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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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STELLA BY STELLA: Sadie Sink on vegan fashion, art and taking risks
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Sadie Sink is the moment. A self-proclaimed ‘selective risk-taker’, Sink is an actor, animal lover and vegan, making her a natural choice to front our STELLA BY STELLA Winter 2022 shoot. Bearing a resemblance to a young Stella, Sink is captured at The Ranch, a gallery and working horse farm in Montauk, exuding the same radiance and joyful energy that she brings to her own work.

With credits like Stranger Things, Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021), All Too Well: The Short Film (2021) – a work with fellow Stella friend Taylor Swift – and The Glass Castle (2017) under her belt, Sink is shining and shining. The 20-year-old notes: “I feel really lucky to have a career where I’m fulfilled creatively. I get to create and engage with art every day I spend on set,” says Sink.

Sadie has an incredible sense of humour and fearlessness. I see so much of myself in her when I was younger. She reminds me visually how I was as a teenager and also of my youngest child, Reiley.

Sink became a vegan aged 14, having been convinced by Stella friend Woody Harrelson to give up animal products. She uses her voice for positive change, narrating the animal rights documentary, Dominion, in 2008.

Quietly confident and rooted in a sense of authenticity, Sink herself is a dichotomy of intention and boldness, sharing the same values as Stella and our Winter 2022 photographer Theo Wenner. She brings youthful joie de vivre to the space, exploring The Ranch between its beloved horses and Frank Stella’s studio sculptures – exclusively displayed across the gallery’s 26 acres.

Meet Sadie Sink, the face of STELLA BY STELLA

We are so excited to have you as the face of Winter 2022. Why do you connect with Stella McCartney and her values?
Stella has been a major trailblazer in the world of sustainable fashion. I’ve been a huge admirer of her designs and advocacy for years.

What do you think of the Winter 2022 collection? What was your favourite vegan or conscious piece from the shoot?
Each coat from this collection was a winner. My personal favourite was the black and white striped coat.

Can you tell us more about your choice to go vegan? Why do you feel this was the right decision for you and any advice for people who want to do the same?
I switched to a plant-based diet when I was 14 years old. I had a lot of great vegan influences in my life, and was really inspired to try it out myself. I think everyone should consider it. [Going vegan] can be pretty intimidating at first, but just take it day by day. Every little choice counts!

You’ve had a really big couple of years; how do you keep yourself grounded and mindfully returning to yourself and your values?
It’s important to surround yourself with the right people who have your best interests at heart, as well as focusing on what keeps you creatively fulfilled.

Who or what inspires you as an artist? What is your creative process?
I’m drawn to characters or projects that require something new out of me, or bring on a challenge.

How does what you wear help you to express yourself? How would you describe your personal style?
My relationship with fashion is constantly changing as I grow up. I’m keen on exploring different styles now that I’m older and have maybe grown into a different side of myself. Personally, I’ve always loved combining feminine styles with a bit of edge.

What is your relationship with art? How do you engage with it? How does it enrich your life?
I feel really lucky to have a career where I’m fulfilled creatively. I get to create and engage with art every day I spend on set. I love the creative and imaginative sides of myself, and it’s important I never lose touch with that.

What do you think of Frank Stella’s work? What did you already know about his art and life?
I’ve become really fascinated with his art since our STELLA BY STELLA shoot. He has such a broad range of work, with pieces ranging from minimalistic to otherworldly. He possesses such a deep and influential level of creativity that I truly admire.

The roles you choose to take on seem to challenge convention and take risks. Is this something you consciously do across your life?
I think I’m a selective risk taker. In my career it’s important to challenge myself with new roles as I grow as an actress. In my personal life, it takes more of an effort to get me out of my comfort zone. But part of growing up is taking risks and learning more about yourself as a result, so there is value in being bold and trying something new.

We’re all about the dichotomies at Stella. How would you define your own dualities?
I think I have moments where I’m super outgoing and bold. Especially when I’m in a creative environment. On the other hand, I’m a homebody at heart and really value my space. I think that duality and balance has been key throughout the years.

What’s next for you?
I have to feed my dog!

Source: stellamccartney.com

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Sadie Sink Will Go Wherever Stranger Things Takes Her

The actor talks Max’s future on the final season, and why her character and Elaine Benes have more in common than you might think.

For W’s third annual TV Portfolio, we asked 21 sought-after names in television to pay homage to their favorite small screen characters by stepping into their shoes.

After so many Stranger Things episodes centered on Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Max (Sadie Sink) finally got to take center stage in season 4. Reeling from the loss of her brother, the flame-haired skater retreats from her friends and cuts things off with her boyfriend, Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin). Her only companion is a Walkman—which has the cassette tape containing Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.” She listens to the song so much that even though she’s kept her friends at bay, they know it’s the one song that could save her life—and, they hope, theirs. (Viewers have also been listening to it on repeat, to the point where, 37 years after its release, it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart several times following the Netflix series’ season 4 premiere.)

Stranger Things—which, as the costumes make clear, takes place in the ’80s—isn’t the only way Sink gets her nostalgia fix. The 20-year-old actor has also been revisiting Seinfeld. Here, she makes the case for her similarity to Max and reflects on her character’s past, present, and future.

What was your reaction to the news that the Duffer Brothers [who cocreated Stranger Things] originally planned for the season to end with Max dying?

I didn’t know until someone told me about the interviews. They never really tell us what’s going to happen until we get the scripts, and when I got the script for episode 9, it said that Max dies but that she sort of comes back. It’s uncertain, but she’s not fully dead. I didn’t know the plan was to completely kill me off, which definitely would’ve been a very impactful ending. They’ve been saying in interviews that Max’s state at the end of season 4 is intentional, crucial, and calculated in terms of how it’s going to come to play in season 5—I guess. I know nothing.

What did you think was going to happen to Max before you read the script?

Season 4 was a wild journey for her. I definitely knew nothing good would happen, but I was not expecting this—this was a crazy, crazy end. I thought either she was going to succeed in a really epic way, or it would be her downfall, and I guess we landed somewhere in the middle.

You had to pause filming the season for more than half a year during lockdown. How much did Max stick with you during that break?

I definitely needed that time because of the state Max is in in season 4. That sense of isolation she feels is something we could all relate to coming out of quarantine, so having a lot of time by myself was good. By the time we returned to season 4, we were all really hungry to get back to work, so there was this determination and excitement on set. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be to get back into the groove of filming after such a long break.

Do you keep in touch with your costars when you aren’t filming?

Yeah, we keep in touch all the time—I was just on FaceTime with Gaten [Matarazzo, who plays Dustin] and Caleb last night. Over quarantine, there would be an occasional text like, “Is everyone okay? I hope we get back to work soon!” After that period of uncertainty, there was an intense appreciation for one another when we reunited on set.

Have you watched this season?

I have. They’d put two episodes at a time in our Netflix accounts a few weeks in advance. [I have] a shared account with my family, so we’d all watch together wherever we were. I especially loved watching the show this year because it was so scattered; I had no idea what they were doing in Russia and in California. It was nice to see all the pieces come together. And some of that stuff was so long ago, you forget what happens.

You constantly listened to Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” the song that ends up saving Max’s life, when filming this season. Have you listened to it since, or are you sick of it?

I have. I haven’t listened to the radio in a long time, but it was playing when I was in the car the other day. It was some kind of top-hits [station], very modern music, and then “Running Up That Hill” played, sandwiched between TikTok sounds. It was a surreal moment to hear it on the actual radio, so many years since its release.

Max almost always has big headphones on. How much did you feel like you were in your own world on set?

The thing with the headphones is that not every Walkman worked. They had probably a dozen for me, but there wouldn’t always be music playing. And they’re pretty poor quality, so the music was very faint and muddled. I think I broke three or four Walkmans throughout the filming process. I started breaking them so much that they made me a Styrofoam one. It was fake, and it was essential.

Your choice of character for this portfolio was Elaine from Seinfeld. When did you first see the show?

There were a few sitcoms that were always on rotation in our house growing up, so I grew up with Seinfeld. My parents would watch it, and I would kind of sneak into the living room and watch a little bit if they let me. I just recently started revisiting it, so it was fresh on my mind. And with Elaine, the dynamic is so cool. It reminded me of Stranger Things in a way—being the only female character in a group full of male characters, similar to Eleven or Max. And just thinking of her in terms of fashion, because Elaine’s costumes are so underrated.

Do you have a favorite?

She wore this really grandma-y red dress [in season 3, episode 4], with socks and some kind of [oxfords]. She always does really flowy, feminine dresses, then toughens them up with a blazer of some sort. I’ve found that I’m modeling my summer style off of Elaine ever since doing this shoot. I love the blend of traditionally masculine silhouettes with feminine flair.

What about a favorite look that Max wears this season?

There are these dark jeans [she wears] with a green top and this cool corduroy jacket. She first puts it on in episode 6 and then wears it until episode 9. That was my favorite, and I’m glad I liked it because I definitely had to wear it a lot—probably a year in total. I would just show up and put this costume on every single day. There were multiples, like a bloody pair of jeans and a clean pair of jeans. They really had to track the whole story, like Where is she at right now? How dirty and bloody are her clothes?

What do you think is going to happen with Max and Lucas next season?

Poor Max—who knows? She’s definitely not able to make it to the movie date on Friday. A lot is up in the air. But after this whole experience, she’s probably learned a lot about the value of keeping people close in her life. We see a little glimpse of that in episode 9, when she agrees to the movie date. It feels like she’s ready to let people back into her life, heal, and move on from everything. Sadly, that was interrupted. But I would like to see her go further with that and be in a place where she’s fully herself again.

When do you start on season 5?

With it being the final season, I don’t think they’re going to rush it. They want to make it perfect and have the most epic ending to the most epic journey ever. Hopefully it’ll be a shorter turnaround than the season 3 to season 4 gap. I’m really excited to get back to work. I trust Matt and Ross [Duffer] so much, so wherever they want to take my character, I’ll be there.

Source: wmagazine.com

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Sadie Sink is FASHION’s September Cover Star

Thanks to “Stranger Things,” Sink spent most of her teen years in the spotlight. But underneath all the glitz and glam, she’s just your average 20-year-old who prefers baggy jeans to ball gowns.

Don’t get Sadie Sink started on High School Musical. “You just say the word and I can sing all the lyrics of ‘I Want It All’ from the third movie,” she laughs, describing her love of the iconic Disney Channel franchise and the characters Ryan and Sharpay Evans, played by Lucas Grabeel and Ashley Tisdale. “They are NOT the villains!” she passionately declares, only half joking. (For the uninitiated, she’s referring to the first film, in which the Evans siblings try to prevent Vanessa Hudgens’s Gabriella Montez and Zac Efron’s Troy Bolton from auditioning for the school musical.) “Sharpay put in the work! Where is the respect for seniority? But I could talk about this for hours.”

In fact, we’re only five minutes into our video chat, but here we are, already gossiping, grinning and giggling like two girls at a slumber party. She’s even dressed for one, wearing a relaxed striped shirt with a messy bun and barely-there makeup as she sits cross-legged on a chair in an L.A. hotel room. And maybe it’s her young age of 20, or maybe it’s because I’ve caught Sink in a lull after a whirlwind of press for season four of Stranger Things, but our conversation feels more intimate than most. This, I soon discover, is rare for the usually guarded actor.

Growing up in Brenham, Tex., Sadie Sink and her four siblings — three brothers and one sister — weren’t allowed to watch many movies, but one that they were able to enjoy was High School Musical (hence the obsession). “It really had a huge impact on me and started me and my brother Mitchell on our musical journey,” she shares. Case in point: The Sink siblings would make up their own choreography to various songs from the film and (in her words) force their family to watch them perform it. With two such fervent musical fans in the house, their parents enrolled both Sink and her brother in local singing, acting and dancing classes, which led them to get roles at a regional theatre in Houston. “My mom drove us to all these things — not in the hope of our ever going to Broadway or anything like that but because they were activities we loved doing.”

As luck would have it, that’s exactly what happened next. Sink was playing the titular role in a local production of Annie when she learned that Broadway was looking for its own red-headed protagonist. After submitting an audition tape, Sink was initially cast as an understudy, but a few months later, she became the star. She was 11 years old at the time. By 12, she was starring in The Audience (written by The Crown’s Peter Morgan) alongside Helen Mirren. “That’s when my relationship with acting changed,” notes Sink. “Working with some of the greatest minds in the industry taught me about what acting really is, and that’s when I decided this was what I wanted to do.”

With that in mind, Sadie Sink began a natural transition from stage to screen. After moving to New Jersey with her family, she landed a few guest spots on TV series like The Americans and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. But it wasn’t until she auditioned for season two of Stranger Things that her world completely changed. Although the casting directors were initially hesitant about Sink’s “old” age (she was 14 at the time!), she wouldn’t take no for an answer. “I just begged and pleaded with them to give me more material so I could show them something fresh,” she explains, describing how “right” the part of Max felt to her. The producers relented and called her in for a chemistry read with now co-stars Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin. The next day, she found out she’d got the part.

With the fifth and final season of Stranger Things on its way, Sink isn’t sure if she has become more or less like her character, but she admits that they both tend to put up walls. “Max’s walls look very different from mine,” she says. “I don’t think I’m as cold as she is, but I can sometimes be slightly emotionally unavailable.” It then dawns on me that I’ve been seeing a slightly less guarded Sadie Sink on my screen — one who is quick to share stories and laugh at her situation and herself. However, she’s still careful with her words — and who could blame her? After watching the media devour other famous young females — like Britney Spears, Taylor Swift and even her co-star Millie Bobby Brown — Sink is smart to be cautious.

Speaking of Swift, Sink’s opportunity to work with the singer-songwriter on All Too Well: The Short Film in 2021 couldn’t have come at a better time. “I’m so grateful that she was able to give me such good advice in terms of navigating the industry as a young woman and about life in general,” Sink says, smiling. What exactly did Swift share? Well, that’s a secret Sink keeps to herself, although it’s clear from her expression that her friendship with Swift is special and full of mutual admiration. (Swift reportedly personally chose Sink for the role.) “As a director, she’s just as amazing as you’d think she would be,” Sink explains enthusiastically. “She is a powerhouse and can do anything she puts her mind to.”

Looking back, Sink is still processing her teen years spent in the spotlight. “It’s such a weird and specific situation that the Strangers Things cast and I are all in because the world knows who our characters are but we’re still trying to figure out who we are as people,” she says thoughtfully. “I think being in the industry accelerates you and you mature faster. But for the most part, it’s just so fun because the cast is all going through it together.”

To get her “typical teen fix,” Sink reveals she’d often condense multiple experiences, such as a high-school party or a late-night diner run, into one weekend and treat them like checking off boxes on a to-do list. But the one that got away? Living her High School Musical fantasy. “I would’ve absolutely loved to have been in a school production with kids my age,” she says wistfully.

Although most people would happily trade homemade costumes for red-carpet couture, Sink admits she feels more comfortable in baggy jeans and a tank top than a bourgeois ball gown. “In a way, the clothing I wear in my personal life feels like a type of armour,” she shares, referring to the powerful suiting and edgy separates she’s been rocking recently. “I feel more like myself when I’m not dressed up.” That said, her love of blazers transcends both celebrity and real-life Sadie. “I will wear them until the day I die,” she laughs.

That’s the thing with Sadie Sink. As much as she is focused on continuing to build her career, with the 2021 horror franchise Fear Street, the final season of Stranger Things and Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming psychological drama The Whale (to be released later this year) and attempting to navigate a complicated relationship with the fame that follows, she’s still just a young woman trying to find herself as she graduates from her teens into her 20s. Whether she’s taking her cues from a grown-up Taylor Swift or the fictional and fabulous Sharpay, or a little bit of both, it’s clear that Sadie Sink will be calling the shots. And that’s exactly how it should be. “Honestly, my life has felt a bit like a coming-of-age movie,” she reveals. We’ll be here, waiting for the sequel.

Source: fashionmagazine.com

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