Interview: Love the Coopers’ Max Simkins

Love the Coopers is a holiday family comedy where chaos ensues in place of a “perfect” Christmas. It stars Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, and Marisa Tomei—just to name a few. Max Simkins plays Diane Keaton’s grandson, Bo, which will make the second time he has worked with Keaton (the first being And So It Goes [2014]). Did I mention he’s only eight years old? The adorable (and accomplished) young actor was born in Ambler, PA, and was eager to sit down and talk with Cinedelphia.

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Cinedelphia: Why don’t you start out by telling me a little bit about your character, Bo.

Max Simkins: Bo, he’s a funny boy who likes to explore and wants to explore stuff, and he just doesn’t want anyone to fight. He doesn’t want any commotion. He wants to agree with his grandmother to have a nice, calm Christmas and he’s just a cheerful, joyful little boy who stands up for people, and it’s just a wild ride.

C: Do you feel like you have a lot in common with Bo?

MS: Definitely a lot. I feel like I am Bo in real life, so that’s why I feel like I got the role from [director] Jessie Nelson—I have to thank her for that. I just feel like I am Bo in reality, because I am joyful, I do stand up for my friends, I do feel like I always am joyful and happy and [whatever] I’m doing I believe in it and take it, and I explore, so I feel like I sort of am Bo.

C: Was it an easy role because of that?

MS: No, there were some challenges.

C: Like what?

MS: To scream right. In the movie, in a scene I have to scream, but it’s not as easy. Mainly the punch, because you had to do it a certain way, you couldn’t just (makes punching noise), you had to aim it just right.

max1C: Any funny on-set stories?

MS: No. Every time afterwards sometimes me and the little girl, Blake [Baumgartner], we would sometimes sing.

C: How did it feel to be cast in your first movie And So It Goes?

MS: It was like, “Wow! On my first try!” I had my first audition, I got my first role in So It Goes, and I was like, “Wow, this amazing. I can’t wait to do it.” And from movie to movie, I get better and better every time I do one more.

C: What was it like working with Diane Keaton for the second time?

MS: It’s amazing because you [don’t] get to work with an actor or actress more than one time. I got lucky to be able to see her again, because you don’t very often get to see actors again. There are thousands of actors and actresses in the world that could have gotten that role, so it’s really challenging to see someone again in another role.

C: What are you working on next?

MS: I just finished another movie, Book of Henry.

C: Do you have a favorite movie?

MS: This movie.

C: What actor would you love to work with?

MS: Bradley Cooper. I go to the same school as him.

C: You’re from Ambler, right? Do you like it?

MS: Yeah.

C: Have you done a lot of traveling since you started acting?

MS: Kind of, yeah. I’ve been to Denver, New York, Pittsburgh, Jersey.

C: Cool. Well, it was great meeting you, thank you!

MS: You too. Thank you for your time (Gives polite handshake).

Your move, Bradley Cooper.

Author: Catherine Haas

Catherine Haas is Philly born and raised, and is currently pursuing her masters in film history at Columbia University. When she’s not organizing her Criterion DVDs by spine number, she can usually be found ostensibly reading a pretentious poetry anthology in the park while introducing herself to all the dogs.

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