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THE HOUSE BUNNY

About The Characters
To play the hapless sorority sisters of Zeta Alpha Zeta, the filmmakers turned to a group of young stars on the rise. 

At the center of the group is Natalie, the president of the sorority. Though Natalie is super-smart, she's also more than a little clueless. She likes boys, and she wants boys to like her, too, but she has no idea how to approach the opposite sex, or, once she approaches, what to say. 

Emma Stone, who had a co-starring role in last summer's hit Superbad, takes on the role. She says, "Natalie might be a little uncomfortable, but she has a heart of gold – and she certainly sees through Shelley's bunny exterior to understand Shelley's heart very well. They end up becoming close friends because of what they see in each other.”

Parry notes, "We'd just seen an early screening of Superbad, so we were excited to have Emma come in and audition. She first read for one of the Phi Iota Mu girls, and then read the part of Harmony. Only after she left did we think, ‘You know, she'd be great as Natalie.' She'd already left the Sony lot, so we made her turn around and come back. She was nervous – she'd parked somewhere restricted and the whole time was afraid that her car was going to get towed. It worked out for her – she got the part.”

"It was fun to undergo the transformation, from the grays and navies that Natalie wears at the beginning, to the hair extensions and makeup and fun costumes,” says Stone. "Of course, the characters also come to realize that though all that stuff fits the look that Shelley likes, it's not really who they are.”

Natalie's sorority sister, Mona, is just about the last person who you'd think would make that transformation. She has multiple piercings and adopts a very women's-studies vibe, and signs on to Shelley's plan more for the opportunity to conduct a sociological experiment than to become popular.

There was one and only one person who the filmmakers considered for the role. Kat Dennings played the part during an early table read at a time when the only other actor cast was Anna Faris. She was so great at the table read that the producers stopped looking.

Dennings knew the character immediately. "Mona has an issue with males,” Dennings deadpans. "They make her very uncomfortable and she makes them very uncomfortable – mostly because she goes around wearing shirts that say ‘legalize castration.'” 

Making her motion picture debut in The House Bunny is singer Katharine McPhee. Her character, Harmony, is a very pregnant, and very flower-child, sorority sister. She is always seeing the best in people and always being shocked by how cruel others can be sometimes. As she prepares to give birth, Harmony is the classic beautiful-on-the-inside type who flowers when Shelley begins her lessons. 

For her part, McPhee sees the character a little differently. "She's supposed to be this hippie chick, but I think she's just free-spirited, which is definitely a side to my personality,” she says. 

"Katharine McPhee is obviously a great singer,” enthuses writer McCullah Lutz, "but she's a good actress, too.”

McPhee couldn't resist the chance to show off her pipes during a karaoke scene in the film. "I knew that the scene couldn't be like it was me singing,” she laughs, "but Harmony is a free spirit, willing to try anything, and excited about life, and I think she'd definitely belt out the song to the best of her ability.”

McPhee was also thrilled by the chance to sing for the film – a new version of the 80s pop anthem "I Know What Boys Like,” which plays over the end credits. "I had a great time recording the song,” she says, "but to be honest – shooting the movie was even better.”

To play the role of Joanne, a shy girl in a back brace, the filmmakers looked to a member of the next genera

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