In our Q&A series Last Call, we get down to the bottom of every last thing with some of our favorite celebs — from the last time they were starstruck to the last song they listened to. This week, Lily Sheen takes our call.
Lily Sheen was uniquely qualified for her role in “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” The actress plays Addy, the fictional daughter of Nicolas Cage, who plays a fictionalized, meta version of himself. Sheen’s real parents are actors Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen, but she tells POPSUGAR they’re nothing like the movie’s fake Nic Cage.
“I feel very lucky to be able to say I didn’t have this exact upbringing,” she says. “I think what was really interesting for me as an actor was to be able to create this character who was kind of this bizarro world version of myself. If my life had gone this way how would I react to situations? How would I react to my dad?”
The movie follows a washed-up Cage who’s struggling to book movies and to connect with his daughter and soon-to-be ex-wife (Sharon Horgan). Desperate, he takes an offer to appear at a rich man’s birthday party for one million dollars. But the CIA tells him the man in question, Javi (Pedro Pascal), is actually a dangerous drug lord, and they need his help to take him down.
Sheen knew she wanted to be involved as soon as she got her hands on the screenplay. She says, “It was the funniest script I’ve ever seen in my life . . . I felt immediately that I wanted to be a part of it, just to be able to celebrate Nic Cage, which is like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of his actual cultural lexicon.”
“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” is Sheen’s first movie, outside of a few cameos in her mom’s films. Sheen says she felt lucky to learn from Cage in her role. “I’d been a fan since I was a little kid, so I had all these expectations and these hopes and he completely blew them out of the water. He was phenomenal, as a man and as an actor,” she explains.
Sheen felt a little out of her depth at first, especially when it came to the action scenes. “I didn’t want to mess anything up and I’m not a very athletic person so I was worried,” she says. But the cast and crew were so supportive that her fears melted away. She explained, “I felt very safe amongst the unity on the set, to be able to kind of test out things and take risks and look stupid, which is really important in a movie that’s so fun and light-hearted.”
“It’s such a celebration of male friendship and what creating something together artistically can do for friendship and it can be a force of good in the world,” Sheen says of the film. “I think no one could have played the part except Pedro, no one could have been at the helm of this movie except Nic.”
Keep reading to see what else Sheen has to say about the movie, her famous costars, and so much more in our Last Call interview.
“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” hits theaters everywhere on April 22.
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