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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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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