The DUFF festivities are continuing! Last week, the red carpet premiere took place in LA, and yesterday another one took place in New York! Kody Keplinger, the brilliant, fabulous, and lovely author of The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, was lucky enough to be in attendance, and I was lucky enough to get to ask her a couple of questions about the whole experience!! (I’m not INTERNALLY FREAKING OUT ABOUT THIS, nope nope nope.)
Kody: It was really nerve-wracking, I won’t lie. But luckily, the cast and crew of the film have been so warm and welcoming, which made it a lot less stressful. It was easy to talk to them and to relax a little. I wouldn’t say I “fit in” to the scene – I mean, my life is sitting on the couch in my PJs writing books – but I definitely had fun and would totally do it again.
L: Kody and Bianca A. Santos (Casey) at the LA premiere; R: the red carpet in New York
Which actor was the most fun to hang out with on the red carpet or at the after parties?
Kody: Ken Jeong was so freaking cool. He spotted me on the red carpet and came over to give me a hug. Then, at the after party, I tracked him down to tell him how glad I was he was in the picture. He was so gracious and friendly, and then he filmed a video saying hello to my mom – who LOVES him – and he was just…amazing. Seriously one of the most down-to-earth, kind people I’ve ever met.
Behind the Scenes of the LA Premiere
Be sure to subscribe to Kody’s YouTube channel to catch her vlog about the New York premiere!
About Kody Keplinger
Kody Keplinger was born in raised in small-town western Kentucky. She wrote her first novel, The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) during her senior year of high school. She now lives in New York City with her German shepherd, Corey, where she writes full-time and teaches the occasional writing workshop. When she isn’t writing, Kody is probably exploring the city, eating Thai food, or creating a new plan to become Tina Fey’s best friend.
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