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THE MOVIE: Eurotrip

Scott Mechlowicz • Michelle Trachtenberg
• Lucy Lawless

When his German pen-pal Mieke makes a cyberspace pass at him, Scotty (Scott Mechlowicz) breaks off the friendship, believing he’s a boy, and then discovers that Mieke is actually a beautiful girl. Feeling that he might have missed the love of his life he, along with three high school companions, make their way to Berlin.

U.S. RELEASE: February 20 2004, Nationwide
• Rated: R


“In a work where lots of teen comedies circle around the prom and someone losing their virginity, we were looking for something else as a right of passage. The American backpacking in Europe is that other thing. And it’s never been done before – which was even better.”

“Michelle Trachtenberg was 17 when she filmed this, and she’d been working 17 years. She was our true professional. The great thing for her I think is she’s been Buffy’s (the Vampire Slayer) little sister, Dawn, and now she’s all grown up. She actually gets to play a young woman, and she’s really funny.”

“People forget what a funny show Buffy the Vampire Slayer was. Buffy was the funniest sitcom about high school that wasn’t a sitcom about high school. I was a huge fan of it. We knew Michelle had the comic timing, and the second she came in it was a done deal.”

“I’m growing constantly as an actress, and maturing as a young lady, and specifically with Eurotrip, the role of Jenny is so different from Dawn.”

LUCY LAWLESS (Madame Vandersexxx):
“My agent rang up and said, ‘These guys want you to do this movie in Prague,’ and when I knew what they had done in the past and that it was a comedy, I said, ‘Absolutely, I’ll do it.’ And then I read the role (a dominatrix) and went, ‘What the hell have I done?’ But I love extreme characters, so it was fine with me.”

“My character has to be a bit crazy. He does, after all, leave the country to find a girl he’s never met – never even spoken to once in his life. But he still goes. Like all good kids with good hearts, he always seems to get knocked down by the bad now and then.”

“My character originally had a nude scene in the film, a flashing scene on the side of the freeway. I sat down and talked with Dave, Alec and Jeff about it. Basically I’m not comfortable being nude. I think nudity for an actress is not something that should be done prematurely or in a frivolous way. And I won’t have anyone doubling for me – if I ever do decide to show anything in a movie it will be me.”

“They sent me around with this latex designer in London to look for my costume. He took me to a place called Rubber World. They said, ‘Come out to the back and we’ll show you our good stuff.’ And I got out in the back, and I thought, ‘What kind of film do they think I’m making?’ They thought I was a porn actress!”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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