Adoring Joey King

Oct 13th, 2020

A few months ago, we reported Amazon Prime Video and Blumhouse were going to release eight genre movies that focus on diverse casts, female voices, and emerging filmmakers under the “Welcome to Blumhouse” banner. With the first of these films, Veena Sud’s The Lie, now streaming on the platform, I recently spoke to Joey King about being part of the project.

If you haven’t seen the trailers, The Lie follows a divorced couple (Peter Sarsgaard and Mireille Enos) as they try to protect their daughter (King) after she confesses to a horrible crime. As the couple deals with the ramifications of their daughter’s actions, they are forced to decide how far they’re willing to go to keep her safe and protected from the authorities.

During the interview, Joey King talked about talked about working with Veena Sud, how The Lie asks how far you’d be willing to go to protect someone, what it was like filming in the Toronto winter, her thoughts on seeing movies in a theater or at home, David Leitch’s Bullet Train, what’s she’s learned as a producer, and more. In addition, she teased what fans can look forward to in The Kissing Booth 3.

Collider: Were you prepared to have your Netflix Uglies project drop on the day you’re doing press?
JOEY KING: I mean, yes and no. I was kind of made aware it was going to drop, but I wasn’t really like, “Oh yeah, I know that’s going to drop.”

Got it, I won’t pressure you on that project. But jumping into why I get to talk to you with the film, how nervous were you to put the old videos of you in the movie when you were much younger?
KING: I think that was such a fun touch. And I love when people get to feel connected to a character and the fact that they were able to see footage of me when I was young in real life… I mean, I feel like it actually gives me a little bit more insight into who my character Kayla is.

One of the things that I really enjoy about movies is when they put you in a situation and you wonder, “What would you do if confronted with the same thing?” Can you sort of talk about the fact that everyone in the film is confronted with a choice, and what would they actually do?
KING: I think that’s what’s so interesting about this movie, it really does present the question how far would we go for the ones that you love, even if it was a big coverup of suspected murder. And something that’s so interesting about my character is, how far are you willing to let others go for you? Especially when you know you are telling quite a big lie.

Can you share a little bit about working with Veena Sud?
KING: Veena’s amazing. She’s so, so kind, but such a boss. I just love her so much. She was so much fun to work with and just so sweet and collaborative and I felt so safe in her arms. A character like Kayla is something that I was really excited and nervous about because I wanted to showcase her side that deserves empathy while also not giving away the ending. I mean, just working with Veena on that was such a treat.

I spoke to Peter earlier, and I wanted to specifically talk about that water scene with the bridge, because it looked like it was freezing cold when he had to jump into the water to look around. Can you share what filming that scene was like?
KING: Yeah. So you’re correct, the water was unbelievably cold, he was wearing a lot protective waters gear underneath his clothes. And when you’re kind of faced with such an uncomfortable situation, like going into freezing cold water in the middle of a Toronto winter, there’s nothing you can do but laugh about it. And Peter is so great, I mean, he was just cracking up the whole time trying to stay warm and trying to stay positive. Because at that point, if you don’t let yourself laugh about it, you’re just going to be even more miserable when you’re already freezing.

Completely, the movie is going to be coming out on Amazon, and you’ve also obviously worked with Netflix many times. You’re much younger than I am, and I’m curious if you have the same sort of need to see movies in a movie theater, or if you are just as comfortable watching stuff at home?
KING: So I think that since the pandemic started the absolute desire and need to go to the movie theater has just amped up for me, all I want to do is go to the movies, but I’m not going to, of course. But that’s all I want to do, I love a movie theater. I love just the experience of seeing a movie in theaters. But at the same time, we got to be safe, we got to adapt. And I’m trying not to look at necessarily adapting as a bad thing, I’m trying to look at it as a positive thing because we do have so much amazing things to watch right now. There’s so many things being produced, there’s so much being released, there’s definitely not a lack of choice. And so I’m very grateful for that, even if we do have to stay home and can’t go to a theater. I think that it sucks, but we got to adapt and we got to try and remain positive about it because we are lucky to still have choices.

I definitely want to ask you a few spoiler type things that would run after the release of the movie. Did you guess the ending when you were reading the script or were you as surprised as the audience when you got to those final pages?
KING: I was completely shocked, I’m just absolutely shocked when I got to the ending of the story. I couldn’t believe it. But I have to say, I love that it pulled the rug out from under me, I was not expecting that ending. I was just so focused on what was happening that I couldn’t have even guessed that that would have happened. And I hope audiences are as shocked as I was when I first read it.

I think they, one hundred percent, will be. Even if they somehow got away with murder, do you think that the family could ever get back to normal?
KING: That’s a great question. And I think I’m probably going to say no. I wouldn’t know personally, because I’ve never murdered anybody and then tried to go back to normal, but I have a feeling it would not be very easy to continue your life as if nothing ever happened.

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Oct 7th, 2020

While Joey King is no stranger to the horror genre, Blumhouse’s The Lie, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video on Oct. 6, is a new chapter for her — unlike her previous horror movies, there’s nothing supernatural about it. In the film, King stars as Kayla, a teenage girl still reeling from her parents divorce who makes a lethal mistake, which ultimately costs her everything she holds dear. However, The Lie isn’t just Kayla’s story; it’s also about the extreme lengths that parents — played here by Peter Sarsgaard and Mireille Enos — will go to protect their children.

When it comes to horror, King is typically the victim rather than the “evil” mastermind. With The Conjuring and Wish Upon, there is something supernaturally sinister at work, but with The Lie, things are much more realistic. “This is not the typical horror movie,” King told POPSUGAR about what drew her to the project. “It’s every person’s, and parents’, worst nightmare that this could happen to them or someone they know. What drew me so much to the character and to this film is how misleading it all was.” Misleading is certainly the right word as Kayla’s family spends most of the movie diverting attention from the fact their daughter supposedly murdered her friend.

I really loved how complex my character Kayla is and how the audience struggles so much with whether to have empathy or to consider her a monster,” King said. This isn’t the first time audiences have struggled with what to feel about one of King’s characters. Both The Act and The Lie center on a seemingly innocent girl that gets swept up in the hopes of a better life; albeit Gypsy is manipulated by her mother while Kayla just wants to get her parents back together. “Kayla is more relatable in a sense. When going through a hard time, even if she gets negative attention from her parents, she still seeks that attention, and acting out is something that’s not that unusual.” While The Act ends with the murder of Gypsy’s mother, in The Lie, the parents commit a murder of their own.

What really gives The Lie its unsettling feel are the masterful performances of Sarsgaard and Enos as Kayla’s parents. You really feel for them as they try to reconcile the daughter they knew with the Kayla who exists postmurder. “I really just loved them. They’re so wonderful, kind, and just hilarious,” King said about working with the pair. “When you’re filming in a crazy cold climate with pretty intense scenes, it’s nice to have people who are really fun-loving and wonderful around.” Their offscreen connection translates into a realistic family onscreen, making the gut-wrenching twist that more terrifying at the end. “Her parents commit murder and it’s all her fault, and now she’s going to be an orphan because of it. It’s probably the most horrifying realization.

The Lie is just the latest example of how Blumhouse takes real fears and turns them into an unimaginable horror, with King’s personal favorite being Get Out. “It’s such a clever take on such an important issue, yet remaining just the most entertaining, scary, intense movie you’ve ever seen. It’s one of my favorite horror movies of all time.” Knowing that Blumhouse is such a powerhouse when it comes to important issues allowed King to make the role her own, while still staying true to the message. “If I feel like I’m stepping into something that doesn’t feel like I can make it my own, then I don’t really want to do it. It has to have some sort of grounding element and a foundation that makes them unique to any other character I’ve played before.


Oct 7th, 2020

Joey King revealed in a new interview with Insider that her ability to star in both rom-coms and horror movies is “definitely not a mistake or an accident.

I feel very lucky to be able to be given the privilege to do the types of characters that I do,” King said while speaking about her movie “The Lie,” which premiered Tuesday on Amazon Prime Video.

It’s definitely not a mistake or an accident that I choose to play characters like Elle Evans, and then get the opportunity to then play characters like Gypsy and like Kayla,” King added, referencing her characters in the Netflix rom-com “The Kissing Booth,” and thrillers “The Act,” and “The Lie,” respectively.

I love all the characters I’ve played and I’m still very grateful to be able to showcase the range that I do have throughout these characters,” she told Insider. “I will continue to make surprising choices to go dark, to go light, to do whatever in the moment.

According to King, she hasn’t really been concerned about her career trajectory as a young actress.

I’ve never been really worried about being taken seriously. Because I’m very lucky to have the confidence in the choices that I’ve made,” she said.

But while King said she’s confident in her career so far, she did share with Insider that she struggles sometimes with being too hard on herself.

I think that I’m super self-critical, always, regardless of whether I film something today and see it tomorrow, or filmed something two years ago and see it today,” King said.

I always have something to say about my own performance, and there’s a certain part of me that’s always like, ‘Oh, we could have done it this way!’” she added.

But at the same time, I’m trying to be a little bit better about that,” King said. “I’m trying to be a little bit more self-accepting. And know that I gave everything my all.”


Oct 1st, 2020

Hello everyone! Here’s the list for the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards nominees. The annual awards show will broadcast live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA Nov. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Jennifer Lopez is set to take home the award ceremony’s Icon of 2020 honor.

1. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
2. Like A Boss
3. The King of Staten Island
4. The Kissing Booth 2
5. The Lovebirds
6. The Wrong Missy
7. To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
8. Bill & Ted Face The Music

1. David Spade – The Wrong Missy
2. Issa Rae – The Lovebirds
3. Joey King – The Kissing Booth 2
4. Keanu Reeves – Bill & Ted Face the Music
5. Noah Centineo – To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
6. Pete Davidson – The King of Staten Island
7. Salma Hayek – Like A Boss
8. Will Ferrell – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga