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  • -Hi, Kaitlyn!

  • -Hello, Jimmy!

  • -Nice to meet you over Zoom.

  • -I know. It's so nice to meet you.

  • This is so cool. This is so cool for me.

  • I've been a huge fan of yours for a long time.

  • So this is insane.

  • -This is rad. I'm a fan of yours as well.

  • I know you're busy prepping for

  • the film version of "Dear Evan Hansen."

  • -I can't even tell you, Jimmy.

  • I literally cannot describe to you how excited I am.

  • I think I've only had like three musical auditions

  • in my whole life, and "Evan Hansen" was one of them.

  • So it feels insane that I'm going to be a part of that.

  • I've always wanted to do a musical.

  • -How did the other two auditions go?

  • Not so good?

  • -Well, not so good, but they were okay.

  • -I had the worst audition ever in the history of the business.

  • I auditioned to be on Broadway to be Frankenstein.

  • -On Broadway? -Dude, it was --

  • I'll never forget it. Honestly I'm getting --

  • I'm about to vomit right now because I remember going to

  • an apartment -- I'm not going to say the casting dir--

  • you know, who was casting me, but the piano player was there,

  • and I go, "I'm just going to sing 'Puttin' on the Ritz.'"

  • I go, "Yeah, I can do it." ♪ If you're blue and you

  • I go, "Got it."

  • I get there. They go, "Yeah, we don't want to hear that song.

  • We want to hear this new song."

  • I'm like, "Oh, here's where I get busted

  • because I'm not a real actor or a singer."

  • And it was so bad.

  • Everyone felt so bad in the room. It was awful.

  • And I remember, I was so embarrassed when I went home.

  • It was cold. It was like December,

  • and there was steam coming off of my body.

  • [ Laughs ] That's how embarrassed I was.

  • It's like a block of --

  • -[ Laughs ] My other musical audition,

  • that's exactly the same thing that happened to me.

  • They're like, "Oh, yeah, no, you're singing in the wrong key.

  • It's actually several keys higher than what

  • you have come in to sing."

  • So it was like, "Oh, great, I don't have that prepared."

  • -Well, I mean, you're in a band with your sister Mady.

  • And you're called -- Is it Beulahbelle?

  • -Yes.

  • -You just released a new song, "Being You."

  • I just heard it. It's awesome.

  • Congrats on that. -Thanks, Jimmy.

  • -But that wasn't your first band with your sister apparently.

  • -It was not. -Yeah.

  • -We used to be called Hot Pink, which I think is a great name,

  • and I don't know why we changed it.

  • -This is bizarre, but we actually talked to some people

  • and we actually got some unseen footage

  • from an early performance of yours.

  • This is -- Check out you on guitar. This is pretty awesome.

  • ♪♪

  • Oh, my gosh.

  • ♪♪

  • -Oh, my gosh!

  • -The commitment I had to -- I think I remember telling myself,

  • "I need to get down on my knees and really get into it,"

  • and then I quickly got up.

  • I was not down on the ground.

  • [ Laughing ] I got up so fast.

  • -You rocked. That is one of the coolest things.

  • Hey, I want to talk about your projects

  • because you have so many besides "Dear Evan Hansen."

  • You have a movie out now on HBO and HBO Max

  • called "Coastal Elites."

  • How did you get involved with that?

  • -I got a call from Jay Roach, who's the director,

  • and sent me the script, and he asked me

  • to play the role of the nurse.

  • So, there's five separate monologues of all of

  • these different characters sort of, like, talking about

  • their frustration about the current state of the world,

  • and he asked me to be in it with Bette and Dan Levy

  • and Sarah Paulson and Issa, and I was just sort of like,

  • "Are you sure? This is a lot of pressure."

  • But it was really incredible

  • to be able to shoot something in quarantine. It was wild.

  • -It's really a cool thing to watch. It's great.

  • You also have a new series on Hulu called "Monsterland."

  • It premieres tomorrow.

  • How would you describe this one?

  • -Yeah, "Monsterland" sort of follows several characters

  • that are -- we follow sort of these broken and troubled people

  • who are forced to sort of cope with the darkest parts

  • of themselves, and I play a young girl named Toni

  • who is a mother to a 4-year-old girl.

  • And she is also trying to cope with just, you know --

  • my character is just trying to cope with

  • her inner monster as well,

  • and it was the first time I have ever played a mom in my life.

  • And it was also the first time I did a Cajun French accent,

  • which is as difficult as it sounds.

  • -Yeah. -Yeah.

  • -Well, you knocked it out of the park. I want to show a clip.

  • Here's Kaitlyn Dever in "Monsterland."

  • Take a look at this.

  • -My name is Alex.

  • -Where you from, Alex?

  • -Uh, nearby.

  • -You lyin' already.

  • -Why do you assume that I'm lying?

  • -Cause you ain't talkin' flat.

  • Folks around here sound like they filed the letter G

  • from the damn alphabet.

  • -I'm here doing a job.

  • -Offshore? -Mm-hmm.

  • -Then you better heal up and get a straight story

  • 'cause trouble don't make pay date.

  • -Well...

  • I'm no trouble.

  • -Yeah, and I'm the Queen of Sheba.

  • -My thanks to Kaitlyn Dever.

  • "Coastal Elites" is on HBO and HBO Max now.

  • And "Monsterland" premieres on Hulu tomorrow.

  • Thank you so much again for coming on, Kaitlyn.

  • I appreciate it. -Thank you, Jimmy.

  • Thanks for having me. This was awesome.

-Hi, Kaitlyn!

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Kaitlyn Dever Talks About Joining the Cast of Dear Evan Hansen the Movie

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/28
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