XOXO is a movie about 6 people’s lives who all come together at a Music Festival. The Netflix film has a very authentic feel to it and that is because it was actually filmed at several different Music Festivals and Raves. Last week, I attended the press day for it and XOXO’s stars Sarah Hyland and Graham Phillips talked about what that was like to do.
Phillips, who plays Ethan Shaw, a DJ making his debut at XOXO, told us there time was limited when they filmed their scenes. He explained, “We had a five minute slot on a stage in front of you know 80,000 people.” Although they are not really sure how many people were actually there, so that is the number that they came up with.
How was it to work with a real crowd instead of Extras who are paid to be excited? Phillips got real about that, “Kind of annoying because most people thought we were filming an after video.” Then he followed that up with, “People thinking that it was the after video that we were shooting would just get into camera and would be like, ‘Whoa, I love Festival XYZ.’ I would continue to be in shot and there would literally be people like blocking the entire shot, and that was a little frustrating.” Then he added, “But being at the Festivals was amazing for us because how else can you sort of simulate that energy if we somehow could’ve replicated that.”
Hyland plays Krystal, a girl who goes there to meet a man she has only been with communicating with online, loved it. She felt, “It was really worth it.” However, there was a little drawback according to her, “They are on whatever. They were just trying to have a good time. They were!” She was also having a good time because she loves to people watch.
Since these were real Festivals, the attendees were in that moment. Phillips described what it was like when the cameras started rolling. He said, “The funniest 180 is when you would tell people, who were acting so drugged out, and right in the camera, really going all out and then we would say we are trying to film something and they would be like, ‘Oh, so sorry.’”
There was a scene at the end that the audience got into. That scene was a sweet kiss shared between Phillips and Hyland. The Modern Family star revealed their reaction, “They were very supportive. They just saw two people doing something and they were like, ‘Yeah!’ And then as soon as they yelled cut we would stop and they would be like, ‘No, come on.’” Phillips chimed in with, “By take 8 they were like, ‘Alright get out of the way.’”
How was the kiss for the two of them, they kiss and told me, “Great!” Nevertheless, it was a little awkward for The Good Wife star, “It was the first time I kissed somebody live in front of 10s of thousands of people. And they had no idea what was going on.” That and Hyland was an Executive Producer on the film, so he was making out with his boss in front of 80,000 strangers.
They are making out in front of even more strangers now because the movie is available on Netflix for you to see. When I watched XOXO the first time, I loved the vibe of it feeling as if it was at a real show but assumed it was staged. When I found it, was actually filmed at real Music Festivals, it propelled it into a completely new world of enjoyment for me. I hope knowing that will also make you even more excited for this feel good film that can be watched over and over again and never lose its appeal. Therefore, you should Netflix & Chill with it tonight.