Sasha Lane on Empathy for Jessica Hyde, Being Pregnant During Utopia & More

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“It’s nice to have a lot of sympathy for Jessica Hyde because I understood where she was going and where she was coming from.”

Anyone familiar with Ideal world The possibility of star Sasha Lane already knows this, but it is such a good story that repeats it: The actress was found lying on a beach during the acclaimed spring break by British director Andrea Arnold, who gave her the 2016 film Scouted for American honey. At the time, the acting was “contrary to what I wanted to do” Lane says on a phone call, but instinct told him to just go for it. “Something in my stomach said ‘You have nothing to lose, just do it.”

Four years later, that gut instinct is still closed. Lane is making waves on the new Amazon Prime Sci-Fi series Ideal world. Written by Gillian Flynn, the show follows a group of comic book fans who believe is called a graphic novel Ideal world Can predict catastrophic epidemics. Lane plays Jessica Hyde, a comic series character who is actually a real-life recluse who has been running her entire life. We caught up with the actress to find out what she had to draw on the show, its real-world similarities and what utopia meant to her.

What was it about Jessica Hyde that made you want to play her?
“I think the main thing was the psychology of it and the idea of ​​playing someone who didn’t really develop with any social norms. She didn’t have a lot of nutrition, she always lived her entire life. Is. He is someone you want to hate Leap because there are a lot of murders and all that, but I loved the idea of ​​being able to bring some emotion to him. He is a layered character and there is a reason why She does what she does. I fell in love with that aspect of her – not really good or bad, but there was a purpose. And then she meets this group of people and her armor starts to crack a little bit it happens. “

It is a really challenging role, both physically and emotionally. Was there something you were nervous about or worried about going into?
“I loved doing all the stunts. The physicality there was exciting, but at the same time I ended up getting pregnant [while filming]. So I was like ‘how do I still push myself and give the character what he needs but can be safe at the same time?’ When I say to myself ‘Hey, there is a need to double the stunt because I don’t necessarily have to go too far.’ But I still have the same energy so that at least on my face it looks like maybe I have done all that. “

I read in an interview that the script reminded you of your past – a time when you always felt that you were in a state of existence. Can you tell me more about it?
“I had a mental illness when I grew up and kept myself a lot. There was a sense of paranoia and I really didn’t like socializing. Every day was ‘just like the other day, let’s see if we make it through this.’ I was not really good with my feelings, I held a lot. But this is because I did not want to go that far, because when you bring in feelings and emotions you are weak and I did not want to be weak because I felt very fragile inside. So I appreciated the Jessica Hyde character and the fact that you can’t judge her because she doesn’t want to hug everyone. She was very sympathetic because I understood where she was going and where she was coming from. My job was to bring it out and hopefully people will see it a little bit and not just the surface level ‘that’s crazy.’

Jessica’s style on the show is so interesting – what can you tell us about her look and what about the character?
“I talked to the stylist a lot. Not for Shadow, but when it comes to clothes for female crook characters, it’s tight pants, skinny shoes and a tight leather jacket. But how many punches can you throw in that leather jacket? For Jessica, someone who has been walking since the age of 10 or 11, if you’re going to find clothes that throw you stuff on the street, such as an eight-year-old sweater or 45-year-old. Old friend’s big T-shirt. I know that Gillian had a raggy skirt, and I wanted things that were a little bumpy and broken and not perfect. It is realistic, and what someone would have worn. “

At the center of this crazy story is a group of young people who want to save the world. And I think the wave of activism that we have been joining in recent years is led by all young people. What are your views on this?
“Overall it’s a big deal. I think we are moving in the right direction. What I love about the show are the different nerds coming together for their purpose and desire Ideal world But it also realizes that ‘we probably have an obligation to do something about what we know.’ It now belongs to the world. That one decision you can make can actually make so many other decisions or open so many doors, so you may have a different purpose or a different direction or part to play in the overall scheme of things but it Still important. You’ve got to figure out what you can do and what your action is because it’s like a domino effect – it can all lead to a greater good or collapse. “

Everyone is swinging Ideal world Recently, but are you seeing binge during locking?
Death in heaven. Too many true crime documentaries. I like to guess who murdered or tried to take what. This is my favorite item. I think that’s telling … I haven’t read any of Gillian’s books, but after watching movies and sharp objects, I really want to now.

No one would expect the name of the show Ideal world Being so dark and tense. What does a real utopian world look like to you?
“I think when I first think about it, there’s peace and everybody just vibes, and money is really nothing, and no hate crime. It sounds boring, but it It’s interesting to think about what it will look like because I don’t think it ever exists in my mind. So just feeling lighter and lighter and just good vibes, good people, good energy. “

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