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Why you need to know who Sasha Lane is

Sasha Lane – the girl who never asked for fame – sure is getting a whole lot of recognition. From working at a Mexican restaurant in Texas to living like a star in Los Angeles, Lane seems to have dropped out of the sky and taken the film world by storm.

Why you need to know who Sasha Lane is

Sasha Lane – the girl who never asked for fame – sure is getting a whole lot of recognition. From working at a Mexican restaurant in Texas to living like a star in Los Angeles, Lane seems to have dropped out of the sky and taken the film world by storm. With three movies on the way, 22-year old Lane has a lot to celebrate.

From her debut role in the 2016 film American Honey to her upcoming roles in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Heart Beats Loud, and Hellboy, Lane is certainly on the road to success. After being scouted by female filmmaker Andrea Arnold while spring breaking in Panama City, Florida, Lane got the opportunity to star alongside Shia LaBeouf (Fury) and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road). Having never acted before, she still snagged the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, which certainly catapulted her to where she is now.

'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'

Half African-American and half European-Māori, Lane has a lot to offer when it comes to diversity. Not only is she a woman of color, but she also came out as gay while promoting The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The film is about a treatment center that uses conversion therapy to treat patients of their “gayness” and features familiar faces like Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) and Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty). Not only did the film get favorable ratings, but it was also directed by a kickass Iranian female director named Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behavior).

If you have social media (which you must do by now), Sasha Lane’s world is just a click, swipe, and follow away. She speaks openly about racial issues, political issues, and herself, unafraid to expose the wrongdoings of the industry even as she is breaking into it. She is certainly the firecracker that Hollywood didn’t know it needed.

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Journalism and Design major in NYC gone rogue. Where is she now? Finishing up her studies in NJ as a Filmmaking student, of course! If she’s not writing, filming, or creating music, then she is probably exploring this world full of wonders.

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