Written by director/writer Quinn Shephard. The dark comedy It’s not okay follows Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch), an aspiring writer that just can’t seem to make it happen for herself, so she decides to fake a trip to Paris on Instagram in the hopes that it will bring her some much wanted attention. Danni spins the tragedy to her advantage and she loses her job as an influential blogger.
In this one-on-one interview, Collider will answer all your questions. Dylan O’Brien (who plays Colin, a social media star that Danni tries very hard to catch the attention of) talks about developing this character with Shephard, how his look evolved, what they were aiming for with all the tattoos, the importance of a filmmaker’s vision, working with co-star Deutch on more than one occasion now, and why he never wants to repeat the same thing with the projects that he signs on for.
Collider: It seems that this character could be very vague and developed after actors were cast and when you worked with the director. What was the description of this man? How did you get it to where we are now?
DYLAN O’BRIEN: Just through initial conversation. I can’t remember how he was described or listed in the breakdown, but I read the script and I had a really specific image of him when I was reading it, and one that I felt like I could totally get. I just felt like I got it. I don’t know. And then I talked with Quinn (“writer/director”). [Shephard]We talked about the type of character we wanted to portray and our plans for who it would be. It was a great conversation. We laughed for an hour about the different types of characters. I’ve been really fascinated by this character for so long, so I was excited that’s what she was going for.
If you had seen him in the original image, did you find it to be exactly what you now see?
O’BRIEN: Yeah, it absolutely evolved. It’s such a team effort, particularly with this, with the clothes, the tats, the hair, everything. The process was slow. The voice and physicality were clear to me. The dude was clearly audible. The aesthetic was complete as preproduction began. I would walk around my house talking like him sometimes, and I’d record it on my phone and send it to Quinn.
Did it make you feel like stopping after finishing this task? Did you need to stop playing the character, as he’s so specific?
O’BRIEN: No, not really. O’BRIEN: Maybe just for fun. It would be a fun thing to do. However, it was simple to get up.
What amount of thought was put into each tattoo? Did each tattoo correspond to the character in any way? Any were you able to request?
O’BRIEN: Our key head of makeup literally hand drew all the tattoos herself and just made a bunch of stupid ones. You could not have more shallow tattoos. I just wanted them to be the dumbest tattoos that you could put on yourself, that were the most on-the-nose, so we had a snake, and a yin-yang, and a pot leaf, and just really, really surface-level, meaningless things that he thinks are so sick because he’s such a poser.