Lily Gladstone

What’s made this process so meaningful is how much it means to Native people. These beats of making history, they’re a lot for one person to carry. But it feels a lot more manageable because there’s such elation from so many people in the community.”

-Lily Gladstone, episode 361 of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

Actor Lily Gladstone made history last month when she netted a Best Actress nomination for her work in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon.

At the top, we discuss this landmark moment for the film (7:00), her personal approach to the role of Mollie Kyle (9:58), and a revealing scene between Lily and Leonardo DiCaprio (15:40). Then, we walk through Gladstone’s connection to the “trickster” story (19:00), her creative upbringing on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana (21:55), and her road to acting as a teenager (26:50) and later a touring performer in her twenties (30:40).

On the back-half, Gladstone reflects on her early, complicated experiences auditioning in Hollywood (44:15), how she and Martin Scorsese aimed to honor the Osage legacy in this new project (48:30), the life-changing performance that came to be (58:00), and her hope for a true paradigm shift in the entertainment industry (1:03:25).

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Original illustration by Krishna ShenoiReference Photograph by Ramona Rosales.

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