Why Zoe Kazan, Daniel Radcliffe's 'What If' Costar, Doesn't Like the Term "Friend Zone"

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What if you had the chance to work with Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe?

No, there isn't a place to sign up for that unfortunately, but we did get some one-on-one time with lucky lady Zoe Kazan who co-stared with the British actor in their latest film, What If. In it, Wallace (Daniel) falls for Chantry (Zoe), but because she is already in a relationship, he finds himself in the dreaded "friend zone."

Cambio: What about the film intrigued you?
Zoe Kazan: "It was really a no-brainer. I loved the script, I really liked the director, and you don't really pass up an opportunity to work with Dan who I had heard incredible things about from everyone who has worked with him on Broadway. People gloat about him, his work ethic and how kind he was and good to the crew."

C: Your character Chantry is an interesting one: What's your favorite thing about her?
ZK: "I really liked how moral a person she was. She's in a kind of funny situation where she's attracted to someone outside of her relationship. She tries to handle it in the most kind and moral way possible and eventually things start to get dirty as they do, but I was really impressed by her and liked how funny, sharp and open she was."

C: You and Daniel have great chemistry on-screen: Had you two met before?
ZK: "We had met once, we had a drink when he was doing Equus on Broadway and I was doing The Seagull on Broadway in 2008. We met through a mutual friend and had a drink and I was really impressed by him - by how funny he was, easy to talk to and also, for a lack of a better word, how down-to-earth he was. He's in a really extraordinary position of being famous from such a young age and he comes off as a really regular person which is a testament to his parents and his character."

C: In the film, Daniel's character is put into the "friend zone." What's your advice for someone trying to get out of it?
ZK: "I take objection to the phrase friend zone. It's not one that I really love to use. Partially because I think when someone says someone is friend zoning them, what they actually mean is that that person doesn't want to have sex with them. Which is not something bad to do to someone, it's a total legitimate thing to not want to do with another person. The situation that Chantry's in in this movie is that she is attracted to another person, but she can't act on that attraction cause she's in a relationship. Just cause you're in a relationship, even a happy relationship doesn't mean that part of your brain turns off. Navigating that is really complicated."

C: You're an actress, screenwriter and playwright: How do you do it all and do you have a preference?
ZK: "I think acting always comes first for me, both for my preference and in scheduling. They're different parts of my creativity and I don't feel stretched too thin or anything. I always feel like I'm doing things I want to be doing. If no one paid me to write, I'd still write. If that's the only way I could act [for free], I'd still do it."

C: Both your parents are respected and well known screenwriters and directors, did that add more pressure to your own career?
ZK: "I didn't really feel pressure. Probably the opposite. I had a much more realistic viewpoint of what it meant to be in the film industry because of my parents - watching them, sharing stories on set and being on set. I was in no means a Hollywood kid or set brat, they tried to shelter us from that and let us have a childhood. I count my blessings everyday that I get to do this for a living."

What If is out in theaters on August 8.
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