There was nothing but a sense of comfort on the set of the suburban teen drama Palo Alto – especially between costars Emma Roberts and James Franco, whose book of short stories provided the basis for the film.

“This is like a dream cast,” Roberts, 23, told PEOPLE Thursday at the film’s New York premiere, at the Tribeca Film Festival. “It was one of those kind of lightning-in-a-bottle casts where, when we were on set, I was like, ‘This really special. This isn’t like a regular movie.’ ”

Added the actress: “James is someone [who] I’ve always wanted to work with I was so nervous to meet him because I’m like, ‘Oh, my god, is he going to be nice?’ And he was so nice and such a great actor to work with and just a sweetheart.”

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By Ian Dei

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