We spoke with Stone over Zoom about her character Sarah and how she has shaped Sarah’s development around the different stages of the sleep cycle. We also discussed Stone’s already prolific career and the terrifying depths of the human brain.
What turned you on and what drew you to “Come True”?
I was excited that I got the script for the first time. It was one of the few times that I got a script, started reading it, and I couldn’t stop until I got to the end of it. No break, nothing. I just sat there and zoned the script. It’s interesting because it’s usually not my type of genre, but there’s something about Sarah’s character and her vibrancy, the quality of her being a fighter and causing the story rather than being. victim. She’s obviously a victim of the circumstance, but she doesn’t let her control her, so to speak.
So I was really drawn to it and fell in love with this character when I first read it. I think I also really like the psychological aspect of it. I was excited about the research that would be involved solely in terms of sleep psychology and Carl Jung’s character and psyche theories.
Have you ever had sleep problems like nightmares, sleep paralysis or sleepwalking?
No actually. I am one of the lucky ones that way. I don’t know why, because according to everything else in my brain, I should probably be having trouble sleeping, but you know, that’s a different story. But yes, I actually sleep very well. I’ve never had sleep paralysis, thank goodness, fingers crossed. I watched a documentary while researching “Come True” called “The Nightmare”. It was probably one of the scariest movies I’ve ever watched because when it ends you just have that moment of, “Oh, that’s not fiction, it could literally happen to me this. evening.”
I was already aware of sleep paralysis, but I had not delved into this question. So this is something that I learned a lot of things as I put myself in that headspace of what [sleep paralysis] does you psychologically.
As the movie progresses, it looks more and more like a dream. So what was it like to embody that kind of open space?
I really put a lot of work into marking the arc Sarah goes through throughout the storyline. Anthony had already divided the script very, very intelligently into three chapters. So I was using these [chapters] as general markers and broke them down a bit more into sub-chapters. When I was looking at the different stages of Sarah’s journey, if you want to call it that, I was looking at the different stages of sleep and how that relates to her headspace.