Stars Of Sundance: Kiersey Clemons

Stars Of Sundance: Kiersey Clemons

The rising star continues to dominate the screen with her performance in the Sundance hit, 'Hearts Beat Loud'.

The rising star continues to dominate the screen with her performance in the Sundance hit, 'Hearts Beat Loud'.

Photography: Sharif Hamza

Styling: Andrew Mukamal

Text: Elizabeth Kiefer

This interview appears in the pages of V113, The Music Issue, on newsstands now. Order your copy of the issue today at shop.vmagazine.com

It’s pretty much impossible not to fall in love with Kiersey Clemons. The 24-year-old actress—who you may know from Transparent, Angie Tribeca, Dope, or Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, among a bevy of other projects—is quick to laugh or make a self-deprecating observation. Her brand of funny is the smart, slow-build kind, on display in real life the same way it has been onscreen throughout her career so far. It’s also one of the many reasons she was so perfectly paired with Nick Offerman in the film Hearts Beat Loud, which premiered at Sundance this year.

The film tells the story of a Brooklyn dad who isn’t ready for his daughter to head off to college on the West Coast— and so, grasping at the straws of their last summer together, decides they should form a band. Clemons portrays Offerman’s offspring, Sam. The film is pitch-perfect—equal parts wry comedy and bittersweet coming-of-age tale—and, as expected, it was also a pretty fun set.

At one point during filming, Clemons stopped by a stationery store and walked out with a bunch of tiny rubber hands. “They looked like baby hands. We did little short films on my phone, skits all day,” she says (yes, you can find them online). “Nick Offerman and the little hand ... sounds like a porno.” As for how her own teen years compare to her Hearts Beat Loud character? Not tons of rebellion on either front. “I never caused a lot of trouble. I was never too eager to be out and partying,” she says. But, “I did get mad when I didn’t have a ride to the beach.”

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