In early October, we hop on a name. Coincidentally, we’re each in our loos: Balinska is in the midst of a self-care day at house in L.A., having fun with a face masks she obtained for her twenty sixth birthday only a few days earlier, whereas I’m in Brooklyn, perched on the bathtub with the door closed in an effort to get a transparent audio recording to later transcribe. It’s exhausting to withstand asking, “So do you like scary movies?” Balinska is fast to confess she’s a fan of the style and the spooky season basically. Her RSR character, a younger govt assistant and single mother named Cherie, finds herself on a blind date from hell, and chaos ensues. “There are films that do [horror] so well, but we really want to make sure we weren’t glorifying the plight of the female as the victim in these scenarios,” she explains of the premise.
While the narrative evokes comparable themes about relationship violence as I May Destroy You and Promising Young Woman, each of which premiered in 2019, Run Sweetheart Run is undoubtedly a style movie. “It’s a bucket-list role,” Balinska says. “I’m honored to be a ‘final girl,’ as they call it, but on top of that, it was an incredible opportunity to show the strength of a Black woman as a protagonist and a winner.” The function required an immense diploma of physicality, one thing Balinska studied in drama faculty, however not within the typical setting. “It’s much more visceral. It’s not, you know, traditional combat fighting,” she explains. “You can feel the energy building and how she needs to become more confident and more assertive. Being a young actress stepping into my own, it was a story I wanted to tell, and in terms of the physicality, ‘run’ is in the title twice, so needless to say, it was a bit messy.”