In this episode of VICE Talks Film, host Hannah Ewens meets Sasha Lane, first time actor and breakout star of Andrea Arnold's new film, American Honey.
Lane was partying on a beach in Florida over spring break when she was plucked from obscurity and cast as a lead in the movie, an exploration of American youth culture. Lane's character is Star, a southern girl who leaves home to join a magazine sales crew, before falling in love with wildcard Jake, played by Shia LaBeouf. Trekking across the States in a van, drinking, smoking weed and scamming rich people, Star and the others learn about themselves outside the confines of the poverty or unhappiness they're running from.
Here, the 21-year-old Texan describes her unusual fairy-tale origin story, what it was like working instinctively with the empathetic Fishtank director and how you can find light in the darkest places.