"I have so many great memories just from that whole experience and it was a wonderful cast," Duff says of the indie comedy.
Although it's been 15 years, Haylie Duff is remembering her time filming "Napoleon Dynamite" as if it were only yesterday.
While speaking with TooFab, the actress, 34, recalled her favorite memories of filming the Jon Heder comedy that became a cultural phenomenon.
If you recall, Duff played popular girl, Summer Wheatley, who ran against Napoleon's pal, Pedro, for class president.
"I have so many great memories just from that whole experience and it was a wonderful cast," Duff said. "Tina Majorino [who played Deb] has been like such a special person in my life from that movie."
"There's one memory that sticks out to me a lot that I probably will never forget," she continued. "There was a lake called Blue Lake and one of the weekends that we weren't filming, a couple of us from the cast and some of the crew members all drove out and it was a like crystal clear blue lake just sort of out in the middle of nowhere. So we kind of all spent the day like swimming and boating and it was just kind of a nice, like, bonding experience for all of us."
Duff added, "And, but the movie, in general, is just a great memory too."
The film tells the story of an awkward teenager, Napoleon Dynamite, (Heder) who helps his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) run for class president at their small-town high school. At the same time, Napoleon has to deal with his bizarre family, including his grandmother who wants him to make his own quesadillas and his brother, Kip, who spends too much time on internet chatrooms and is an aspiring cage fighter.
"Napoleon Dynamite" first debuted at Sundance Film Festival and then was released in only six theaters on June 11, 2004. The indie comedy then exploded after it was wide-released in theaters on August 27, earning $44 million, despite a mere $400,000 budget.