Dominant Introverted Sensing [Si]: It’s hard for Venus to be spontaneous and take risks. She is practical, responsible, and doesn’t like to be forced out of her comfort zone. Venus prefers to be on the sidelines and watch others live. She’s fine with predictability. She’s always been more of a spectator than an active participant, which Sydney chastises her for. When Venus hears that someone in Seattle supposedly died playing Nerve, she doesn’t believe it because it would’ve been shut down if that were true. Venus prefers to feel comfortable and she tries to back out of the game several times when the stakes continue to be raised. When Venus realizes how dangerous the game is becoming, her response is to go to the police. If something is getting people hurt, you go to the police with it. That’s just what you do. However, this approach lands her in a lot of trouble for “snitching.”
Auxiliary Extroverted Feeling [Fe]: Even though she’s uncomfortable playing the game, she keeps allowing Ian to convince her to keep playing. Venus is wiling to miss out on a typical college experience, which she really wants to live at home and commute to a local school in order to be with her mother, who doesn’t want her going away following the death of her eldest child. She can’t even bring herself to tell her mom about her acceptance to CalArts. She goes along with what other people want, but never does anything for herself. Venus doesn’t really stand up for herself when Sydney admonishes her for the way she lives her life, and seems to avoid confrontation. Venus cares about what other people think of her and is humiliated when Sydney tries to talk to JP on her behalf. Venus is very upfront with her feelings and doesn’t try to mask them. She initially doesn’t open up about her feelings regarding Sydney when Ian asks because she thinks he doesn’t want to hear about it. She doesn’t want to burden him or bore him with her drama. However, when he encourages her to open up, she is able to freely express all of her feelings with ease. If Venus isn’t okay, she has no problem saying so.
Tertiary Introverted Thinking [Ti]: It’s clear that Venus is capable of coming up with innovative solutions to problems. When the game tells her and Ian to leave the store after they try on expensive outfits, she notes that technically the game just told them to leave… they don’t actually need to be wearing them at the time they leave the store. It’s her ability to look beyond the facts (everyone on the game is there anonymously) that ends up allowing her to shut down the game. Venus is also good at analysis, which is evident when she tries to explain what To the Lighthouse is really about to Ian. When pushed, Venus can make brutal assessments about people (“…you’re one of those girls who peaks in high school. And when you wake up one day, still living in Staten island, still screwing the same guys, wondering what the hell happened to your life.”).
Inferior Extroverted Intuition [Ne]: Trying new things is extremely difficult for Venus. Between her best friend berates her for never seizing the moment or seeking adventure, and that same friend publicly embarrassing her moments later, Venus decides to take a leap and give in to the unknown.
Tommy points out that what she’s doing isn’t her, but for Venus, that’s the whole point! She struggles to put herself in dangerous situations, but eventually it starts to give her a rush. Venus is able to think creatively. She wants to find a way to be able to go to CalArts, so she casually suggests that her mom list their home on Airbnb When Sydney and Tommy try to convince her that there’s no way to stop the game because everyone on it is anonymous, she thinks “What if they weren’t anonymous?”
Enneagram: 6w7 2w1 9w1 Sp/Sx
Venus: I mean, Syd hasn’t gotten into any schools yet. And she doesn’t even care.
Nancy: You know what? Sydney doesn’t have to care. She has a trust fund. And you have something far more valuable than that.
Venus: Here we go.
Nancy: You have drive, you have focus. You have a scholarship to a local college. And even though we can’t afford the dorm, you get to have me as your new college roommate.
Venus: Actually, I, um… I had kind of a cool idea about that. What if we fixed up Mike’s room and listed you on Airbnb or something? Maybe it’s time we finally go through his stuff and maybe give some of it to goodwill. And I could give you some space.
Nancy: I don’t want space. I just want you.
Venus: Okay. I’m totally down with commuting. I can… I can get my reading done on the ferry.
Nancy: Yeah? That’ll work, right?
Venus: You just got suspended. I thought you were done playing nerve.
Sydney: Hell no! The girl who won Seattle now has millions of followers. She’s insta-famous.
Venus: Who cares?
Sydney: I care, Vee. I don’t expect you to understand. I’m an adrenaline junkie. You like to stay within your comfort zone. That’s fine.
Venus: That’s not true. What about that pole dancing class we took?
Sydney: Vee, I dragged you there and you sat in the corner and watched.
Venus: I’m a visual learner.
Tommy: Why are you attacking her?
Sydney: I’m not attacking her, Tommy.
Tommy: Yeah, you are.
Venus: Life is passing you by. You need to learn to take a few risks every once in a while.
Venus: I do take risks.
Sydney: I love you so much, Vee. But you’re a watcher. So watch me do it for you.
Tommy: You signed up as a player? Oh, man.
Venus: What? Is that so hard to believe?
Tommy: You know that some kid supposedly died in Seattle playing Nerve?
Venus: Oh, I don’t buy that. If kids were dying, the game would be shut down.
Tommy: No, they can’t shut it down. There’s not a single server.
What does that mean?
Tommy: Everybody that logs onto the game becomes a new server. So it’s impossible to turn the game off.
Venus: How do you even know so much about this game? You’ve never even played.
Tommy: Look, I spend a lot of time on the dark web, all right?
Venus: Oh, a lot of time on the dark web? Is that right, hacker boy?
Tommy: Yes, that is right. You’re only accessing 10% of the Internet, you know. Why are you even doing this? Seriously, it’s dangerous. Is it because of Sydney?
Venus: This is not about Sydney. I’m…
Tommy: It’s just not like you.
Venus: That’s the point.
Venus: To the Lighthouse, that’s my favorite book.
Ian/Sam: Really? Please, tell me they get to the lighthouse in the end. Um… Actually, don’t tell me. Uh… okay, just tell me real quick.
Venus: Yeah, they do, but that’s… That’s not really what it’s about. The lighthouse means something different to each of the characters. It basically represents the thing they want most in life. And I’m sorry that I’m totally geeking out and ruining the story.
Ian/Sam: No, I was the one who asked.
Ian/Sam: I was hoping you’d come.
Venus: I’m just warning you, I don’t think I’d make a very good partner. I’m not the daredevil type. You should team up with my friend Sydney, actually. She’s obsessed with playing Nerve.
Ian/Sam: But the watchers want me to team up with you.
Venus: The second I feel uncomfortable, I’m out.
Ian/Sam: That’s fair.
Ian/Sam: Come on, we have to make a run for it. Come on, let’s go.
Venus: I am not shoplifting!
Ian/Sam: We don’t have a choice. Come on!
Venus: Okay, technically, it just says we have to leave the store. Right?
Venus: What did that just say? Blindfolded? On the motorcycle?
Venus: You’re on your own with that one.
Ian/Sam:Wait, wait. I can’t do this alone. Come on, I need you to help me navigate.
Venus: There is no way in hell I’m doing that. I’m sorry, I’m out. Thank you for tonight. I mean… I had a lot of fun. Got a new dress. But I… I’m good.
Ian/Sam: Stay. Let’s see what else happens.
Ian/Sam: You gonna get it?
Venus: I don’t wanna deal with her right now.
Ian/Sam: What’s goin’ on?
Venus: She’s just been a lot recently. But whatever, you don’t wanna talk about that.
Ian/Sam: If you wanna talk about it, I’m here. Happy to listen.
Venus: I’m just tired of being her sidekick all the time.
Ian/Sam: It’s funny. You don’t seem like anyone’s sidekick. Can I see that picture again?
Venus: Oh, uh… Sure.
Venus: Yeah. Guys go crazy for her.
Ian/Sam: No, I mean the picture itself. It’s really good.
Venus: Thanks, I took it.
Ian/Sam: Yeah? You have a good eye. I just… I can’t picture you hangin’ out with someone like this.
Venus: What do you mean?
Ian/Sam: I don’t know. She looks kind of… Insecure. Is that mean?
Venus: She is totally insecure.
Venus: She makes it seem like I’m the one who’s insecure. But really it’s her. It’s exhausting.
Ian/Sam: I’m sure.
Venus: She’s at this party. Most likely drunk and needs me to hold her hair back. I’m just over it. I mean, so are her parents. They’re constantly out of town, so she has this revolving door of guys over. It’s sad, actually.
Venus: Syd? [Venus walks in on Sydney in bed with the guy she likes]
Sydney: Oh, come on, Vee, you never even spoke to him.
Venus: It’s fine. Certainly no surprise.
Sydney: Yeah, I know it’s not a surprise. You know what’s not fine, though? I almost died tonight, Vee, and you were nowhere to be found.
Venus: I’m sorry. When you said I should live my life, did you mean I should live my life in your shadow?
Sydney: I was just trying to help you, Vee, because you’re the most repressed person that I know.
Venus: Well, isn’t that why you keep me around? Because I never tell you the truth?
Venus: Come on, let’s go.
Sydney: I guess you don’t tell me the truth. Because you never told me about how insecure I am. Or about how I just have a revolving door of guys all the time. You never tell me that, but you’ve told everyone that tonight. So please, Vee, go right ahead and show us all what a fiery little spark plug you’ve become since lunch.
Venus: Let’s go.
Sydney: Don’t walk away from me. Vee! Wake up! This is a game.
Do you really think that someone like him is actually gonna be with you when this is all done?
Ian/Sam: Hey, you don’t know me.
Sydney: Oh, I’m sorry. You really like her now?
Ian/Sam: Yeah, I do.
Tommy: All right, come on, Syd, you’re just drunk.
Sydney: Tommy, it is time to get over her! Clearly, she has traded up!
Venus: Why do you have to be such a bitch?
Sydney: Look at that! Little Vee finally speaking her mind. Come on! Unburden yourself!
Venus: Do you know why we’re best friends? I do whatever you want all the time.
Sydney: No, Vee, we’re friends because I’m fun and you’re boring.
The only fun thing about you was your brother. What is it you think? That playing Nerve is just gonna magically make you a different person? That’s not how life works. You’ll never be a player.
Venus: You’re right. I know how much you love living in the moment, Syd. Well, remember this moment. Because you’re one of those girls who peaks in high school. And when you wake up one day, still living in Staten island, still screwing the same guys,
wondering what the hell happened to your life. If you wanna know
where I am from now on, sign up and watch me.
Ian/Sam: Wait, Vee, what are you doing? Hey, Vee, you don’t need to do this. Look at me. Come on. Let’s just go, let’s bail, all right? What do you have to prove? Come on, please. Let’s go. Come on, you got it, Vee, please!
Venus: Officer, I need help. I’m… I’m playing this game. It’s called Nerve. And I’m worried that someone’s gonna get really hurt.
Ian/Sam: Are you okay?
Venus: Am I okay? No, I’m not okay! You need to tell me everything. Okay, what the hell is going on?
Sydney: There’s no one to stop. It’s just a bunch of anonymous people.
Venus: What if they weren’t anonymous?
Venus: Tommy, you said the game is open source, right? Do you think you can change the code?
Tommy: It’s gonna take time.
Venus: Syd, could you buy us some?