“Honestly, it’s difficult to find characters for black girls that have substance. I am always looking for roles that have meaning—I don’t want to be just the token daughter of a character who doesn’t actually have anything to say. Sarah’s a teenager and a nuanced character, which is a rare thing to find, and since I’m a teenager and I’m finding myself, too, I really wanted to bring her to life. When I talked to Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, the director, we had all the same ideas about the meaning of the movie, and we instantly connected. He told me I was the only actress he talked to who asked him about the role of women in the movie. I had read the script and I was like ‘OK, Miles, I got to ask you something: Sarah’s the only female character—how is she serving the plot?’ And he was like, 'Yes! Let’s talk about that and break that down.’"