Stars of Sundance: Hari Nef

Stars of Sundance: Hari Nef

The social media sensation is transforming into a budding actress with her role in 'Assassination Nation'.

The social media sensation is transforming into a budding actress with her role in 'Assassination Nation'.

Photography: Sharif Hamza

Styling: Andrew Mukamal

Text: Greg Krelenstein

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“It’s the first script I’ve read that nails being a young American girl in the social-media era,” says Hari Nef in high praise of Assassination Nation, the film she stars in alongside the likes of Bill Skarsgård, Odessa Young, and Suki Waterhouse. “I think contemporary American youth culture is based on a mix of optimism and nihilism,” Nef continues, speaking to the zeitgeist that the film so adeptly encapsulates. “Pretty much [every one] of my friends believes that she can change the world for the better—yet she’ll party every night like there’s literally no tomorrow. I think Assassination Nation captures my generation’s dissatisfaction with the present and its yearning for a more equitable future.”

As someone who herself has a major presence on Instagram, Nef considers the film’s treatment of social media and the role it plays in young people’s lives thoughtful and interesting. “The film satirizes and interrogates the ‘social’ aspect of social media, which can enrich or ruin lives,” suggests Nef. “It all depends on how, why, and by whom social media is used. If social media is leveraged for violence and hatred, then let’s interrogate where that violence and hatred comes from."

HARI WEARS DRESS, GLOVES, TIGHTS GUCCI S/S '18
Credits: Makeup Ciara O’Shea (LGA) Hair Rubi Jones (Julian Watson) Producer Ashley Herson Local producer Kate Holland Digital technician Casey Richardson Photo assistants Tim Hoffman, Shen Williams-Cohen Stylist assistant Jermaine Daley Hair assistant Megan Gorley Production Assistants Tom O’Meara, Rique Carroll Retouching Hempstead May Location Park City Peaks Hotel

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