Variety: Busy Actor Talia Ryder on ‘Dumb Money’ and Keeping Dance as Part of Her Life
Posted by Veronique on September 11th, 2023

As a former child dancer, maybe it shouldn’t surprise anyone that 21-year-old Talia Ryder moved so gracefully into singing, directing and acting. But don’t make her choose just one. “I really like making things, whether that’s acting, directing, choreography or all of the above,” she says.

Since her 2020 film debut in the Sundance abortion drama “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” the Indie Spirit nominee has brought her naturalistic acting to “West Side Story,” “Master,” “Do Revenge” and “Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between.” She returns to the festival circuit with “Dumb Money,” Craig Gillespie’s comedy about the 2021 GameStop stock craze, which had a TIFF Gala premiere Sept. 8. and begins its theatrical rollout Sept. 15.

“It was such an insane moment in time,” says Ryder, who was interviewed before the SAG-AFTRA strike. “Everyone was on their phones, and I felt involved in that story — a good friend was pretty invested in it, financially and emotionally. Instead of [the film] totally being from the perspective of big Wall Street guys, you see how all kinds of people are affected.”

Given her impressive work, it is surprising to learn that the soft-spoken Buffalo, N.Y. native became an actress by chance. “I’ve been a dancer since I was little — that was what I wanted to do. [But] on my 12th birthday, my grandma took me to see ‘Matilda the Musical’ [on B’way] and I begged my mom to let me audition. I didn’t consider it acting — it was the dancing that inspired me — and when they asked, ‘Can you sing?’ I [fibbed], ‘Of course!’” she laughs.

Similar twists of fate guide the protagonist she plays in Sean Price Williams’ road comedy “The Sweet East,” which hits the New York Film Festival on Oct. 10. “I rarely see a teenage character who’s so complex and confusing,” Ryder says. “I think she’s figuring out her point of view as she goes. That’s what’s so beautiful about the character—she’s doesn’t know her place in this world and is desperate to figure it out.”

Ryder helmed a half-hour short about her trip to Cannes with “East,” and several of its crew members worked on her directing debut this summer: her friend Del Water Gap’s music video, “All We Do is Ever Talk,” which she also choreographed. “It’s really nice to be able to create with people that you know and trust,” she says.

Ryder may return to Sundance with Jack Begert’s drama “Little Death,” reportedly playing a woman struggling with addiction. “It’s another strange, sweet indie film I’m excited about,” she says. But the project that seems closest to her heart is James Napier Robertson’s “Joika,” based on the true story of Joy Womack, an American ballerina who made history by being accepted into Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. It premieres Sept. 9 at the Deauville Film Festival. “I’m trying to keep dance a part of my professional life,” she says. “It was such a dream to be able to do everything all at once.”


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Cannes portraits by Stephane Feugere
Posted by Veronique on May 31st, 2023

I added 6 black & white photos to the gallery taken by Stephane Feugere at Cannes 2023. Click on the gallery link below to see all new photos.

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Variety and TheWrap Cannes 2023 portraits
Posted by Veronique on May 25th, 2023

I added 2 new portrait sessions to the gallery taken at Cannes 2023. Click on the gallery links below to see all new photos.

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Two new Cannes 2023 portraits
Posted by Veronique on May 24th, 2023

Photography by Julian Ungano for The Hollywood Reporter.

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More Cannes 2023 event photos & photoshoot
Posted by Veronique on May 23rd, 2023

Talia attended some more events at the Cannes Film Festival these past few days. I also 1 new photoshoot session to the gallery as well. Click on the gallery links below to see all new photos.

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New Cannes 2023 portraits
Posted by Veronique on May 20th, 2023

I added two new photos to gallery taken by Ella Kemp for Letterboxd. Click on the photos below to see them in full size.

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Cannes 2023 – The Sweet East After Party & portrait session
Posted by Veronique on May 19th, 2023

Talia attended the Cannes 2023 – Monster Premiere yesterday. Click on the gallery links to see all new photos.

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New photoshoot outtakes
Posted by Veronique on January 14th, 2023

I added new photoshoot outtakes to the gallery of Talia photographed by Lorenz Schmidl for Behind The Blinds Magazine back in July 2022. Click on the gallery link below to see all new outtakes!

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Vogue and V Magazine
Posted by Veronique on October 13th, 2022

I added 3 new photos to the gallery of Talia for Vogue Magazine and V Magazine. Click on the gallery links below to see all new photos in full size.

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The Glass Magazine
Posted by Veronique on July 11th, 2022

Talia Ryder is currently in a metamorphosis. Though the 19-year-old actor may be considered an emerging talent, with a humble handful of acting credits to her name following a stint on Broadway in Matilda the Musical, the American actor has already left critics feeling like they have discovered Hollywood’s next star. Her performance in Never Rarely Sometimes Always was the catalyst of this. Now, playing the lead in Netflix’s newly released high school rom-com, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between, Ryder is quickly climbing the ranks of stardom.

It’s a film that hits at the hopeless romantic in all of us – set against a high school backdrop, the innocence and vulnerability of a first love is put on a pedestal. When Glass asked Ryder what she would teach her character Clare, she responded, “I’ve always said I’d tell her to be a little less set on her plan. But the more I think about it, I actually don’t agree with that anymore. I wouldn’t tell Clare to do anything differently at all. I guess I would just advise her to let each relationship in her life be whatever it wants to be and remind her that not everything needs to fit into the traditional boyfriend/ girlfriend mould”.

It’s advice that Glass would tell the talented actor too, don’t do anything differently at all.

The 50th issue of Glass is out today!

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Dumb Money
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Follows the Wall Street chaos after GameStop's stock skyrocketed due to Reddit.

Little Death
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Two young drug addicts break into the home of a neurotic TV writer before spending the night in Los Angeles pondering about life, death and morality.

Talia as Joy Womack
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American ballet dancer Joy Womack is accepted into Moscow's infamously tough Bolshoi Ballet Academy, with the dream of becoming a great ballerina.