Alana Haim reveals how her father helped her film career

Alana Haim shares memories from the filming of her film “Licorice Pizza,” and reveals how her father helped her prepare for leading roles in movies like “Dreamland.”

Alana Haim stars in “Licorice Pizza” as Ida, a teenage actress who writes a short movie based on the dysfunctional family her brother Aaron (Dax Shepard) moves back in with.

In a Q&A for Screen Daily, the actress reveals how her father, rocker-producer-director Benji, helped her through the biggest role of her career.

You can watch a clip from the film and hear what Alana Haim had to say about shooting in the central California desert.

See what she had to say about her inspirations and playing a Jewish, working-class character in an independent film.

Watch Screen Daily’s interview with Haim below.

You can read more in Screen Daily’s interview with the director, Andy Goddard.

The screenplay by Haim and Goddard tells the story of Aaron arriving home and struggling to regain his footing, while also battling his own resentments and psychological demons. While Aaron is holed up in a Los Angeles video game office, his estranged parents (Dax Shepard and Susan Sarandon) go about their own lives, and it’s revealed that his father was once a Hollywood heavy, pushing their son into the life he no longer enjoys. Dax Shepard plays Aaron, while Susan Sarandon is Ida.

Haim recently won the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of Ida in “Licorice Pizza.” The film premiered in the U.S. on June 10 and is set to be released in the UK on June 28.

She told Screen Daily that it was her father who encouraged her to make movies.

“Before I started acting, my dad told me to get into writing,” said Haim. “He said that I should start learning and then everything else would follow.”

Her biggest acting role so far came in the much-heralded “Yemen,” about the challenging life of an eight-year-old Yemeni girl living in Yemen and her struggle to play soccer.

For more on Haim, visit Screen Daily.


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