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'The Florida Project' Star Bria Vinaite Initially Thought It Was a 'Sick Joke' When Director Reached Out to Her

“The Florida Project” director Sean Baker and stars Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Prince, and Willem Dafoe stopped by the Variety Studio Presented by AT&T at the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about their new movie.

Baker noted that the casting process for “The Florida Project” was unconventional, pointing out that he found Vinaite through Instagram. Vinaite, without much experience in Hollywood, initially didn’t take his inquiry seriously.

“For the longest time, I thought it was, like, a joke. Like, someone was playing a sick joke on me and I was just going along with it,” Vinaite revealed. “When I first realized that it was, like, actually Sean and he was serious, I was kind of, like, thrown off! Because you would never think that you would get such an opportunity like this just through social media.”

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