“I was haunted by it”: Lily Gladstone Had the Strangest Experience Watching ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ For the First Time

Lily Gladstone had a very unexpected experience watching The Killers of the Flower Moon initially.

“I was haunted by it”: Lily Gladstone Had the Strangest Experience Watching ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ For the First Time


  • Lily Gladstone made a name for herself in The Killers of the Flower Moon.
  • Gladstone also had an interesting reaction to her first time watching The Killers of the Flower Moon.
  • Martin Scorsese defended one crucial aspect of the film which many people didn't like.
Show More
Featured Video

The acclaimed film Killers of the Flower Moon, featuring talents like Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro, and directed by Martin Scorsese, saw top-notch performances from multiple actors. However, the standout at the heart of the tragic Osage people’s story was Lily Gladstone.

A scene from Killers of the Flower Moon
Killers of the Flower Moon

Lily Gladstone made history by becoming the first Native American woman to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. In addition to that, Gladstone had a very strange experience watching the movie for the first time.

Lily Gladstone Had A Bizarre Experience During Her Initial Viewing of Killers of the Flower Moon

Lily Gladstone and Martin Scorsese
Lily Gladstone and Martin Scorsese in Killers of the Flower Moon

While speaking to Vanity Fair, Lily Gladstone expressed a similar sentiment to Martin Scorsese’s experience with their film Killers of the Flower Moon. Scorsese has mentioned that he watches the movie without being overly analytical, and simply chooses to be immersed in the storytelling.


”I feel the way Marty does. He has said he is not certain that he’s had this experience with another film. When he’s watching it, he’s just watching the movie. He’s not watching it and seeing the process or thinking, That should have been different, or remembering what it was like tracking that scene or planning that shot. I had a similar experience seeing it the first time. I was haunted by it well into the next day. Went to bed still—I don’t even want to say thinking about it—feeling it. Woke up the next morning, well into dinner—still feeling it.”

Gladstone shared a comparable experience, feeling haunted by the film even after watching it and expressing a protectiveness for her character, Mollie. She noted the tendency to advocate for others before herself, drawing a parallel with her protective feelings while watching the film.

”I was seeing myself, but I wasn’t being overly analytical about choices that I had made. And I felt a protectiveness of Mollie, watching it, that I didn’t quite feel when we were filming it. Not to say that I wasn’t being very protective of her while we were making it, but I compared it to how it’s always easier to see when your friends are being mistreated than yourself, or to stand up for your friends over yourself. And I can be that person. I advocate for other people before I advocate for myself. Even just making dinner reservations, I count the whole party and I forget myself.”

The Room 104 actress played a native Osage woman in Killers of the Flower Moon, and many felt that she was the heart and soul of the film. We’ll have to see if Gladstone will work with Leonardo DiCaprio again in the future.

Martin Scorsese Defends One Major Point About Killers of the Flower Moon

Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in action
Another scene from Killers of The Flower Moon

Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, alongside Lily Gladstone, worked on Killers of The Flower Moon, delivering Oscar-worthy performances that elevated the movie. With Martin Scorsese at the helm, the film was bound to be a critical hit.


While speaking to Variety, Martin Scorsese addressed criticism regarding the 3+ hour runtime of Killers of the Flower Moon. The legendary director simply stated that not every genre of film is intended for every person.

Not every film is for every person…I don’t know if it’s something that will be universally accepted. This one felt right [at this length], and I felt that while I was watching it.”

Martin Scorsese will always be regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time for all the incredible movies he has made. At this point of time in his illustrious career, he really couldn’t care less about what his critics may have to say.


Written by Subhojeet Mookherjee

Articles Published: 499

Subhojeet Mookherjee is a Freelance Entertainment Writer for FandomWire. A lover and expert in all things movies, games, TV shows, music and more. I've been in the writing business for over five years now, covering various topics all over the world. I love engaging in deep conversations with like-minded people.