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Every year the line-up of the Sundance Film Festival is filled with powerful stories from independent filmmakers from around the world. Because many of them brought us to tears, Variety decided to ask the actors and filmmakers behind this year’s Sundance films what was the last movie to make them cry.

Plenty of classics were thrown out. Actress Sophia Lillis of “Uncle Frank” named Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society. “Uncle Frank” director Alan Ball said “I have a go-to movie if I ever need to cry, and that’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’” His actor Paul Bettany followed up by saying he had just watched the Gregory Peck-starring drama with his daughter and cried as well.

Posted by Veronique on February 19th, 2020
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2 new photos taken by Leslie Alejandro

Back in August 2018 Sophia was photographed by Leslie Alejandro. Vogue Taiwan posted 2 new photos from the photoshoot on their website! Click on the gallery link to see all photos from this shoot.

UPDATE: The English interview can be read on Vogue India!

And PopSugar also posted a new article, be sure to go read it here: 15 Reasons We Need Sophia Lillis to Be in Every Movie and TV Show For the Rest of Time

Posted by Veronique on February 18th, 2020
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I Am Not Okay With This Official Trailer

Posted by Veronique on February 17th, 2020
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PopCulture and Vogue Australia interviews

Sophia was interviewed by PopCulture and Vogue Australia about her upcoming Netflix show “I Am Not Okay With This”.

PopCulture: ‘I Am Not Okay With This’ Co-Stars Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff Reveal What Went Into Their ‘It’ Reunion (Exclusive)

It co-stars Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff may have ditched the creepy clown in I Am Not Okay With This, but they’ve kept a dynamic on and off-screen that made them a perfect fit for the upcoming Netflix series.

From the people behind hit shows Stranger Things and The End of the F—king World, Lillis and Oleff star in the “irreverent origin story” of teenage girl Sydney (Lillis) trying to juggle her relationships with friends like Stanley (Oleff) and mysterious superpowers. Dropping on Netflix Feb. 26 and also starring Sofia Bryant (The Good Wife), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes), Aidan Wojtak-Hissong (Falling Water) and Richard Ellis, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-filmed series was developed from a graphic novel by the same name by Charles Forsman.

Lillis told PopCulture. com on a visit to set that having Oleff with her on this new project has been a bit of a comfort as she made her way through the filming of the first season.

“It’s been fun. I love him so much, and I feel like it’s always good to get to know people,” Lillis said. “That’s kind of the whole thing in acting with new projects. In new projects, you get to know more people and expand, but it’s also really nice to have someone you know so you don’t have to go [in alone], even though I love it.”

Reflecting on his relationship with Lillis from It’s first iteration to It Chapter Two, Oleff revealed that the two really bonded when they had more one-on-one time doing press for the Stephen King novel’s film the first time around due to the pure number of people on set during the actual filming. When Lillis was cast as Syd in I Am Not Okay With This, producers immediately noticed their real-life friendship and chemistry on and off-screen and immediately knew they had found their Stanley.

Dipping into the dynamic between Syd and Stanley, Oleff felt a certain kinship to his character, whom he built by drawing on John Cryer’s iconic Pretty in Pink character, Ducky.

“How my character relates to Stan and Syd’s kind of dynamic is just like, in real life, it’s kind of my duty to annoy her,” Oleff admitted. “Stan does it anyway, but he doesn’t mean to, but he does it. And it’s not on purpose or anything, but after a bit, she’s just kind of like, ‘Ugh,’ in the best way possible. She still views him as a nice friend, but just some stuff he does, just some little quirks he has, just make her a little annoyed.”

I Am Not Okay With This comes to Netflix on Feb. 26.

Vogue Australia: Rising star Sophia Lillis on Netflix’s new sci-fi drama I Am Not Okay with This

At 17, Sophia Lillis has achieved more than many actresses twice her age. She came to prominence as Beverly in the 2017 horror It and 2019 sequel It: Chapter Two, in which Jessica Chastain plays her as an adult. She also appeared as the younger version of Amy Adams’s character in the HBO thriller Sharp Objects and the titular sleuth in Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. Her next project is darker still: a supernatural Netflix series in which she stars as Sydney, a teen struggling with anxiety, rage and familial grief. Ahead of the show’s premiere on February 26, we meet Lillis to discuss filmmaker John Hughes, graphic novels and the golden age of complex high-school dramas.

I Am Not Okay with This is both a black comedy and a sci-fi drama. How would you describe it?
“Essentially, it’s about a high schooler trying to overcome the usual hurdles, juggling problems at school and at home. Then, she figures out that she has super powers which reveal themselves when she gets emotional or angry. She’s pretty angsty so it’s really not a good mix.”

It’s also about Sydney’s relationship with her friends Dina [Sofia Bryant] and Stanley [Wyatt Oleff], who you worked with on It and It: Chapter Two. What was the casting process like?
“I auditioned, got a callback and got onto the project early. That meant I could do read-throughs with other actors, including for the Stanley and Dina roles. I got lucky because Sofia is great. While doing read-throughs, we talked in between and she was so sweet and funny. I feel like the casting people clocked that. Plus, I’m so happy I got to work with my friend Wyatt. Sydney and Stanley need to have good chemistry because they are so close, so having him in that role was amazing.”

Were you a fan of Charles Forsman’s graphic novel which I Am Not Okay with This is based on?
“I’d heard of it before I joined the project because I’d watched The End of the Fucking World [the show based on another Forsman graphic novel and created by I Am Not Okay with This’s director, Jonathan Entwistle]. Then, I went back and read both novels. I Am Not Okay with This is tricky to adapt because you have to balance the darkness and the humour. Jonathan is great at that.”

What were the biggest challenges when it came to playing Sydney?
“She thinks of herself as almost dysfunctional, but in reality she’s dealing with it all rather well. She is overwhelmed by her problems, so she shuts down and is in denial for most of the series. She’s also very awkward which makes her relatable. You can see she’s trying to do her best, trying to control her emotions, trying to live a normal life, but not everything goes her way.”

Sydney’s breakdowns are so intense and often difficult to watch. Were they exhausting to film?
“I think it’s so much harder for the crew than it is for me! When Syd’s having a breakdown and her powers make the wall crack open, the crew are the people who have to make sure the cracks open right on time and that all of it looks real. I’m just there acting and watching them work [laughs].”

The show is packed with pop-culture references. What did Entwistle share with you in advance?
“Jonathan said he wanted to add a John Hughes element to the show, so I watched Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. I also watched some [Italian film actress] Giulietta Masina films. Jonathan didn’t ask me to, but I like to watch her before starting any project. She’s my childhood favourite.”

Complex, and sometimes dark, high-school dramas have dominated TV for the past few months – from Stranger Things and Sex Education to Euphoria. Why have they been so popular?
“I’ve seen bits of those shows, though I haven’t watched Euphoria yet. My friends keep telling me that I have to watch it. What I like about them, especially Stranger Things, is that they show kids actually playing their own age. I Am Not Okay With This does that too. It means there’s less of a disconnect, because as a kid watching the show you can actually see yourself in the characters. It’s so different from seeing a 25-year-old playing a 17-year-old. I used to watch high-school shows when I was in middle school and I would think, ‘I’m supposed to look like that and act like that when I’m older’. When I finally got to high school I thought, ‘Oh god, what happened?’ [laughs]. These shows feel more authentic, more real – except, of course, I don’t have super powers.”

The show also focuses on Sydney grappling with her own sexuality. Why was that important?
“It’s something so many kids go through in that period of their life. It’s a time when you’re trying to figure out who you are, so I think it needs to be in there and we need to talk about it.”

Will there be a second season of I Am Not Okay with This?
“I sure hope so! Besides that, I’ve got a few other things coming out: [the fantasy horror] Gretel & Hansel and [a comedy called] Uncle Frank. Last year I went from working on one thing straight into another and now it’s all coming out at once, so that’s really fun to see. After that, I have another project coming up, but I’m not sure how much I can say on the topic just yet – but it’s a Western!”

I Am Not Okay With This is on Netflix from February 26, 2020.

Posted by Veronique on February 14th, 2020
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FBE video interview

I also made screencaps from Sophia in this video. Click on the gallery link below to see all caps.

Posted by Veronique on February 13th, 2020
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New “I Am Not Okay With This” poster

Click on the photo to see it full size:

Posted by Veronique on February 11th, 2020
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‘The Thicket’: Sophia Lillis, Noomi Rapace & Charlie Plummer Join Peter Dinklage In Thriller

Sophia Lillis (It), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) and Charlie Plummer (Looking For Alaska) are joining Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones) in thriller The Thicket.

Currently in pre-production, the film is based on the novel by author Joe R. Lansdale, with a script by Chris Kelley, and will be directed by Elliott Lester (Nightingale).

The story follows an innocent young man named Jack ( Plummer) who goes on an epic quest to rescue his sister (Lillis) after she is kidnapped by violent killer “Cut Throat Bill” (Rapace) and her gang. Jack enlists the help of a crafty bounty hunter named Reginald Jones (Dinklage), a grave-digging alcoholic son of an ex-slave, and a street-smart prostitute. The three track the girl into the deadly no-man’s land known as The Big Thicket — a place where blood and chaos reign.

Producing are Giannia Nunnari of Hollywood Gang (300), Dinklage and David Ginsberg of Estuary Films (Think We’re Alone Now), Matt Hookings of Camelot Films (The Obscure Life Of The Grand Duke Of Corsica), Shannon Gaulding (The Domestics), and Andre L III of MiLu Entertainment.

The Exchange will be shopping the movie at the upcoming EFM. CAA Media finance and ICM Partners are co-repping domestic.

Costume design is being handled by Oscar-winner Julie Weiss (Frida) with Galo Olivares (Roma) serving as director of photography and score is being overseen by Ray Suen of Childish Gambino.

“We are thrilled to bring this strong commercial project with an amazing ensemble cast to Berlin”, said O’Shea of the Exchange. “Rapace and Dinklage are global stars in their own right, but to also have up and coming talent as Lillis and Plummer in The Thicket makes the project truly exciting.”

Lillis is represented by Untitled Entertainment, CAA and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein, Rapace by Stella Hernström, CAA and Hirsh Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman, Plummer by Luber Roklin Entertainment, Zoom Talent Management, CAA and Peikoff Mahan Law Office.


Posted by Veronique on February 9th, 2020
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New Straits Times Interview

#Showbiz: Dark twist to a classic

SHE’S only going to be 18 on Feb 13 but Sophia Lillis has already made a big impact on moviegoers worldwide.

The American actress from New York City turned heads with her portrayal of Beverly Marsh in the recent big screen Stephen King adaptations of It.

After the horror films — It (2017) and last year’s sequel It 2 — Lillis had also starred in the acclaimed HBO drama series Sharp Objects, where she played the younger version of Amy Adams’ character.

Not wanting to break her momentum, the young actress now takes on the lead role in the unnerving new psychological thriller, Gretel & Hansel.

Blowing the dust off the Brothers Grimm classic, the new film from writer-director Osgood Perkins (of I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House fame), features Lillis and newcomer Sammy Leaky going up against Alice Krige’s (Carnival Row, Star Trek: First Contact) mysterious witch after taking one very wrong turn in the woods.

As psychological thrillers go, Lillis’ latest work is an emphasis on old-school, slow-burn tension – here playing a young survivor whose perception of her off-kilter world seamlessly segues between reality and fantasy, fable and nightmare, imagination and hallucination.

If Gretel & Hansel is any indication, we can expect much more from Lillis in the years to come.

Below, she talks about the new film and her career so far.

Read the rest of the intervie at the New Straits Times website.

Posted by Veronique on February 7th, 2020
Articles & Interviews - Gretel & Hansel
The Hollywood Reporter interview

How ‘It’ Star Sophia Lillis Became a Horror Go-To Before Finishing High School

The actor, in theaters with ‘Gretel & Hansel,’ recently found herself at a crossroads about acting: “I’m turning 18 soon, and I have to start thinking about what I want to do with my life.”

Gretel & Hansel star Sophia Lillis has accomplished quite a lot since her breakout role as Beverly Marsh in 2017’s It. Whether it’s playing a younger version of Amy Adams’ character on Sharp Objects or serving as the foundation for Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of Beverly in It Chapter Two, Lillis’ resume of five films and two series is made all the more impressive by the fact that she’s still a few months away from graduating high school. With Gretel & Hansel in theaters and a new Netflix show debuting Feb. 26, Lillis recently made a big decision about her future.

“I’m turning 18 soon, and I have to start thinking about what I want to do with my life: if I want to continue acting or stop for a little bit and go to college. I’ve thought a lot about it, and I’ve decided I’ll stick with this,” Lillis tells The Hollywood Reporter. “This is a good job to have, and I really enjoy it. As for the horror thing, I would like to try new things… but I don’t mind horror at all. In fact, I’ve come to actually like it, but I never saw myself as the main horror girl.”

Given how sympathetic Beverly Marsh was in It, it’s no surprise why fans of the horror genre have taken to Lillis like they have. Even Chastain was enamored with Lillis. “I remember watching it with the other boys, and they were like, ‘She acted just like you! She does the same things that you do,'” Lillis recounts. “And I was like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know that. I guess she did.'”

In a recent conversation with THR, Lillis also discusses the particulars of shooting Gretel & Hansel, spending time with Adams and Chastain and reuniting with her It co-star Wyatt Oleff for their new Netflix series, I Am Not Okay With This.

Read the rest of the interview on the The Hollywood Reporter website.

Posted by Veronique on February 7th, 2020
Articles & Interviews - Gretel & Hansel
Special Screening and Q&A with the Filmmakers of The Lodge

Sophia attended the Special Screening and Q&A with the Filmmakers of The Lodge event on 4 February. Click on the gallery link below to see all 3 photos in full size.

Posted by Veronique on February 7th, 2020
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