Nick Eversman may have been the sensitive sweet guitar playing crush in recent teen rom-com hit The Duff, but he is taking a more serious approach to teen angst in his most recent film, Pretty Boy.
Nick stars in the upcoming short film Pretty Boy as Sean, a gay teen who's not only lives with bullying from his classmates, but from his own father who seeks to rid Sean of his 'ailment' through an unconventional approach. In this past February's The Duff, Nick's character had no problem with the ladies, and it would seem neither does Sean, as he befriends a prostitute (Rebekah Tripp) who helps serve him and his father a little truth tea, then realizes she could use a little sip as well.
Already nabbing awards such as "Best Screenplay" and the "Award of Excellence" from the Best Shorts Competition", Pretty Boy recently showed at the North Hollywood Cinefest to an overwhelming audience reaction. Not many directors or actor's would take a risk on such a raw and daring story like writer/director Cameron Thrower. Thrower has made a name for himself in the film festival and YouTube circuit with short's such as One Day Stand, which hosts over 1.2 million views. Pretty Boy is by far Thrower's most raw and intimate film to date, pushing the Hollywood limits and reaching out to relate to an audience that often is widely ignored.
Thrower says his inspiration for the film came from the mounting suicides of LGBTQ youth:
Growing up in the south, I was constantly bullied throughout middle school and some of high school. I was lucky enough to have a family and friends that got me through that mess. Unfortunately that's not the case for some of those kids out there.
Actor Nick Eversman brings a depth to his character that we don't usually see in gay roles in film or TV. Gay characters are usually comic relief, but that is not the reality of the youth living confused and in fear. It's refreshing to have such a subtle and realistic performance that draws you into the story, and makes you look at yourself, and if you are someone that played a part in it. Nick related to his character Sean right away:
"Sean really struck a chord with me in a few ways. I was often bullied myself while growing up. In a way, for me, it was a bit of a way to feel the hurt of the past, but this time, we get to control the story."
However, if you want to know where the heart of the film rests, it's with the formerly mentioned truth tea serving prostitute Katie, played by newcomer Rebekah Tripp. Rebekah doesn't play a prostitute. No, she plays a woman who who gives her second chances away because she doesn't believe she deserves them. Her character development in the short 30 minute film is astounding, and turns black and white moments into an array of colors. To say Tripp is a strong actress is an understatement, she hits the screen running and never stops, and you won't want her to.
Pretty Boy has the opportunity to have a profound effect. Audiences everywhere are thirsty for fresh and live stories waiting to be told. These are the ones Hollywood should be telling, not recycling overused plots. It's a welcomed message from the heart that needs to be heard, and executed so beautifully at the hands of Thrower, his team, and cast.
If you have a chance to catch this film, you won't regret it. Pretty Boy will be screening at the My True Colors Festival in NYC and the The Temecula Independent Film Festival in CA, both in June. Don't miss it, maybe you could use a sip of Pretty Boy's truth tea yourself.
Watch the official trailer for Pretty Boy below!