While It’s Kind of a Funny Story may be a dark comedy with a story centered around a couple depressed, self-harming teenagers, co-star Emma Roberts insists that the issue is no laughing matter.
In fact, the film allowed Emma to empathize easier with self-harming teens.
For example, after a long day of shooting Emma revealed that she would often leave the prosthetic facial scars because they were “really annoying” to take off. Then, when she went out to dinner she would notice that strangers kept starring at her.
She explained, “I had to have these prosthetic cuts on my face and they’d be really annoying to take off at the end of the day so I would leave them on sometimes and I’d be going out to dinner with my friends and I’d be like, ‘Why are all these people looking at me? This is weird! I don’t know if they’re recognizing me or checking me out.’ Then I’m like, ‘Oh, right, I have these cuts all over my face.’”
But Roberts insists the staring gave her performance a boost, because it helped her relate to depressed teens with self-harming tendencies.
“It kind of helped me get into character,” she continued. ”People stare, they stare at you and you’re like, ‘Oh, hello.’”