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, which explores American youth culture. Lane plays 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 the rich, Star and the crew learn about themselves outside of the confines of the poverty and unhappiness they're running from.
We caught up with the 21-year-old Texan, and she shared her unusual fairytale origin story, what it was like working instinctively with the Fishtank director, and how you can find light in the darkest places.