One Direction film offers ‘all-access pass,’ Harry Styles says
By CINDY PEARLMAN August 26, 2013 10:19PM
Updated: September 28, 2013 6:11AM
NEW YORK — Eva, 11, is living the One Direction song. She’s going to live while she’s young.
“I love you, Harry,” says the saucer-eyed girl in her favorite blue school dress when she spies her idol at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Instead of ignoring a member of his core audience, Harry Styles runs a slim hand through his ever-expanding mountain of wavy hair. Then he offers her preteen nirvana. “I love you more,” he says, planting a big kiss on Eva’s right cheek.
The 1D boys were between rounds of discussing their new docu-film “One Direction: This is Us” (opening Friday). When it’s the Sun-Times’ turn, Niall Horan arrives rubbing his lower back a bit.
“Last week, I was at a musical festival and a girl jumped up on my back to get my attention,” he says. “She wanted an autograph and a piggyback ride.”
For those who can’t get that close, the film offers a behind-the-screams look at the boys in the boy band of the moment: Horan, Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson. Directed by Morgan Spurlock, it takes fans from shows in Tokyo and Mexico City to the boys’ return home to London.
“We knew what kind of film we wanted to make,” Payne says. “We didn’t want anything scripted. This film needed to be a way to really get the story across to the fans and tell them who we are as a band.”
Adds Styles, “This is an all-access pass. No restrictions.”
There are personal moments, such as Payne’s teary-eyed father lamenting that there isn’t anything he can give his son anymore. “It was hard to watch my dad say all he can do is take me to a pub. I cry every time I see that scene,” says Payne.
Another tearjerker is Malik buying his mum a house. He tears up even now talking about it. “I’ll have that on tape forever now,” he sniffs.
What fans will not see in the film are their real-life love interests. “Our girlfriends weren’t edited out,” Tomlinson swears. “When we had a week at home, we didn’t allow cameras.”
At home and on the road, Styles insists they’re not the relentless pranksters they’ve been made out to be. “We prank our team,” he says. “We like stealing stuff from them, but it’s just petty crime. We’ll tape a door closed. Stuff like that.”
Another they shuck off: That Styles could go solo.
Styles says, “Historically in every band, one will leave. It happens every time. But this is a group. We’re far too busy for anyone to think about leaving.”
Horan adds, “I won’t be in One Direction when I’m 60, but I am in this band now, which is great.”
At home, Styles says that life is pretty normal.
Just for the record, here’s how to lose him on the first date: “Don’t be late. Nobody likes tardy people. Give me a 15-minute window of being early. And don’t spit,” Styles opines.
“You know, girls spit when they’re driving down a street, too,” he says. “If I ever see a girl spitting, well, that’s gross.”
Horan adds, “I hate it when a girl has one of those ridiculous, annoying laughs.” He demonstrates, which sends Styles falling onto the floor laughing. “Aghhhh! It’s just annoying,” Horan says.
Styles says, “The best thing is coming home from tour and just falling asleep on my sofa and watching TV with my family. What everyone considers mundane is a real treat for us now. “
Days off are few and far between, because there are girl fans everywhere needing some 1D.
Little Eva gets a second dose of affection when Horan approaches her. Not to be outdone by kissy Harry, he offers a(nother) OMG fan moment.
“I love the way you’re rocking those braces,” he tells her, earning a full-grill smile.
Another swoon. Another day at the office.
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