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Jessica Rothe On Summer Camp Vibe Of ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ And ‘Valley Girl’ Experience

Jessica Rothe’s latest film Happy Death Day 2U should clean up at the box office in its first week of release. In the post she talks about the “summer camp” aspect of that film and she also gives us the 411 on her upcoming Valley Girl remake!

“Babyface” and Tree (Jessica Rothe) in “Happy Death Day 2U,” written and directed by Christopher Landon. Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/Universal Pictures

Here’s what Jessica Rothe had to say about returning as Tree Gelbman in Happy Death Day 2U:

It was so much fun and a huge part of that is I love Chris Landon, our writer-director so much. He is one of the most intelligent, kind, darkly, hysterically funny human beings I’ve ever met. He has created this incredible world and this incredible character that I’ve had the good fortune to inhabit.

Making the first film was such a joyous experience that when he pitched the idea of the second movie to me, I was like, “Wow, that sounds insane but if anyone can pull it off, it’s you.” So, going back was kind of like going back to summer camp. Everybody came back.

Most of the crew came back for this as well. I was also really excited about the chance of exploring a totally different element of Tree’s personality because, in the first one, we watch her transform from this kind of snobby, bitchy sorority girl to a badass and, in the second one, she starts out as a badass but then finds herself in a very difficult and emotionally wrought situation and she has to make some pretty big decisions.

After Happy Death Day 2U, Rothe will be seen in a remake of Valley Girl, the 1983 comedy starring Deborah Foreman and Nicolas Cage. Rothe plays the lead character in this iteration, and the cast includes Logan Paul, Chloe Bennet, Josh Whitehouse, and Ashleigh Murray (Riverdale).

“”It’s all done, they’re just looking for the right release date which is really exciting,” said Rothe. “I got to wear some unbelievable ‘80’s clothes, lots of shoulder pads, lots and lots of big hair and she’s such a different character from Tree because (Valley Girl character) Julie is so curious and in love. There is no snark to her at all so there is this very different energy and I had a really fun time working on that.”

Audio version of Rothe’s comments:

Click on the media bar to hear Rothe give a sneak peek on the songs that will be performed in Valley Girl:


Greg Srisavasdi
I've been a movie reviewer/interview since 1991 (as a UCLA Daily Bruin scribe), worked at Westwood One, Deepest Dream owner, co-editor of Hollywood Outbreak, podcast co-host of "CinemAddicts" and "Matt and Greg Used To Interview Movie Stars." I can be reached at for inquiries or whatever the case may be!

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