Alana Haim, best known with her sisters as a member of the rock/pop trio Haim, has scored a rare achievement for a performing artist in breakout “Licorice Pizza” role.
She’s been nominated for a 2021 Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice award– both for Best Actress–and scored a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year in 2020.
Her breakout on the big screen in the hit Paul Thomas Anderson coming-of-age comedy-drama “Licorice Pizza” was anything but anticipated or planned.
It was the first script she ever read and her first acting role.
“It was an untitled script and the first name on the script was Alana. And I was like, ‘That’s crazy, Paul’s going to use my name in a movie,’” she told Molly Lambert in the upcoming issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
But she was sold on it… after reading the script three times, of course.
“It had so much of the Valley in it and so much of the things I grew up with. A lot of stories that I had told Paul were in the script already. I was just obsessed with it,” she says.
The result was a movie with Alania as lead actress, co-starring Cooper Hoffman, also in his film debut.
The move also includes heavyweigths Sean Penn, Benny Safdie, Bradley Cooper, and ’70s rocker Tom Waits.
The singer, who turned 30 in December, credits Anderson for coaxing her into a movie career.
“[Acting] was so out of my depth that every day, it just felt like an adventure, in a good way… Paul weirdly does make you feel invincible,” she tells the magazine.
“It’s so nice to have someone to be like, ‘You can do it.’ ’Cause there’s not a lot of people that, when you actually think about it, do that other than your parents.”
Anderson is equally effusive. “As the director of the film, there isn’t a scene I don’t think she’s anything short of a miracle in. She’s crazy great,” he says.
With a successful music–and now movie– career, Alana is bringing the same focus on finding a mate.
“I’m looking for my Albert Brooks, and I’ve been saying that forever,” she says.
She knows she’d be asking a lot of a potential partner.
“If he’s okay with me constantly being on the road, constantly touring. That’s the hardest thing. I mean, I’m always gone.”
Touring has been a big part of her life. She calls the road “my husband, my boyfriend, my everything.”
She and sisters Este (bass guitar, vocals) and Danielle (lead vocals, guitar drums) began playing together as children, growing up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.
But they scored a record deal in 2012 with Polydor Records after playing South By Southwest, a major music festival and showcase in Austin, Texas.
Their debut album Days Are Gone won critical acclaim and hit the Top Ten on the charts, including No. 1 in the United Kingdom.
Their second album, Something to Tell You, was released in July 2017 followed by their third album, Women in Music Pt. III last year.
The hit the road last year for their “One More Haim Tour,” which is continuing this year.
Playing shows she acknowledges is physically exhausting.
“I am so jealous of people that can go out. Maybe it’s because I’m Jewish. I’m, like, too scared to get sick. So I never go out after shows. We’ve never been those kinds of girls. We’re like, ‘No, we have our fun onstage. That’s all we need,'” she tells the magazine.
For her magazine photoshoot Alana was styled by Tony Irvine and photographed by Josh Olins.
Harper’s Bazaar hits newsstands Feb. 1. You can also check out the full interview and more photos on Harper’s website.