking everyone up?


Odette: Kristen Bell. Everything she does is a joke and to make you laugh. It's so natural; trying to make me crack up on camera. The little devil.


Kidzworld Is there a woman in a novel or a woman in history that you would like to play some day?


Odette: Maybe Jackie O? [Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.]


Kidzworld You've got the dark good looks for it.


Odette: Thanks!


The interview ends with a chat about her shoes. We wear the same size.. Humm, maybe those Jimmy Choos might just go home with me? No such luck.


Lynn Barker, an editor and entertainment journalist for several websites, magazines and newspapers, has been active in the entertainment industry for many years.


More Hollywood Interviews!
>
>

readers voted!

Comments

prppydawg294

prppydawg294 wrote:

I saw this movie!!!
commented: Wed Dec 28, 2011

there are 1 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

F1083351783781

Are You A Mean Girl?

  • Yeah. I can't help it if I'm better than everyone.
  • Sometimes, but I'm not proud of it.
  • No, I'm nice to everyone.
  • Heck no! I'm a guy.

related stories

Micro_fashion_micro
Hollywood’s got a new set of fashion icons! Zoe Saldana, Amanda Seyfried, Kristen Stewart, Carey ...
Micro_amanda-seyfried-micro
Amanda Seyfried (pronounced Sigh-Fred) has been quietly carving out her own niche in the acting w...
Micro_rachel-micro
Thanks to her roles in movies like The Notebook, Rachel McAdams is the new Hollywood "It" girl. G...

Entertainment in the forums

Jelly3
Jelly3 posted in Movies:
Don't remember, I haven't seen any movie since two months. 
reply 19 minutes
Tyler5868
Tyler5868 posted in Movies:
There will be blood and some shorts.
reply about 1 hour
InternetOwl
InternetOwl posted in Celebs:
There is a difference?
reply about 6 hours
heyitsangel
heyitsangel posted in Celebs:
i like both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!xD
reply about 8 hours
KnowYourEnemy
KnowYourEnemy posted in TV Shows:
Alright, so I have a bit of an obsession with American Horror Story, and I was wondering if anyone else is PSYCHED for Freak Show??  God I hope so, I don't want to be the only one xD
reply about 13 hours

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

157262_(2)

When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

100x100_ra_logo_girl

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...