LA native Willa Holland has never been attracted by the allure of her big city's bright lights, mostly because she's watched so many other fall under the spell of a 50 ft sign.
"You just get jaded by the clubs and glamor," Willa tells Pop Wrap. "In reality you can go clubbing in any part of the world, you can be glamorous in any part of the world. It's just because we have a Hollywood sign."
And that's exactly the point of her new movie, "Garden Party," which tracks a handful of Hollywood denizens' lives as they try to succeed in LA all while keeping their souls intact - and clothes on.
Pop Wrap: What was your first reaction upon reading the script?
Willa Holland: I read it more than three years ago, I had just finished my first season on "The O.C." The films that I like are very realistic and I've known people like these characters.
PW: Is that what you want people to take away from this movie, that fame isn't all it's cracked up to be?
Willa: Yea, just to realize what Hollywood does, because it will warp your mind, and you gotta be aware of it, you will lose people to this LA.
PW: You've lived in LA all your life without a problem, do you owe that to a strong support system?
Willa: Definitely, because the entire family can become jaded. I pray for those people and I feel so bad for, what's Lindsay's [Lohan] little sister's name?
Willa: Right, what is she 13, 14? She's already wearing crazy, crazy makeup and heels. It mindf***** you, it really does. This place screws with your head so much, especially if you're so young.
PW: You got into the business pretty young too, right?
Willa: I just turned 7 and was living in the Hamptons with my stepfather [director Brian De Palma] and my mother. One day I was at Steven Spielberg's house and he was filming home movies of us and when my mom came to pick me up, he told her I had to be in front of the camera. So when I got back to LA, they set me up at Ford models and that's how I got started.
PW: Wow. Does having Steven Spielberg say that about you just pile on the pressure?
Willa: It does put weird pressure on me because I don't like people thinking I pulled strings. I haven't talked to Steven in a while and have never asked anything of Brian.
Check out the rest of Willa's interview after the jump where she talks about working with Kate Walsh, CGI monsters and reveals what she just dropped eight-grand on!
PW: You just worked with Eva Amurri and her mom, Susan Sarandon, on "Middle of Nowhere." I'd imagine she had to fight against the rumors of favoritism too.
Willa: Totally. It's going to be a great movie and Eva's definitely created her own career, and she's so different than her mother. We hung out every single day.
PW: And you also played Kate Walsh's daughter in "Legion," did you two get along well?
Willa: Kate is the most entertaining person ever, I love her so much. I'm not saying anything against my own mother, but I wish she was my mother. She's a fantastic woman.
PW: And you got to work with Computer Generated Images for the first time in that movie, is it as hard as everyone says?
Willa: It scared the crap out of me. I don't know how to act like there are demons coming at me because I don't know who I can talk to about going through that experience! I didn't work the first week and just watched everyone else. Then I was like, "OK, I can try." I just have so much respect for actors who do that every week.
PW: Would you ever guest-star on "Private Practice" to work with Kate more?
Willa: It's not on my current plan right now. I enjoyed "The O.C." immensely but I want to expand my horizons more before repeating myself.
PW: Does that involve more traveling?
Willa: Absolutely. I've been blessed with a life that's taken me all over the world. I can't stay in LA. It's just not part of my plan.
PW: I feel most connected to Paris when I travel, what country do you like visiting the most?
Willa: Anywhere in Italy or London.
PW: Both major style meccas, are you into fashion?
Willa: It's the love of my life. I just spent $8,000 on Prada and Christian Louboutin heels the other day. I can not take them off, I'm mortally obsessed. I wear them to coffee at 9 am, they're just the most comfortable things ever, especially this one pair with a four-inch pump.
PW: Do you miss modeling?
Willa: I enjoy both worlds. With acting you're surrounded by the same people for the whole shoot, whereas you're working with different people every time with modeling. For now, I'm totally enjoying dabbling.
If you want to check out Willa dabbling, "Garden Party" is now playing in select theaters.