Trevor, as played by Nico Tortorella, is turning out to be one of the most interesting next-generation characters in Scream 4 as he seems to be the least patterned-after an original character. Trevor is a Billy Loomis by relationship to Emma Roberts’ Jill, but the similarities end there.
Before The Trailer interviewed Tortorella, and here are some choice excerpts.
I knew that the audition was coming out for the fourth project and I actually had never seen the first three “Scream” movies until after I had auditioned, which is funny [because] the audition scene for the fourth was the Billy Loomis scene at the end of the first movie when he goes on his killing rampage. So I had pretty much no idea what was going on. So I went in and had my whole own interpretation of the scene, which I guess worked out in a way, and I auditioned five times after that and got the job basically months later. And just walked into this family that was already established and they just welcomed us with wide open arms and were ready just to get to work on the next installment.
Tell us more, Nico.
BTT: Can you tell us about your character and how your character fits into the overall story?
NT: Yeah, his name is Trevor Sheldon and we kind of jump back right into Woodsboro High School with a new crew of kids in this new movie and it’s your basic stereotypes of the high school. I’m kind of alpha male and the kid that everyone loves to hate and the kid that everyone hates to love. He’s a good guy and he kind of masks his heart behind a lot of the aggression that he puts out on a lot of the other characters. I play opposite Emma Roberts and we have a good little thing that’s going on in the movie and that’s about all I can tell you.
The actor is filling in the blanks of the whole rewrite situation yet remaining admirably diplomatic.
BTT: Were you given the full script or were you only given parts to keep the script secretive as possible?
NT: The script kept changing. We were given the full script on day one. By day seven it was just somewhat of a different script, and by the end of it there were so many rewrites and drafts that script that I had was maybe 195 pages with the rewrites and crazy stuff that was going on. I mean to the point that the day we would start shooting there would be some changes on the script, not, you know, huge storyline changes but, you know, relationships and how one would get from A to B or to C or to D for that matter. And that does keep it fresh and that does keep it exciting, because you walk into a scene thinking it’s going to go one way and then it could go a completely different way. But we got the whole script from the beginning and we knew basically what was happening, it was just the means to get there.
BTT: Did you know who the killer was or was that even kept from the actors?
NT: We knew.
Tortorella is a talky cat, so read the full interview for more of his Scream 4 experiences.