Lorenza Izzo was the discovery of the film. Originally Nicolas had cast her as the bartender in the night club, and before shooting started, this Adidas party came up that said we could film there, so we went AND did an impromptu shoot of the guys having fun.
Lorenza had starred in Nico's film
Que Pena Tu Boda
Fuck My Wedding
) and came to the Adidas party to just play a girl who danced with us, to at least guarantee some interaction with a girl in the scene.
When I said hello to her, she spoke to me in perfect English, like an American. I couldn't quite process that she was Chilean, she had zero accent whatsoever, and then she explained she had spent her early teenage years in Atlanta and learned English with zero accent.
I asked Nico why we had never considered her for Kylie and he said "I've never heard her speak English! Why would I? She speaks to me in Spanish." We were about to cast another girl for Kylie, but after the party we read Lorenza and her acting blew us away.
She had studied at Strassberg in New York - she was a superb actor. Lorenza has the most incredible, expressive eyes - all her emotions are right there. I was so blown away by her performance in
I cast her not only in my Netflix series
as the cheerleader whose murder kicks off the show, but as the lead in my new film
The Green Inferno
. She's amazing.