Amber Midthunder Listened to Billie Eilish Throughout Prey

The director and lead of “Prey” turned to some stunning popular culture staples for inspiration whereas making the movie, which has turn into Hulu’s most successful premiere thus far (breaking a report set by “The Kardashians”). Amber Midthunder, who stars within the prequel to the Predator franchise — which follows the seminal alien’s arrival on Earth — tells “Billie Eilish’s music was truly “a very huge a part of this film for me.”

Midthunder performs Naru, a younger Comanche warrior who winds up looking the hunter. She says that she’s “an enormous Billie Eilish fan. Her music, on the time, actually turned certainly one of my methods in.” Her course of, she explains, concerned “every little thing from finding out Comanche individuals to preparing bodily to listening to ‘All of the Good Ladies Go to Hell,'” a tune off Eilish’s 2019 debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep, The place Do We Go?”

Director Dan Trachtenberg additionally drew inspiration from one other notable determine within the popular culture zeitgeist — Walter White, the lead character in “Breaking Unhealthy.” “At this time, [Trachtenberg] mentioned one thing about [how] he thought so much about ‘Breaking Unhealthy’ when he was making this film,” Midthunder says, noting that the director elaborated on “some form of connection between my character and Walter White. I used to be like, ‘I’ve by no means heard that earlier than,'” she laughs.

Whereas Naru is a fairly far cry from a science trainer turned drug kingpin, she does begin out the film underestimated and seeking to show herself — and issues are a bit totally different by the tip, to say the least.

“Prey” has been praised for Midthunder’s star-making efficiency and its hanging motion sequences, in addition to for the truth that it has a dub solely in Comanche, turning into the primary film to supply such an possibility. For Midthunder, an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Sioux Tribe, the movie was additionally an “alternative to sort of break down stereotypes” about Indigenous individuals. “I will discover lots of people did not know that like, ‘Oh, Native persons are truly very well saved or truly very clever, or very expert, or very strategic’ — not the issues that you simply usually see, which is both hyperspiritual or extraordinarily violent,” she says. “We’ve got characters which might be full individuals with feelings and needs and a wide range of personalities and relationships.”

“Prey” is now streaming on Hulu.

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