‘Suncoast’s Nico Parker Felt Blessed & Annoyed Working with Woody Harrelson


[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Suncoast.]


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  • Nico Parker displays on her ‘Suncoast’ expertise working with gifted actors like Laura Linney and Woody Harrelson.
  • Parker describes how a very emotional second within the movie felt like remedy and a fruits of her work on the venture.
  • The younger actress shares her ideas on her upcoming function within the live-action ‘The best way to Practice Your Dragon’ and her need to make everybody proud.


From author/director Laura Chinn, the semi-autobiographical Suncoast follows highschool teenager Doris (Nico Parker), who’s slipping by means of the cracks of her personal life as all her mom’s (Laura Linney) consideration is targeted on her brother’s hospice care. By means of friendships with each a bunch of classmates and an eccentric activist (Woody Harrelson), Doris comes out of her emotional shell and finds power in her personal voice as a person.


Collider lately received the chance to talk with Parker concerning the route her performing profession has already taken her, beginning with a need to be Zendaya and Beyoncé to enjoying the lead in a film like Suncoast. She additionally talked about what it was wish to work together with her gifted co-stars Linney and Harrelson, how essentially the most emotional moments had been like remedy, discovering the appropriate promenade costume, why she needed to play Astrid within the live-action How to Train Your Dragon, how she’s grown since making Dumbo, and her expertise working with Pedro Pascal on The Last of Us.


Suncoast

From debut characteristic movie author/director Laura Chinn, a semi-auto-biographical coming of age story a few younger girl coping with her brother’s critical sickness.

Launch Date
February 9, 2024

Director
Laura Chinn

Runtime
109 minutes

Major Style
Drama

Writers
Laura Chinn


Collider: Congratulations on the Particular Jury Award for Breakthrough Efficiency on this film at Sundance. That’s very cool.


NICO PARKER: Very cool. Thanks very a lot.


Though you’re nonetheless comparatively new to doing performing roles, those you’ve accomplished thus far have been in fairly nice initiatives. If you work with actors the caliber of Laura Linney and Woody Harrelson, does it make the scenes really feel that rather more pure? What do you take up whenever you work with folks like that?


PARKER: I can’t actually put into phrases how insane it’s to get to work alongside those who gifted. It’s such a blessing, in itself. They’re on the high of their sport, consistently. They’re by no means dangerous. It’s so annoying. I’ll be fumbling round for a line or simply being extremely uninteresting and I look over and their faces are simply so compelling. They’re consistently sensible. As a lot as I find it irresistible, and I really like with the ability to work alongside it, and I’m extremely fortunate for it, I’m like, “Are you able to guys simply mess up one time?” It may be annoying, however it’s superb. They’re each so gifted. I discovered from them consistently.


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Does the best way that they every strategy the work really feel very totally different or did it really feel like they had been coming from a really comparable place?


PARKER: Very totally different, however an identical place, in that they each care very deeply about what they’re doing. You possibly can really feel it and see it, however the best way that reveals itself is totally different. Laura is extremely skilled. To not say that Woody isn’t, however she has a regime. When she’s working, she’s working, and that’s not a nasty factor. It’s superb to look at. It’s one thing that I’d love to have the ability to emulate sooner or later. I feel I’m a bit too scatterbrain for it in the meanwhile, however sooner or later, I’d wish to get to that. And Woody cares a lot concerning the vibes on set and the way he’s interacting with everybody. He is simply so current and in it, and he’s at all times in it. He’s at all times considering and he’s at all times on. It’s so superb to look at. When a digital camera is on him, it’s actually similar to sunshine beaming out of his face. There’s such a presence to him. Their approach of behaving on set is totally different, however it all boils right down to being extremely skilled, consistently.


Nico Parker Embraced the Sadder and Extra Intense Moments of ‘Suncoast’


You could have that second on this the place Doris breaks down about saying goodbye to her brother. What was it wish to shoot that? Was that difficult to do?


PARKER: It was like remedy. It was in the direction of the tip of the shoot and it felt like the ultimate product of every part that I’d been considering and feeling by means of the shoot. It was every part that Laura [Chinn] had put into the script and that everybody had put into their work. It simply felt like exhaling, is how I’d describe it. Being accomplished with that scene was the most important weight off my shoulders that I didn’t actually understand I’d been carrying round whereas we’d been filming. I truly discover sadder scenes and extra intense scenes extra snug as a result of I discover that stress places me in a struggle or flight approach that I feel truly helps me moderately than hinders. It was good. I felt good after. I felt pleased. I used to be pleased with myself, and I used to be proud to be a part of it, and pleased with everybody else. It was good.


Your Suncoast character doesn’t truly ever actually make it to promenade, however we see her preparing together with her associates and we see her all dressed up. Did you get any say within the promenade costume? Did you strive on a bunch of clothes, after which choose that one? How did that work?


PARKER: I attempted on a number of. We knew it was gonna be Laci’s costume, performed by Daniella [Taylor], as a result of Doris doesn’t have her personal. We had to think about one thing that Laci would have worn, however it additionally couldn’t be as good as theirs. There was one which I preferred as a result of it was the Cinderella one, however they had been like, “No, that’s too good.” I truly do love the costume that it ended up being, simply because it feels so excellent to what it’s.


It’s one thing you needed to put on for a bit and do a number of scenes in it.


PARKER: I’ve to say, except for the way it appears to be like on digital camera, it was so annoying and so uncomfortable. Sequins should not snug. That’s not talked about sufficient.


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Since your mother (Thandiwe Community) is a really gifted actor, did you search out any recommendation from her on easy methods to deal with an even bigger function, like with this movie and even The best way to Practice Your Dragon?


PARKER: I didn’t. I haven’t and I most likely ought to. I very a lot simply went into it blind.


Did you at all times know that you just needed to behave? If you walked on set for the primary time and shot your first scene, did you instantly really feel such as you had been doing what you meant to do, or did you’re feeling such as you had been nonetheless figuring it out?


PARKER: After I first went on set for myself, very a lot so, I used to be like, “That is clearly what I need to do perpetually and ever.” After which, I noticed it’s a bit tougher than that. I used to be like, “Okay, when’s the subsequent job coming? I need to do that on a regular basis,” at 11. After I was youthful, earlier than I’d ever labored on something myself, I needed to be a ballerina, so I had little interest in performing, in any respect. Effectively, I did, a bit. I simply needed to be Zendaya. I needed to be a mixture of Zendaya and Beyoncé, which is one thing to work in the direction of.

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Nico Parker sitting in her living room and smiling softly in 2024's Suncoast
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What made you need to do one thing just like the live-action The best way to Practice Your Dragon? What are you most wanting ahead to with Astrid and what are you most nervous about?


PARKER: I’m nervous about all of it as a result of I care about it a lot and everybody cares about it a lot, and I simply would so like to make everybody proud. I’m consistently nervous about it. However to me, there was no motive to not do it. It’s being made with such sensible folks and everybody’s so gifted and everybody cares about it so deeply. After I spoke to Dean [DeBlois], the director who additionally made the animated films, I used to be similar to, how may anybody not need to be concerned in it? It’s superb. It’s irritating, however I’m very, very excited for it to be completed and out into the world and everybody can expertise it.


Do you suppose it’ll really feel just like the animated films or does it really feel like its personal take?


PARKER: I feel it’s very a lot its personal factor, however I’d wish to suppose a lot of that magic can be prevalent on this one. However I feel it’s its personal movie. It is its personal interpretation and everybody has their very own model of a personality. It’s essential to not get too wrapped up, particularly as a result of the animated ones are so sensible. It’s like, let’s not attempt to simply do a play by play of that. And if anybody needs that, they will watch the animated ones. I feel it’ll be fantastic, and if it isn’t, I’m having an exquisite time making it anyway. I’ll suppose it’s fantastic, it doesn’t matter what.


I first spoke to you for Dumbo. What have you learnt about performing now that you just want you knew then?


PARKER: I don’t know. I feel I’m nonetheless extremely comparable. No matter I used to be saying then might be what I’m saying now.


Do you’re feeling such as you’ve grown lots as an actor, or does it really feel prefer it’s been a pure development?


PARKER: I really feel like I’ve grown as an individual, and the 2 have managed to coincide with each other. I feel the extra life experiences and extra issues that you just, your self, expertise and you’ll take into work and put the 2 collectively, is one thing that I’ve gained since then. After I was youthful, and I nonetheless do it now typically – the Dragon set received irritated at me for it – I would converse proper earlier than a take. I’d converse in [my own] accent, up till, “Motion!” They might say, “Motion!,” after which I’d cease and begin the scene. That’s not that skilled. I’m slowly realizing it’s not that skilled and never that useful to different folks. I do much less of that now.

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Nico Parker as Sarah Miller in Season 1 of The Last of Us
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You probably did actually lovely work in The Final of Us. You made a very lasting impression on that sequence, by means of all the season. What do you bear in mind about taking pictures your closing scene with, with Pedro Pascal? What’s it love to do a scene like that and to do it with somebody like him?


PARKER: I feel it was my second to final day of filming, so I’d accomplished it. I felt like we’d accomplished every part and it was the pure finish. I knew Pedro rather well by then. I used to be already like, “You’re my greatest buddy and I’m going to know you perpetually and ever.” We had been already actually snug. That made it all of the extra miserable as a result of as a lot as I used to be saying goodbye to that character, I felt like I used to be saying goodbye to him and saying goodbye to that set. It was our final scene to movie collectively, and it was simply actually unhappy. I used to be actually unhappy after we completed. However it was such an incredible expertise. I’m perpetually grateful for it. I met some actually sensible folks because of this, one in every of which being Pedro, who was my buddy. It was sensible.


Suncoast is obtainable to stream at Hulu. Take a look at the trailer:


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