“It was the craziest thing you could ever imagine, multiplied by a hundred times crazy, every minute of every day,” says 26-year-old Riley Keough of her experience shooting "American Honey," which premiered on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by British-born Andrea Arnold ("Fish Tank"), the film follows eighteen-year-old Star (Sasha Lane), who flees her perilous home and joins a group of magazine salespeople in their 20s. The crew, led by Jake (Shia LaBeouf) and Krystal (Riley Keough), travel America trying to make ends meet. Filmed all over the US, the cast went from Oklahoma to North Dakota and everywhere in between. “I play the boss of the magazine crew, who’s kind of lost and going through an identity crisis,” explains Keough, who met Arnold a few years ago on a beach during - what else? - the Cannes festival. (Previously, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley appeared in "Mad Max: Fury Road," "Magic Mike," and "The Girlfriend Experience.") "This experience was nothing like shooting a movie. The people, the places – I want to share a lot, but I’ve never had the opportunity to keep something to myself before, and I feel I’m allowed to on this movie,” explains Keough, who insists that the film will speak for itself. “Andrea’s outlook on life is really beautiful. She’s an adult who hasn’t lost the magic in life,” she continues. “She looks at things in a childlike way still, which is rare for someone over 30.”
Riley wears Christopher Kane top and skirt, Casadei shoes. Photo by Victoria Stevens. Styled by Jamie Schneider. Hair by Jen Atkin, makeup by Vincent Oquendo. Photo Editor: Biel Parklee. Text: Gillian Sagansky.