Dakota Fanning clarifies refugee role amid ‘whitewashing’ backlash

Dakota Fanning has responded to allegations of whitewashing regarding her role as an Ethiopian refugee in drama Sweetness in the Belly.The movie is an adaptation of Camilla Gibb’s 2005 novel of the same name, and the 25-year-old actress stars as a refu…

Dakota Fanning has responded to allegations of whitewashing regarding her role as an Ethiopian refugee in drama Sweetness in the Belly.

The movie is an adaptation of Camilla Gibb’s 2005 novel of the same name, and the 25-year-old actress stars as a refugee abandoned in Africa as a child by her parents and raised in Ethiopia as a Muslim.

The first clip of the film was released by Deadline on Wednesday and quickly went viral, with her casting sparking backlash.

Sharing the post, which read “First Clip Of Dakota Fanning As A White Ethiopian Muslim In Refugee Drama-Romance”, one person wrote: “I’m sorry Dakota Fanning as WHOMST?”

And while many social media users then insisted the role should have gone to a woman of colour or someone with experience of being a refugee, Dakota took to her Instagram Stories to clarify her casting.

“Just to clarify. In the new film I’m part of, Sweetness in the Belly, I do not play an Ethiopian woman,” she wrote. “I play a British woman abandoned by her parents at seven years old in Africa and raised Muslim.

“My character, Lilly, journeys to Ethiopia and is caught up in the breakout of civil war. She is subsequently sent ‘home’ to England, a place she is from but has never known.”

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star went on to share that the film, which was partly made in Ethiopia, “is directed by an Ethiopian man (Zeresenay Berhane Mehari)” and “features many Ethiopian women.” She added: “(It) was a great privilege to be part of telling this story.”

Sweetness in the Belly, which also stars Wunmi Mosaku and Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival later this month.

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Dakota Fanning wants to create a film with sister Elle

Dakota Fanning would love to direct a movie her sister Elle has written.The 25-year-old rose to prominence at the age of seven, with a role in I Am Sam, and has since gone to star in films like War of the Worlds and The Runaways. Her younger sister Ell…

Dakota Fanning would love to direct a movie her sister Elle has written.

The 25-year-old rose to prominence at the age of seven, with a role in I Am Sam, and has since gone to star in films like War of the Worlds and The Runaways. Her younger sister Elle, 21, made her breakthrough with 2011’s Super 8 and has since made a name for herself with projects like The Beguiled and Maleficent.

The siblings are yet to work together onscreen, but in a new interview with Porter magazine, Dakota revealed they have discussed writing and directing a movie between them.

“I do want to direct a film one day. Working with my sister is a big thing, too. I would love for Elle to write something and me to direct it. We’ve always talked about that because she’s definitely more of the writer than me,” she shared.

The actress made her directorial debut with a short film for the fashion house Miu Miu last year and admitted she was terrified of being in charge of the production at first.

“I was so scared. It was a two-day shoot and I remember I got home at the end of the first day and looked at my boyfriend and said, ‘I do not want to go back,’” the star recalled. “I woke up that next morning and felt like I’d drunk three bottles of wine the night before. I was riddled (with anxiety).

“Then, of course, on the second day, I felt a little better and I was like, ‘OK, if I was working for eight weeks, I can imagine each day would bring me a little more confidence.’ In the end, I’ve never felt more pride for something.”

Dakota currently stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is in U.S. cinemas now.

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Leonardo DiCaprio despised Once Upon a Time in Hollywood moustache

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside hi…

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), try to revive their careers in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Some scenes in the feature required DiCaprio to sport a pretend moustache for a part in a Western-themed show and later on in a Spaghetti Western, but according to make-up artist Sian Grigg, the actor struggled with the look.

“The moustache drove Leo mad, because I had to leave it really long and it always went in his mouth,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was so hot out and the moustache kept going in his mouth, and he’d be spitting it out. He did the same thing in the scene as they filmed ‘off camera’ when he was supposed to be losing it a bit. It made us laugh as he kept spitting it out and the wig was quite long as well.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Grigg explained that she used WM Creations glue, a professional product used to apply facial pieces, to attach the moustache.

And the make-up expert insisted that DiCaprio’s moustache was meant to appear fake, as means of keeping in line with the setting of the flick.

“It was meant to look phony because they didn’t have good materials back then like we do now,” commented Grigg. “We were copying the style of films shot in that period and also covering Leo’s character up to look different and unrecognisable, which in the movie he’s not used to.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also featuring Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, and Al Pacino, is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Leonardo DiCaprio despised Once Upon a Time in Hollywood moustache

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside hi…

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), try to revive their careers in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Some scenes in the feature required DiCaprio to sport a pretend moustache for a part in a Western-themed show and later on in a Spaghetti Western, but according to make-up artist Sian Grigg, the actor struggled with the look.

“The moustache drove Leo mad, because I had to leave it really long and it always went in his mouth,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was so hot out and the moustache kept going in his mouth, and he’d be spitting it out. He did the same thing in the scene as they filmed ‘off camera’ when he was supposed to be losing it a bit. It made us laugh as he kept spitting it out and the wig was quite long as well.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Grigg explained that she used WM Creations glue, a professional product used to apply facial pieces, to attach the moustache.

And the make-up expert insisted that DiCaprio’s moustache was meant to appear fake, as means of keeping in line with the setting of the flick.

“It was meant to look phony because they didn’t have good materials back then like we do now,” commented Grigg. “We were copying the style of films shot in that period and also covering Leo’s character up to look different and unrecognisable, which in the movie he’s not used to.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also featuring Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, and Al Pacino, is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Dakota Fanning doesn’t deny herself any sweet treats

Dakota Fanning doesn’t deny herself any treats because she has a “huge sweet tooth”.The actress likes being active and aims to work out six days a week, but she believes people should be allowed to indulge in a little bit of what they fancy, because de…

Dakota Fanning doesn’t deny herself any treats because she has a “huge sweet tooth”.

The actress likes being active and aims to work out six days a week, but she believes people should be allowed to indulge in a little bit of what they fancy, because denying themselves what they enjoy isn’t sustainable.

“I’ve become a much healthier eater. I typically have yoghurt or eggs after my morning workout, a salad for lunch, and a grilled protein with quinoa and vegetables for dinner. But I’m definitely not the kind of person who says, ‘I don’t eat sugar or carbs,’ or ‘I don’t drink caffeine and wine.’ That’s never going to happen. I have a huge sweet tooth,” she told Shape magazine.

Whenever she visits her parents’ home in Los Angeles, Dakota and her mother always treat themselves to Baskin-Robbins ice cream for dessert.

“Eating is all about moderation. If I’m going to a restaurant that’s famous for its pasta, I’m going to eat the pasta. I don’t limit myself. That’s not sustainable. You have to indulge. Food is supposed to be fun and pleasurable,” the 25-year-old continued.

In the interview, The Alienist star also explained how she enjoys taking Cardio Barre, a ballet-inspired cardio class, as well as AKT, a dance-based cardio and strength class, and makes sure she has a bath every night to unwind from a hectic day.

“I have a really good ritual to help me unwind. I take a bath every night, no matter what. I put on a podcast, get in the tub, and close my eyes,” Dakota said. “This routine is such a constant in my life; I can’t live without it. If I’m in a hotel and there isn’t a tub, I have to move. It’s like, ‘No, I won’t. I can’t. I’ve got to have a bath.'”

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Dakota Fanning: ‘It’s so important to have a really good sweat’

Dakota Fanning aims to work out six days a week because she enjoys the “high of feeling strong”. The War of the Worlds actress had an active childhood thanks to her mother, a professional tennis player, and her father, who played baseball, and she has …

Dakota Fanning aims to work out six days a week because she enjoys the “high of feeling strong”.

The War of the Worlds actress had an active childhood thanks to her mother, a professional tennis player, and her father, who played baseball, and she has kept it up as an adult because exercise makes her feel good.

“I come from a family of athletes so being active was instilled in me from a young age,” Dakota explained to Shape magazine. “I like the high of feeling strong… It’s so important to have a really good sweat. It clears my head and makes my skin look good, and I feel better overall.”

When she’s not away on location shooting a film, the 25-year-old aims to work out six days a week, with her current favourites being Cardio Barre and AKT, a dance-based cardio and strength class.

“I love to do Cardio Barre, a ballet-inspired cardio class. I’ve been taking it since I was in high school, and I’m obsessed,” she shared. “I also started doing AKT. The first time I did it, I thought I was going to die! It was so tough in the best possible way.”

Dakota has also learned the importance of resting her body and swears by a bath every evening to help herself relax.

“I have a really good ritual to help me unwind. I take a bath every night, no matter what. I put on a podcast, get in the tub, and close my eyes,” Dakota said. “This routine is such a constant in my life; I can’t live without it. If I’m in a hotel and there isn’t a tub, I have to move. It’s like, No, I won’t. I can’t. I’ve got to have a bath.”

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Dakota Fanning: ‘Landing a Tarantino role was dream come true’

Dakota Fanning would have accepted a tiny role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood just to work with Quentin Tarantino.Fanning landed the role of Squeaky Fromme in Tarantino’s upcoming ninth film, a real-life member of the Manson Family, who was sentenc…

Dakota Fanning would have accepted a tiny role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood just to work with Quentin Tarantino.

Fanning landed the role of Squeaky Fromme in Tarantino’s upcoming ninth film, a real-life member of the Manson Family, who was sentenced to life in prison for the attempted assassination of U.S. President Gerald Ford in 1975. She was released in 2009 after serving nearly 34 years.

Fanning stars alongside the likes of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in the upcoming drama, and admits the project has been a career-defining moment for her.

“It was such a dream come true for me to be a part of it and really something to cross off the list… I would have probably played any character that he had asked me or had chosen me for,” she grinned to The Hollywood Reporter. “It was a real cherry on top that it was an incredible, fascinating, challenging character. But I would’ve been like Girl No. 1.”

The all-star ensemble cast also features Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Kurt Russell, late actor Luke Perry and frequent Tarantino collaborator Tim Roth.

It’s set for release in July (19), and follows the story of a faded television actor and his stunt double during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Talking to Collider about her research for the movie, the 25-year-old actress admitted it was a little scary learning about Charles Manson’s murderous cult.

“There are a lot of resources out there, for better or for worse, and I was very immersed. It was interesting and challenging. It’s twisted,” she said.

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Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta praise H&M’s sustainable new line

Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta have commended H&M for committing to making sustainable lines.The supermodels both attended the launch of the Swedish high street retailer’s Conscious Exclusive collection for spring 2019 in Los Angeles this week (begs25M…

Irina Shayk and Amber Valletta have commended H&M for committing to making sustainable lines.

The supermodels both attended the launch of the Swedish high street retailer’s Conscious Exclusive collection for spring 2019 in Los Angeles this week (begs25Mar19), with the range set to drop online and in selected stores around the world on 11 April.

Featuring pieces like floaty dresses and cute two-piece ensembles, all of the items are made from eco-friendly materials, such as recycled polyester and organic cotton, with Russian beauty Irina, 33, commenting that she is proud to be associated with a brand that was looking to make strides into sustainability.

“For me, as a fashion model, it’s really important to see that they care about mother nature,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “We live in the 21st century and the technology is amazing, so you can see all those pieces are still cool and colourful and fashionable… We all know what’s going on in the world – climate change – and look how many tonnes of plastic get dumped in the ocean and how many animals’ lives get hurt by it.”

In addition, the Conscious Exclusive range contains pieces made from Pinatex, a natural leather alternative made from cellulose fibres extracted from pineapple leaves, as well as a plant-based flexible foam using algae biomass, and Orange Fiber, a sustainable silk-like fabric made from citrus juice by-products.

And Amber is hopeful that fast-fashion will become much more sustainable across the board in coming years.

“@hm has some serious goals set – 2020 – All cotton will come from sustainable or recycled sources. 2030 – All H&M products will be sourced from more sustainable or recycled sources. 2040 – Climate positive across their entire value chain. I truly hope that within these goals they will understand that producing less and more slowly will make their goals a reality,” the 45-year-old wrote on her Instagram page of the collection.

Models including Alek Wek, Camila Morrone, and Halima Aden, and actresses Abigail Spencer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Dakota Fanning were also at the launch event.

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Dakota Fanning supports sustainable fashion at H&M treehouse party

Actress Dakota Fanning was among the many stars who turned out to support retail brand H&M’s new sustainable collection at a treehouse party on Wednesday (27Mar19) night.The War of the Worlds star attended the evening bash in Los Angeles alongside fell…

Actress Dakota Fanning was among the many stars who turned out to support retail brand H&M’s new sustainable collection at a treehouse party on Wednesday (27Mar19) night.

The War of the Worlds star attended the evening bash in Los Angeles alongside fellow actress Abigail Spencer and models Irina Shayk, Alek Wek and Amber Valletta, who all celebrated the release of the fashion giant’s spring Conscious Exclusive Collection, which is created solely from eco-friendly materials and processing.

“It’s awesome that a company as large as H&M has this collection,” Dakota gushed to Women’s Wear Daily. “The more people realise when something is made sustainably it doesn’t have to look weird the better.”

The famous ladies showed up to the party, which featured crystal singing bowl players and psychic readings, in some of the garments featured in the Conscious Exclusive Collection. The fashion pieces in the range are diverse, with offerings such as a metallic jacquard dress made from orange fibres, to cowboy boots fashioned out of leather extracted from pineapple leaves, and foam pool slides in leopard pattern derived from algae biomass.

H&M creative adviser Ann-Sofie Johansson reveals the company is aiming to use 100 per cent sustainably-sourced cotton from 2020, with an even bigger goal of offering only products made from fully sustainable materials by 2030, as well as the ability for customers to bring in unwanted clothes to recycle in their stores.

“Our vision is to lead the change toward circular and renewable fashion while being a fair and equitable company,” Ann-Sofie said.

The Conscious Exclusive Collection, which ranges from prices as low as $25 (£20) to $349 (£270), reaches H&M stores on 11 April (19).

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Damon Herriman cast as Charles Manson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Damon Herriman has been cast as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The upcoming crime mystery is set to tell the story of a TV actor and his longtime stunt double as they try to find success in the Los Angeles film indu…

Damon Herriman has been cast as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The upcoming crime mystery is set to tell the story of a TV actor and his longtime stunt double as they try to find success in the Los Angeles film industry in 1969, with the actor happening to live next door to Sharon Tate, who is later tragically murdered by the followers of cult leader Manson.

While the shoot is already underway, editors at The Wrap have now confirmed that Herriman is to play Manson in the film, joining already established castmembers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino.

The Australian actor is best known for his role as Dewey Crowe in FX’s Justified, and has also had minor roles in Breaking Bad and Top of the Lake: China Girl, as well as parts in The Lone Ranger and The Water Diviner.

Empire star Rumer Willis has also been cast as British actress Joanna Pettet, a friend of Tate who had lunch at her house just hours before her murder, while Dreama Walker will portray actress and singer Connie Stevens.

Costa Ronin, Victoria Pedretti, Margaret Qualley and Madisen Beaty have landed parts too.

In addition to directing, Tarantino has written the screenplay and will produce the feature in collaboration with Gravity’s David Heyman and Shannon McIntosh, who previously worked with the 55-year-old on his movies Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.

The film was originally scheduled for release on 9 August 2019 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the murders, but is now expected to debut on 26 July.

Lena Dunham was also recently added to the ensemble cast, as well as Kill Bill star Uma Thurman’s daughter, Maya Hawke, and Inglourious Basterds actor Eli Roth’s estranged wife, Lorenza Izzo.

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