- James Franco
Coppola wasn’t the only first-timer on set. Jack Kilmer who plays one of the main characters, Teddy, was also a newbie to film. The two met through school when he was in first grade and she was in sixth. They stayed in contact through the years and eventually Coppola asked him to audition for the role. Prior to Palo Alto, Kilmer has never acted before, and this might be why his performance was so genuine and natural.
Here is a behind the scenes look filmed by Jacqui Getty (Coppola's mother) on the production of the movie and how it came to life: