‘It’s Two In­di­vid­u­als Know­ing They’re Not Alone’

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IN­DIA EIS­LEY GREW UP ON

sets be­cause her mother was an ac­tress, and she booked her first role when she was only 10 years old. Her 15-year ca­reer has thus far con­sisted of quite a few films (“Un­der­world Awak­en­ing,” “The Curse of Sleep­ing Beauty”) in ad­di­tion to tele­vi­sion (“The Se­cret Life of the Amer­i­can Teenager”). Now, Eis­ley por­trays the real-life Fauna Hodel, a woman who grew up be­liev­ing she was mixed race, only to learn some dark truths about her ori­gin story later in life, in TNT’S lim­ited se­ries “I Am the Night.”

What made you want to start act­ing?

When I saw Sally Field play Sy­bil. ... I watched it and I was dis­turbed be­yond be­lief, but I was fas­ci­nated, too. It was, “That looks so fun. That shits on play­ing with Bar­bie; I’d rather play Sy­bil.”

How does the char­ac­ter of Fauna com­pare to such goals?

It’s a big re­spon­si­bil­ity, I think, when you play some­body who has ex­isted, but also some­body who has just re­cently passed away. It’s a bit of a heavy thing. But Rasha and Yvette, her daugh­ters, were just so en­cour­ag­ing and so sup­port­ive and just lovely.

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