This Indie Actor Is Tackling Controversy on Film

For someone who never intended to be an actor, Sasha Lane sure is convincing.

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As we embark on the new year, we're sharing a series of stories about the artists, musicians, writers, entrepreneurs and more who are poised to do big things in 2017.

If you've seen the film American Honey, then you know the infectious energy that makes Sasha Lane so mesmerizing to watch. If you haven't, consider this your formal introduction. Lane was discovered on a beach in Florida while on spring break, plucked from a crowd by director Andrea Arnold. As Arnold's lead in American Honey, Lane seems at once full of youthful optimism and naïveté, and a hardened worldview. It's this ability to simultaneously play tough and vulnerable that earned Lane a British Independent Film Award. Lane's easy, cool style has also caught the attention of Vogue, who followed her daily looks at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks and Art Basel Miami.

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Lane plays Star, a runaway who gets caught up in an unexpected pack of people—most importantly, a rat-tailed Shia LaBeouf.

While American Honey was certainly dark in the way any American-road-trip-meets-coming-of-age film ought to be, it's The Miseducation of Cameron Post, coming out in 2017, that promises to be her most serious and critical work yet. Based on the YA novel of the same name, the film stars Lane and Chloë Grace Moretz as two girls sent to a gay conversion therapy center. Though the film is set in 1993, a narrative about the abuse many LGBTQ youth suffer is as relevant as ever.

Oh, and she has great style? Win. Photograph courtesy of Mike Windle/Getty Images
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Ultimately, it's hard not to be a little in love with this breakout star and her determined approach to life. In an interview with The Guardian last October, Lane gave us what might be the closest thing we'll have to a motto all year.

"A lot of people [disapproved] of me. I like to embrace everything, every part of my mind, sexuality, feelings, all of that. I don't have a conformist, materialistic attitude. I crave freedom more than anything. I crave passion and light and dark and all of that, I just need a hint of stability in my life. That's all I ever want." — Sasha Lane, The Guardian, October 2016

Keep an eye out for her this year, will you?

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