Sasha Lane, Interviewed on the Cusp of Stardom

An exceedingly well-timed piece about the American Honey actress.

The long lead-time of print magazines can sometimes play out just perfectly.

When Fiona Duncan visited actress Sasha Lane (pictured) at a downtown Los Angeles apartment (for a conversation billed as Lane’s “first interview”), the performer’s traction at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and success of indie drama American Honey, a film co-starring Lane that is set against the backdrop of magazine door-to-door sales crews, could not have been predicted. But now, here we are, with the interview – Lane’s first – arriving this week in the Summer Issue of U.K.’s Wonderland magazine, on the heels of a Jury Prize for American Honey:

The 20-year-old Lane lives downtown in an old friend’s condo, on the 29th floor of a new high-rise that’s designed like a hotel. An eerie collection of purple, teal and crystal-clear humanoid heads greets you in the lobby, followed by the front desk personnel, who’re similarly decorative. If you make it past them, there’s complimentary coffee and tea and a fridge full of round ice, next to more obscure art, and two elevators that ascend so fast my ears pop.

Lane says the place “isn’t really her style, but the view…” She’s got panoramic windows, out of which you can see all the way to Vernon, where the last season of True Detective was set, and Compton, where Kendrick Lamar grew up. L.A.’s South Side — vast, industrial and full of cars, like a Hot Wheels dream.That’s how it looks, from this height. At night, Lane says: “It’s beautiful, so lit.”

During the Cannes festival, Vogue dubbed Lane a “Rising Red Carpet Star to Watch.” The Wonderland piece also has a full and vivid recounting of how this showbiz adventure began for the Texas native, during Spring Break in Florida.

The piece about Lane is tagged in the headline with the prefacing words “Stars Aligned,” the same format used for a separate profile of 19-year-old Disney TV star Zendaya. American Honey will be distributed in the U.S. by our sister company A24; internationally, most of the territories will be handled by Focus Features.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.