Scott Michael Foster is navigating uncharted territory in his new interactive movie Select Love — and he’s comfortable to have costar Laura Marano by his aspect.
“She’s superior. She actually was the person who wanted to be forged for this position, as a result of this was quite a lot of work to do,” Foster, 38, solely informed Us Weekly whereas selling the upcoming Netflix movie in an interview performed earlier than the SAG-AFTRA strike. “I don’t know the way she saved the entire film straight as a result of there’s 16 endings, there’s a whole bunch of alternative factors. We needed to movie completely different endings and selection factors everywhere in the course of the day, and he or she saved all of it straight in her head. So I give her credit score.”
The Netflix romantic comedy, which premieres on Thursday, August 31, follows Cami Conway (Marano), a recording engineer who seemingly has all of it, together with dream boyfriend Paul (Foster). Regardless of her life being on observe, she will’t appear to cease reminiscing about two former flames (Avan Jogia and Jordi Webber) from her previous. The movie marks the streaming service’s first interactive rom-com — and second total following 2018’s Bandersnatch — the place viewers get to resolve the story line — together with Cami’s ending — in actual time.
For Foster, who has starred in hit comedies like Greek and Loopy Ex-Girlfriend, the idea of selecting how the plot unfolds provides one other layer to the general expertise — and poses a brand new problem for him as an actor.
“It’s an interactive characteristic and I believed that was extraordinarily distinctive. I’d by no means seen one earlier than Bandersnatch, additionally on Netflix, and I completely liked it,” Foster informed Us. “I believed it was such an excellent venture. It had a number of story traces, a number of endings and I watched each single certainly one of them and I liked it. So when [Choose Love] got here throughout my desk, I believed it was an excellent alternative to do one thing new I hadn’t achieved earlier than.”
One other plus? The actor was additionally capable of journey to a completely new vacation spot for filming. “I received to go to New Zealand. I’ve by no means been there earlier than. That was wonderful,” he gushed.
Whereas Foster couldn’t get into too many particulars relating to Paul — however insisted he was a “cool” individual to painting — he teased that the character has way more to him than initially meets the attention.
“He’s Cami’s boyfriend and he’s knowledgeable. He’s a lawyer and he’s devoted to her. I feel he’s an excellent man. However there’s layers to him, clearly. We wouldn’t have a film if there wasn’t some drama,” he informed Us, laughing. “I feel he’s positively extra than simply what he says on paper. He loves Cami and needs to be together with her, however there’s at all times issues.”
Select Love is Foster’s first time starring in an interactive movie, however he’s no stranger to enjoying the romantic lead. He credit the onscreen chemistry he creates together with his costars to his devoted “work ethic” and touchdown roles reverse some unimaginable expertise.
“I’m open and feeling and fortunately I’ve labored with quite a lot of actually good actors who do the identical,” he defined. “I feel there’s only a degree of professionalism that it’s a must to carry to the venture to even get near that. Fortunately I’ve labored with lots of people [where] chemistry was very straightforward. I’m lucky in that regard.”
Relating to Select Love, Marano’s character has potential with three love pursuits — and viewers get to resolve if Foster’s Paul is the proper match. It’s an expertise any “fan of rom-coms” will get pleasure from, Foster informed Us.
“It’s enjoyable, it’s quirky and also you get to make the alternatives. You get to decide on what Cami does all through the scenes. It’s utterly interactive,” he stated. “I feel in the event you’re a fan of [the genre], in the event you’re a fan of Netflix, I feel that is gonna be proper up your alley. It’s going to be one thing you’ve by no means seen earlier than.”