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Sheil, 28, has become the movies’ New York indie It girl ever since Greta Gerwig went commercial. She seems to turn up in every notable small release, including, just this year, The Comedy, Green, The Color Wheel, V/H/S, First Winter and Sun Don’t Shine.
How long have you lived in Brooklyn?
I lived in Brooklyn from 2006 to spring of 2012 in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. I moved to an apartment on Devoe Street with my best friends from college after we graduated. They’re all really talented actresses: Jennifer Kim, Lindsay Burdge and Kerry Barker. But I left Brooklyn to move in with my boyfriend. He lives in the East Village.
Anything about Brooklyn that bugs you?
Nothing about Brooklyn really bugs me except that it’s a rabbit hole that all of my friends disappear into. That’s ok, though. I guess I did the exact same thing for a long time.
What’s the most insightful thing anyone’s ever said about what you do?
There’s a movie called Esther Kahn. I think it’s one of the most insightful pieces about wanting to be an actor that I’ve ever seen.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on something with my friend Alex Ross Perry in January. I’m also writing something of my own.