By Nick Romano
February 20, 2018 at 11:17 AM EST
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Dakota Fanning can officially count herself as a director. The Alienist actress made her behind-the-camera debut when her short film “Hello Apartment” premiered as part of Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales, a series of short films directed by women. Now you can watch it online.

Starring Eve Hewson, Tom Sturridge, and Christina Rouner, “Hello Apartment” turns the physical setting of a Brooklyn-based loft into the protagonist, bearing witness to the personal history of its inhabitant and how it becomes a sponge for her experiences.

The short was written by Liz Hannah, who grabbed headlines for co-writing Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated The Post.

“I’ve lived in the same apartment for seven years,” Fanning, whose own apartment inspired the short, told Elle. “I moved to New York City when I was 17 years old. My mom lived with me, and then when I turned 18, she moved out and I was totally on my own.”

“I wonder about the marks we leave behind and the scars we leave behind,” she added. “Do apartments absorb them?”

Fanning is by far not the first actress to get bit by the directing bug. Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig, both actors-turned-filmmakers, have earned acclaim and buzz for their respective directing debuts, Get Out and Lady Bird. This year also saw actor Paul Dano’s first feature, Wildlife, premiere at Sundance.

Fanning will continue acting with roles in Ocean’s 8 and Kirsten Dunst’s The Bell Jar (another actor who moved behind-the-camera), but she says, “I would like to direct again, very much.”

Watch “Hello Apartment” above.

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