Kristin Scott Thomas is relieved her first film flopped

Kristin Scott Thomas is glad her first film, Under the Cherry Moon, was a flop back in the 1980s.The 59-year-old British star revealed in an interview with U.S. InStyle that she was relieved the musical, in which she starred alongside Prince, who was m…

Kristin Scott Thomas is glad her first film, Under the Cherry Moon, was a flop back in the 1980s.

The 59-year-old British star revealed in an interview with U.S. InStyle that she was relieved the musical, in which she starred alongside Prince, who was making his directorial debut, was a huge flop in 1986.

“I’m so glad that my success happened little by little and that my first film was a failure. It was an enormous turkey; it was terrible,” she laughed. “It was also completely surreal because Prince and I were absolute children – we were in our 20s.”

The Four Weddings and a Funeral actress was glad to have to start all over again in Hollywood, and counts her failures as valuable experience.

“I started from the bottom, worked up, and practiced until I was ready to have a big role,” she explained. “In the current culture you see so many people rise to stardom really quickly and then run out of steam. I was lucky to be able to get experience and make some bum films.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Kristin admitted being raised as a Roman Catholic when she was younger made her think that the word ambition was “almost sinful”, and until she made The English Patient in 1996, she “stifled” her desire to be an actress.

“That may sound crazy, but it’s true,” Kristin shared, as she revealed that nowadays, she concentrates on juggling her busy career with family life. “These days my principal ambition is to get satisfaction and excitement and nourishment from work and also leave enough space for a fulfilling family life.”

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Kristin Scott Thomas: ‘It’s really fun to dress up’

Kristin Scott Thomas really enjoys dressing up for red carpet events.Of late, the Oscar-winning actress has worn outfits from the likes of Erdem, Valentino, and Dior to film premieres, awards ceremonies, and runway shows. Reflecting on her favourite de…

Kristin Scott Thomas really enjoys dressing up for red carpet events.

Of late, the Oscar-winning actress has worn outfits from the likes of Erdem, Valentino, and Dior to film premieres, awards ceremonies, and runway shows. Reflecting on her favourite designers in a new interview with InStyle magazine, Kristin noted that she’s a big fan of high fashion.

“This past January, I went to the Dior Haute Couture show, and seeing those beautiful clothes, there’s part of me that remains a sort of 12-year-old girl who thinks, ‘Gosh, I’d love to wear that dress.’ I can just imagine myself floating along, wearing it,” she shared. “And I cherish that part of me, because I think it’s really fun to dress up.”

However, Kristin tends to favour comfort over couture creations.

“I’m also just as happy in my Bella Freud boilersuit that I’m wearing now, which makes me look like a car mechanic. There is room for both – perhaps just not at the same time!” the 59-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Kristin opened up about her daily skincare regime and confessed that her beauty mantra is to “maintain rather than repair”.

“Who knows, I may succumb to temptation, and if I do, good luck to me. But it’s not in the cards,” she explained, noting that beauty standards are very different in France, where she is based. “I think people’s idea of what is aesthetically acceptable changes. And it depends on what country you’re in too.

“In general, everybody wants to look healthy and happy. If you do, then that’s half the battle.”

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Kristin Scott Thomas to be honoured at British Independent Film Awards

Kristin Scott Thomas is to receive a special honour at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs). The English Patient actress will receive the Richard Harris Award for her outstanding contribution to British film at the Old Billingsgate in Londo…

Kristin Scott Thomas is to receive a special honour at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).

The English Patient actress will receive the Richard Harris Award for her outstanding contribution to British film at the Old Billingsgate in London on 1 December.

“To be recognised in memory of the great and unequalled Richard Harris is very special, and a true honour,” Thomas said in a statement to Variety. “I am proud beyond measure to be receiving this award and joining the ranks of many famously and undeniably brilliant and talented actors.”

The Richard Harris Award, named after the late Irish actor, has previously been presented to the likes of Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

“Kristin Scott Thomas has created many memorable characters in iconic British films,” said Harris’ son, Chernobyl star Jared Harris. “Whether she is making us laugh, cry or shake in our shoes, it is always in that inimitable Kristin Scott Thomas way. The Richard Harris Award at this year’s BIFAs is richly deserved.”

The Four Weddings and a Funeral star has received three BIFA nominations throughout her career, for her supporting roles in Easy Virtue, Nowhere Boy, and The Invisible Woman.

The Personal History of David Copperfield, Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel, was revealed as the top contender when the nominations were read out at the end of October.

It landed 11 nominations, in categories such as Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Dev Patel and Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton, respectively. It will have close competition from Wild Rose, In Fabric, and The Souvenir.

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Ralph Fiennes doesn’t like shouting at actors on set

Ralph Fiennes has adopted a persuasive attitude as a director.The English Patient star recently stepped behind the camera for the third time, for The White Crow, a biopic of Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.Although the 56-year-old admits he often i…

Ralph Fiennes has adopted a persuasive attitude as a director.

The English Patient star recently stepped behind the camera for the third time, for The White Crow, a biopic of Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Although the 56-year-old admits he often insists actors stick to his vision, the mild-mannered star likes to gently urge rather than shout and scream.

“I know I’m quite vocal,” he tells British magazine Reader’s Digest. “I sometimes have to say, ‘No it has to be like this’. But I think the thing to say, ‘Yes, that’s interesting but what happens if we go here? One of the basic things about directing is not to close a door. You don’t want to close down the confidence of an actor who’s exploring and that’s really important.”

Ralph has modelled his softly spoken style on his English Patient director, the late Anthony Minghella – whom he credits with allowing him to open up as an actor.

“Anthony Minghella had a very particular, gentle, probing style,” he explains. “I think he genuinely wanted to see what an actor could reveal for him, and bring to a line or moment.”

Another inspiration was his writer mother Jennifer’s attitude to his decision to go into acting – one she fully supported when he told her while studying at London’s Chelsea College of Art.

He adds: “The art school atmosphere was designed to push you to be inquisitive and curious and something about it gave me the confidence to say, ‘This is what I need to do’. Once I said that to my mother, it was as if she’d been waiting for me to say it. She was completely behind it.”

The White Crow is in cinemas now.

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