Maika Monroe Talks ‘The Guest’ Movie, Reveals Surprising Secrets About ‘At Any Price’ Co-Star Zac Efron
It was also recently announced that Maika will star in The 5th Wave with Chloe Grace Moretz. Basically, Maika’s career is on fire! We were lucky enough to talk to Maika about her upcoming projects, plus she revealed what it was like working with Zac Efron on the movie At Any Price! Trust us, you’re going to want to read this interview! Check it out below!
Celebuzz: This is a great thriller movie, is the genre something that attracted you to the film?
Maika Monroe: Yeah, there was a lot of things that kind of drew me to this script. We read a lot of scripts and this one definitely stood out because it’s unique. I watched Your Next, the director’s previous film, and you know it was such a fun horror movie. This movie has such a specific style to it. And so I was happy to be a part of it, I love the role of Anna this kind of kick-ass girl.
CB: Yeah she’s really strong, is that something that made you want to play this character?
MM: Yeah basically! If I get to kick some serious ass, I’m in.
CB: We love the scenes with you and David, played by Dan Stevens. Had you met before the movie?
MM: Oh no, the first time we met was on set and the director Adam (Wingard) was very keen on rehearsals beforehand. So we spent a lot time going over the scenes and created this relationship. Which I think is very important to making a movie, you have to have it there, so there was a lot of rehearsal prior to shooting.
CB: When you’re shooting a movie and you get some downtime what do you like to do?
MM: I usually will go sit in the makeup trailer and annoy them for awhile. And oh, something we played a lot was Cards Against Humanity, it’s incredible. It was such a fun group so when there was downtime we were just goofing off. Oh, and we also had a kind of karaoke speaker thing in the makeup trailer so we did some karaoke as well which was quite fun.
CB: What was your go-to karaoke song?
MM: I have to say Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” because I have a terrible voice and I try to choose a song where you don’t have to sing too much. I either rap, rap is good for me and some very Gwen Stefani not over-the-top singing because my voice is just terrible.
CB: You had two films at the Toronto International Film Festival this year (The Guest and It Follows), what was that experience like?
MM: I think you can’t fully understand it until like a couple of weeks go by and you’re like, “Oh wow that happened!” Because you’re just living in your life and going with it and you’re like, “Okay I need to be here, I’m doing that, okay got it.” And then you have those moments when you’re able to step back and you know pinch yourself.
CB: We loved another thriller movie that you were in, At Any Price. That was your first big film right?
MM: Yeah it was, I had just turned 18 at the time. It changed my life in a sense I guess, it changed my course and it was an incredible first experience I was quite lucky with that. Such an amazing cast, I was definitely nervous going into it but then being there everyone was just so cool. I was really lucky because you don’t always get those amazing experiences for the first time and it was such a great introduction into the business.
CB: Your first big movie experience and you get to work with Zac Efron! What was it like working with him?
MM: He’s such a cool guy and so down to earth, which I don’t think most people would expect because you know he’s such a massive star. It was so crazy to see, you know he’s got a massive massive fanbase but he’s just so easygoing. But it was such a great group of people and it was so much fun.
CB: It was recently announced that you’re going to be in the movie The 5th Wave. Can you give us any details about that?
MM: Yeah, we just started training right now so that’s been really fun. It’s an awesome group of people with Chloe (Grace Moretz), Nick Robinson, Alex Roe, so I’m super excited. And here again I get to play another kick-ass girl role which I’m very very excited about.
CB: How did you first get started in the business?
MM: I grew up doing dance and as a kid that was kind of my life. I never really thought, “Oh I want to be an actress, I want to be in movies.” I enjoyed doing school plays, but I never really took it too seriously. Anyways a director or producer contacted my dance company, I think I was about 13 and you know said, “We need some kids as background dancers in our movie.” And I was like, “Ah okay cool, sounds fun!” I remember going on set and kind of being fascinated by it all, just the process of making the movie and I fell in love with it. So I guess it slowly started from there.
CB: You’ve worked with so many great actors, but do you have anyone in particular that you would like to work with?
MM: Probably Jack Nicholson. I love The Shining, my dad showed me The Shining and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest when I was much younger and I just kind of fell in love with his movies and he’s such an incredible actor. So, I think that would be really fun.
CB: You’ve also worked with a lot of very good looking actors, who would you say is your celebrity crush?
MM: As cliché as it is, Johnny Depp, he’s a pretty good-looking dude. I remember as a kid having posters of him all over my room, so that would probably be it.
Maika’s new movie is in theaters today! Check out a trailer for the film HERE!
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