By Oliver Gettell
September 30, 2016 at 02:46 AM EDT
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As with the characters of their new film, nothing could quite prepare Riley Keough and Sasha Lane for the freewheeling road trip at the center of American Honey.

In a recent video interview with EW, the actresses discussed how the boundaries between fiction and reality became blurred while shooting the Andrea Arnold-directed drama, which centers on a motley group of teens criss-crossing the country to sell magazines and raise hell.

“You couldn’t really prepare because you kind of were that person,” Lane said. “You were just having a crazy summer.”

Keough added, “It didn’t feel like making a film at all, to me anyway. It was like an experience and a summer. We didn’t have any information on our quote-unquote characters at all, so it was just living. And then you’d get these sides and be like, ‘All right, I’m going to say these words in this place.'”

The winner of a Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, American Honey has been praised for its raw energy. According to Lane, “The reason the connection is so close and so real is because we really did live together and we rode in a van together and we ate together and … we listened to all that music together. So of course we were close like that, because that was our lives for two months.”

Watch the video above for more from Keough and Lane. American Honey opens today.

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  • 09/30/16
  • 162 minutes
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