When three high school baseball stars who have been
best friends since childhood head into their senior year, they have to
navigate some pretty difficult situations in the new film The
Outfield. Life-changing decisions about family, friendships, career
goals and college choices arise and challenge the teens. Together
though, these three buddies Ė played by Nash Grier, Cameron Dallas and
Joey Bragg Ė find a couple of constants. Through thick and thin, the
trio needs to follow their dreams. Thankfully, they can always lean on
After screening the film last week, we checked in
with two of the filmís Łber-popular stars Ė Nash Grier and Cameron
Dallas. They talked about the experience of making the movie with a
friend, what fans can expect, whether they have ever faced similar
personal challenges and much more. Set for release on iTunes on November
10, 2015 by Fullscreen Films, The Outfield promises to be a huge
success, due greatly to the popularity of these two social media stars.
Their fan base is beyond excited for the movieís pending release.
Best known as new media superstars, Grier is just
seventeen and Dallas is now twenty one. They have nearly 22 million
followers combined across social media, which is not a feat which is
easily reached. Both boysí careers exploded by making six-second videos
on Vine (Grier is actually known as ďthe King of VineĒ), as well as
other social media feeds.
After achieving extreme internet fame, both Grier
and Dallas joined Magcon (Meet and Greet Convention), a social-media
tour that was bringing some of the biggest names in the field to the
hometowns of fans across the country. After leaving Magcon, they moved
in together in LA to concentrate on their acting careers. Though not
still living together, theyíre still friends working towards the same
is Grierís first acting gig and the second for Dallas. The two plan on
working hard to make sure itís not their last. If their fans have
anything to say about it, weíre sure it wonít be.
are you guys today?
We are good.
Nash, Iíve talked to
you brother before, but not you.
The little one?
Thatís interesting. Heís a character.
Heís so sweet!
Heís a Hayes!
Heís definitely a Hayes!
excited are you guys for your fans to finally see the movie?
Weíre pumped. Itís been a while.
Itís been too long.
The anticipation has been building up. Itís about to explode!
Yeah, I think itís eight days. Iím just waiting for everyone to see it.
The movie is based on
playing baseball. Did you already know how to play, or did you have to
practice and learn?
Nash Grier: We definitely
practiced, but I have played baseball for years, growing up as a kid. It
was just getting back in that groove, and finding my persona as a
player. We went to the batting cages, and did workouts on fields and
baseball for one year.
Howíd that go?
good. We got second place out of the league. I actually did play the
outfield, too. As far as preparing, we went to the batting cages, and
had someone teach us the proper way to throw a ball from the outfield.
Make sure it looked
Nash Grier: It has to look as
real as possible.
acting something that you both want to pursue in your life?
Of course. I just fell in love with storytelling in a general basis.
That is what we had been doing, but on a smaller level on the internet.
A movie, especially this one, opens up to really tell anything. With the
new spots and characters. You can put comedy and drama into one thing.
That is one thing that I am very passionate about.
The big goal is to do [low-budget made-for-video] movies like this, then
move into ones that are in the theaters. Also, staying true to social
media, and putting good content on there.
Itís cool now, because we still get movies like this, indie films and
small budget opportunities. Then we can still go do these huge
productions and be the fifth or sixth guy. That is what the coolest is
right now. Our doors are open.
Nash, your character
Jack has a struggle where he has to decide between art and baseball.
Have you ever been through a similar situation?
Yes. I went through a struggle where I had to choose between sports and
my existing life. Then deciding whether or not I wanted to start a
career. That was a weird decision. Definitely not one day ďIím going to
do this.Ē It happened over like a year. I used that whole experience to
channel my character. Yeah, I had to decide: Well do I want to stop
going to high school, stop playing sports?
I remember that, too. It was such a weird transition for you. Iím glad
you chose what you chose. You followed what you wanted to do, instead of
what other people were telling you to do.
I went where the passion was.
What was it like
working with your close friends on set?
Obviously, you can tell it was a lot of fun for us. I donít know if it
was that fun for everyone else.
The sets were like controlled chaos. Thatís all a set is. How many times
can you film a scene but get it perfect? Weíll do it 20 times before we
finish it, but every time it will be rushed because we are on a time
movie is based on parents pressuring you into doing things. Do you think
kids still feel pressured to do specific things because of their
Ah, yes. This is something that resonates with me a lot, because Iím out
here doing something that none of my family has ever done before. Not
even [just] my family, I feel like no one has done what we are doing. We
are really pioneering ďyeah you can start a career from the internet.Ē
Just do it until people consider you a real entertainer. We were two of
the first kids to ever do that. Kids have to understand that you can
really do anything that you put your mind to. My older brother, for
example, he plays football at the University of Florida. His whole life,
since he was five, he was told he was going to be a quarterback. Thatís
what he was bred for. If he wasnít in that situation, where would he be?
I think parents, kids, schools and surroundings all determine what
theyíre doing. Their classes and everything determine what they are
going to be. I just donít think that anyone should limit themselves. A
lot of people have the same job, or dress the same. It should be so
different. Everyone is so unique in their head, but they donít show that
and they donít always do that. So thatís what I think everyone should
work on most.
I definitely think so. (laughs)
If you can think back
to filming what was your favorite scene to film?
A lot of the favorite scenes were the last three days, when we filmed
out on the field. Those were pretty sick, because we actually got to
hit, and we played a game. We scrimmaged a team. They let us hit balls
and stuff. I almost hit one out of the park. I split the ball in two
places. It was pretty impressive. I actually impressed myself. I was
like ďWhat! I did not just hit that!Ē
Nash Grier: All the scenes
were very different to film. We were either really happy in our normal
lives, or I was crying because my mom just died. It really just depended
on the scene we were working on, whether it was with my parents, or my
friends, or my girlfriend. They are all very different scenes. I had fun
doing the whole thing.
There was one take that got to me. When my dad is sitting down at the
table, and he asks me if I want to go to college. Deep down, Frankie
wants to go. He feels like heís stuck in Peoria. He wants to go to
college, but he knows that his parents canít afford it. He says no,
knowing that his dad knows he wants to go. If he leaves, it will take
one person away from bringing in income for the family. Itís kind of
like ďeh.Ē Itís a good scene.
What was a normal set
day like? Was it the same, or was it different everyday?
Yo, mine was the worst, because I had school to do. Every five hours
that I filmed, I had to do like two and a half hours of school. Iíd go
from a super-intense scene where I was super in character. If there was
15 minutes to spare, they would take me to school. Iíd go back and forth
from school to shooting. It was so distracting, and annoying. So after
that film I was like: ok if Iím going to film, Iím finishing school. So
I finished school. Iím done. I can focus on the film.
Remember that house that we filmed at for the funeral scene? He was
doing school in the back house or something like that. We opened the
door, and I threw Frisbee plates at you. His teacher flipped out. I hid
in the closet. I told Joey to hide with me. Joey didnít trust me, so he
didnít hide. He ended up getting caught. The teacher freaked out on him,
and I was just hiding in the closet laughing! He was like ďI didnít even
do it!Ē And she was just like ďGET OUT!Ē
It wasnít even like I was in school. It was just one on one. You didnít
have any freedom at all. It was your teacher and you. Sheís behind you.
Her only job is to make sure you get your school work done. Youíre
sitting there for hours on end. Itís just so awful.
What can your fans
expect from the movie?
Nash Grier: Donít expect
anything. Donít expect a single thing. That is what I would say going
into it. Donít watch it for him and me. Watch it for Frankie and Jack
[their characters]. I know you guys have seen a lot of our videos and
stuff, and thatís awesome. Try not to see us as the same people in the
movie. We tried super hard to not be the same people in the movie.
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