Alana Haim says fans will be “shocked” by her film debut


Alana Haim says fans of her music will be “quite shocked” to see her perform in her first feature film Licorice Pizza.

The singer and musician said she had “no idea” how to read the script sent to her by director Paul Thomas Anderson, but was “so excited” by the project.

The 30-year-old stars alongside Bradley Cooper and Sean Penn in the coming-of-age drama, set for release on New Years Day.

“I was so excited for Paul to send me a script. I was actually in London when I got the script, and had no idea it was coming,” she told the PA news agency.

“I opened my email, and there was this untitled Word document that I opened, and it was the first script I had read in my life.

“I mean, my sisters and I don’t get scripts – like, we’re musicians. It’s an art of reading a script, I had no idea what I was doing.”

Haim, who stars alongside her two sisters Este and Danielle, said the script scenes “jumped off the page” and she “couldn’t let go”.

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She said that several scenes in the film were based on her own life and that it was “funny to see him now”.

On the reaction of her fans, she said: “I am just as shocked with them. I think they will be very shocked because I have never done this before, and me and my siblings have done little things we love to make funny videos, me and my siblings love to make people laugh and make funny videos but nothing to the extent of a movie.

“So maybe they won’t be so shocked, but rather shocked. This is a major movie, and I’m still shocked that Paul saw something in me that he thought he knew I could play that role and do Alana.

“It’s going to be pretty shocking. My parents were the most shocked. My parents didn’t believe it. And if my parents can’t believe it, then literally no one can believe it.”


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