Director Mimi Cave was driving one day when she got an email from a name she didn’t recognize. It was Sebastian Stan, writing under a pseudonym.
“I just couldn’t help myself,” Stan wrote.
She’d been considering him to star opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones in her feature debut Fresh, which is loosely about the horrors of modern dating. Attached was a video, a kind of supplementary audition, of him dancing around a kitchen with a steak knife.
It wasn’t unrelated to the part. His character, Steve, has a pivotal dance moment in a kitchen set to Animotion’s Obsession. And Cave had a background in dance and directing music videos for cool indie outfits like Lucius, Sleigh Bells and tUnE-yArDs.
What Stan didn’t know at the time was that the part was already his.
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“I had to pull my car over,” Cave said, laughing. “We’d already decided we were going to cast him but this just put the nail in the coffin. He was obviously super into it and excited and inspired.”
It may only be March, but Stan is already having a big year with his transformational, tattooed turn as Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee in Pam & Tommy and as a possibly too-good-to-be-true boyfriend in Fresh, both of which are available on Hulu.