Erica Vandross is a force to be reckoned with in Flower and that’s thanks to the magic created by its star Zoey Deutch & director Max Winkler.
Flower follows rebellious, quick-witted Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch), a 17-year-old firecracker living with her single mom Laurie (Kathryn Hahn) and mom’s new boyfriend Bob (Tim Heidecker) in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. When Bob’s mentally unbalanced son Luke (Joey Morgan) arrives from rehab to live with the family, Erica finds her domestic and personal life overwhelmed. With Luke and her sidekicks Kala (Dylan Gelula) and Claudine (Maya Eshet) in tow, Erica acts out by exposing a dark secret of high-school teacher Will (Adam Scott), with perilous results; their teenage kicks become a catalyst for growing up in unexpected and unpredictable ways.
Erica is a character you’re not used to seeing as the female lead of a movie and that was one of the reasons why Zoey wanted to be a part of the movie. “It was refreshing to play this part. I’ve felt at times I’m sort of on the sidelines watching dudes play parts like this that are possibly morally ambiguous. I was so excited for the journey and because I love Max.”
For Max, the big challenge was bringing to life the story of a 17-year-old girl and making it feel genuine. “I surrounded myself with as many talented and powerful women as possible. Besides just the cast but also on the crew to hold me accountable and felt as authentic as possible.”
In addition to talking about the film, in case you don’t know, Zoey’s the daughter of Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, “Switched at Birth”) and director Howard Deutch and Max is the son of actor/director Henry Winkler. We decided to test their knowledge of other celebrity offspring and you could say that Zoey was very excited about the prize she won.
Watch the full interview above. Flower opens March 16, 2018.