Cast of “See For Me” movie: Skyler Davenport discusses role
“See for Me,” a nifty riff from “Wait Until Dark,” is a tense and suspenseful thriller about Sophie (Skyler Davenport), a blind ex-skier who occupies a cat-sitting position in a lavish secluded home owned by to Debra (Laura Vandervoort). When locked out of the house, Sophie downloads the “See for Me” app and connects with Kelly (Jessica Parker Kennedy) who serves as her eyes. Sophie relies on Kelly again when a trio of thieves burst into the house hoping to steal $ 7 million hidden inside. But Sophie soon decides to help the crooks, not to return them, in exchange for some of the money, and before long, Sophie is fighting for her life (with Kelly’s help).
Davenport, who is legally blind and non-binary, impresses in her first leading screen role as Amoral Sophie. In a recent phone interview, Davenport, who has had a well-established career in voiceover for video games, spoke to Gay City News about the creation of “See for Me.”
You mainly work in dubbing. This is your first lead role on screen. Can you discuss your decision to make this movie and what attracted you about it?
I moved to Los Angeles to work on camera. It was not a sudden decision. I auditioned and got an encore, and an encore, and then I got it. When I first read the script I loved that she sort of joined the [criminals] – I didn’t see it coming. I feel like people don’t think of an action thriller and assume the lead role would be turned off. I liked that and the fact that the filmmakers make her so human in her decisions. He was a survivalist, which a lot of people would do – it was cool.
Sophie’s mother is both a lawyer and an obstacle for her. Sophie reluctantly receives Kelly’s help and often has to trust others. How did you develop this element of his character? She longs to be independent but needs help.
One of the things about her when we read the table is that she went from a hard head to that vulnerable side where she cracks and gives in to ask for help. In my personal experience, when I lost my sight, it was the opposite. I reluctantly asked for help, but it wasn’t coming from a “Let me do this myself”, it was coming from a guilty place. I had lost my job, I had lost my relationship, I couldn’t drive all at once. I had lost everything. Rather, it was depressive guilt, as Sophie tries to maintain the personality and life she had before the vision loss. She wanted to think that nothing had changed. It was fun exploring this because it was so different from what I’ve been through. I like it because she was a skier before her vision loss. I love that she never really loses the motivation and desire to go back [career]. She is still focused on something that she had before she lost her sight. A lot of people change or adjust certain dreams because something is going on, and I don’t think it’s always necessary.
Sophie is amoral, wanting to steal and resell expensive wine, and decides to help the burglars. I love that she wasn’t a good pair of shoes, or “inspirational,” but viewers are supportive of her. What did you think of his character?
It’s weird, it’s like, “I can’t really hate you, but I’m not sure I love you either.” In the back of my mind, since she has these tougher times, I’ve been trying to find something that will make people not necessarily like you, but at least sympathize with you. You don’t want to be an angry Eeyore all the time because it’s not interesting to watch. I went more with something people could understand and maybe sympathize with, but not necessarily agree with. It is not bad; she is confused.
Can you tell us about the shooting of the “action” scenes and the handling of the film’s shooter?
They must have trained me. I had to take extensive gun training, which I had already taken, and they were like, “We’re going to have to make you look like a professional police officer, because [Sophie] never held a gun before. These scenes were super fun, because you can play around with the action, but they’re intense. A film gun is a little different from a real one. I did my initial firearms training with real guns. Film guns have a bit of recoil, but a real gun packs more oomph. Some are effective, others are real. It’s still dangerous.
You identify yourself as non-binary, and I often find that people are chosen because of who they are. Have you encountered this with this role?
When they threw me in there, they had no idea how I identified myself. After I was picked my manager warned them and they were amazing about it. It was the first time in my life that people made an effort to recognize him. They did not know [my being non-binary] because I didn’t say anything.
Do you hope to do more screen work and even star in a queer movie in the future?
I would, absolutely! I did a short film, “The Shift” with Danny Trejo in 2020. They asked me, “You had the best operation, for woman to man, and you don’t identify as a man, but you have. underwent the operation. . Would you be comfortable showing your scars for a second while you change and choose clothes because the character you play is going to be making the transition? ” I said yes! Thanks for asking! ”I would never do a shirtless scene for sex. But to show it, I was horny. I never thought I would be excited to be shirtless in front of the camera!
What are you looking to do next in your career?
I have some on-camera stuff that I’m looking to be in, and I’m currently working on about five different video games. The voiceovers are pure pleasure. He always acts, because the games become more and more [complex]. I do voice and face capture because the games are so real. I can play a 5 year old or 3 meter tall alien.
“SEE FOR ME” | Directed by Randall Okita | Opening January 7 in theaters, on digital platforms and on VOD | Distributed by IFC Midnight