Elle Fanning wants to direct a movie

Elle Fanning dreams of directing her own movie.The Maleficent actress has been acting since she was a child and made her breakthrough with 2011’s Super 8 before making a name for herself with films like The Beguiled and The Neon Demon. She recently…

Elle Fanning dreams of directing her own movie.

The Maleficent actress has been acting since she was a child and made her breakthrough with 2011’s Super 8 before making a name for herself with films like The Beguiled and The Neon Demon.

She recently started serving as a producer on her upcoming projects, such as Netflix movie All the Bright Places, based on the young adult novel by Jennifer Niven, and The Great, a Hulu miniseries about Catherine the Great, and she now wants to be more involved in getting projects made and perhaps even directing.

“Now that I’ve gotten older, I’m much more interested in developing projects and reading material, producing it, maybe not being in it but just getting it made,” she told Marie Claire magazine. “I really want to direct. I think doing it from such a young age, I learned on the job. I didn’t go to acting school or have formal training or anything; I just watched the crew. So, the way the sets work, it fascinates me.”

However, Elle admitted the idea of helming a movie was daunting, with her adding, “But then I’m like, aaargh, oh God. The pressure of it.”

For now, she wants to continue working with female directors “because of just how important that is” and picking a wild variety of projects, as advised by her The Beguiled co-star Nicole Kidman.

“Because a lot of people are all, ‘You have to be so delicate. You have to choose this,’ and Nicole is like, ‘It’s OK, you’re young! Freedom!’” the 21-year-old recalled.

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Elle Fanning’s vintage style wasn’t accepted in high school

Elle Fanning’s eclectic vintage style wasn’t welcomed by her peers when she was at high school.The Maleficent actress is known for her ability to put together a trendy outfit, whether off-duty or on the red carpet, and her style credentials have landed…

Elle Fanning’s eclectic vintage style wasn’t welcomed by her peers when she was at high school.

The Maleficent actress is known for her ability to put together a trendy outfit, whether off-duty or on the red carpet, and her style credentials have landed her campaign gigs with both Miu Miu and L’Oreal Paris.

However, Fanning has now shared that her style wasn’t always praised, with her revealing that when she went to a private high school in the San Fernando Valley, after being homeschooled until she was nine, her eccentric fashion sense and love of vintage clothing didn’t go down well with the other students.

“My mom would let me wear whatever I wanted. I went to a lot of thrift stores and would mix it together, but in high school that’s not the coolest thing,” she admitted to Marie Claire magazine.

Fanning tried to change her look to fit in and please her classmates. But it didn’t feel right, so she decided to stick with the quirky pieces she was comfortable with.

“I tried to wear skinny jeans and a tank top or to look sexy for a bar mitzvah. It just was not me. It didn’t even look good,” the 21-year-old shared. “Some people are repulsed by that smell of vintage clothes, but I love it.”

Fanning was obsessed with fashion while growing up and now enjoys modelling designer looks on the red carpet.

“From a young age, I knew every model’s name on the runway. I was totally looking in magazines, like, ‘That looks good,'” she continued. “The red carpet is a fun place for me. I don’t get anxiety. It’s a creative space where I get to be 100 per cent me, not a character. It’s kind of like my soul coming out.”

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Elle Fanning once fainted during an audition

Elle Fanning once fainted while auditioning for a Jessica Chastain movie.The actress has been acting since she was a child, with early roles in Babel, Because of Winn-Dixie and Somewhere before breaking out with 2011’s Super 8. In a cover intervi…

Elle Fanning once fainted while auditioning for a Jessica Chastain movie.

The actress has been acting since she was a child, with early roles in Babel, Because of Winn-Dixie and Somewhere before breaking out with 2011’s Super 8.

In a cover interview with InStyle magazine, Fanning admitted auditioning makes her very nervous and on one occasion she actually fainted.

“Auditions, I can’t (do them)—I mean, obviously, sure, I can, but they make me so nervous. I fainted in an audition once. It was with Jessica Chastain. I didn’t get the part,” she recalled. “I was young, but, yeah, I fell down in front of people. It was very odd. There were glaring lights, and I felt so hot.”

Since her 2011 breakthrough, Fanning, the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning, has starred in a wide variety of movies such as Maleficent, The Neon Demon, and The Beguiled. In the interview, she also explained how she chooses her roles and is getting more involved in the project development process.

“It’s definitely instinctual, and, of course, there are other factors, like, I really want to work with this director or this actor,” the 21-year-old continued. “I’m obviously not that old, but I am starting to realise that I can get a little more involved (in developing projects). If I have an idea for a story or if I read a book that I really love, I can start to cultivate that. I can take matters into my own hands.”

She is now producing a TV show about Catherine the Great, which she pitched to network bosses, something she describes as “very weird and unsettling”.

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Elle Fanning wore vintage John Galliano to high school prom

Elle Fanning wore a pink vintage John Galliano dress to her high school prom.The Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star has been a formidable force on the red carpet since a young age, and in a new interview for InStyle magazine, noted that she was determin…

Elle Fanning wore a pink vintage John Galliano dress to her high school prom.

The Maleficent: Mistress of Evil star has been a formidable force on the red carpet since a young age, and in a new interview for InStyle magazine, noted that she was determined to make a style statement at the annual formal dances she attended as a teenager.

“The first prom was in ninth grade. I wore a white Ralph Lauren dress that we found at the mall. It was long and flowy with a V-neck tank,” she recalled to the publication. “For the second prom, I went to The Paper Bag Princess (in Los Angeles) and got a vintage bias-cut pink John Galliano dress.”

Despite her high-fashion look, Elle confessed that she’s not worn the gown since.

“I should wear it to a red carpet. You know, I’ve always just been interested in fashion. I love dressing up and playing characters,” the 21-year-old shared.

The star, who is the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, went on to explain that she learned how to express herself through fashion while she was promoting Maleficent back in 2014, when she was just 16.

“That was a very important moment because it involved a huge press tour. That’s when I learned how to express myself through clothes,” she commented.

Elsewhere in the interview, Elle opened up about her surprise appearance on the catwalk at Miu Miu’s 80s-inspired fall 2018 show during Paris Fashion Week last year.

The blonde beauty, who has served as a muse for the Italian fashion house alongside her sibling, hit the runway with bouffant hair and grungy make-up alongside models such as Georgia May Jagger, Adwoa Aboah and Kaia Gerber.

“That was crazy!” Elle exclaimed. “I was so nervous. It wasn’t a planned thing. I was attending anyway, and then Mrs. Prada had that idea. Her team said, ‘You’re starting the show, so you have to be very serious.’ I tried to keep a straight face.”

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Angelina Jolie thought of her daughters for tender Maleficent scenes with Elle Fanning

Motherhood helped Angelina Jolie nail her villainous role in the Maleficent films because she simply had to think of her daughters while preparing for scenes with Elle Fanning.The two actresses teamed up for the London premiere of Maleficent: Mistress …

Motherhood helped Angelina Jolie nail her villainous role in the Maleficent films because she simply had to think of her daughters while preparing for scenes with Elle Fanning.

The two actresses teamed up for the London premiere of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Wednesday, and Angelina confessed it was easy to play a protector in the film because she is always looking out for her children in real life.

“Being a mother, you want your child to be safe and so protection is probably where I am the most,” the Oscar winner said, surrounded by her kids at the screening. “Elle, or (character) Aurora, is a very different girl from any of my girls, but my willingness to fight for whatever they need to feel protected is, for me, what a mum does.”

Angelina also opened up about taking her young co-star paintballing with her children during the sequel shoot, adding, “We didn’t tell production (staff)… They get mad at me.”

Elle, 21, recently told InStyle magazine she witnessed Angelina’s “aggressive” side on the paintballing day out, revealing, “I had never gone paintballing before and we were in full-on armour. We were the only people in the place, with all of her kids.

“She and I were not on the same team. I was so bad. I hit their security guard in the neck – and he was on my team! Angelina’s really good.”

“I can’t remember if I shot her,” the 44-year-old chuckled at the premiere. “I probably did. I wouldn’t have stopped if she was in my sights.”

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Elle Fanning channels Princess Aurora at Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premiere

Elle Fanning channelled her character Princess Aurora by wearing a gown adorned with bejewelled drops of blood at the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premiere on Monday night.The actress reprises her role as the iconic Sleeping Beauty in Disney’s upcoming…

Elle Fanning channelled her character Princess Aurora by wearing a gown adorned with bejewelled drops of blood at the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premiere on Monday night.

The actress reprises her role as the iconic Sleeping Beauty in Disney’s upcoming live-action sequel to 2014’s Maleficent, and at the debut screening of the film in Los Angeles, she made waves in her stunning Gucci dress.

Inspired by the fairy tale, which sees Aurora prick her finger on Maleficent’s cursed spinning wheel, the long flowing green number included sheer gloves and bright red droplets on her right hand, with the jewels continuing all the way down her skirt.

“In Sleeping Beauty, she pricks her finger, and there’s blood involved,” Elle told Entertainment Tonight, adding that the team at Gucci created the gown just for her. “They created this amazing design… and it’s just a work of art.”

She also confessed she was jealous of her co-star Angelina Jolie’s wardrobe in the film, as the actress had to don some pretty dramatic garments for the part of Maleficent.

“I would say Angelina’s outfits! That cape? Ohhh! I would say her outfits,” the 21-year-old gushed.

And the Oscar-winning star also rocked a Maleficent-inspired outfit for the premiere, opting for a one-shouldered black shimmering gown that featured a silver jewelled scorpion brooch at the waist.

Angelina brought along five of her six children to the event, with Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 11, matching their mother in dark outfits.

But she later admitted that it was relatively easy getting her brood ready for the premiere, as they’re more organised than she is.

“They wrangle me. Honestly, they’re more together (than I am),” she smiled to reporters.

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Michelle Pfeiffer still doubts acting ability

Michelle Pfeiffer still feels insecure about her acting abilities because she didn’t receive any formal training.The actress has more than 60 acting credits under her belt, including Scarface, The Age of Innocence, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Hairspray…

Michelle Pfeiffer still feels insecure about her acting abilities because she didn’t receive any formal training.

The actress has more than 60 acting credits under her belt, including Scarface, The Age of Innocence, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Hairspray, as well as three Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe win.

However, Pfeiffer still feels uncertain every time she takes on a new project and has a constant fear of being fired because she didn’t have any formal training at a top performing arts school like Juilliard.

“I think it comes from not having a background of formal training, you know, in the beginning,” Pfeiffer explained to Entertainment Tonight. “And I think when I started out, a lot of actors were coming out of Juilliard and I was just this young person from Orange County, kind of just getting by on my instincts purely and I think, for the longest time, I felt like it wasn’t really enough and maybe didn’t give me the credibility and maybe because I had to find my technique as I went along. That I didn’t sort of start from a real secure place.”

Despite her insecurities, the 61-year-old felt confident on the set of her new film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, in which she got to play main antagonist Queen Ingrith. The character is the future mother-in-law of Elle Fanning’s Aurora, and plans to use her son’s marriage to drive a wedge between humans and fairies forever.

“I had a blast on this,” she added. “I’m pretty confident with the villains now. I know where to go for that.”

The sequel, also starring Angelina Jolie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juno Temple, and Imelda Staunton, hits theatres from 16 October.

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Viola Davis named as brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris

Viola Davis has been selected as the new spokeswoman for L’Oreal Paris.Executives at the French cosmetics giant announced on Tuesday that the Academy Award-winning actress is joining the company as a brand ambassador, with her gig as the face of Age Pe…

Viola Davis has been selected as the new spokeswoman for L’Oreal Paris.

Executives at the French cosmetics giant announced on Tuesday that the Academy Award-winning actress is joining the company as a brand ambassador, with her gig as the face of Age Perfect products to mark one of her first beauty campaigns.

“As a young girl, I wasn’t always told that I was smart, beautiful, or worthy. I worked tremendously hard to get where I am today – overcoming feelings of doubt to become a woman who truly believes I am ‘worth it’ in every way,” the 54-year-old said in a statement. “I believe it’s so important to build confidence in women from a young age, and to role model diverse perspectives of beauty. To now be part of a brand that has been championing women’s worth for more than 40 years and to use my voice to help empower others is truly surreal.”

In the role, Viola joins a roster of diverse spokespeople including Celine Dion, Helen Mirren, Eva Longoria, Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Camila Cabello, among others.

The Fences star will appear in TV, print, and digital advertising campaigns for Age Perfect beginning later this month.

Delphine Viguier-Hovasse, global brand president of L’Oreal Paris, commented that Viola’s appointment builds on the company’s mission to reflect the diversity of the modern world, as well as promote inclusivity, self-worth, and empowerment.

“We are thrilled to welcome Viola as a member of our family. Viola’s tenacity, authenticity, and bold spirit resonate with and inspire so many people,” she praised. “She challenges the status quo in all aspects of life and her drive to succeed has proven itself time after time – she leads by example and is the perfect conduit to elevate our core message, ‘Because I’m Worth It.'”

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Celine Dion and Billy Porter top 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian …

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.

The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian Siriano, have both been selected by editors at the publication as two of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood.

Dion commented that she is currently “obsessed” with pieces by Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp, founder of fashion house RDVK.

“Every piece they do is one of a kind. And last time I went to Paris Fashion Week, Valentino blew my mind,” the 51-year-old gushed.

Meanwhile, Porter named his style icons as Diana Ross and Andre Leon Talley and also described high heels as the most “powerful thing one can wear.”

Dion fell under The Virtuosos category, joining Marc Jacobs, Diane Keaton, Zoe Kravitz, Rami Malek, Priyanka Chopra, basketballer Serge Ibaka, and playwright Jeremy O. Harris, while Chloe Sevigny, Gemma Chan, Mahershala Ali, cultural philanthropist Pamela Joyner, Frank Ocean, Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning, and Cicely Tyson were labelled as The Classics.

Joining Porter as The Originals is costume designer B. Akerlund, Tyler, the Creator, artist Kehinde Wiley, Harry Styles, gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, and Lena Waithe, while a special mention was given to designers including Haider Ackermann, Brunello Cucinelli, and Rei Kawakubo.

Elsewhere, the most stylish couples included Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, Rick Owens and Michele Lamy, George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, and model sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid.

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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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