Suzanna Son was on a date on the motion pictures three years in the past when she bumped into director Sean Baker, the filmmaker who has a knack for plucking individuals off the road and turning them into stars. When his Crimson Rocket undertaking lastly took form, she despatched in a self-tape and landed the function of Strawberry, reverse former mannequin and MTV VJ Simon Rex. Within the movie, she performs a teenage donut saleswoman who will get wrapped up within the seedy world of Mikey Saber (Rex), a former suitcase pimp visiting Texas from Los Angeles. For W’s annual Greatest Performances challenge, Son opens up about filming in a donut store, hitting the Cannes Movie Pageant purple carpet in a wheelchair, and why her nude scenes in Crimson Rocket didn’t shake her.
How did you get solid as Strawberry in Crimson Rocket?
I bumped into the director, Sean Baker, on the ArcLight. I used to be seeing Don’t Fear, He Will not Get Far on Foot. I used to be on a date, and he requested me to carry his cigarette, and I used to be very upset about that as a result of that is very smelly. So I used to be holding his cigarette type of away from me whereas he was on the cellphone. Sean and his spouse, Sammy, simply got here as much as me and requested if I might wish to audition. I went to Cornish School of the Arts, and I studied theater, however he didn’t know that I used to be an actress.
What did you suppose while you came upon concerning the character you’d be taking part in?
I could not suppose straight. I used to be too excited. I could not consider it. He informed me it might be like a guerrilla movie. Very small, not a giant deal. After which we premiered at Cannes.
What was that like?
Loopy. I had a damaged foot. I used to be in a wheelchair, however I did not even care as a result of I used to be so comfortable.
Within the movie, you’re a donut salesperson. Did you truly make donuts?
I did not make them, however the fantastic girls who owned Donut Gap, they made them recent each morning for us.
Did you eat any?
Sure. Many donut holes.
What was it wish to have so many nude scenes in a single movie?
Appearing bare was free. Singing bare was weak. That was arduous. I used to be simply so open. There I used to be, my uncooked self. Once you’re singing, you are so your self, and Strawberry’s accent type of goes away once I sing, and people are my breasts. They’re Strawberry’s, too, however they’re additionally mine. It is a very weak factor. It’s lovely, although.
Did you get to select the tune, *NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye,” or was that within the script?
Sean simply despatched it to me the night time earlier than and mentioned, “Study this.” I had heard “Bye Bye Bye” earlier than, however not this model.
Had been you a fan of *NSYNC?
I’m just a little younger. [Laughs]
Have you ever ever performed a TikTok dance?
No, as a result of it is simply so trite, and everybody expects me to do it. They anticipate me to be on TikTok. So I can not, only for the precept of it, however I really feel like I am lacking out. I really feel like I most likely ought to be a part of and be taught one thing.
Was there a film that you just noticed while you have been younger that made you wish to begin appearing in movies?
No, however I actually favored Jane Fonda’s exercise movies. I cherished that. It was enjoyable. It was on VHS. I’d work out with my mother to her movies.
Did you see any of her movies?
I noticed an actual inappropriate one once I was most likely too younger: Barbarella. It was insane. From what I bear in mind, I feel my mother turned it off when she discovered me watching it.
What posters did you have got in your wall in your bed room rising up?
I had a poster of Hannah Montana on my ceiling. So take with that what you’ll, no matter meaning. [I had a crush on] Miley Cyrus. Not Hannah Montana. Miley Cyrus.
The place was your first kiss?
My first kiss was within the wings of a stage, and it was lovely. I used to be transferring to a special faculty, and this boy mentioned, “You’ve gotten three needs. What would you like them to be?” And one of many needs was, “Might I’ve a kiss, please, earlier than I depart?” He was so candy. Introduced me into the wings of the performing arts middle and took me by the hand, after which we made out for like seven hours and skipped all of our lessons, and it become a complete fiasco, however it was lovely. I feel that is one of many final males I actually favored.
Your character in Crimson Rocket is called Strawberry, and your Instagram deal with is @thestrawberrybutcher. Did you do this due to the movie?
My Instagram username got here from a serial killer identify generator. I actually simply wanted a reputation, and I could not consider one. You simply sort it in on Google, and you’ll have a fairy identify generator, or elf identify generator. And I picked serial killer as a result of I simply thought it might be humorous and creepy. I feel Sean noticed my username and he favored that I used to be a Strawberry. So he took that.
Produced by Wes Olson and Hannah Murphy at Join the Dots; manufacturing supervisor: Zack Higginbottom at Join the Dots; photograph assistants: Antonio Perricone, Jeff Gros, Morgan Pierre; digital technician: Michael Preman; lighting technician: Keith Coleman; key grip: Scott Froschauer; retouching: Graeme Bulcraig at Contact Digital; senior type editor: Allia Alliata di Montereale; senior vogue market editor: Jenna Wojciechowski; vogue assistants: Julia McClatchy, Antonio Soto, Nycole Sariol, Sage McKee, Josephine Chumley, Rosa Schorr; manufacturing assistants: Tchad Cousins, Juan Diego Calvo, Gina York, Brandon Fried, Nico Robledo, Kein Milledge; hair assistants: Tommy Stanton, Sol Rodriquez, Andi Ojeda; make-up assistants: Tami Elsombati, Bridgett O’Donnell; manicure assistant: Pilar Lafargue; set coordinator: Sarah Hein; set assistants: Olivia Giles, Seth Powsner, King Owusu; tailors: Suzi Bezik, Cardi Mooshool Alvaji; tailor assistant: Elma Click on