A year ago, Sasha Lane was just your ordinary 20-year-old girl – a university student from Texas working part-time as a waitress. That is until she was discovered on Florida Beach by Academy Award winning director Andrea Arnold, who immediately cast her for the lead role in her new movie. Released on 14th October, American Honey is a coming-of-age story starring Sasha alongside infamous actor Shia LaBeouf as they and a group of other teenage misfits travel America selling fake subscription magazines. Winning the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes film festival, and rumoured to take an Oscar at next February’s awards, it’s a film you absolutely shouldn’t miss. We chatted to Sasha ahead of the release, to chat style icons, travelling the world and her ultimate pair of jeansJeans are trousers typically made from denim or dungaree cloth. Often the term “jeans” refers to a particular style of pants, called “blue jeans,” which were invented by Jacob Davis in 1871 and patented by Davis and Levi Strauss on May 20, 1873. Originally designed for cowboys and miners, jeans became popular in the 1950s among teenagers, especially members of the greaser subculture.…
How did you get cast for the movie?
Andrea just randomly came up to me on the beach in Florida when I was on Spring break with friends. Then I ended up spending a week longer there to go through everything – did some improv, (had a lot of ice cream) and after a lot of conversations, I was chosen for the lead role.
Do you identify with your character in the movie, Star? Are there any similarities between you both?
Definitely. As far as how free she is, and the way that she is na?ve in her own personal way. Her strength and how she looks out for people too – I identify with her so much because of those things.
Do you have a favourite scene from the film?
I’ve only watched the film twice, it’s still sinking in! I really dig the scene where Jake (Shia LaBeouf) asks me about my dreams, and the fire scene at the end. But I love it all.
The scene with you and the bear. Please tell me he’s real and not a fake?
It’s definitely a real bear and it really was that close to my face.
How?! Did you train with it?
I took some walks with it, and had a lot of conversations with the bear. It was real hippy vibes, chilling with a real bear. You had no other option but to be calm; you had to be in control.
There’s so much great music throughout. What was your favourite track?
I love God’s Whisper by Raury. It gets me every time.
This is your debut film. But if you had to pick one person you’d love to work with who would it be?
There’s so many people that I know I’d love to work with. I’d love to work with Viola Davis. I don’t know this industry too well, so it’s hard to get my head around the potential people I could work with one day.
If you had to pick a second career choice, what would it be?
It would be something to do with psychology for sure.
What’s been your best experience so far whilst travelling with the film?
It wasn’t for press, but I’ve just recently been to Montreal for two weeks. I’m so in love with that place, I want to go back so bad. It’s so chilled and easy going and friendly, I felt really relaxed there – which is a nice feeling for me because at the minute I never do!
What’s the one piece of clothing you can’t live without?
I love a scrunchie – I’m really into them. I have silky ones in lots of different colours. I’ve got a loose pair of jeans that go everywhere with me, and I have to have a cool pair of socks. Oh, and my ultimate packing essential would have to be a staple crew neck tee, as long as I’ve got that I’m good.
You looked great at the Louis Vuitton show in Paris. What influences your style?
I love the ’90s – how loose the clothing was and super oversized but you’ve also got the fitting, more flattering pieces. I want to be able to dance and move in clothing, so it’s the perfect style for me.
Do you have a style icon?
I’d have to say Lisa Bonet – she’s so natural and effortless.
You’ve got so many cool tattoos. What’s the meaning behind them?
I’ve got a Navel shocker on my shoulder – that’s about really loving yourself. Embracing everything – the good and the bad of your emotions, your sexuality, just being really free and open with it. Then I’ve got symbols on my hands which means love and kindness, that’s really what I’m about – just this constant love and being kind to one another. And a 13-year-old tattooed my foot just before we started filming, pretty random but cool.