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Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging - Georgia Groome and Aaron Johnson interview

Georgia Groome in Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging

Interview by Rob Carnevale

GEORGIA Groome and Aaron Johnson talk about taking the lead roles in Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging and their own past experiences of snogging.

Georgia also discusses why she feels like she’s had to grow up a lot faster than teenagers her own age because of her work in film (she also starred in London To Brighton), while Aaron offers his opinions on achieving sex god status…

Q. Apparently, you were cast as Georgia Nicolson at the second attempt. Were you aware of how exhaustive the search had been?
Georgia Groome: No, I think… I kind of knew after the first audition that I hadn’t got it. I thought: “For every one you get, there’s 30 that you don’t.” So, you have to move on quickly and get on with it. But then it came back and we were like: “What? Surely they’ve made the film and everything by now?” But Gurinder [Chadha, director] had given birth to twins in the meantime and it had all slowed right down, so I was like, “OK”, went in again and it just happened really quickly after that.

Q. Aaron, how does it feel to be called a sex god?
Aaron Johnson: It’s a lot to live up to. I just kind of laugh it off really. I don’t really think about it.

Q. How similar to your characters are you?
Aaron Johnson: Well yes there are similarities I guess. Obviously, Robbie’s a really charming, sensitive, lovely guy and that was my background. But a lot of it reminded me a lot from my school years. But to make him a sex god he couldn’t just be good looking, he had to be really cool, plays the guitar and turns out to be a really sweet, lovely boy who is also really caring. So, we just played around a bit. And I’m obviously such a charmer. I can be like that sometimes.

Q. Georgia, did you identify with the stroppy teenager aspect of your character?
Georgia Groome: I’m a really good teenager I think. I’m quite well behaved for a 16-year-old.

Q. But do you have similar angst-ridden moments when it comes to finding the right clothes to wear and things like that?
Georgia Groome: Not really because I sort of think: “You know what? It doesn’t matter.” There are times when I will dress up, like tonight for the premiere, but there are times when it doesn’t matter. It’s not that I think it’s fake, but I’m not going to go out of my way to be something that I’m not. I do it my own way and that’s how I think I’m similar to Georgia Nicolson – she has her own way of dressing and she listens to whatever kind of music she wants to listen to. She doesn’t do what everyone else is doing.

Q. What about the opening scene when you’re dressed up as an olive? Is that an example of how you do things your own way?
Georgia Groome: Well, I never did that!

Q. What’s the most embarrassing fashion faux par you’ve made?
Georgia Groome: I went to a fancy dress party as a punk. I went through a stage of being a wannabe punk from the ’70s. So, my next-door neighbours were like hardcore punks and I went to see The Vibrators and came home with a T-shirt that said “The Vibrators”. My mum said: “You’re not going out in that!” But I was really into it. I did soon grow out of it. But that’s probably the most embarrassing story I have. I really am just quite normal.

Q. Has anything happened to you like shaving off your own eyebrow?
Georgia Groome: I actually shaved my own eyebrows off when I was 11. My sister started plucking them… she’s 20 now and we fight a lot, like sisters do, but it was all playful. So, we were getting lunch and she said: “I’ll give you a makeover.” She started plucking and then we fell out halfway through, so I’m left kind of lop-sided and I thought I’d finish off myself. I picked up a razor and went straight down the middle! It was really quick and quite painless but I came out and my step-mum was like: “[Gasps] What have you done!” My dad was getting married the next week and in his wedding photos everyone else is really smiling and happy, and I’m like [pulls a pained expression].

Q. Your character, Georgia, has to grow up fast in the film but do you find that you’ve also had to grow up fast because of the time you’ve spent on film sets and balancing a career with schoolwork?
Georgia Groome: Definitely. I think you grow up on every shoot you do. I know on Angus we did the family scenes last in the studio and it was often harder to go back right to the beginning of the film because I grew up a lot doing it. But you do grow up because you’re away from home, you’re not with all of your friends constantly and in that environment you have to be grown up. You’re working with adults and you’re sort of expected to be older and that’s how I like to put myself across. I don’t want to come across as constantly messing about. I mean, we had fun and we shared jokes but we were also quite professional and mature doing it.

Q. On the flipside of that, do you try and find some time for yourself just to be young and flip out a bit?
Georgia Groome: I can be immature. I know I can when I’m at my dance lessons or something. I become like the class clown. I don’t know why. But I can flip in and out of it – if I need to be mature I can be mature, but if I want to have a bit of fun, I’ll have a bit of fun.

Q. What was your first snog like? Was it a good or bad experience?
Aaron Johnson: My first snog was when I was 10 with a 13-year-old girl on holiday. In fact, there were three 13-year-old girls. I think it was kind of a spin the bottle game that kind of turned into something else. I think I went back from that holiday and into school and introduced it at that age… in my class anyway. I didn’t give lessons or anything. I kept it to myself. But I was kind of young.

Georgia Groome: I was 11 and it was one of my good friend’s brothers at her house. It was fairly standard. There was no saliva and no teeth.

Q. Do you have any good snogging tips?
Aaron Johnson: I don’t know [blushes]. People are different. First, I think that if you’re really going to snog someone and it’s going to be a perfect snog, it’s got to be between two people that really like each other, rather than someone you think is fit and you snog for the sake of it. That normally turns out not to be a good snog. But if you have two people that really like each other, then fair enough. Really, it’s a little mix of kissing, a bit of lips, maybe some biting, and then a bit of tongue and stuff. It depends on what kinky little minx you’ve gone for on the night [laughs]. So, there you go…

Q. Who was the best kisser in the film, Aaron Johnson or Liam Hess?
Georgia Groome: I think that’s unfair because Liam’s was with saliva. It was fake saliva. But that scene was more technical whereas Aaron had the freedom to play around with it. But in Liam’s scene it was all camera angles. It’s not romantic. People have asked whether my kiss with Robbie was really romantic, but it really wasn’t when you have the camera this far away from your face [puts hand in front of her face]!

Q. Your character goes boy stalking with your friends. Is that something you’d do in real life?
Georgia Groome: No, never! I’d never do it. I don’t think it’s a healthy thing to encourage either. But when I was in year four or five, there was a boy in the year above me who became obsessed with me. He used to give me tapes of songs he’d recorded and words. He used to bring binoculars into school and look at me over the wall. My mum had to come in because I used to cry every morning and say: “I don’t want to go to school.” He’d also ring my home and breathe down the phone. It was really unwanted attention. So, I’d never do it back and I’d never do chasing.

Q. Do you analyze what boys or girls say, to try and figure out hidden meanings?
Aaron Johnson: I think people do. If you’re on a date or something, or you’re trying to get to know someone, and they say something that leaves you really confused, you go back and speak to your mates about it. It’s like: “She said this, right, so does that mean she really likes me? Or does it mean I’ve done something really bad?” So, you do analyze things but I think that applies to boys and girls, and even adults.

Read our review of Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging

  1. hi.
    i just wanted to say i love you aaron!!
    you are the fittest boy i have ever seen in life or in a film and all that stuff!!
    do you acctually live near brighton?
    i am sooooo jealous of you georgia!! your soo lucky babe
    love you aaron!! xxx

    Lieana    Jul 29    #
  2. Elloo x I loveee youu Aaron your reallyy fitt ! I wish i was youu Georgiaa:( x

    Isabellee    Jul 30    #
  3. Heyy whats up ??
    I just went to see the movie and i loved it.
    I know a lot of people say stuff like this but Aaron you're well nice.
    x.x.x.

    Sophie Middleton    Jul 30    #
  4. Helllooo
    I loved the film it was such a great film.
    I'm soo jealous of you Georgia. lol.
    You gt to kiss Aaron.
    I think ur sooo nice Aaron. Are you actually that nice in real life?
    cz if you aaare i wish every boy was.
    But i love you to pieces any way.x
    Georgia, ur so lucky.
    lvuuuu Aaron.
    xxxx

    eden    Jul 30    #
  5. Hiya..x
    i jst ben to see the film and i loved it. Georgia, your so lucky!!!
    i know everyone is sayin this but Aaron you are the best looking boy i have ever seen. Are you really as nice in real life???
    luv u Aaron x x x x

    Aaron i love you    Jul 31    #
  6. Adore da film guys really gr8!
    Georgia, I would realli luv 2 meet u u were gr8 in da film,
    aaron…..phoarrr!!!! I LUV U AARON!!!lol gr8 acting as well xxx
    u guys were gr8!xxx

    lozzen    Jul 31    #
  7. The stuff they say is true :) . I don't mean to be like all the others but i do really like aaron that is all :D ilu xxxxxxxxxxx

    Georgia    Aug 1    #
  8. Seen da film, u guyz woz amazin in it. lkd like wikd fun 2 film as well.
    gotta b like da rest n saii it, aaron ur delish babes. ly x

    Mercedes    Aug 1    #
  9. omg, saw the film yesturday. Aaron is the buffest thing on the planet. He is so yummy, Georgia you were so lucky you got to kiss him. Luv u sooo much Aaron, see you ate the partyy.

    umm    Aug 1    #
  10. i luv u aaron
    i no that evree 1 has sed that but i really do luv u
    your eyes are lush and i luv your hair this is the first movie i have seen u in and as soon as u came on apparently i was stairing at u thats wot mii mates all sedany way luv u loads

    alisha    Aug 1    #
  11. OMG!!! WE LOVE U Aaron, ur so tonk!! lol, we wana snog ur face off!!!!
    xxxxxxxxxx (call me! lol)

    E&A    Aug 1    #
  12. Just Saw The Film And We Love It. Aaron Johnson Is The Fittest Lad In Britain. We Made A Fan Club :). We Love You Aaron Johnson. xxxxxxxx

    Aaron Johnson Fans    Aug 2    #
  13. Hii..x
    I no everyone is saying Aaron is da fittest guy in da world ( coz he is :D) but i dont just go for looks i also go for personality and if yu are anyfing like robbie in da film then yea i would go for yu but i cant really say i luv you cuz i aint met ya so… And Georgia yu were such a great actress same to yu Aaron I thought da film was great it woz funny romantic, it had sweet moments and it was da perfect film.

    I would watch that film any day.
    Cya xx

    Daydreamer    Aug 2    #
  14. Aaron You Are Gorgeous. Why Cant All Boys Be Like You? Your Buff Which Is One Thing And Then You Got The Most Amazing Personality.
    I Would Love To Meet You One Day. And Find Out If You Like You Are In The Film As ‘Robbie’. Absolutleyy Gorgeous. No Words Can Explain How I Feel About You. I Am Actually In Lovee With You. Snogg Mee Pleasee : )x

    OMG.    Aug 2    #
  15. Omg! Aaron is soo sweet! from everything he said it just makes me like him more!

    and hes soo gorgeous! i love his hair :P

    Aaron and Georgie were both GREAT in the film! and Georgia i envy you soo much!!

    I love you aaron! do you have an fan mail address or something? because i would love to contact you!

    love you LOADS
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Kathy    Aug 2    #
  16. I saw the film and it was great. Georgia u r well funny and Aaron u are well fit. I love u x

    Lucy :)    Aug 2    #
  17. Omg.. Georgia Yhoo Are The Luckiest Girl Alive!
    Seriously!
    Aaron Is well Fitt And Yhoo Got to Kiss him!..
    And The film Was Brilliant:)
    I Luff yhoo Aaron!

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Sarah    Aug 2    #
  18. i can’t even explain it i do actually luv u Aaron i mean u are so hot like during the film i couldn’t keep my eyes off u !!! i had goosebumps after
    i seriously wish i was ur grl fiend cause u are the best boy friend a grl would want and i am not making that up I LOVE U

    Aaron johnsons future wife    Aug 3    #
  19. why do i notice tht all the girls say i love u i love u (u dont even no the guy but he is hot but all i am saying is why does everybody tht they love you

    Ellie    Aug 3    #
  20. u are a sexy beast arron johnson i love u !!!

    Daisy    Aug 3    #
  21. Deadly Film.!! Wanna Go C It Again xX

    E And R xX    Aug 4    #
  22. Georgia seems really mature for her age and a good laugh, aaron seems sensitive and has a cute smile, i don’t love him thou. they are both great actors who could go far

    Jezza    Aug 5    #
  23. God Aaron you are to die for !! Georgous

    kim    Aug 5    #
  24. Aaron your sooo HOT!!

    Ae you and Gorgia going out in real life?

    Xxx

    becky    Aug 6    #
  25. God you are so fit. I wish I could go out with you phwooooor

    AMY LEIGH FOSTER    Aug 6    #
  26. Hi, I just want to say Aaron Johnson is so cute. I also love the Stiff Dylans. I want the soundtrack; I have already downloaded it

    leighia    Aug 6    #
  27. Georgia is well funny i can’t believe she would go through so much for a boy but i guess if you are Aaron who would’nt your well fit Aaron.

    zoe    Aug 6    #
  28. omg aaron you are one gorgeous man.! seriously.

    and georgia you are an extremly lucky girl…!

    brianna. xx    Aug 7    #
  29. You both sound like really nice people:)
    i wish real life was like the fim! it was amazing! the best one i;ve seen in ages.
    aaron johnson youu are flippingg gorgeouss! and i rememberr youu from feather boy!!! i loveed it:) you’ve definatley blossomed thats all i can sayy!
    x

    megz    Aug 7    #
  30. OMG!!! Aaron Johnson is well buff and Aaron if in real life ur anythin like wat u r in da film SXY , sweet, sensitive OMG

    aaron johnsons biggest fan    Aug 8    #
  31. The movie was amazing and I really want 2 c it again but me and my friends think Aaron is amazing and really cute and we wud love 2 meet u. You are a gr8 singer 2. We love u sooo much ur r true love xxxxxxxxxx

    biggest fan ever but shy    Aug 8    #
  32. wow aaron is soooooooooooooooo fit

    I    Aug 8    #
  33. The film was pure brilliance. I love the Stiff Dylans and since i’ve seen the film I havn’t been able to stop singing or listening to either of the songs in the film. Brilliant actors/actresses. I wish all guys were like the character Robbie, as most of the guys i’ve gone for have turned out to be complete a**holes… one of which a cheating a**hole. Why does Aaron have to be 18…that depresses me as I am 15…:(…Just thought I’ld say how brilliantly amazing this film is and I must buy it when it comes out on DVD…x

    Carys    Aug 8    #
  34. Hello
    my friend thinks that robbie is Soooo….. FIT
    she would love to meet him!!!

    Jodie    Aug 8    #
  35. I think the film was great i like a bit of comedy and romance put into 1 film. Aaron u r so fit, you are to die for. Georgia u were great... can't wait for it to come out on DVD. You are sooo lucky Georgia, u get to kiss robbie. i would do anything to be u.
    You were all amazing. i would love to meet u all and the Stiff Dylans - their music is sooo great. Aaron and the Stiff Dylans are amazing singers. I want the soundtrack

    love the movie and the cast amazing movie love yas thankz for a great movie wb

    kayteh
    xxxxxxx

    p.s is it true that u live in brighton aaron just wonderin tht all..

    xxxx

    kayteh-x    Aug 9    #
  36. I know everyone says this and he’s probably proper annoyed, but Aaron Johnson is bloody georgous and yeah the film was amazing (:
    xxxxxxxx

    cara babes (;    Aug 9    #
  37. Peter Is So Cute

    Random Teletubbiiee    Aug 10    #
  38. Heyy i love the film and Aaron you are sex on legs. I dont care what anyone says, you are literally the fittest lad on earth, seriously….and also Georgia you are such a great actress, you are amazing oxoxox love you both loads :D

    LornaAnne.,    Aug 10    #
  39. Hey
    Aaron love you loads and i would love to meet you and Georgia i think you are amazing :):0
    Also i love the film its the best film i have ever seen!!!!

    Hannah    Aug 11    #
  40. Hey,i love the flim. ;)
    Aaron Johnson is so fit. It’s not fair that you got to kiss him. :( you are both awesome, i would do anything to meet you 2. You are an Amazing actress Georgia.
    love you loads x x x

    Lily    Aug 11    #
  41. OMG What Can ii Say, Aaron You Are Liike The Fiitest Person iive Ever Seen iin My Liife, SERiiOUSLY! :) You Are Gawjus ii Would Love To Meet You, You Seem Liike A Great Down To Earth Guy To Hang About Wiith And Have A Laugh Just From Lookiing At The Cliip When You And Georgiia Where Doiing The Slink Love Ratiing Wiith The Stiiff Dylans. Ohh And ii Have The Same Biirthday As You Yayy Me:P Anways ii Love You, Your Great;ox

    Dannii    Aug 12    #
  42. I love u Aaron and u r so fit
    i really wanna meet both of ya
    ur both gr8 at ur job
    the film was gr8. I wanna see it again
    and i really wanna
    u r a sex god aaron
    no matter what any1 else sed i love ur curly hair cos a lot of ppl slag ya off for it
    i love ya
    see ya later
    xxx thts for u aaron

    xxxxxxthts for u Georgia

    emily    Aug 12    #
  43. Hi Aaron, my uncle woz forced 2 watch the film angus thongs and perfect snogging with me and hes in2 stuff that he told me not 2 tell eny1 but in the film u say ‘yea and about how reality tv is brain-washing us’ he sed that its a thing what actually is happening. oh, its hard 2 explain, it would b so much easier face-to-face. lol, enyway the film was great! and 1 question. are u anything like robbie in real life? thanx xox- Becka

    Rebecca    Aug 13    #
  44. omg I luv u aaron, u were awesome!!! And heard you live in high wycombe - so do i!!! Also i think that Ultraviolet should be released on an album, it's sooooo cool i luv it!!
    wb luv u!!
    gracie xxxxxxxxx

    Grace    Aug 13    #
  45. OMG! I Saw The Film And Ih Is The Best Film I’ve Seen! And Georgia All The Things Your Character Had To Do Was Just Comical! Haha!
    Will All Of You’s Stop Goin Mental Ovah Aaron Haha He’s Only A Boy Ha Come Ovah Ta Were I Live And Yuu’ll Find Loads Of Boys Like Him!! Haha
    Scribble Back!
    Love From Eve XxXxX
    Eve Loves Adam Forever XxX

    Eve    Aug 14    #
  46. omg Aaron u r fit. I wish I was u Georgia ever since the film came out. The Stiff Dylans are great - just gt their song
    Ultraviolet on me phone and I listen 2 it every day
    Aaron is fit

    Libbie    Aug 14    #
  47. Ok, Ok.
    So Yesterday I Went To See Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging Coz It Was My Birthdayy And I Absolutely Loved It! Georgia You Was Born In Nottingham?! I Live There! I Wanna Meet Uu Coz Uu Seem A Really Down-To-Earth Kind Of Person.

    Best Wishes For The Future. x
    Marie.

    Mariee    Aug 14    #
  48. Heya
    Aaron is absolutly gorgeous and seems like a really nice guy – I loved the film it was A M A Z I N G – Where does Aaron live and how old are you :D
    xxxx

    Emily    Aug 18    #
  49. Heya..x
    I think the film was FAB and your all great actors and everything.. =D
    I lurve all the songs which are in the film,, there ammazzinnggg..
    neways.. thanks for the fantabulous film and y’all great!
    Mel x[x]x

    Melissa    Aug 18    #
  50. Heyy Aaron .. i just wanted to say YOU ARE THE FITTTEST! seriously, u dont really find good lookin English boys and if ur that nice in real life omg.. i would be the happiest person alive to go out wiv u and in the movie i found it sweet that u din wanna brake any1’s heart thats why u din call her oxoxoxoxoxooxox

    Sophia    Aug 19    #