Lily Gladstone on Her Favorite Karaoke Songs and the Power of Independent Film: It Goes ‘Places You’re Told Nobody Cares About

Is “Blister in the Sun” a perfect song for karaoke? “Killers of the Flower Moon” star Lily Gladstone thinks so.

While playing Variety Favorites presented by Lifetime, Lily Gladstone sat down with associate web editor Ethan Shanfeld to talk about some of the things that inspire her. The “Killers of the Flower Moon” star shared her thoughts about independent filmmaking, awards recognition and her hometown.

First asked about her hobbies outside of acting, Gladstone expressed her love of the outdoors.

“I probably am considered a crazy plant lady at this point,” Gladstone joked. “I love helping things grow. I love helping things propagate. It’s very therapeutic.”

That mindset of growth is a quality that doesn’t just apply to plants. Gladstone spoke at length about the importance of independent film in expanding one’s worldview beyond what mainstream cinema can offer.

“Independent film will go places that you’re told nobody cares about. It explores narratives in such a unique way. It doesn’t just challenge where you’re looking; it expands how you’re looking,” Gladstone emphasized.

Detailing her personal process of getting into character, Gladstone said music is crucial in allowing her to immerse wholly in the role she’s playing.

“My favorite ways of getting into character just kind of depends on the character. But one thing that tracks pretty much all the way through is music. If it’s not showing up for me on the day or if I need that lens, that headspace, then music is one of the quickest ways to do it,” Gladstone said.

It’s no surprise, then, that Gladstone is a fan of karaoke.

“I always request ‘These Boots Are Made for Walking,’ Nancy Sinatra. But the one that I think is the most fun and communal and you don’t hear that often is ‘Blister in the Sun’ by Violent Femmes,” Gladstone said. “I wouldn’t say I go to karaoke every weekend, but I do go to karaoke [at] every opportunity, if that makes sense.”

As for the “Killers of the Flower Moon” star getting Oscar buzz?

“Awards recognition to me just means that people have seen the film that we were hoping we were making. That people have connected to it,” said Gladstone. “‘Cause your character is the conduit for the audience to really be in the story. That’s the best part.”

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