ABQ native Forrest Goodluck proud of characters he plays in 2 current films

Forrest Goodluck is always looking for a challenge.

He finds those challenges through the roles he chooses within film.

“For me, trying to delve into a character that is very nuanced and deep is always a blessing to have a challenge like that,” he says. “To be able to play characters that you are proud of and brings an important message to life. It’s a role that you see on paper and wonder if you can play it. It’s interesting to see where that can push you.”

The 20-year-old New Mexico native is starring in two films – “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” and “Indian Horse.”

In the films he plays Adam and Saul, respectively.

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” is in its theatrical run, and Goodluck found playing Adam a great challenge.

The film follows Cameron Post, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, who is caught in a compromising position with another girl on prom night.

Her aunt ships her off to God’s Promise, a gay conversion therapy center, where she is supposed to be “cured” of her “same-sex attraction.”

Post falls in with misfits Jane Fonda, played by Sasha Lane and Adam, played Goodluck.

The film is directed by Desiree Akhavan, who says finding Goodluck rounded out the movie.

“Forrest was able to dive into Adam’s character and tell more of his story,” Akhavan says. “What first started out as a story about Cameron quickly became an ensemble piece.”

Goodluck spent his downtime while filming that movie with Akhavan, often discussing the character.

“Me and Desiree went deeply into what this character could be,” he says. “What’s great about this is that Adam has so many facets of identity. He is a two-spirit character and had so much to him. In the end, I’m only one piece to the puzzle in putting the narrative together.”

Goodluck’s other film, “Indian Horse” is still waiting on a release date in the United States, though the film had a theatrical run in Canada.

The film centers on Saul Indian Horse, a young Canadian First Nations boy who survives the Indian residential school system to become a star ice hockey player.

Goodluck plays Saul at age 15.

“In some ways, the films are very similar in that they are religious camps trying to destroy your identity by making you hate yourself,” he says. “It was easy to jump into them, because I shot them back to back.”

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