Was there an “aha” moment when you decided to start acting?
“I feel like so many people have a story of ‘I watched this movie and I knew.’ I didn’t really have that—I started doing performing arts classes when I was in eighth grade. I started singing, acting, dancing. I did improv first and then went on to on-camera classes in 10th grade. That’s the point when they’re like, ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ I could only see myself [acting].
“I was doing workshops in the States when I was 17. I was in one of those workshops and someone told me, ‘You should be out here,’ and I came back out six months later when I was 18. A costume director introduced me to my managers, my managers got me an audition, and I booked it—it was one of those weird things where it seemed impossible, and in the space of a month it went from having nothing to moving to America with a visa for a job. It was insane! That is so telling of this industry; you’ll have nothing, and then all of a sudden you have 10 things and nothing and then 10 things.”
It’s freelance life.
“Freelance for life! [Laughs]”
Patti Cake$, Dumplin’, Birdbox, Skin... You have such a diverse CV of genres. What draws you to these roles?
“That was part of [what] drew me to them all—they’re really different from each other, and that was really cool to me. Anytime I want to do a role, if it is something I haven’t done before or if it’s a subject matter that I want to tackle, then that’s something that really appeals to me. I’ve done films that are hard to talk about and hard to live in that headspace for a while, but I also think they’re important to talk about in society, so I want to be a part of them. Then there are some [movies] where I want people to be able to veg out on the coach and just escape their reality for two hours.”