10 Amazing Secrets About the movie “Easy A” That You Did Not Know

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Emma Stone is today an eminent actress with movies like “The Amazing Spider-Man”, “Crazy, Stupid Love”, “Superbad” “The House Bunny” etc. under her belt. Amongst the other movies, “Easy A” is not just another feather in her cap but actually a hilarious teen comedy movie which skyrocketed Emma’s road to stardom. Will Guck’s “Easy A” is an underrated teen rom-com about a high-school student Olive Penderghast who goes through a comedy of errors when she used a white-lie to help a friend but in turn, is subjected to vicious gossip. The movie is loosely based on a book “The Scarlet Letter” and Emma’s stellar performance makes this movie worth a watch time and again for a dose of lazy afternoon comedy. But let’s dig in a little deeper and go through these lesser known secrets about the movie ‘Easy A’ which are really interesting.
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  1.  The Opening Webcam Scene

Emma Stone was really interested in the movie and wanted the part of Olive badly. Such was her dedication and motivation for the part that she gave her audition on Skype because she couldn’t physically make it to the auditions. Needless to say, the rest was History! The makers of the movie liked her audition so much that they used the very same clip for the opening webcam scene of the movie! This scene really establishes the mood of the movie and sets the plot rolling.

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2. Food for Thought

All the members of Olive’s family are named after food items. Olive’s father is named Dill, her mother’s name is Rosemary and her younger brother’s name is Chip. There is also mention of another brother who is schooling away from home and goes by the name Kale. Then the very fact that the lead character is named Olive and also has a gag or two about her name further establishes the point. Now whether this is all a huge coincidence, an intentional test of humor or the producer’s love for his taste-buds is for you all to guess!
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3. Sibling Love

Spencer Stone, Emma Stone’s brother really wanted to be a part of this movie – And so he does! He makes an on-screen appearance in the scene where Olive and her boyfriend Brandon go to attend a party. Sibling love – What else are sisters there for anyway?
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4. Olive Penderghast – Not a Random Name

For those of you who thought Olive Penderghast was just another random name given to the character, well you’re in for a surprise! The name was not randomly chosen and no it isn’t only because of the producer’s love for food like we discussed. The name is actually an anagram where Olive stands for ‘I Love’ and Pendergast is an anagram for ‘Pretend Shag’. The entire movie is literally given away by the character’s name – If only we could read it!
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  1. The Website is Legit

If you have seen the movie, the curiosity whether the website www.freeolive.com is authentic or not must have crossed your mind. It is absolutely authentic and the site actually exists. The only difference is it will lead you to the official website of Sony Pictures for this movie. You can follow the link here and check for yourself.
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  • Asthma Attack

That’s right! One of the stars had a major asthma attack while filming the movie – guess who? Emma Stone! While filming for the hilarious fake sex scene, which involved Emma jumping on the bed and screaming for hours (Yes, that’s how long it took to shoot this scene), she got so involved and exhausted that she literally had a major asthma attack. This was also the first time this happened to her and she needed an oxygen tank to recover. Quite a way to discover you have underlying asthma, Emma!
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  1. Pocketful of Sunshine

We all remember the song and the sequence in the movie where Emma Stone sings along to this beautiful track. We all loved the scene and it is easily one of the best parts of the movie. But did you know this scene is also Emma Stone’s most favorite scene from the movie?
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  • One Member of the Cast Never Went to High School

You read that right! Can you imagine who? Star of the film Emma Stone yet again! She, in her pursuit of establishing herself as an actor moved to LA with her mother when she was 15. Having been home-schooled since she turned 12, it is really impressive how Emma plays the role of a high-school student to such perfection without any remote real-life experience of the same. Mark of an amazing actor isn’t it?
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  1. Oranges!

If you carefully notice, there is a skillfully incorporated bag of oranges or at least the color orange in literally every scene of the movie. It is like an inside secret that the film is set in Ojai, California – a blissful town known for oranges and the director utilized this trivia and implemented it in every scene to set the mood.
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  • The Scarlet Letter

Most of us know that the movie is loosely based on the book ‘The Scarlet Letter’. But the secret trivia we don’t know is that this has been visually used in a couple of scenes. In one scene Emma Stone’s character Olive reads a book in class – The Scarlett Letter. In another scene, Olive goes to see a foreign movie in a theater which was playing “Der Scharlachrote Buchstabe” which is basically the German rendition of The Scarlet Letter. Mind-blowing isn’t it?
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