At just 21 years old, Sadie Sink has already made an impact. Best known for her role as Max Mayfield in the popular Netflix series Stranger Things, Sink’s talents extend far beyond the screen. Sink’s taste in movies from around the world is also commendable.
In an insightful conversation with The Academy, Sink revealed her favourite movie from another country is Life is Beautiful. The film, directed by and starring Roberto Benigni, is an Italian tragicomedy that follows a Jewish father’s attempt to protect his son from the harsh realities of a concentration camp during World War II.
Sink’s admiration for the film is naturally rooted in its emotional impact. She admitted, “I don’t think I’ve sobbed harder than when I watched that movie.” The actor went on to describe the film as a rollercoaster of emotions, with a twinge of sadness, joy, and hope, “It’s very impactful, very sad, but also full of, you know, so much joy, and hope, and…Yeah, it’s one of those, it’s tough to get through, but I think it has to be my favourite.”
Stranger Things star Sink’s insight into Life is Beautiful speaks volumes about her appreciation for good storytelling that is all about the ardent rawness of the human experience. Sink is no stranger to playing characters who are similarly complex.
In the film, The Whale, Sink played a pivotal role alongside Brendan Fraser, who received widespread acclaim and numerous awards for his performance. Sink’s ability to hold her own alongside a seasoned actor only proves her talent and potential for a bright future in the industry.
Additionally, Sink’s involvement in All Too Well: The Short Film demonstrates her willingness to explore unique projects. Directed by Taylor Swift in her filmmaking debut, the short film is an adaptation of Swift’s hit song “All Too Well.” Sink’s portrayal of a character navigating a tumultuous romantic relationship again earned her admiration.
Speaking to Seth Meyers on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Sink admitted how this was the “trippiest” project to work on, “I was a fan of hers before,” she admitted. “Her team reached out, and I guess she had me in mind for this video. I said, ‘Yes, of course,’” before elaborating, “You would never think that our paths would really cross, someone being in the music industry and then in the film industry.”
“It was like two different worlds,” Sadie Sink added. “It was kind of a bizarre mashup, but everyone was very excited.”
Swift herself praised Sink’s performance. “The only two people I imagined playing the two characters, it was Sadie and Dylan,” she told Meyers on a different appearance. “If Sadie had said no, I don’t think I would have made it, I don’t think I would have made the film,” she noted, “I think I would’ve just been like, this is a sign.”