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Shira Haas Details The Research She Did For Her New Movie 'Asia'

Shira Haas Details The Research She Did For Her New Movie 'Asia'

Shira Haas keeps it cute in a checkered top with a Peter Pan collar while during the Storytellers panel at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Sunday (June 13).

The 26-year-old actress, who rose to fame after her role in Unorthodox, spoke to Ali Wentworth about her newest film, Asia.

Days before in another interview, Shira opened up about taking a deep dive to portray a character with a terminal illness on screen.

“I was able to connect to her pain of dealing with a chronic illness facing death. I’m not an easy crier in real life as much as I am on screen, but I did cry,” Shira admitted.

She continued about the role of Vika, who she says is both a young girl and “an older one [due to her disease]. I know I will never understand what it is like for someone like her physically and mentally, so I studied situations where people must face a terminal illness.”

Shira did reveal that she really did research to play Vika: “I did a lot of physical research. At first, I met with a doctor and I met with a young girl, a very brave patient with the same disease as Vika, so I could know what it felt like.”

She also “reacquainted myself with the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance) taught by (popular psychologist) Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. “This was the closest way to learn how to experience death.”

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