Imogen Poots -“You’re going to be judged whatever you do. So you might as well do things your way, right?”
Aged 24, Imogen Poots is already an industry veteran with credits alongside Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken, to name just a few. Yet she manages to keep it refreshingly real at the top of the acting pile
Her current stomping ground provides a cosmopolitan backdrop for That Awkward Moment, a whip-smart rom-com that sees Poots reeling in Zac Efron. Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Mackenzie Davis and Jessica Lucas round off the likeable ensemble.
Ostensibly a bromance in which three best buds swear off serious entanglements, writer- director Tom Gormican’s debut feature is as funny as it is profane. Ever wondered what the High School Musical alumni might look like lying prone across a lavatory to counteract the effects of Viagra? Then this is the movie for you.
“I read it and thought, Oh, this is interesting,” says Poots. “And then I met Tom and suddenly I really got it. What I loved about the finished product was that it never gets too dramatic or too sentimental. And I loved the character. She’s not just a love interest. She’s a fully fleshed-out creation with a life of her own. And in a film about three guys, that’s an amazing thing.”
Happily, the cast and crew still found time and space to bond while carousing around the streets of New York.
“If you’re shooting in the desert, you’ll be eating more melon,” says Poots, sensibly. “And if you’re in New York you’ll be drinking more whiskey. Because the director was young, too, it was all about pulling together and connecting. It would be strange in those circumstances to make a film in New York and not have a heap of fun.”
I’m so glad Poots has lost none of her charm since we first met. And I’m glad that the US hasn’t taken the sheen off her self-deprecating humour. Ask her about awards season, and she says: “I don’t feel as if the red carpet is something familiar. I think that’s because it isn’t.” Ask her about fashion, and she says: “It used to be daunting until I realised there are beautiful dresses with beautiful fabrics that can make you think, ‘Oh wow, my bum looks amazing in this’.”
Pundits and commentators are calling her the New Jennifer Lawrence and the Next Kate Winslet. But Poots, we suspect, is very much her own woman: “You’re going to be judged whatever you do,” she says. “So you might as well do things your way, right?”
That Awkward Moment opens next week