Exploring the Role of ‘How to Have Sex’ with BAFTA Nominee Mia McKenna-Bruce

The Rising Star category will always be debated, because how can you qualify if you’ve been on our screens for years? But when you filmed How to have sex, Was there a moment when you thought this was your year to be nominated?

No not at all. When I’m filming something, I don’t like to think about what’s next because you never know which way it’s going to go. This movie was so special to us at one point, that we kind of forgot anyone else was going to see it.

Everything happened very quickly, we finished filming in November and then we screened at Cannes in May, which is very fast for a film, but we didn’t have time to think about it. When we went to do the ADR of the film, I was watching it thinking it was really special and I hope people get a chance to see it because I think Molly (Manning Walker) did something spectacular.

Apart from the change of filming to one of Europe’s most popular party islands for two months…

Filming in Malia for two months, sold!

Haha, what attracted you to this type of story and made you decide that this was what you wanted to do?

There were a few things; I think the first thing was that we all could have made a film like this when we were young, there’s not a film I’ve seen that comes even remotely close. How to have sex. I have two younger sisters and I wanted them to see a movie like this.

Molly’s writing made it feel like I was having a conversation with her when I was reading the script, rather than reading a script. So for me, the goal as an actor is to be as human as possible and this film seemed so human to me from the first reading.

In some parts it seemed a little too human. I felt like I was watching all of my teenage mistakes in 4K and I thought, “Why do we never stop screaming…

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