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Interview: ‘Pleasure’ Star Sofia Kappel Discusses Her Breakout Turn

When you watch Pleasure, it’s clear that Sofia Kappel is going to be someone in this industry. Her screen presence is really something to behold. When I saw Pleasure over a year ago at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, I was not just taken by the movie, but by her work as well. Playing a young woman determined to make it in the world of porn, it’s a complex turn, devoid of almost all the cliches you’d expect. Finally getting a theatrical release this week, courtesy of NEON, I sat down a few days ago with Kappel to talk all things Pleasure. Today, you all get to see our conversation!

Below, you can see my discussion with Kappel. We talk about preparing for this challenging role, which is truly something to behold, as well as the judgment facing adult film performers, even in modern times. Kappel is a confident young woman, as you can see while watching the movie. It comes off in this chat, too. She’s going place, and not just because she’s a talented actress, as Pleasure shows. I highly recommend this one to you, as it’s among 2022’s best, even if it’s not the most mainstream of works.

This is some of what I had to say about her Pleasure performance in my review from back at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival:

The performance by Sofia Kappel is truly something to behold. It’s a brave and absolutely no-holds-barred turn. That’s not even including the sexually explicit content, which certainly contains its own kind of bravery. This is a drama that asks a lot of her, emotionally, and she delivers. There’s never a false note in this performance. 

Here now is my interview with Pleasure star Sofia Kappel. Enjoy:

Pleasure is in select theaters this weekend!

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