We’re back with more of our exclusive interview with Prom starlet Danielle Campbell.
The 16-year-old chatted with JJJ about her own school dance experience, Simone’s fashion sense and being treated differently at her school. Check it:
JJJ: Was there a magic quality going to your dance?
Danielle Campbell: It was a completely different experience. I was going my friends. I was going with a guy who asked me. It was so fun. We danced the whole night. Then we went back and hanged out with our friends at someoneâ€™s house. Pictures, we did at someoneâ€™s house. It was a lot of fun. Iâ€™m actually getting ready to go to something called Turnabout at my school, which is where the girl asks the guy. I asked one of my good friends named Ryan. I cut out the letters of Turnabout and I put an inside joke on the back of them. It was like a scavenger hunt because on the back it would tell him to do something, so that last one sent him to my house and on my front door it said â€˜bring me your answer.â€™ It had a card that said yes and a card that said no. So he brought me the yes and weâ€™re going to Turnabout next weekend. It will be really fun. Iâ€™m really excited.
[JJJ Note: Our interview took place a couple of months ago and Danielle has already attended Turnabout.]
JJJ: Do you know what you are going to be wearing?
DC: In Chicago itâ€™s winter right now. I have a black dress and it is one shoulder. The
strap is silver and it crosses in the back. Itâ€™s really pretty. Oh, and black shoes.
JJJ: How do you like the warm L.A. weather?
DC: I am loving it. I went running this morning up in the hills. It feels so good to be out here. I feel like I shouldâ€™ve brought shorts. I would look strange to most Californians, but it feels so warm to me. I love it. I love it so much.
(Click inside for the second part of our interview with Danielle…)
JJJ: Talk about the fashion mind of Simone.
DC: Sheâ€™s laid back. Sheâ€™s pretty girly. She wears skirts and dresses, and she wears her jeans. Itâ€™s like an innocent fashion. Itâ€™s cute.
JJJ: Did you have a say in the fashion or was it up to the costume designers?
DC: I talked with the costume directors the whole time and I think her outfits are really sweet.
JJJ: Is Simoneâ€™s style the same as yours?
DC: My style is my sweatshirts and jeans and my boots. That is more of mine. When Iâ€™m dressing up for something, I like a lot Free People stuff because itâ€™s really earthy and Iâ€™m really into that. And leather stuff. I guess itâ€™s a little different than mine, but Iâ€™m also really open-minded. I thought her style was really adorable.
JJJ: What would be Simoneâ€™s â€œlabelâ€ in high school?
DC: This is her coming out year. I think sheâ€™s starting to get a little bit more popular. Not from the standpoint ofâ€¦ sheâ€™s not mean to anyone. Sheâ€™s not popular that way. Sheâ€™s getting noticed by the popular boys like Tyler Barsow, so I think that has a big role in it. Sheâ€™s also really sweet to everybody so I think that gives her a much wider amount of friends because people want to be around her instead of back away.
JJJ: What about yourself?
DC: Where am I in high school…I donâ€™t even know. I have got three or four best friends. Iâ€™m not someone who likes the big groups because people get lost in them or they talk about each other behind their backs. Iâ€™ve definitely tried that and I didnâ€™t like it. That was my whole year last year. This year Iâ€™m starting to find a good core group of friends. Itâ€™s so much easier. You donâ€™t want to be the most popular. You want to have friends that you know you can talk to and trust in. Iâ€™m finding that is a lot better situation.
JJJ: Is your life any different in Chicago when you go back from your films? Do people treat you any differently?
DC: Iâ€™d like to say that it hasnâ€™t changed, but it does. Some of the other girls, I hear things in the hallways. That kind of brought me down a lot last year. I try to be nice to everybody so I try not to give them anything that they can talk to me about. I have got good friends that support me too and a lot of my friends are really excited for me. I listen to the positive rather than the negative comments. A lot of people are striving and rooting for me and then there are some people who donâ€™t care as much. Itâ€™s definitely changed a little bit and depending on how much this is promoted and how successful this is, Iâ€™m sure itâ€™s going to continue to change. Iâ€™m willing and ready for whatever is coming, so weâ€™ll see.
Prom hits theaters on April 29th. Did you check out our exclusive clip yet?