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Danielle Panabaker & Nicole LaLiberte – Drawing First Blood in the War of the Sexes

Nicole LaLiberte, Danielle Panabaker and Andrew Howard star in GIRLS AGAINST BOYS.

Nicole LaLiberte, Danielle Panabaker and Andrew Howard star in GIRLS AGAINST BOYS.

Danielle Panabaker & Nicole LaLiberte – Drawing First Blood in the War of the Sexes

by Jay S. Jacobs

The indie film Girls Against Boys is trying to be the ultimate word on men pushing women too far.  A bloody mix of Thelma & Louise and Death Wish, the film looks at Shae and Lu, two women who have been mistreated by men and decide to take brutal revenge.

Shae, the sweet, quieter student is played by Danielle Panabaker.  Panabaker is an interesting actress whose career path has been taking some unexpected turns.  She started out as a child actress and Disney Channel favorite, spent a couple of years on TV as James Woods’ daughter on the series Shark and now has become a bit of a scream queen – starring in such horror films as the Friday the 13th reboot, Piranha 3DD, The Crazies, Mr. Brooks and John Carpenter’s The Ward.

Shae has just broken up with her married lover – who has decided to give his wife another chance.  She is invited to a club by a co-worker named Lu, played by the exotically pretty Nicole LaLiberte (HBO’s How To Make It In America and Dexter).  They get drunk, get high, meet some strange guys and go home with them.  When Shae insists on going home, one of the guys rapes her.  She goes to her ex for compassion and he comes on to her as well.

This is when Lu turns into her protector and dark side, suggesting a deadly retribution be paid to all the men who mistreated Shae.  But at what point will Shae decide that Lu is apparently enjoying their little crime spree a bit too much?

A few days before Girls Against Boys had its New York premiere, Panabaker and LaLiberte gave us a call to discuss the film.

What was it about the script of Girls Against Boys that intrigued you?

Danielle Panabaker: I had really been looking for something a little bit more dramatic.  I first read the script and I was really interested to speak with Austin [Chick, the writer-director].  Austin had such a specific vision and is a really talented filmmaker.  We met a couple of times and I really liked collaborating with him.  So, then we were off.

Nicole LaLiberte: It was just that I would read things and I’d be like “Oh my God, did that really happen?”  “Oh my God, did she really do that?”  (laughs)  “Oh my God, I can’t believe that’s happening right now.”  There is one particular scene that reminded me of the ear scene in Reservoir Dogs.  Do you know that scene where… what’s his name?  It’s not Vince Vaughn, the other guy… the dude in the Quentin Tarantino movie that cuts the policeman’s ear off.  [ed. note: It’s Michael Madsen.]  There is a similar scene in Girls Against Boys and I just remember being so excited about that scene, because I thought it was so dark and really fun to make.

To read the rest of the interview, click here.

Copyright ©2013  All rights reserved. Posted: January 31, 2013. 

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