Emma Roberts, Dave Franco Talk About Their Thriller Nerve
Amp up Pokemon GO a few dangerous notches, and you have Nerve, the fictional social media-driven game at the center of the thriller starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. In “Nerve,” the players accept a series of increasingly challenging dares until Roberts’ college-bound high schooler catches a lot of trouble.
“It didn’t seem that farfetched to me,” the social media-active actress tells Made in Hollywood reporter Patrick Stinson. “After I read the script, I was like: Is this a real game? Is it not a real game? It definitely seems, as people become more and more obsessed with social media and wanting followers — in the movie, everyone wants ‘watchers’ — it’s obviously similar to our society today.”
The Fictional Game Nerve Pulls Emma Roberts to Dangerous Places
The game pulls Roberts’ character Vee from the safety and familiarity of her home in Staten Island to New York City for the first time. “It gets more extreme and more extreme, but along the way you see her find herself and her bravery,” says Roberts. “And you see her change a lot and go head-to-head with some people with the game.”
Vee falls in with a stranger, Ian, played by Franco, an obsessive Neve player. “Ian starts the movie with a one-track mind: All he wants to do is win the game. He doesn’t care about anything else. He doesn’t want anyone else to get in his way,” says the actor. “And then he meets Emma’s character. And it slowly changes him because he has this strong connection with her that he didn’t expect to have. He starts to really feel for her and have compassion and it alters his priorities.”
How Nerve Changed the Way Emma Roberts Views Social Media
Filming “Verve” changed both actors’ views of social media. “I didn’t really have a life online of social media before this movie so nothing has really changed for me,” he says. If anything, he adds, “I think this movie has scared me off from ever doing so.”
Roberts still uses Twitter and Instagram but with a newfound wariness. “The reason I loved the script so much was because I am on social media and I see what goes on online,” she says. “So I thought this was a really dark, in some ways, but sadly accurate portrayal of how people are online. When you’re anonymous you feel like you can say whatever you want. And I see that on Instagram and Twitter. People say things to me that you can’t even believe that they would say. And their name is something that’s nonexistent. I definitely read less comments now.”
“Nerve” opens Friday.