Sofia Bryant is the breakout star of Netflix’s ‘I Am Not Okay With This.’ The actress spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL about Dina and Sydney’s advanced relationship, the finale, and the way Dina would really feel about Syd’s powers.
Sofia Bryant was simply as shocked as the remainder of us when she learn the I Am Not Okay With This season finale script. Her character, Dina, is proper there when Sydney (Sophia Lillis) makes Brad’s head explode on the dance. Dina is left lined in blood and falls to the ground as she appears to be like at her former boyfriend, who’s now headless. “It’s so interesting because I have such a different reaction to watching it and actually shooting it and reading it and everything, as did most of the cast. I remember watching it and I actually felt nauseous because it’s shocking,” Sofia instructed HollywoodLife. “It’s also really cool. It was done so well. Literally, the way it was written in the script was like, ‘Brad’s f**king head explodes.’ That’s what it said. We were reading through it and we all kind of just took a pause. We stared at each other, especially because we hadn’t shot anything yet. It was during the readthrough when we all first read it together, so we all kind of had our own image of it in our heads, and we were all kind of like, ‘Did you just see what I saw?’”
Just earlier than Brad’s head explodes, he outs Sydney in entrance of the complete faculty after studying her diary. He dies simply earlier than he can reveal that Sydney has superpowers. Sydney struggled to come back to phrases along with her newfound powers over the course of the season and nonetheless doesn’t know the extent of her powers. Stanley (Wyatt Oleff) is the one one who is aware of about them. Dina has no thought what Sydney has been going via. Even if Sydney didn’t imply to kill Brad (Richard Ellis), Sofia mentioned whether or not or not she thinks Dina will have the ability to forgive Sydney for what occurred.
“So for me, I try to think of this in a way where if I really was Dina,” Sofia continued. “Dina and I, we are very alike, but I feel like they are very key things that are different with us. I think that if I had to deal with that I know I would have some trust issues. The whole season Dina knows nothing and that’s her best friend. It’s also her being kind of distant about Brad and everything, but she doesn’t ever find out in the first season about Syd’s powers. So she’s kind of finally being honest with Syd about their feelings for each other and everything and now her boyfriend just died literally onto her face. She doesn’t know that it’s because of her best friend, who she’s also kind of falling for. I would just have really hard trust issues. It’s forever complicated. And there’s a question now that Dina can ask: did she do it because she’s jealous?”
Sofia is for certain that Dina might be upset if (extra like when) she finds out that Stanley has recognized about Sydney’s powers for thus lengthy. “I know I would be upset,” Sofia famous. However, she mentioned she would “understand because Dina was really distant in the beginning because she was so infatuated with Brad, but I think that she would be a little bit hurt because that’s a huge thing.”
The actress additionally thinks Dina can be “supportive” of Sydney’s superpowers. “Sydney is really kind of struggling to deal with them. It’s not like this thing that she’s honing and she’s super comfortable with yet,” Sofia mentioned. “She kind of almost wants to get rid of them herself. I think that Dina would immediately see that. Her superpowers are also a metaphor for her growing up and having new things to deal with. I think she would have been very, very helpful and caring and try her best to understand this new thing.”
One of essentially the most poignant scenes of the primary season is when Sydney kisses Dina in a bed room at a home social gathering. Sydney, who is often so closed off, lastly exhibits her emotions for Dina. In the finale, Dina admits to Sydney that she didn’t hate their kiss in any respect. Sofia opened up about this game-changing second in Sydney and Dina’s relationship. “I’m really proud of that scene and being able to more closely and accurately represent. I know that, even when we were on set, the tone and the air in the room at that moment was just so honest,” Sofia instructed HollywoodLife.
Sofia doesn’t know the place Sydney and Dina’s relationship goes from the finale, however there’s a lot to dive into in a possible second season. “I definitely think that Dina has a lot to explore now and I think that she’s kind of learned this new thing about her and she can kind of approach and have a new way of thinking,” Sofia continued. “It’s hard because I keep thinking of her and Syd and where they’re going to go from here because it’s really left so open. I really just wish the best for them both.” But does she need to see them collectively? “I mean, I would,” Sofia revealed. “I love their dynamic, but it is really hard because it’s so complicated.”
Season 2 hasn’t been confirmed but, however Sofia has some concepts about what she’d prefer to see go down. Dina and Stanley don’t get to know one another that properly within the first season, and Sofia would like to discover a possible friendship between them. “It’s so funny because I love Wyatt [Oleff] so much, but we didn’t have a lot of stuff this season together. We were actually talking and it would be really cool to kind of explore their friendship because, when you think about it, they’re the two people who are closest to Syd. The next person to find out about her powers would realistically be Dina, so it would be really interesting to kind of see how they would connect and kind of have each other’s backs because that’s a lot to deal with.” I Am Not Okay With This season 1 is at the moment streaming on Netflix.