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23rd of July 2018

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‘American Honey’ Star Sasha Lane Opens Up About Dealing With Bipolar Disorder

Sasha Lane is opening up in Elle UK‘s August 2018 issue, out Wednesday (July 4).

Here’s what the 22-year-old American Honey actress had to say…

On struggling with mental illness: “I have bipolar disorder, and the more intense my life gets, the more intense my head gets. It’s hard to act like you’re not hearing voices all day when you’re trying to say your lines… But someone else is struggling with this. I want people to know that just because I have designer bags and I’ve traveled the world, I’m still having a breakdown every other f–king day.”

On staying true to herself: “I’m pretty good at sticking to my guns. I don’t care how much money they’re offering, or how big the role, or how cool the party is. I just don’t take s–t from people. I’ve been asked, ‘Will you switch your hair?’ F–k, no. What for?”

On racial diversity and avoiding token roles: “There are a handful I get [offered] that I know are specifically for a white person; the whole family dynamic is geared towards a white person. I don’t have those experiences. My mother is Maori, from New Zealand, and my father is black. I grew up with a lot of black people. You thought [offering me this role] was diverse, so you could say you have someone of colour in your film, but I’m light-skinned enough that it doesn’t throw white people off. As much as I’m glad to represent people, don’t use me as your token.”

For more from Sasha, visit Elle.com.uk.

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