Actress Frances McDormand has said that her attempts to get into character proved so successful when filming Nomadland that she was "offered a job in Target" in a small town in Nebraska.

Nomadland, which premiered earlier this month and won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, is about people in the US who live transient lifestyles.

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In the film, McDormand's character Fern leaves the town where she lives, as it provides her no prospects of employment. She decides to make her way around the US in a camper van.

McDormand said in a Zoom call promoting the film: "It was really about setting up an ecosystem, working with the nomads, because they are not always stationary and [it was about] getting Fran to blend in.

"It was successful because in one town in Nebraska I went to the local Target [in character] and I was offered employment."

The two-time Oscar winner was handed a form to fill out for a job at the discount retail shop.

The Three Billboards actress recalled her joy at the job offer: "I went back to Chloé [Nomadland film director Chloé Zhao] and said: 'It's working!'"

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