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Sadie Sink: ‘We always have each other to rely on when things get complicated’

Stranger Things may be approaching its finale, but Sadie Sink’s star is about to rise even higher opposite Brendan Fraser in The Whale. Hamish MacBain talks to her about cast member WhatsApp groups and her big-screen break

When I meet Sadie Sink on a cold Thursday afternoon in January, I am also fortunate enough to meet Leo, ‘our very, very old cat’, who is jumping all over her. In blue jeans and black T-shirt featuring Link from Zelda — Sadie, that is, not Leo — she looks relaxed and happy. Tomorrow it’s back to her place in Manhattan and some time after that back to work, not least on the final season of Stranger Things. But right now she is in the Sink home in New Jersey, where she will later today celebrate her younger sister Jacey’s birthday with her family (the second of five siblings; Sink also has three older brothers).

‘It’s been pretty nonstop for the past few months,’ she smiles. ‘So it’s nice, over the holidays, to have two weeks when I know I’m going to be in the same place. Every once in a while there’s something. But I don’t have to get on a plane, which is good.’

Those past few months have been ‘really intense’ because Sink is the co-star of The Whale: one of those films that, as awards season kicks into gear, everyone is talking about. You may not yet have watched it — it’s not out in the UK until next Friday — but you likely will have seen images of its leading man, Brendan Fraser, playing the morbidly obese Charlie: a role for which he had to wear a 300lb prosthetic suit filled with airsoft pellets, dried beans and marbles. ‘I think I had seen some kind of mock-up drawing of what it would look like,’ Sink says, when I ask her what it was like seeing him made up for the first time. ‘But the whole thing was kind of kept a mystery, especially from me. I did not get to see him until right before we shot the very first scene.’

How does she feel about the criticism that the film has come in for in some quarters? That maybe the role of an obese man should be played by an obese man? ‘I think it’s good that people are on edge about this kind of stuff because this is a topic that hasn’t been handled in the right way by Hollywood in the past,’ she says. ‘The use of prosthetics… usually, it’s in a comedic way and it’s not empathetic or real, and it’s harmful. But for this, hopefully, by the end of it, they’ll know what the message truly is, and know that Charlie was created with a great deal of care and research. The story itself, by Sam Hunter, the playwright, is told from personal experience. It’s not a universal story, it’s very specific. So hopefully people will watch it and get a better idea of it.’

‘It’s kind of a bizarre story,’ she tells me. ‘I need to write out an actual timeline of events that transpired because it’s hard to look back and think: how did we get to this point?’

Born in Brenham, Texas, two-and-a-bit decades ago (she turns 21 on 16 April) Sink began acting at ‘seven or eight years old’. Her mother, a maths teacher, saw an advert in the paper asking for kids to audition for a community theatre production. ‘She was like to me and my brother, “You guys like to act and sing, you should go audition for this.” That was the first thing. Then we just kept on doing theatre at a community level, then a regional level. Then eventually we were both on Broadway.’ The first show she was in was Annie. ‘I was about 10, 11 at the time. I don’t remember every single detail of that experience, but I think starting out in theatre was the best for me because it kind of engraves a certain training into your system, into your bones.’

Sink’s talent was such that her parents (her father is a football coach) moved the family to the New Jersey home she is now sitting in so their daughter could be closer to New York’s theatres. A good move, because by 2015 she was acting opposite Helen Mirren in The Audience. ‘That was the first moment when something switched for me,’ she says, ‘and I saw acting as something that I really, really wanted to do for the rest of my life, just watching a pro like Helen.’ Her role was — talk about starting with a bang — as the younger self of Mirren’s Queen Elizabeth II. ‘I think I probably knew more about her at that time than a lot of my friends maybe did, so playing her and researching her life, from the age of 12, 13 gave me a lot of insight into everything that she’s done. She was a big part of my childhood.’ I wonder how she feels about Harry and Meghan’s recent… escapades? ‘I know the documentary series just came out, I haven’t watched it yet so… it’s hard for me to form an opinion.’

There is — ‘Somewhere, not online and never to be released!’ — a video of the 14-year-old Sink taking the call from the producers of Stranger Things, telling her she would be joining the cast of season two. ‘I think I’m sitting on the phone and I’m just a little speechless,’ she says, ‘because with that kind of call it’s like, “Your life is going to look a lot different now.” All our family members when that happened were like, “Oh, okay. Here we go. This is happening.”’

She and her brother recently went back and watched some of her first scenes in the show, ‘and it’s just so crazy. It’s like this time capsule where there’s this much younger, smaller me on Netflix.’

How did it make her feel? ‘I looked at myself in that moment and I knew how excited I was to be there, and how hard I’d worked to be there, but also how scared I was. I was like, “Oh my God, you have no idea of the seasons that are to come.” If that girl knew where her character would be ending, like in season four, it would be impossible to believe. But yeah, it is crazy to see me at a time before [season two] was released and the masses knew this character.’

Now, of course, the masses — season four of Stranger Things alone has clocked well over one billion hours of viewing time — very much do know Max Mayfield, and are waiting with baited breath to see how her story plays out. Does Sink know yet? ‘No,’ comes the definitive answer. Really? She hasn’t seen a script yet? ‘No, I haven’t. But they posted a picture of… I don’t know if you saw this, but Stranger Things or Netflix posted a picture of the cover of one of the scripts for season five, and I was texting all my castmates, like, “Did anybody get it!?” It was posted about on Instagram, but we don’t even know what’s inside of it.’

The cast, she says, are as close as you’d expect a cast who have grown up together to be. Is there a WhatsApp group? ‘There used to be a group chat, there probably still is. It’s not very active, though. When we’re all filming, we’re together literally for 15, 16, sometimes 17 hours a day. So on our time off, we really take some time off.’ She does say that there is ‘a really nice dynamic between all of us. We really care about each other and check in on each other a lot.

‘It’s like family in the sense that even if you’re not with each other all the time, live in different places or you go a little while without talking and you’re doing your own thing, at the end of the day no one knows what that bond is like, what that experience is like, except for these family members. We always have each other to rely on or vent to when things get complicated or frustrating. So I think hopefully, beyond Stranger Things, we will always continue to have that and make the effort to see each other, when we don’t have that security of knowing that we’re going back for another season.’

Soon of course that will no longer be the case. ‘I think that was always so scary for all the kids, just thinking about the end of the show. We always talked about it like, “Oh, my God, what are we going to do next? What happens next?” As we inch closer to it I think I feel like it’s going to bring on an exciting new chapter. And I’m really looking forward to maybe stepping more into the film space. A TV show takes up a lot of your time, so I think I want to bounce around and experiment a little bit.’

In terms of stepping in to the film space, The Whale is certainly going to help. ‘Especially for an actor my age, you don’t find a lot of projects like this, and a lot of complex characters like this. And even though you can kind of fall into that angsty teen trope, she’s so much more than that and it’s a lot more complex.’

Portraying Ellie, she says, has made her ‘set a new standard for myself in terms of characters I want to play, writers I want to work with, directors I want to work with. I’m gonna be so lucky, I guess, but it’s just so much more fulfilling to play characters that feel like they’re actually living and breathing off the page and off the screen, and you could know them in real life rather than having this one layer. When you’re acting in those roles, it feels just a little dull and inauthentic. So playing someone who did feel authentic, I felt so fulfilled by and like I was doing work that I was proud of. That’s something I’ll definitely look for, moving forward.’

One suspects that Sink won’t have to look very hard. The writers, the directors, the roles will likely soon be coming to her. In all likelihood, 2023 will be the year that she says goodbye to the TV show that made her famous and hello to being a film star.

But before all that, a birthday party…

Source: standard.co.uk/esmagazine/


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Sadie Sink | Let’s Turn This Stern Into Those Massive Waves, Shall We?
Via Issue 184, The Tempest Issue, out now!

Written by Audra McClain
Photographed by Kat Irlin
Styled by Molly Dickson

Complete and utter relaxation is hard to achieve. most human beings live such fast-paced lives, that even when we’re attempting to clear our minds and ease our spirits, we’re often plagued with the storms of tomorrow’s worries. Some turn to yoga, meditation, or tai chi to keep calm. Actor Sadie Sink turns to Netflix’s Love is Blind. 

“Rotting my brain with reality TV and TikTok?” the 20-year-old asks with a chuckle. “That’s a proper ‘I am being unproductive and lazy and doing absolutely nothing.’” Flaunt caught up with Sink just a few weeks before her newest project, Darren Aronofsky’s psychological drama The Whale, hits US theaters. Oscar buzz has already swarmed the film. Before departing on her press tour, Sink is soaking up any free time she gets. “It’s times like this where it’s like there’s something every day,” she says of the rare downtime. “On off days, they have to be legit off days for you. Stay horizontal all day and just do nothing.” 

The red-headed Texas native has definitely earned the right to be “lazy,” if you can even call it that. She began acting when she was just seven-years-old, and by the time she was 11, she was playing the title role of Annie on Broadway. When she was 14, she landed the role of Max Mayfield in Netflix’s Stranger Things, and the rest is history. Over the past couple of years, Sink has been everywhere. A new audience became obsessed with the actor after she portrayed a younger version of Taylor Swift in the musician’s short film/music video All Too Well: The Short Film. Then horror fanatics got to enjoy Sink in Netflix’s The Fear Street Trilogy. And, of course, this summer the highly-anticipated fourth season of Stranger Things had a hold on everyone.

Just a few hours before we start our chat, Sink arrives at the house she is staying at while she visits Prague. This is the first time she’s visiting the capital city of the Czech Republic. And for once, she’s traveling for fun and not for work. Even after a long flight and all the in-betweens, Sink beams like a ray of sunshine. She shares how excited she is to attend a medieval-themed dinner later that evening and explore the enchanting city. It’s hard to believe that the cheery person’s most recent roles are of angsty teenagers. 

But Sink’s character in The Whale, Ellie, is a far cry from Max in Stranger Things. Different things trouble the soul of Ellie, the estranged daughter of Charlie, played by Brendan Fraser—reclusive English teacher who has binge eaten to a point of weighing 600 pounds. Charlie, who some years earlier left his family for a man that later died, is attempting to reconnect with Ellie despite the pain and anguish they’ve both been through. “They’re so different,” Sink says of her two most recent embodiments. “I think Max is still ultimately very good and cares about her friends and wants friends in her life, wants to do good with her life. I think she’s sarcastic and a little dry, but that’s about it. She’s not a mean person. Ellie is a mean person.” Playing someone who, upon first, second, and maybe even third impressions seems to be pure evil, was a new challenge for Sink. “Ellie, just on paper, is so confusing and so… just… angry,” Sink says. “She’s hard to crack, I guess. But to me, that was a really fun, exciting challenge, to kind of really pick out her brain a little bit.”

In February 2020, just about a month before COVID-19 shut down the US, Sink had the chance to do a reading for what was then called an untitled Darren Aronofsky project. She immediately felt the need for the role in her bones. “I was just like, ‘Oh my God. Who is this character? What is this project? I have to do this. I want to do this more than anything ever.’” The reading was a test to see if Aronofsky wanted to make the movie, but the pandemic halted everything, including the film. Simultaneously, the pandemic postponed the production of the fourth season of Stranger Things. By the time Aronofsky could resume progress on The Whale, Sink was already knee-deep in the Netflix hit. 

For a moment, Sink thought she was going to have to drop The Whale to focus on Stranger Things. She describes the series’ latest season as “her turn.” With such a large cast, it’s hard to give each character a pivotal story each season, but Sink was front and center this time around, giving a vulnerable, emotionally and physically demanding performance that made the show’s millions of viewers gasp, gawk, and completely bawl their eyes out. As an essential part of the story, it didn’t look like Sink was going to be able to slip away for three months to work on the film. But the Duffer Brothers, the show’s creators, have witnessed the show’s young actors become adults. They know their hit series serves as a springboard for other important projects, so they gave Sink the needed opportunity to step away. “I feel like that’s something that they also do a really good job on Stranger Things,” Sink considers, “of having our characters grow with us. And I think they especially did that in season four for me, which I was really grateful for. I feel like the Duffers, if they see you kind of growing as a person, and growing as an actor, they kind of want to tap into that a little bit more and push you and allow you the chance to challenge yourself.”

Letting Sink pursue The Whale turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because the skills she learned from its shooting helped propel her fantastic performance in Stranger Things. “Most of the stuff in season four of Max’s was filmed post-The Whale, which I think really came in handy, just in terms of the emotional stamina that I had kind of built up. And just my overall comfort level in front of the camera that I don’t think I’d really fully felt until The Whale.”

Sink continues, “The Whale kind of marked a real turning point in my overall confidence in myself as an actor. In kind of stepping into a new environment, and working with Darren especially, I think I shed a few of my child actor habits that I had developed. Not necessarily bad habits, but just for me, at least, I’ve always struggled with speaking up, or feeling like treating the process as more of a collaborative effort. Because when you start acting when you’re young, I think it’s a very intimidating environment, and you feel like you’re just there to take direction and be on your mark and know your lines.”

Sink’s confidence on set followed her into her character, and her performance in The Whale is raw and beautifully complements what many are calling a major comeback for Fraser. Their relationship feels real, it feels heart-wrenching. Her character reads much deeper, much more complex than just a hardcore teenager who is rebelling against her absent father. The film is just two hours long, but you can feel the years of built-up resentment pouring from Sink’s character.

Currently, this film is taking Sink across the globe for premieres, and each time she sits in an audience full of eager film lovers, she holds her breath for the moment her character enters the story. The Venice Film Festival was only the second time she had the chance to watch the completed film from start to finish. Surrounded by hundreds, she watched herself on the big screen. “I was so nervous,” she recalls, “even though I’m glad I had watched it before, so I wouldn’t be closing my eyes and judging myself and getting distracted. I knew what was coming. But still, before that first scene, I’m like, ‘Oh, God, here I come, all right, it’s happening.’”

It’s safe to say the audience wasn’t as critical of her performance as she was. As the end credits started to roll, audience members rose from their seats and gave the film a six-minute standing ovation. “I felt so awkward,” Sink remembers, “because I didn’t really know—I’ve never done the whole film festival thing. So the idea of standing ovations, that was new to me, no one really prepped me for that. So at the end, I didn’t really know what was happening. And then we were there for so long. And Brendan was so emotional. And it was very overwhelming.”

From the first reading for the role with just Fraser and Aronofsky, to watching The Whale be adored by a theater full of people, this performance has pushed Sink out of her comfort zone. It marks the start of a new chapter of her career and new horizons. Yet it’s hard to leave such a pivotal role in the past. “I remember the last day of shooting, realizing like, ‘Oh, I’m never going to play this role again,’” Sink reflects, “Saying goodbye was weirdly emotional for me. And I don’t know why, but especially after filming those final scenes, I feel like I felt a really deep connection to Ellie, which I don’t think I’d ever really felt on any project that I’d ever done.”

Sadly enough, this is not the only emotional goodbye she’ll have with a hugely impactful character over the next few years. Season five of Stranger Things is the show’s final season. Max ended season four in questionable condition, but her story most certainly isn’t over. Recently, the official Instagram account for Stranger Things shared a photo of the title page for episode one of season five—all we know so far. And as far as Sink knows, no members of the cast have gotten to read what is in store for the motley crew either. No matter what the pages behold for the actors, saying goodbye to the roles that launched many of them into stardom will be challenging. Saying goodbye to castmates will be even more difficult, but at this point, they’re more than just actors working on the same show. “That’s family,” Sink says resolutely. “That’s always going to be there.”

2022 was a year of growth for Sadie Sink and we were fortunate enough to witness its fruits and its bursts. New challenging and enticing roles continue to knock on her door, keeping her passion for performing alive. “The scripts that I’m starting to read are just so much more exciting,” she says, beaming, “and they’re just kind of lighting this new fire.” But every now and then, it’s okay to step away from the flames beneath you, get horizontal, and binge whatever season of reality television you’re currently enjoying—even if you’re Sadie Sink, the intrepid sailor of stage and silver screen.

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Sadie Sink finds moments of humor as she unleashes the rage in ‘The Whale’

Sadie Sink remembers crying and screaming in the backseat of the car as her mom drove her older brother to a theater audition. Why did he get to do it but she didn’t? It wasn’t fair. “I begged my mom to let me audition,” said Sink in a recent phone interview. “I was 8.” Finally her mom relented. She had to get special permission because Sadie was two years too young. It didn’t matter. She got the part.

Chalk one up for Mama Sink, who made the right call all those years ago in Brenham, the southeast Texas town where Sadie grew up. Today, Sink, 20, is generating Oscar buzz for her role in “The Whale,” in which she plays the rage-fueled teen daughter of Brendan Fraser’s morbidly obese online English teacher, Charlie. She’s a fixture on Netflix’s hit sci-fi/horror series “Stranger Things,” playing the tough and fiery Max Mayfield, one of an ensemble of adolescents sucked into a morass of monsters and demons. She’ll soon star with Eric Bana in the drama “Berlin Nobody,” about a psychologist investigating a cult.

Right now she’s focused on the double whirlwind of promoting “The Whale,” directed by Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), and preparing for the final season of “Stranger Things,” which will shoot next year. Like her Max character, Sink’s character in “The Whale,” Ellie, has a no-holds-barred approach to life, an attitude that insists you best get out of her way.

“Ellie is definitely a tough pill to swallow,” Sink says. “But I think, hopefully, by the end of the movie, you kind of get into her brain a little bit more and begin to understand where she’s coming from. At least, that’s what I hope.”

If Ellie is abrasive, she has her reasons. Her dad, Charlie (Fraser), in love with another man, left her and her mother when Ellie was a child. Charlie has since eaten his way into near immobility and toward an early grave. When Ellie reenters her father’s life it’s with both guns blazing. Deeply resentful of his absence, with no qualms about commenting on his appearance (created with the use of a fat suit), Ellie is the prodigal daughter with a monster chip on her shoulder. And Charlie isn’t the only target of her wrath. She also takes pleasure in tormenting a local missionary (Ty Simpkins) who can’t seem to stay away from Charlie’s apartment, where Charlie’s best friend (fellow Oscar contender Hong Chau) handles him with tough love, and Ellie seems to skip the love part entirely.

“She’s definitely angry,” Sink says. “But I think it’s really just this immense amount of pain that she’s in that obviously started from a young age when Charlie left her. Over time, this pain and confusion that she’s felt has just manifested into this rage and cruelty.” But Ellie is so complete in her hostility, and Sink is so invested in the character, that humor starts to creep in from the edges. “Oh yeah, it’s funny,” Sink says. “She’s brutally honest.” Some audiences see the humor; when “The Whale” played at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, viewers laughed freely. But when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival right before, only a few were noticeably amused.

For Sink, the big draw was Aronofsky. She was already a fan of his work, and she’s a bigger one after working on “The Whale.”

Aronofsky, working from a script by Samuel D. Hunter (who adapted his own play), put the cast through extensive rehearsals, a rare experience for film or TV. “He kind of treated it as a play, as if we were a theater company,” Sink says. This approach really spoke to Sink, a former theater kid who would like to return to the footlights soon.

“Not only is he a great visual director, but he just really knows how to work with actors,” she says. “And the rehearsal period — the way he handled it and the way he worked on our characters with us — was just really, really helpful. By the time we got to the actual set, and by the time we were shooting, we knew the material so well, and the characters so well, that now we could just play.”

Aronofsky says the pleasure was all his.

“Sadie is as precise as a surgeon’s scalpel,” he says in an email. “She’s a firecracker of emotion and a complete professional.”

Sink is grateful to the film’s star, Fraser. He’s the comeback story of this awards season and the frontrunner at the moment to take home the Oscar, which would be his first. The scenes between Fraser and Sink, fraught with simmering tension, are the most powerful of the film.

“He’s so unbelievably patient, and, especially given the circumstances that he was under, he’s so generous as a team partner,” Sink says. “It’s a very tricky dynamic that the two of them have because they really don’t know each other. But at the same time, they really do. Charlie knows Ellie better than she knows herself, or anyone in her life ever has or will.”

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Sadie Sink Tells Rooney Mara Why The Whale Is a Turning Point

Most of the attention surrounding Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale has been rightfully aimed at Brendan Fraser’s comeback role as a morbidly obese English teacher trying to make amends with his estranged daughter. But all that focus creates the perfect conditions for Sadie Sink’s sneak-attack performance as said daughter, which punches you in the gut when you least expect it. As Ellie, a teenager so troubled that some of the film’s characters question if she might be evil, Sink enters each scene as a ferocious ball of energy that jolts an otherwise quiet film to life. For the 20-year-old actor, the role points towards a career post-Stranger Things, the world-beating Netflix show she’s been starring in since she joined the cast five years ago, and which will end with its upcoming fifth season. Sink recently connected with the actor Rooney Mara to talk about moving on from the show, her veganism, and leaving child acting behind. —BEN BARNA 

ROONEY MARA: Hi Sadie. How are you?

SADIE SINK: I’m good, how are you?

MARA: Good. Where are you?

SINK: I’m in Prague.

MARA: Oh, wow. Are you working?

SINK: No, I just randomly took a trip here. I’ll do some work exploring tomorrow, go see some castles.

MARA: To be 20 and in Prague. How fun. Okay. It’s very awkward to have a conversation with someone you know that’s being recorded, but we’ll do our best to act normal.

SINK: It will be fun!

MARA: Are you good at interviews?

SINK: I think I’m really bad at them. After every interview I do, I’m like, “What did you just say?”

MARA: Because I’m really bad. You picked maybe one of the worst interviewees to interview you.

SINK: I doubt that.

MARA: So how old were you when you knew that you wanted to act?

SINK: I started acting when I was eight. It was just this fun thing I liked to do that I never took too seriously, until all of a sudden, I was doing it in a professional environment, which happened when I was around 10. Just the other day, my mom was like, “You realize it’s been a decade since you made your Broadway debut?” Which seems crazy. But I can’t picture myself doing anything else and I never really took the time to learn how to do anything else, so I’m glad it’s all working out.

MARA: I just worked with Sarah Polley, who was a child actor, and she’s been very open about her negative experiences, so I’m curious, maybe enough time hasn’t gone by for you to have enough perspective, but do you ever wonder or fantasize what life would’ve been like if you had had a more normal childhood? Or if you ever think about how it’s shaped who you are today? Do you have any regrets about starting so young, or does it all feel positive?

SINK: There’s definitely some negative things that come with placing a lot of pressure on yourself from a very young age, especially when you’re surrounded by adults and you’re working in a professional working environment. I have thought about, “Hmm, what would I be doing right now if it hadn’t worked out or if I didn’t want to act?” And it honestly kind of terrifies me. Basically, from the moment I decided I wanted to do theater, I haven’t stopped going since. So it’s all I really know.

MARA: My partner [Joaquin Phoenix] was a child actor, and he doesn’t have any regrets. He has overwhelmingly positive memories. You were lucky because you worked with Helen Mirren and all these amazing people so early on. Do you feel like that affected the choices that you’ve made or the kind of actress that you want to be?

SINK: Definitely. I think working with people like Helen, and just being in a theater environment too, was the perfect introduction to acting. I feel like if I would’ve started out as a Disney kid or something, it’s just a different impression of the industry and of the craft, really. Whereas in theater it was more contained and it was less flashy, I guess.

MARA: Is theater something you see yourself going back to, or do you prefer working in the medium of film now?

SINK: I definitely want to go back to the theater. When I started doing film and TV for the first time when I was around 14, right before Stranger Things, it was scarier than anything because it was so different, and no one really teaches you how film sets work. Even the first season of Stranger Things, it was the first TV show that I’d been on of that caliber, so I felt like I didn’t really know what I was doing in that world.

MARA: It’s scary. My sister was acting professionally when she was younger, so I had been around sets, and I remember it was terrifying. The energy can be so high-intensity and stressful.

SINK: And even coming from the theater, where you cannot mess up, for some reason it’s scarier on a set, when you do have the option to mess up. The stakes feel much higher.

MARA: We almost worked together right at that time. It was like eight or nine years ago, when we almost did Utopia with David Fincher. That was right before Stranger Things, right?

SINK: Yeah.

MARA: If that had gone gone forward, you wouldn’t have ended up in Stranger Things.

SINK: No. I think about that all the time, because I remember how excited I was for that project, and then it was devastating when it wasn’t happening. But it was a blessing in disguise. Obviously, because I wouldn’t have been able to do Stranger Things, but also because right after that I went back to school. I’d been homeschooled since second grade, and when Utopia didn’t happen, my parents were like, “Alright, go to school then.” And that was so, so important for me, because I’d been out of that environment for so long. It was good for me to be a kid.

MARA: How long have you been vegan?

SINK: I think I’m in my seventh year.

MARA: When did that start? There’s very few of us, so I’m just curious.

SINK: I was vegetarian first because a friend from school told me that I couldn’t do it. I watched a documentary, and I was like, “I think I’m going to go vegetarian.” And she’s like, “Oh my god, Sadie, you wouldn’t last a week.” I’m very competitive, so I was like, “No, I can do this.” I did it for a year and it stuck, and then I made the full switch after being around vegans. I had never really met anyone who was actually vegan, it was more of a myth than something people actually did, but then once I was spending time around people who had live that way for 10 years, I was like, “Oh, this is so doable.” It’s really just a matter of sticking with it for the first year, and then after that you don’t even really think about it.

MARA: For me, it took more than a year to not think about it. It was helpful to do things slowly. I phased things out over time. Not just food, other things, too. And now it doesn’t cross my mind.

SINK: Exactly. 

MARA: I want to talk to you about The Whale. I was curious if you went through any sort of phase as a teen that is similar to Ellie.

SINK: No. I was just talking about this with my mom, because I have a 12-year-old sister and she’s definitely going through that angsty teenage phase where she likes to pick arguments and be very aggressive. And I was like, “Was I ever like that?” And she was like, “No, you weren’t.” That wasn’t an option for me. I was working with adults so I couldn’t have outbursts of rage or angst. 

MARA: So how did it feel to play a character with all of that repressed feeling? It must have been nice to just get it out. 

SINK: Everything about her is kind of not me, and sometimes that’s hard to understand. She’s so unlikable and frustrating at times. But other times, it does feel like a bit of a release to step into someone else’s shoes and be that aggressive because I would never be that in my own life.

MARA: What do you think about her? Because her parents have such differing views on her in the film, or at least they express that in the moment. I’m sure her mom doesn’t really feel that way about her, but how did you feel about her?

SINK: I went back and forth depending on what scene we were working on, where I’d just have these moments of, “Is she actually evil?” And then there would be some days where I was like, “No, she’s good. She’s just in so much pain.” I think ultimately, at the end, she wants everyone to hate her, but I don’t think she’s actually evil. She’s just got a lot of baggage that she’s yet to unpack, or that no one’s allowed her the space to do that. There’s a good person in there. 

MARA: There’s very few people—at least this is how I feel—on this earth who are truly evil. Generally, that that kind of behavior is coming from a place of pain or self-hatred, and if you feel that way about yourself, you want other people to verify that for you. Toward the end of the film when Charlie says, “People are amazing,” I was so blown away by that moment and the genuine belief he has in it when he says it. Because I feel that a lot of the time. There’s many days I feel the opposite, but I just thought, “Oh my god, how beautiful.” What a beautiful human to be able to be living in the hurt and pain that he’s living in and be able to have that sentiment. I was curious if you share that worldview with him? How do you feel about humans in general? 

SINK: That line is essentially what the film is about. That’s who Charlie is and what he believes. I kind of side with you on that, where some days I do believe that, or at least I want to, but people make it really hard. So I admire Charlie just for that consistent outlook on humanity. But yeah, it doesn’t always feel like it’s the case.

MARA: Do you think Ellie was trying to help Thomas by sending those pictures?

SINK: Oh, this is good. I go back and forth with it, but this is what I’ve ultimately settled on. I think the time that she spent with Charlie, she learned what unconditional love and forgiveness from a parent looks like. So when she’s listening to Thomas’s story, I think she knows deep down that if his parents knew where he was and heard what he was saying, they would forgive him and want him to come home. So when she sends the voice memo and the photo, I think she knows it’s going to help him, but if it doesn’t, she doesn’t really care and she can just kind of add it to the list of horrible, confusing things she has done. 

MARA: Maybe it’s also sort of a test, because she seems to be testing Charlie a lot.

SINK: Oh, for sure. “Will he still think I’m this amazing person if I put Ambien in the sandwich?” Stuff like that.

MARA: It’s amazing, especially as a parent, to watch that and be like, “Yep, he still feels that way.” I mean, I only have a two year old. He’s not putting Ambien in my sandwich and he is perfect, but yeah, I look at him and I feel that way about it. There’s nothing he could do that would make me stop loving him. 

SINK: Right.

MARA: You weren’t even born yet when Brendan Fraser was a movie star. What was your level of familiarity with him when you guys started working, and did you go back and look at any of his previous work? 

SINK: I had no clue who he was. We did a reading of the script a year before we shot it, and it was a random group of actors that Darren had put together, but Brendan was there and I was there, and I didn’t know who he was. I didn’t grow up with his movies. But I saw it as an exciting opportunity to get to know him as Charlie and see him as this character, so I think that served me in a lot of positive ways. But post-wrap, I’ve gotten to see his old movies and it’s been really, really fun.

MARA: Did I hear that you were shooting Stranger Things simultaneously with The Whale?

SINK: Yes. I wasn’t going back and forth between the two of them, but I was in production on season four, and then The Whale was starting production and Darren wanted me to be fully on The Whale, and he wanted first position, which is impossible for Netflix and for Stranger Things to give up. So I didn’t think it was going to work out. But Matt and Ross, the Duffer Brothers, really want the kids to be able to do projects outside of Stranger Things, especially given how long it takes to shoot. So they were the driving force of making this happen.

MARA: Wow, that’s amazing. You’ve had really incredible people around you, it seems. How long did you shoot The Whale for?

SINK: It was about a month of rehearsals and then two months of shooting.

MARA: That’s a nice amount of time. So you took a pause from Stranger Things and then went back. What was that like?

SINK: It really helped me because I’d never done a project like The Whale or worked with someone like Darren. Working on that gave me this level of confidence in front of the camera that I did not have before. So going back to Stranger Things after that, I felt really different and I think everyone could tell the difference, too. There was a shift. That comes with stepping out of the child actor role and into, I don’t know, your adulthood, where you stop seeing yourself as this little puppet that stands on their mark and takes direction. It becomes more fun once you realize it’s actually very collaborative, and if you have a question you can ask it and your opinions are really valued. But I needed to learn that lesson and grow up a little bit, so I’m glad that happened.

MARA: Wow, that’s amazing. I remember being taught that. Even though I didn’t start as a child, even as an adult starting out, you feel like that. Like “I shouldn’t have a voice. I shouldn’t have an opinion.” And I was also really lucky to work with people who empowered me to have a voice and a point of view and were curious to know what that was. It’s such an important lesson to learn. Stranger Things is about to start its final season, right?

SINK: Yeah.

MARA: What is that like?

SINK: I don’t know. From the moment I got the call that I was cast, everything’s kind of been one big blur. So to think that there’s actually an end to all of this is kind of insane. But I think the thing that’s going to be the most challenging is not having that security blanket of knowing that we have Stranger Things to go back to. But it’s been a long time and who knows how old I’ll be by the time season five comes out. It’s been a long journey.

MARA: I hate when people ask me this, but I’m going to ask you anyway. Have you been thinking about what you want the next part of your career to be like? 

SINK: What I’ve learned is it’s just so important to work with filmmakers that you really believe in and trust. I’m excited to do more of that, and to work in the film space in general, because that’s not really something I’ve gotten to do a lot of. But honestly, I’m just kind of rolling with the punches at this point.

MARA: In real estate, it’s like “Location, location, location.” I would say in what we do it’s, “Director, director, director.” You have to follow the filmmaker. That’s been my experience, anyway. Is there anything else I haven’t asked you that you want to talk about, or anything embarrassing you want to share?

SINK: I think you covered everything. I’m very impressed. 

MARA: Really? Am I a better interviewer than interviewee?

SINK: No, you’re a great interviewer.

MARA: Oh, good.

Source: Interviewmagazine.com


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Sadie Sink is Ready For Her Close-Up

After being thrust into stardom on sci-fi hit Stranger Things and now starring in critically acclaimed films like The Whale, Sadie Sink reflects on how far she’s come—and how far she still has to go

From her earnest start as a community theater actress in Texas to landing big roles on Broadway—she played Annie!—and beyond, it seems that Sadie Sink’s star was always destined to ascend. In 2017, at age 14, she joined the cast of Netflix’s supernatural hit Stranger Things as a skateboarding tomboy named Max. She was quickly embraced by Hollywood and fashion brands alike, and the stans came out in droves.

In December, there will be another performance to applaud as Sink, now 20, flexes her dramatic muscles in A24’s highly anticipated The Whale, directed by Darren Aronofsky and adapted from Samuel D. Hunter’s play of the same name. Sink plays Ellie, a troublesome teenager who is summoned to the cramped apartment of her obese and housebound father, Charlie, (Brendan Fraser) amid his declining health. (Spoiler alert: It turns out that battling emotional family issues is just as grueling as fighting Demogorgons in the Upside Down.)

Sink reflects on her supercharged entry into the pop culture ether, the advice she’s received from some of her famous pals—including Taylor Swift, who recently received a pair of Grammy nominations for her short film, All Too Well, starring Sink—and why she’ll never dye her famously fiery locks.

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Stranger Things
When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

Berlin Nobody
American social psychologist Ben Monroe investigates a local cult connected to a disturbing event, while his daughter becomes embroiled with a mysterious local boy.

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A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.