Birdy Talks ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Soundtrack and Crying at the Movies

By: Peggy Truong / June 4, 2014

Oh, Ansel
And now, a clip from 'The Fault in Our Stars.'
The secret’s been out for a while now: The Fault in Our Stars is a total cry fest, both in book and movie form.

For British singer-songwriter Birdy, who has three songs on the film’s star-studded soundtrack, one major takeaway is the story’s inspirational message.

“I was so moved,” Birdy, whose real name is Jasmine van den Bogaerde, told Celebuzz at the New York premiere of The Fault in Our Stars on Monday night.

“One song’s very sad — ‘Not About Angels’ — it’s about being in love but feeling that she’s [Hazel] a grenade and realizing that doesn’t matter,” she added.

The 18-year-old was just one of several young faces at the blue carpet premiere, sponsored by InStyle and Physicians Formula, at the historic Ziegfeld Theater. Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff were also in attendance.

Birdy, who made a popular cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” in 2011 (her version went platinum six times in Australia), also chatted with us about the love stories that have inspired her songwriting process. Her second studio album Fire Within dropped in the U.S. on Tuesday.

“I’ve definitely written songs about Romeo and Juliet. I remember doing a school play and writing a song for it,” she said. “But I think, love is all around you, it’s not just romantic. Sometimes it’s between say, you and your mom.”

As far as crying at the movies goes, Birdy said The Fault in Our Stars is a winner.

“This is the first film that I’ve really cried in the cinema, and the lights have come on and I’ve just been like, ‘Oh my god,’” she said.

The Fault in Our Stars, based on the popular novel by John Green, opens in theaters on Friday. Bring tissues.

The soundtrack, featuring songs by Birdy, Ed Sheeran, Grouplove, Charli XCX and Ray LaMontagne, is in stores now.