Shall we play?
Emma Roberts is up for it in Nerve, a high-tech computer thriller that focuses on a mysterious “Truth or Dare” like online game that isn’t exactly all harmless, innocent fun.
The actress — the daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts — plays a restless high school senior named Vee who caves in to peer pressure and signs up to participate in Nerve, an adrenaline-fueled, real-life competition. Soon after Vee partners with a sexy stranger Ian (Dave Franco), the game begins to take a sinister turn, requiring the two to complete increasingly dangerous stunts.
Can we say summer movie? Think of Nerve as a modern hybrid of The Net and The Game.
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We spoke to Roberts, 25, from the Soho Beach House.
How did you first get involved with this production?
I got sent the script I guess about two years ago now, which is crazy. I remember thinking it was very original. I hadn’t read anything like it. I feel like people are always trying to incorporate social media into television and movies and it’s so hard to do in a interesting way. But I saw this to be really relevant and captivating. This obviously does it in such a unique way. I completely fell in love with the script. I remember reading it and thinking the only person who could play the role of Ian was Dave Franco. They went out to him and I texted him, ‘Please do this. You will love it. It will be so much fun.’ I met the directrors and they had such a strong vision of what they wanted for the movie.
This is a pretty action-packed movie. Do you have an all time favorite thriller?
That’s a good question. I do feel like this movie is more kind of action and romance and edge of your seat. But my mind is a blank!
What was the shoot like? Exciting?
It was was so fun. We got to do it in New York City. I had spent so much time there and yet I saw parts of it I hadn’t seen before, which was also so fun. We shot from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., which is a crazy time to be out in the city, especially filming. They shut down parts of the city and streets. I got to ride down Park Avenue with no one around. It was a once in a lifetime experience as well as terrifying. I definitely did stuff in this movie that I would never do in real life. The whole movie is shot at night.
Are you a fan of video games in general?
I used to be obsessed, so I can relate. When I was young I loved “The Sims.” My mom would take it away from me all the time because I’d be like thisclose to the screen —my eyes all watery and red. On Playstation, I liked “Crash Bandicoot,” too. But these days, not really anything.
“Nerve” is like a millennials version of “Truth or Dare.” Ever play that?
I loved the truth rather than the dare part, because I wanted to know everyone’s deep, dark secrets. The dares were always stupid. You had to kiss someone you liked or kiss someone you didn’t like or jump in a pool.
What do you think of visiting Miami?
I don’t come here often. I’m here with my best friend and I told her that we need to come and do our Miami trips once a month. We were just at the beach before and it was hard to drag myself here. It’s so beautiful and the water’s warm. Yes, I definitely need to spend more time here.
Nerve opens Wednesday.