VOD Spotlight: “The Roommate”

College is a time to stretch your mind, and learn to live independently, which is what dorm life is all about. But for some, it’s also pretty dismal, especially if a roommate isn’t what you expected. In The Roommate, Sara (Minka Kelly), a design student from Iowa, is assigned a room with Rebecca (Leighton Meester), a wealthy girl from Pasadena who, as the film unfolds, develops an obsession with Sara.

“Leighton was the first person we cast for this movie,” says director Christian E. Christiansen, whose previous film, Råzone, was about teen bullying. “And she is a fantastic actress. The role of Rebecca requires an actress who can go from normal to insane in very little time. Leighton did a lot of research for the role, trying to figure out what kind of person this would be.”

For Kelly, who plays a cheerleader on Friday Night Lights, this was her first experience in a leading role. “I was excited about the story as a whole,” she says of the film. “Both Sara and Rebecca are great roles, and it was as much fun watching Leighton play Rebecca as it was to be Sara. I can’t imagine anyone else doing it. Everything she does is quite subtle and so creepy that I wouldn’t leave children alone with her.”

“Minka is very sassy, which is a really good quality for Sara to have,” says Meester. “She is also approachable and very kind — and she’s gorgeous. You can understand why Rebecca loves her.”

The two developed a friendship off camera as well as on. “Minka and Leighton had a lot of fun between takes,” Christiansen say. “Sometimes too much fun, but when you’re making a scary movie, it helps if you can laugh and fool around just before you’re doing a really serious scene.”

“The Roommate” is now showing on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.

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