We recently had the thrilling experience of being Kidsday reporters and standing on a red carpet for the movie premiere of “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.”
Being a red carpet reporter takes a lot of preparation. We had to do research on the movie’s cast and director. Our goal was to find out as much as possible about their past, hobbies, career and even their families. Next, we brainstormed ideas for questions to ask them that we thought kids would be interested in knowing the answers to.
When we arrived at the red carpet, we were very excited about meeting the celebrities, but also nervous about our job . . . interviewing!
The theater lobby was crowded with people and big bright lights were set up, shining on the red carpet. We practiced our questions, how to ask for a picture and even how to work a microphone.
Finally, the first celebrity came over to us for our big moment. It was Angela Oh, who plays Superintendent Hwang in the movie. She was so great to talk to. We learned that she was home-schooled growing up, but preferred being with friends in regular high school. She answered all our questions and made us feel very comfortable.
We were especially nervous to talk to the movie’s lead actor, Griffin Gluck, who plays Rafe Khatchadorian. He is 16, and spoke to us like a pro! Since he gets bullied a lot in the movie we asked him about that. Griffin said, “Not in real life anymore. I used to get a little bullied back when I was in middle school. I was very short and I was very kind of an odd person. I was really quiet and to myself and really shy so I don’t know, I used to, but not anymore. Now I kind of beat up on Thomas over there.”
We chatted about how he follows soccer and that he just got his driver’s permit.
He has to cry in the film and we asked him if that was difficult. Griffin said, “Lauren [Graham] who played the mom and Alexa [Nisenson] were both good and supportive and Steve [Carr, the director] kept us super quiet the entire day. It was easy to slide into it. . . . they made it a lot easier.
Of course, since he is almost driving, we wanted to know what kind of car he wants. He said, “I want a BMW. Any kind of BMW with a stick shift.”
As you can tell, he sounded just like a regular teenager, just with a really cool job. We were so lucky to get pictures of him and even took a few selfies with him. After each celebrity that we interviewed, we became more confident and never wanted it to end. The grand finale was when we met the movie’s executive producer and famous author, James Patterson, who wrote the novel that the movie’s based on. We learned that he works very hard at his writing and always tries to promote reading to kids.
After the red carpet, we watched the movie premiere, side by side with the celebrities. Later, we joined the cast at the premiere party at Dave & Buster’s, where we ate, talked and played video games. What a treat! It made us feel special to be among all those famous people who made us feel important that day. Our trip to the red carpet was both nerve-racking and fun, and we’d love to do it again!