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Amber Midthunder Explains How Billie Eilish and "Breaking Unhealthy" Influenced "Prey"

The director and lead of “Prey” turned to some shocking popular culture staples for inspiration whereas making the movie, which has turn into Hulu’s most profitable premiere up to now (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 POPSUGAR “Billie Eilish’s music was really “a very large a part of this film for me.”

Midthunder performs Naru, a younger Comanche warrior who winds up searching the hunter. She says that she’s “an enormous Billie Eilish fan. Her music, on the time, actually grew to become one among my methods in.” Her course of, she explains, concerned “all the things 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 rather a lot about ‘Breaking Unhealthy’ when he was making this film,” Midthunder says, noting that the director elaborated on “some type 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 top, to say the least.

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“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 totally 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 form of break down stereotypes” about Indigenous individuals. “I am going to discover lots of people did not know that like, ‘Oh, Native individuals are really very well saved or really 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. “Now we have characters which can be full individuals with feelings and wishes and quite a lot of personalities and relationships.”

“Prey” is now streaming on Hulu.