‘I Recognize This Person From My Community’: Fancy Dance’s Erica Tremblay Talks About Working With Lily Gladstone On The Movie’s Queer Indigenous Role


On the heels of Lily Gladstone’s historic Oscar nomination for Killers Of The Flower Moon, the actor is keeping busy in between their recent critically acclaimed series Under The Bridge and one of the latest projects on the 2024 movie schedule, Fancy Dance. Written and directed by Erica Tremblay, Fancy Dance centers on Gladstone’s Jax as she looks for her missing sister and takes close care of her niece Roki (Isabel DeRoy-Olson). Along with the movie shedding light on an unfortunately common occurrence in the Native community, it follows the Oscar nominee as a queer woman as well.

When CinemaBlend chatted with Erica Tremblay about working alongside Lily Gladstone, who has previously talked openly about going by they/she pronouns herself, the filmmaker spoke about crafting the queer indigenous role of Jax. In Tremblay’s words:

I know Lily based a lot of Jax off of two of her male cousins. And as a person who used to work in sex work and as a person who used to strip at strip clubs, I had always imagined like the scene between Jackson and Sapphire and I wanted a moment of like consensual sex work. And so, I found a way to like work into the film as Jax is like trying to find clues for where her sister is. I think that’s kind of like the beauty that I love about watching certain films. Like Jax just is, right? Like it’s not a part of Jax’s storyline necessarily. And I love when you watch a film and something is just like a thing about a person not like what the film is about. And I think that’s kind of how we approach Jax’s queerness in this film. Like Jax just is, that’s a part of who she is and, it just exists in the film in that way as well.


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