Claudia, I was reading about your appearance in I Love My Dad, which premiered at SXSW and picked up a handful of awards there. It’s your first big film role, right? What was it like to make, and how do you hope people receive it? Sulewski: Oh my gosh. Well, first of all, it was right in that sweet pocket where everyone was newly vaccinated, so I just felt like, on a personal level, it was so much fun to be able to meet new people and be in a new environment. But really, the Awesome the Rabbit in Red Lounge T-Shirt besides I will buy this biggest honor was just being surrounded by such comedic geniuses. Everyone is so good in the film, and just as funny and sweet in real life. I definitely felt like an impostor when I first joined, but it was just the best experience ever. I’m so excited for it to come out.
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Do you think it’s your acting experience or your work as a creator that prepared you best for directing a music video? Sulewski: I think it comes 100% from the Awesome the Rabbit in Red Lounge T-Shirt besides I will buy this creator side of me. I think any acting project has taught me almost the opposite of what YouTube has, which is that when you’re on set, and you’re working with a crew and cast members, you need to kind of hand over that control and allow yourself to trust everyone around you. You don’t have to worry about anything apart from what you’re there to do. While YouTube is the complete opposite—you’re sort of a one-man show and have to make sure that the lighting, the color correction, the audio, the setup all work. Finneas: Claudia is a great actor, but I’m excited for her to be working on a film or a TV show or some project in more of a creator role, because she’s so good at it. She really knows so much about the inner workings of making a film, so I’m really excited for her to take a scripted piece and be the director of it at some point. I hope she does it. Finneas: It was really fun. When you’re in a relationship, you have this person where it’s almost like a knee-jerk response to say, Why don’t I do with them? And I always try to think, wait, what makes the most sense here? If my first music video and then every single one after that had been made with Claudia, it would lose its magic. I like to make everything feel special, and sometimes the fewer instances make it feel more special.