Dianna Agron on "Differences Between [I Am Number Four] Book and Screenplay"

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It happens with every book-to-movie adaptation. Earlier this week, new details emerged about the seventh and final 'Harry Potter' film, specifically that the location where the death of a major character takes place will be different in the film than the book. The question becomes, can fans of the book accept a movie that's not 100% true to the book?

The next movie in line to poise that question is 'I Am Number Four', hitting theaters next month. One of the film's stars, Dianna Agron revealed to us that even though the movie was being shot before the release of the first novel in the Lorien Legacies series, the movie might not go as far as to change something, but does leave a detail or two out -- like the fact that Dianna's character in the movie, like her Glee's Quinn Fabray, is a cheerleader.

"It's funny that people keep saying Sarah was a cheerleader because it never is really addressed in this script," she told us when we were on the set of the movie last summer in Pittsburgh. "I know it is in the book -- it's more that she had friends that were kind of the popular kids and her boyfriend is a football player and she's just kind of done conforming to what other people thinks she should be like. There's quite a few differences between the book and screenplay, but both are very action-packed."
If you've read the book, it makes sense why we don't see Sarah as a cheerleader in the movie. The book is told through the perspective of John (Alex Pettyfer). When he enrolls in Sarah's school, she has already quit the squad, so unless there's a flashback in the movie the odds of that detail making it in the film were slim. And now we know that it wasn't even in the script.

But that doesn't mean Dianna wasn't up for donning a uniform for the part. Despite her head-cheerleader status at William McKinley High School, she never cheered when she was in high school, but we did find out that she has extensive dance training.

"I didn't cheer but I started dancing when I was three," she said. "I started with ballet. Outside of high school, I would dance and eventually I taught dance classes as well as taking classes. That took up a lot of my extra curricular time, almost all of it after school.


Dianna also told us she did drama in high school (that seems to have work out well) and was on the yearbook staff -- read more about Dianna's photog skills here.

Agron fans out there (and trust us there are a lot of them) will be happy to know that Dianna couldn't really think of any story where she was bullied in high school. "Not too much," she told us. And for anyone who has met her, it's also just flat out impossible to think of a reason why someone would be mean to her. "I just have always liked getting along with people. I'm not a very confrontational person."

There was a time though when a friend of her's had her car egged.

"I had really strong girlfriends, there were like six of us, and we're still close and we all have very different personalities. Three of my best friends had older brothers. They were a year older than us or two years older than us. So, a lot of the time we would hang out with them because they could drive and take us places and the older girls weren't always too thrilled about that because those were "their guys" in their mind. So there was a couple of times where before school, on the first days of school my sophomore and junior years, they had written signs on some of our cars and egged some of the girls' cars. For some reason, I never had any of that but I definitely had to help clean. So just silly things, nothing too terribly rough."

Want to get more 'I Am Number Four' scoop? Check out our other interviews with 'I Am Number Four' stars Alex Pettyfer and Callan McAuliffe. February 18th isn't too far away but to hold you over until then you might want to peep the trailer below. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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