The newest thrill ride from Goosebumps author R.L Stine will keep parents and kids on the edge of their seats this Halloween season when R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It comes exclusively to DVD September 4, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment and The Hatchery LLC. This movie features a sizzling young cast that tweens and their families will love, including Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana,” Spy Kids), Cody Linley (“Hannah Montana,” Hoot) and Brittany Curran (“The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and one of kidzworld.com’s Five Faces to Watch in 2007), plus the quintessential movie villain Tobin Bell (the Saw franchise).
In addition, Emily Osment makes her music debut, singing the film’s theme song “I Don’t Think About It.” The song, along with a never-before-seen music video, will be available on the DVD. R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It kicks off a series of spooky and suspenseful thrillers for the entire family based on the work of one of the world’s best-selling children’s authors.
We recently had the pleasure to sit down with Emily and ask her a couple questions about the dvd, Hannah Montana, her brother, and what she does during her down time.
Now in The Haunting Hour you character is a goth, which is quite different than your character Lily on Hannah Montana. Did you enjoy being able to play someone with a different style sense? And how was it overall working on The Haunting Hour in comparison to Hannah Montana?
Emily: Lilly and Cassie are two very different characters. Playing different roles is what I want to do and I’m always looking for that. The differences between working on Hannah Montana and working on the Haunting Hour are vast simply because one is a TV show and the other one is a movie. We shoot “Hannah” on one sound stage all the time. Movies are shot in many different locations. TV shows have very regular hours. Film work can be practically any time, day and night.
What did you like best about filming this project?
Emily: I got to live in Pittsburgh for six weeks. I really like going new places and filming in new places and meeting new people.
Are there any funny stories of things that happened on the set that you can tell us about?
Emily: We shot the school sequences in an abandoned school in Pittsburgh. I had some time between camera set-ups to go exploring with Cody and Brittany. We found a full size pool below ground level under the school. It was very dark and empty down there since there weren’t any windows. I separated myself from Cody and he got lost and when he wandered by where I was hiding, I jumped out and scared him so badly he almost fell over.
Have you read any of R.L Stine’s book, and if so do you have a favorite?
Emily: I was too scared to read R.L. Stine’s books when I was that age. My brother read all of them. We have a large collection around the house.
You make your musical debut with this project, singing the film’s theme song. Does this mean that your fans can look forward to maybe a debut cd from you at some point in the future?
Emily: I have been working on some songs of my own for some time. Time will only tell whether I can devote myself to more music.
How would classify your musical style?
Emily: I have a diverse interest in music. I listen to classic rock and I listen to music that probably flies under the radar.
Your older brother is Haley Joel Osment, how has then been venturing into the world of acting with such a successful older brother, and has he given you any tips that you’ve found helpful for dealing with the industry?
Emily: My brother and I are siblings first and actors second. Lately, the kind of tips we give each other is how to beat Zelda. My dad focuses on our acting careers, but there is no denying the support that my brother gives me.
Now you also like to write action novels, correct? Would you like to write a screenplay one day, or is writing just a fun hobby for you?
Emily: I don’t know where the idea came from that I write action novels. I like to write poetry and some short stories. I would definitely like to write a screenplay sometime. But, I have no immediate plans for that.
Now your also good friends with your Hannah Montanna co-star Miley Cyrus and Michel Musso. Does it help at all with the pressures of Hollywood to have friends in the business that understand what all you’re going through?
Emily: Yes, having friends in the business does help with the pressures of Hollywood. Being able to share experiences with people who are living a similar lifestyle is good for anyone.
Interview By: Emma Loggins
– The Haunting Hour Gallery