On Thursday, we had the opportunity to attend the premiere of the newest Netflix film, “Sierra Burgess is a Loser”.
Sierra Burgess (Shannon Purser) is an empowered and intelligent teenage girl who could care less about “fitting in” in today’s materialistic society. Although, when her high school crush, Jamey (Noah Centineo), mistakes Sierra’s phone number for Veronica (Kristine Froseth), the most popular in school, Sierra’s self confidence is tested. In fear of revealing her true identity and potentially losing the only boy she’s ever felt a true connection with, Sierra and Veronica work together to keep Sierra’s true identity a secret.
Before the screening, we had the chance to speak with Shannon Purser and Noah Centineo about the movie.
The Knockturnal: In the movie, Sierra goes through with catfishing Jamey due to insecurities that she has about the way she looks and who she is. Coming from someone who is always in front of a camera and around very important people, have you ever felt similar insecurities?
Noah Centineo: Oh, totally. I think we all have insecurities and if we embrace them, they kind of dissolve a little bit. I think most of the time insecurities come from comparing yourself to other people and as soon as you let go of those comparisons you kind of free up inside.
Shannon Purser: Absolutely, yeah. I think that’s really the message of the movie, that all of us feel that way and with social media it’s really easy to portray a certain image but I think we all want validation and approval from others. You know, I struggle with that at times too but I feel like I’ve grown so much as a person and as a human being and I hope that I can spread a little bit of that knowledge with others.
The Knockturnal: This movie tests the question about what beauty really is. What would you define as beauty?
Shannon Purser: Beauty is the ability to be yourself comfortably, it’s using all of the things that you love about yourself to help other people and I think empathy is just the most beautiful quality that there is and that’s something that I try to foster in myself and in other people.
This movie was funny, heart warming, and gives an empowering message on becoming confident with who you are. And c’mon, eye candy like Noah Centineo for 2 hours? How could you say no? “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” hits Netflix on September 7th. Check out the trailer below!