‘Latency’ Interview: Sasha Luss On Gaming, Agoraphobia, And AI Fears

In James Croke’s sci-fi horror Latency, Sasha Luss plays Hana, a down-on-her-luck gamer with agoraphobia who begins to experience a break from reality while testing a new AI neural device. The film explores some of the dangers of AI and modern video games on people already suffering from social anxiety and mental illness.

I spoke to Luss just last year for her action-adventure film Sheroes, but it’s Latency that I think has brought the most out of her. It’s a challenging role for anyone, and Luss respectfully captures the anxiousness of someone with agoraphobia, while also the confidence of a professional gamer. Luss, who previously starred in the action thriller Anna, has a grip on the physical demands, as well.

A few days ago I got to spend a few minutes chatting with Sasha Luss about Latency, how she prepared for the role of Hana, any fears she has of AI, and her experience with video games. I had to know if she’s actually a gamer when those camera shut down! We also talked about working with influencer and social media star Alexis Ren, and director James Croke who created a claustrophobic, contained environment for Luss to work through.

Latency is in theaters now.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.