Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza star Alana Haim was spotted for WWD Weekend Edition, photographed by Yana Yatsuk. Haim shared about her first acting job. Her scene partner, Cooper Hoffman, had also never acted before, and to make matters even more heightened, the pair’s first scene would be with none other than Bradley Cooper.
Haim said of Alana Kane’s journey. “Where you’re out of high school, you’re living with your parents. That’s what I did. I didn’t get into college. I applied, did not get accepted, because I was just terrible at school. Now looking back on it, I wish I had paid more attention in school, but I didn’t and I was a terrible student and I didn’t get into college. My parents sat me down one day and asked what every parent does: ‘What are you doing with your life? What are you doing?’”
By then, her sister Danielle was touring with a few bands and Este was at UCLA. And then there was Alana, out of high school, not in college but nevertheless confident of what she’d do.
“It’s so funny thinking back on it. You have this blind optimism when you’re younger, where I was, like, ‘I’m going to be in Haim.’ And at that point we had started playing music as Haim in 2007 when I was a sophomore in high school, and now I’m out of high school and I was, like, ‘I’m going to be in Haim,’ and my parents were, like, ‘Well, you can’t just do that. You can’t just be in Haim…’”
Licorice Pizza is based on the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around, and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, in 1973. Licorice Pizza earned AFI Movies of the Year and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay.