The young star of Leave No Trace (one of the Guardian’s top-ranked films of the year) talks about the survival skills she learned for the role – and her passion for the wild
You filmed Leave No Trace early in 2017 and it has been nearly a year since it was in festivals. Does it feel like another world ago?
It does, partly because I have shot four other films since then and they have each taken me into very different cultures, time-zones and experiences. But my actual life has quite a lot in common with the life of Tom in Leave No Trace. I have a forest right next to my house and I go there a lot with my dog – though in New Zealand we call it the bush. And I have continued my passion for bees back home. They need a lot of help worldwide right now. I guess Leave No Trace planted a lot of seeds in my life that I want to continue, so yes, it is always with me and always will be.