'Stargirl': The Disney+ film may be about Leo's journey of self-discovery but at its heart is Grace's Susan
Grace brings innocence and effortless charm to her character and that's because they are similar in more ways than one
Stargirl aka Susan Caraway (Grace VanderWaal) is Mica High School's newest face with quirks that can only make her stand out.
The girl's ukelele-playing ability, directness and overall frankness that she proudly wears on her sleeve have won Leo Borlock's (Graham Verchere) heart. Leo is an introverted, once-bullied kid who runs away from his feelings by keeping quiet.
Even though the upcoming Disney+ original film 'Stargirl' gives an impression as though it's about the female lead, in essence, the comedy-drama follows Leo's journey to being a more open, expressive kid on the block.
And, from the looks of it, Stargirl seems to have a lot of contribution towards Leo being a different person. She takes him to a cliff and pushes him to shout at the top of his voice: "Scream, Leo!"
So far, it appears to be run-of-the-mill high school stuff but let's not be too quick to judge. The trailer showcases moments that throw light on how special and pure Stargirl and Leo's bond is. It's so true and magical that he often finds himself confused if it were for real.
However, the progress that Leo makes with regard to acknowledging his true feelings is another interesting focal point of the story. In the trailer, we see him struggling with his emotions. Leo's friend helps him realize that he has feelings for Stargirl but he vehemently refuses.
Apart from such warm characters, what's interesting about 'Stargirl' is Grace. She brings innocence and effortless charm to her character and that's because they are similar in more ways than one.
They both play the ukelele, are unapologetically unconventional and are both figuring out who they really are and how they fit into the world.
"I still am so confused about my actual identity. Like two nights ago, I literally hyperventilated in my bed. I'm like, I am in the skin. I will be in the skin for the rest of my life," she told Refinery.com recently, which shows that she is still wanting to explore herself further.
'Stargirl' is all set to premiere on March 13, Friday, and has been directed by Julia Hart.