Lily Gladstone considered 'stepping back' from acting

Lily Gladstone wanted to "step back" from acting because she felt it wasn't "serving" her or anyone else.

The 37-year-old star became a household name thanks to her performance as Osage tribeswoman Mollie in 'Killers of the Flower Moon' and while she scored a string of award nominations and wins for the role, one of the biggest honours she received was when her tribe, the Blackfeet Nation, held Lily Gladstone Day to celebrate her being shortlisted for an Oscar because she got to meet the young members who had cheered her on during her low moments.

She told the Sunday Times Culture: "One of the most moving things was getting to meet these kids that I had seen making TikToks cheering me on all through awards season.

“I’d look at their little faces every time I needed a pick-me-up, listening to them tell me to try hard.

"I’ve wanted to step back from acting at points because I felt like it wasn’t serving anybody, not even me, but [the tribe] supported me.”

And Lily admitted the support of her parents had kept her going when it came to pursing her screen dreams.

She told how her father “has constantly hung the word ‘Oscar’ in my ear since I was about six”, while her mother, a community college teacher, encouraged her to study a subject she enjoyed rather than would would "be a safe bet".

She added: “She was not interested in what would bring me financial security; she wanted me to be happy. I wouldn’t have made it so far if I hadn’t been given the support I had.”

Lily can next be seen as Seneca-Cayuga tribeswoman Jax, who investigates the disappearance of her sister in 'Fancy Dance' - which is directed by Erica Tremblay - and she admitted it was only the success of 'Killers of the Flower Moon' that the film found distribution because Hollywood had so few movies about Native Americans.

She said: "'Killers of the Flower Moon' came out and suddenly audiences had an appetite for this kind of story, so it landed.”