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Interview: Sasha Lane on Playing Bobbi in ‘Conversations with Friends’ and Making an Impression

Conversations with Friends -- “Episode 1” - Episode 101 -- In the summer before their final year at Trinity College, Frances and her best friend Bobbi meet an impressive local writer, Melissa. Bobbi quickly develops a crush on Melissa but Frances is unexpectedly drawn to Melissa’s husband, Nick. Bobbi (Sasha Lane), shown. (Photo by: Enda Bowe/Hulu)

Sasha Lane made her acting debut just six years ago in Andrea Arnold’s American Honey. Since then, she has appeared in Sundance hits The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Hearts Beat Loud, and starred in sci-fi TV series Utopia and Loki. Now, she’s one of the four stars of Sally Rooney’s latest show, Conversations with Friends.

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Lane about what drew her to the role of Bobbi, getting to be a part of the least Marvel-like Marvel Cinematic Universe project, and reflecting back on American Honey as the catalyst for her career. On whether she prefers background or supporting roles or taking the lead, here’s what she had to say:

“It’s obviously nice when you have a lead role because you have more to work with because you have more meat in it, but at the same time, to be a supporting actress does not mean that I am properly just in the background. My goal is to basically, every time you see me, I hope that you remember my presence. I hope that I’m going to work just as hard as I would if I was the lead. I think that a supporting actor is almost just as important because otherwise it’s just you, and that’s a lot.”

Watch the full conversation below:

Conversations with Friends is available to stream on Hulu.

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Written by Abe Friedtanzer

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