Alana Haim on “huge growing experience” of PTA movie role: “I had to hold my own”

"I also couldn’t blame [my sisters] for anything"

Alana Haim has called her debut film role in Licorice Pizza a “huge growing experience”.

The musician is making her first screen appearance as an actor in Paul Thomas Anderson’s forthcoming coming-of-age film, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman’s son Cooper Hoffman.

Haim discussed her approach to acting in a new interview with fellow actor and PTA collaborator John C. Reilly in Interview Magazine, describing the project as “a huge growing experience”.

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Nodding to her sisters Este and Danielle, Haim spoke of her experience working without them on the film.

“I really was alone while making this movie, and it was a huge growing experience,” she said. “My two older siblings have carried me through life, so it was jarring to be like, ‘Oh, they can’t get me out of this one.’ I also couldn’t blame them for anything, or be like, ‘Danielle did it, not me.’ I had to show up on set every day, know what I was doing, and hold my own.”

Describing her relationship with Anderson, who has directed a number of Haim’s music videos over the years, Alana said: “I never in my life would have thought I would be in a movie.

“When we finished shooting, I told him, ‘You saw a side of me that I’d always hoped would come out one day—finding my independence, doing something on my own—and you brought it out of me years before I was ready to do it.'”

The first trailer for Licorice Pizza was released last month – the film is due to reach cinemas later this year.

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