GORE IN THE STORE
IN CONVERSATION WITH SASHA LANE
Adam Egypt Mortimer’s psychological horror DANIEL ISN’T REAL, tells the story of Luke (Miles Robbins), a troubled young man whose imaginary friend Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger) from childhood returns as an adult eager to indulge in darkly disturbing desires.
Speaking with FRIGHTFEST, Sasha Lane who plays artist and love interest Cassie, reflects on acting and cinema as an introspective and reflective medium.
A GUT FEELING - “I was found on a beach, and so acting wasn’t something that I was looking for. It was at a time in my life that I felt incredibly low and something was missing. I even heard this voice that told me something was to come, and I was just supposed to hold on for it. When my first movie came along and that whole experience happened, I was just going with my gut. It just told me to go for it, to try it: “You have nothing to lose, why not?” It’s just a gut feeling, and as long as I feel I’m doing something with it that feels right to me, then this is where I’d like to stay for as long as it has that feeling.”
WHICH STRINGS TO PULL ON - “I’ve never had training, so it has always been a natural, more instinctive approach, and that’s how I came into this industry. I like to be very picky with my roles because I need to feel some form of connection so I can tap into myself. It’s pulling on strings - are you going to lean more this way or that way? What parts of yourself are you going to explore and what other sides are you going to simmer down?”
LOOKING OUTWARD - “I’d taken a little break from filming because I was trying to get in touch with myself and to feel okay again. I was feeling my own mental instability and when this role came, I read the script, and it was dealing with schizophrenia and the young male, which is not usually perceived much in film. So that immediately sparked my interest and talking with the director about Cassie, instead of looking inside I was looking outside of myself, taking what I’d usually feel to show that empathy towards someone else.”
BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT - “… A lot of people learn a lot and pick up their own social cues and start to find themselves from cinema. When I was young and feeling very alone, there were a lot of things that didn’t resonate with me, which is why I read a lot of books. But there were certain shows like SHAMELESS, about this dysfunctional family, in which each character was dealing with their own feelings about things, and were stuck in their past that was affecting how they thought and moved forward. I felt I could relate to that, the feeling of, I am not so alone in this. It gave me a bit of comfort and so I think people learn through cinema, seeing cultures, sights and perspective.”
TRANSFORMATIVE GLITCH - "When you make a film you are surrounded by a group of people for a long time, and you are working in this space of a different world that you have created. Who you were before does almost shift a bit because you had to shift yourself in order to perform, and as I said, you lean towards another side of yourself, or completely lose yourself. Then you step out of it and all of a sudden you are not seeing those people again, or having to think the way you were thinking. Everything just settles and it’s a bit of a come down, so I definitely think it’s a weird glitch.”
DANIEL ISN’T REAL is released in UK cinemas 7th February 2020