This was a great interview and we got to learn a lot about Cooper Friedman as well as the new movie he is in aTypical Wednesday. Check it out below.
Young actor Cooper Friedman tackles mental health topics within kids in his new heavy role as a young kid going through therapy for the first time in the upcoming dark comedy aTypical Wednesday. Directed by and starring J Lee, the film also stars Seth Green, Michael Ealy, Bresha Webb, and more. You can view the trailer here.
BSCKids: Tell us a bit about your character in aTypical Wednesday.
Cooper Friedman: I play Alec. Alec is a shy 9 year old who most people ignore, including his parents. Alec has anger issues as a result of being bullied. His parents send him to therapy to help him with his problems.
How did you get this role?
I got this role by auditioning. I auditioned in front of the casting director for the first round of auditions. At the callback I got to meet and work with JLee, the director/writer.
With such a great cast, who do you think you learned the most from while working on the movie?
I think I learned the most from JLee. He is an awesome director and actor. We became friends and connected on the first day of filming.
How did you prepare for your scenes in the movie?
I prepared for the scenes by making sure I knew my lines and what the scene was about. I got to do a lot of improv in this movie. JLee and I would improv some of the scenes and some of the improv made it into the final cut of the movie.
What was your favorite scene in the film?
My favorite scene was the batting cages with JLee. I have never been to the batting cages before. I really never hit a baseball bat before. JLee and I had a lot of fun that day and I learned a lot about hitting a baseball from him.
Do you have any funny behind the scenes stories you can tell us about?
In one of the car scenes my seatbelt got stuck. My co-star Emmy Raver tried to help me with it while we were still filming. But we started laughing because it wouldn’t budge. We had to cut and everyone was laughing.
This film tackles on some serious topics like mental health issues and bullying among kids. Do you think audiences will get a better understanding with those issues after watching this film?
Yes, my character gets bullied a lot at school and the teachers do nothing about it. As a result, my character lashes out and hurts one of his bullies. He has a lot of anger inside and his parents send him to therapy. His parents as well as the other adults all talk down to him and don’t really listen to him.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I think people would be surprised that I do not like any sweets except for gummy bears. I do not like chocolate, ice cream, cake, cookies. Etc.
What have you been doing to keep yourself busy lately?
I have been doing karate at home. I am preparing for my black belt. I have spent a lot of quality time with my family as well.
Tell us a bit about your role on Perry Mason? How did you land that role?
I play Teddy, Perry Mason’s son. Matthew Rhys plays my dad and he is a struggling detective. The TV show takes place in the 1930’s. It was very cool to work on a show that takes place a long time ago. The costumes and sets were very interesting. I auditioned for the role at a casting office and then got a callback.
Are there any other upcoming projects you are working on that you can tell us about?
I have two movies coming out. A movie called Small Town Wisconsin that I filmed in Wisconsin for 7 weeks. As well as, a movie called Secret Agent Dingledorf. This movie is based on a series of books by Bill Myers.
When does the film come out and why should everyone be excited to watch aTypical Wednesday?
aTypical Wednesday is out now on Itunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and other digital platforms. Everyone should go see it because it tackles a lot of important issues such as racism, mental health, bullying but it is also a comedy with many funny parts. The cast and crew worked so hard making this movie, everyone needs to see it.
Thanks Cooper, good luck with everything in the future!