Whether it’s the slow burn or enemies to lovers trope, when the great, pivotal love confession happens in a romcom, you get that same rush all over again — the kind of feeling that is infectious and punchy.
Romcoms have always served as a quick fix for a fun time. The genre used to be more whimsical and less diverse in terms of storylines, but nowadays efforts to be socially relevant are more apparent — just look at Netflix’s roster of self-aware and inclusive romcom movies.
The streaming giant recently released The Perfect Date, a story about ambitious high school student Brooks Rattigan (played by Netflix’s romcom king, Noah Centineo) who creates an app to be the perfect stand-in date for girls to earn extra cash to get into his dream college. The idea comes to him after he first poses as the boyfriend of a self-assured, headstrong girl named Celia Lieberman (Laura Marano). When feelings get in the way, trouble ensues. The Perfect Date also stars Riverdale’s Camila Mendes as his crush Shelby and The Post’s Odiseas Georgiadis as his programmer best friend Murph.
It’s no doubt that Noah steals the show as Brooks, but the chemistry between him and his co-stars, former Disney star Laura Marano and newcomer Odiseas Georgiadis makes the movie all the more endearing. Laura plays the role effortlessly — like her character, she was determined and committed. Odiseas served as a delight, making for a good and charming sidekick.
Young STAR got to chat with Laura and Odiseas to talk about the movie, the uncertainty of being a young adult, and the importance of being yourself.
Young STAR: What was it like working on the movie? Was it anything like you expected it to be?
Laura Marano: I’m just excited to be a part of the romcom genre. I wouldn’t know what to expect — like I didn’t have any expectations, I’m just excited for the movie to be finally out.
Odiseas Georgiadis: A beautiful experience. We shot in New Orleans and I loved being there. The cast got on very well and truly, I just learned so much on this one. It was a challenge for me and I love that — it’s what causes growth!
The Perfect Date is about dreams, finding who you are, working hard, but also acknowledging your privilege. Did this role have any impact on you as an actor, or did it inform you in any way?
Odiseas: Having the opportunity to work on something you enjoy is a privilege. Doing the role taught me the importance of preparation and it made me better.