Walking Expert Alana Haim Talks About Why There's So Much Running in 'Licorice Pizza'

"When you run so much, it really does get you out of your head and it actually does help with acting"

BY Kaelen BellPublished Nov 24, 2021

Haim are very good at walking. The LA trio's music videos are more or less just showcases for their weirdly captivating synchronized strut — helpfully ranked by The Ringer — and a lot of those videos are directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

So it makes sense that PTA would take advantage of this inclination for his Alana Haim-starring Licorice Pizza, a film that reportedly features a shit-ton of running (which is kinda just the fast version of walking, when you really sit down and think about it). 

In a new interview with The A.V. Club, the youngest Haim talks about why there's so much running in the film and how it helped her feel comfortable as a first-time actor.  

"Honestly, running was such an important theme in the making this movie," she explained. "Also when you run so much, it really does get you out of your head and it actually does help with acting."

She continued: "I mean, I needed all the help I could get. I've never acted before. So having a tool like, 'Okay, before you start, you run,' you get out of your head, you're way more comfortable, and you can zone out and do what you need to do."

Haim also mentioned that the original script featured maybe "two mentions of running," and that the constant sprints were an on-set surprise. 

"I was just so excited to be there, but I will say I'm not a runner," she said. "I was very fit and then I immediately just went back to having no endurance right after this."

Licorice Pizza stars Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Bradley Cooper, Tom Waits, Sean Penn, Maya Rudolph and Benny Safdie. Plus, Danielle and Este Haim appear alongside their real-life parents as Alana's on-screen family.

Licorice Pizza arrives in theatres on November 26. 

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