If you didn't know, the trailer for my newest movie Different came out yesterday!
The movie is about a 10-year-old girl (she's my age, because this movie takes place in March-June 2015) named Rebecca Hansen. Watch to your own content, and for my friends who have YouTube blocked, I am putting the movie description on here:
Rebecca is well, different. She loves her dolls, likes to give to the poor, and, oh, she has autism. She only has Clara Holland or a friend, so the whole "popularity contest" aspect of Student Council elections would make Rebecca lose, but when she befriends new kid Holly, Rebecca decides to give it a shot. Changing the world is what she wants to do, right? But when a mishap with the permission slip happens, the principal kicks her out. The principal hates Rebecca because she's different. Pretty soon, Rebecca decides to protest at the election. With only Clara and Holly beside her, will the principal decide that being different is good?
OK, now that I told you what the movie's about, here are 10 cool facts about the movie!
1: Oh, how did I come up with the name Rebecca Hansen? Well, for the first name, I already knew that Marisol would be playing the lead role. But then, when I was generating names, a memory from around the summer where I was a rising 2nd grader. I was in American Girl camp (foreshadowing the fact that I'd be a big fan a year and a half later), and some girl came up to me and said, "Did you know that Rebecca was Girl of the Year 2005 before she was a historical doll?" Since that was all hogwash and the true Girl of the Year 2005 was playing the lead, I thought "Hey, let's name her Rebecca!" And for the last name, I came up with it in Las Vegas (where I wrote the majority of the Different junior novel that you can buy on Amazon). My sister got a meal from a grocery store in Vegas. The juice box that came with it was by a company named Hansen's, and I thought from there, "Ooh! Last-name potential!"
2: How did I cast the roles? First, I casted Marisol as Rebecca because when I got diagnosed with diabetes last July when I thought of the idea for Different, I brought Marisol to the hospital with me and the role would be like a "thanks for helping me" gift. I casted Grace as Clara because when I got Marisol last year off eBay, Grace was the first one to welcome her and they became BFFs from there! I casted Maryellen as Holly because Maryellen was coming out when I did the early pre-production stuff and I was so happy about the new doll