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SXSW 2019: Stefania LaVie Owen Keeps ‘The Beach Bum' in Check

Posted On: Mar 15, 2019   |   Posted By: WWD

For Stefania LaVie Owen, the world premiere of Harmony Korine's “The Beach Bum” in Austin, Tex., was quite the reunion. Considering her motley crew of costars in the film - lead Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Jimmy Buffett, Jonah Hill - it's easy to see the appeal in revisiting the project, which shot in Miami at the end of 2017.
“It's crazy that now it's here and so much has happened between then and now so it's like, ‘Wait, this is alive again?,'” says Owen from a suite overlooking the festival convention center. She'd already watched a screening a month prior, with her family. Her reaction? “Harmony did a great job.”
“Everyone was so awesome. As soon as I came to set, it was a very warm feeling,” she adds. “The music was playing all the time. We were smoking cigars in Miami. It was just a very happy set.”
The now 21-year-old actress auditioned on tape for the role; once she was cast, she packed her apartment into boxes, dropped them off with a cousin in upstate New York, and flew down to...

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