Even over the phone, you can feel the energy coming from 10-year-old Joey King, who stars alongside Selena Gomez in Ramona and Beezus, a G-rated family film that opens Friday.
On a recent conference call from Miami, the girls got to chat about the film, their careers and their off-screen lives. When reporters jumped in to ask a question, the girls would shout back in unison, "Hi!" Here's a little of what they had to say:
For Selena, as you turn 18 (today is her birthday) do you feel any pressure to take on more adult roles? (She played a 15-year-old in the movie.)
Gomez: "I don't feel pressure at all. . . . I am fully aware of who my audience is and would never want to do a role that I wouldn't feel comfortable doing and that they would not feel comfortable watching. . . . I will make the transition slowly but surely."
What was a favorite scene from the film?
King said she particularly liked three scenes but they both agreed on one favorite: a quiet moment in Beezus' room when she asks Ramona to slip into bed. The sisters, who fight most of the time because Beezus thinks Ramona is a pest, bond for a brief second. Gomez describes it as a "nice moment between sisters" where they talk about how they are changing and what they admire about one another.
What do they like to read?
King said she's reading The Bald-Headed Princess: Cancer, Chemo and Courage. She likes to read on planes, and goes through at least two chapters every time she flies.
Gomez said she likes to read scripts and right now is reading the book Sundays at Tiffany's. She calls herself a hopeless romantic.
What are the next projects for each?
Gomez has a second album, A Year Without Rain, that comes out this fall. She describes it as "fun, feel-good kind of music."
King said she has a movie that will be announced soon, but she is under strict instructions not to give out any details.