One of this year’s surprise indie features is Well Go USA’s Freaks, a sci-fi thriller about a young girl named Chloe (Lexy Kolker) who is forced to remain inside her home thanks to her paranoid father (Emile Hirsch).
Her dad believes the world is out to harm both of them, but when Chloe encounters a mysterious man named Mr. Snowcone, she starts venturing out into the real world.
The picture, which is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, features a standout performance from Kolker, whom Dern believes is a naturally talented actress.
“She sees everything and she gets everything,” said Dern. “And that’s amazing. She’s on to it. If you’re trying to be too nice to her or are you trying to get pissed off at her, she’s on it right away. (She’ll say) ‘Well why are you mad at me?’ I saw that look in your face, you just didn’t like what I did. She sees it but she tells you. You can thank Mom and Dad for that because they obviously let her open up when she was young. So she’s a natural. She can go wherever she wants in this business.”
Dern has had a fantastic year cinema wise, as he’s also starred in the critically acclaimed features Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and The Peanut Butter Falcon. Click on the media bar to hear him explain why he was more than happy to collaborate with Freaks directors Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky (co-star Amanda Crew can be heard in the sound bite):
Freaks is now playing in select theaters.