By Laurie Scarborough Elliott
The latest American teen flick to hit the Netflix screen, The Kissing Booth, was filmed in SA over the Christmas break last year. SBAM’s Bianca Bosch, plays Olivia, one of the mean girls at high school. We caught up with her about the movie and what she got up to on set.
Bianca describes the plot as, “A pretty, late bloomer, high school girl, who’s never been kissed decides to run a kissing booth for her high school fundraiser. She unexpectedly locks lips with her best friend’s older brother who she’s had a secret crush on forever. Her life is turned upside down when she begins to fall in love with the incredibly handsome, popular, high school jock. But she can’t tell her best friend… and if you can’t tell your best friend what you are up too… then you probably shouldn’t be doing it.” The big question is, “Does she follow the rules or does she follow her heart?”
In between all the drama, the main character encounters the pretty, popular, “mean girls” at school, who are aptly called the OMGs (Olivia, Mia, Gwyneth). Bianca brings the ‘O’ (for Olivia) to OMG. Bianca says Olivia is “the pretty, flirtatious, ditsy blonde, who only cares about what she looks like, who she dates, and how hard she parties”.
Excitement around the movie has been building because Molly Ringwald, an ‘80s heroine who starred in teen dramas such as The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles, has come full circle and features as the mother in this flick with a new generation of teen stars.
On starring in a Netflix original, Bianca says, “It feels surreal. Ever since I was five years old I’ve wanted to be an actress. I would bunk school and watch E! True Hollywood Story, and then afterwards film my own True Hollywood Story. Weird I know. When I was in grade 8, I recall a class where we were asked what our desired future careers are. I distinctly remember standing up and saying ‘I’ll be sending all of you a postcard from HOLLYWOOD.’ I had absolutely no idea how it was going to happen or how I was going to make it, but I would visualise it happening as if it had happened, and now to be able to say that I’m 22 and the first work I ever booked was for a supporting role in a Netflix original is pretty cool. It’s as if the universe was listening to me all along! I am BEYOND grateful, because being an actress is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Just goes to show, never stop dreaming! Hopefully this is only the beginning!
There were many highlights working on set, as one could imagine, but Bianca felt that the best part of working on The Kissing Booth, was being on set every day, which she describes as “the best thing in the world”.
Bianca recalls, “Jacob Elordi, who plays the role of Noah, actually asked me on the first day of shooting, ‘Where in the world would you rather be right now?’ And my answer was absolutely nowhere, but right here, and he replied ‘then you’re doing the right thing.’”
Some of the exciting days on set included location shoots at UCT, a mansion in Constantia, Camps Bay beach, even Ratanga Junction was closed down and a carnival was built inside for a scene in the film.
Summing up the experience, she says, “Every single moment was the most incredible experience. From having my own trailer, to going through wardrobe to build what your characters looks, to sitting in hair and make-up every morning. And then on top of that, acting on a real life film set. Nothing beats experiencing this first hand, after all the acting books I’ve read. Not only was it a huge learning curve but a long time dream that came true, along with friendships that will stay with me forever.”
Catch Bianca in The Kissing Booth, available on South African Netflix. Perfect for a Friday chick-flick mood.