Kaitlyn Dever will star as Zoe Murphy in the upcoming film adaptation of Tony award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” But filming during a pandemic certainly hasn’t been business as usual.
“I don’t go anywhere. I don’t even go to stores. I wear a mask in rehearsals. Everyone’s wearing a mask. Everyone keeps their distance,” Dever, 23, recently told Variety from the film’s Georgia set. She confirmed that she is also temperature checked and tested for coronavirus every day. “I think it’s just all about testing, testing, testing and making sure everyone is testing, too. We can all feel safe to be around each other and to work in a safe environment, so that when I have to go like, take off my mask to shoot a scene, that everyone feels comfortable and safe.”
The “Booksmart” star added that she feels fortunate to be able to work during the pandemic. “I’m very happy that we’re able to make something so special during such a strange and sad and confusing times,” said Dever. “As an actor, I think you kind of get used to the ups and downs… I’ve gone from working a bunch and doing so much all at once and then crickets. I have gotten used to the ‘doing nothing’ part of my job, which is just sitting and waiting for something to happen. Now, I feel like I’m really geared up for this and ready to go.”
“Dear Evan Hansen” also stars Ben Platt (who starred in the original Broadway production), Julianne Moore, Amy Adams and Amandla Stenberg. As Variety exclusively reported, singer-songwriter Liz Kate is also joining the cast in an unknown role. Stephen Chbosky is set to direct. The Broadway show won five Tony awards and one Grammy award.
Dever currently stars in Hulu horror anthology series “Monsterland.”
Watch the interview with Kaitlyn Dever above.