Alana Haim’s father improvised all of her lines in Licorice Pizza.
The Haim singer makes her film debut in Paul Thomas Anderson’s new coming-of-age film, in which she plays photographer’s assistant Alana Kane.
While the character is fictional, Anderson, who is a close friend of the Haim family, took stories from his life and wrote them into his screenplay. He also cast his sisters Este and Danielle as the character’s siblings and their parents Mordechai ‘Moti’ and Donna as Kane’s parents.
In an interview with NME, Haim revealed that a scene in which Kane’s new boyfriend tells his Jewish parents he’s an atheist at the dinner table happened in real life, and his dad didn’t. need a script to recreate it.
“He wasn’t my boyfriend, he was Danielle’s boyfriend! They broke up almost immediately after that,” she explained. “The guy who plays Lance – Skyler Gisondo – had never met my family before, and it was such a good sport, my dad was yelling at him. Who else could play my parents? I always thought that my dad was the most hilarious person on the planet. It’s all improvisation, he didn’t have a script.
Anderson let Haim choose her character’s last name, so she made a list of her friends’ names and he chose Kane, which she suggested in honor of her late best friend Sammi Kane Kraft.
Licorice Pizza, also starring Cooper Hoffman, is in theaters now.