NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 18: Sasha Lane attends the “Utopia” Virtual New York Comic Con Press Panel at Mondrian Park Avenue on September 18, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
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Sasha Lane Was Discovered Lying on a Beach and Now Stars in “Utopia”

normal’>Utopia, the latest offering by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) who adapted this critically-acclaimed British series for the United States. Lane, 24, stars opposite John Cusack and Rainn Wilson in the role of Jessica Hyde.

Utopia is about a group of comic book fans, young adults, who meet online and believe in a graphic novel, “The Utopia Experiments”, which predicts several disastrous epidemics. The group becomes the target of an organization called The Network who is hunting down anyone in possession of the Utopia manuscript. Lane’s character, Jessica, is on the run from The Network’s two hitmen she’s been evading her entire life. She meets up with the group and helps them circumvent their own capture, and in doing so, tries to solve the web of mysteries and conspiracies around them.  

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American Honey (2016), starring opposite Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough, after being spotted on a Miami beach by the film’s director, Andrea Arnold. She followed up with roles in normal’>The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Hellboy, and will next appear in the superhero series, Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston. 

How much did you understand Jessica when you first read the script?

Are you a comic book fan?

What would a Utopian world look like to you?

As you’re new to the business, I’m wondering if you were starstruck by either John Cusack or Rainn Wilson?

The Office and I was obsessed with that show so knowing I was going to work with Rainn Wilson made me giddy. I was like ‘Oh, this is cool, I hope he doesn’t think I’m lame!’   And obviously John Cusack is amazing and is an incredible actor. 

Your career has really taken off so quickly since American Honey. How would you describe this time in your life?

  Until now, I couldn’t even say that I was an actress because it just sounded weird coming out of my mouth. I’d like to say that now I’m taking it more for what it is, and just enjoying the ride.

I know you were discovered lying on a beach. That’s an incredible story and doesn’t happen every day. What did your friends and family say to you when you came home and said, ‘Guess what happened to me today?’

You must be a big believer in fate I imagine?

Did you have a mentor of anyone guiding you through? I imagine it must have been pretty overwhelming in the beginning.

What has been your biggest pinch-me moment?

  I realize that it’s not a normal thing. It was definitely my own kind of utopia at that moment.