Because I travel a lot, being with my family is always very special…

Elle Fanning: ‘Because I travel a lot, being with my family is always very special… I live in the house that I grew up in’

Actress Elle Fanning tells Gill Pringle what it’s like to grow up in Hollywood, as the young star continues to challenge herself, taking on her most mature role yet in Live By Night

Star attraction: Elle Fanning is in the thriller Live By Night, which is based on Dennis Lehane’s book
Examining the angry track marks on her pale slender arms, Elle Fanning couldn’t help but smile. “I know this sounds weird, but it just felt like I’d come of age,” says the actress who gives a haunting turn as a naive young woman who becomes a revival preacher after being rescued from a bordello in Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s prohibition-era mobster novel, Live By Night.

Co-starring with Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Affleck himself, Fanning’s Loretta Figgis is the subject of the film’s most evocative line, “She didn’t make it to Hollywood, she just made it to Los Angeles.”

“I know, it’s funny that line, there’s several ways you can take it,” laughs Fanning who was just three-years-old when her Georgia-based family moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting opportunities for her big sister Dakota, now 22.

Unlike her Live By Night alter ego, The Fanning sisters lost little time settling into Los Angeles and subsequently conquering Hollywood. “So, getting the track marks done every day was a weird experience. Eventually I began wearing them all the time because they were tattoos, and so if I had to come in the next day, I would just wear them to bed, and then when I woke up the next morning, they would still be there. But I had to remember to wear long sleeves when I went out. I didn’t want anyone thinking crazy things because they looked so real.”

Dressed in white gossamer dresses, she strikes an ethereal presence maturing over several years in Live By Night. “This felt like my most mature role. I’m not just playing the kid anymore, I’m finally a young woman.”

“Now that I’m 18, it matched up to the place that I’m at now, feeling like I’m on a cusp where I’m not quite an adult, but you’re treated more like one,” says the actress who has grown up before our eyes on screen, just two-years-old when she played a younger version of her sister Dakota’s character in I Am Sam with Sean Penn, graduating to cute kiddie movies Daddy Day Care and Because of Winn-Dixie whilst featuring in dark adult films including Reservation Road with Joaquin Phoenix and Alejandro Inarritu’s Babel.

Only ten years old when she really hit her stride, she appeared as the younger version of Cate Blanchett’s character in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button followed by more age appropriate fare with Super 8, We Bought a Zoo and as Aurora in Maleficent.

Unlike many child actors who are either deeply jaded or in rehab by time they hit their late teens, Fanning retains an almost child-like enthusiasm for what she does. “I think I’ve just always kept the fun, even if that word is over-used, but it’s true. If you’re not having a great time and loving it still, then you should do something else. Everything still feels fresh for me — every new character, new script, new environment, and I still get very excited by it.

“I love a risk. If something seems impossible, then that’s what I want to try. That is my motto in many ways. I try to pick things that are very different from each other so that I’m in different places all the time. It strengthens me and makes me grow,” says the actress who views her role in Nicolas Winding Refn’s thriller The Neon Demon as her riskiest to date, even skipping her high school prom last year to promote the film at Cannes, her date flying out to recreate their prom on the red carpet.

Still coming to terms with her new adult status, and with none of the usual plans to attend college, she says today, almost eight months after graduation.

“I’m glad I had the experience of going to a totally normal high school. Some of my friends have gone to college, others aren’t, but we are in this limbo where we talk about ‘Oh, we’re not in high school anymore, it’s such a strange thing,’ So you do miss it, but then also you’re like ‘I’m so glad I’m done.’ Right now I’m just happy I graduated but maybe in a couple of years, I’ll be missing high school. But I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing, so I’m very excited about that.”

If it seems like she and her sister have an uncanny knack for picking interesting material, she credits her mother, former pro tennis player Joy Arrington, for giving her the best advice.

“It usually comes down to my mom. I’m also very close to my grandmother who lives with us as well and used to go with me on all my film sets when I was younger while my mom would go with my sister before she turned 18.

“Also when you make choices, it’s more like ‘Oh, I want them to be good for them’, meaning my family. I don’t really think about it in any other way, so my family’s opinion matters the most. For sure. Always,” says Fanning who still lives at home with her family, including father Steve Fanning, a former minor-league shortstop with the St Louis Cardinals.

In no hurry to leave the family nest, she says: “Because I travel a lot, going back home, and being with my family is always special. I live in the house that I grew up in since I was seven years old, so, being in my own room, with my family right there, is a very comforting feeling. I enjoy travelling for work and having my family home makes it easier to go away for long stretches when I know I have them to come home to. It grounds me, and it feels very safe.

“It’s also very important to have, because you can’t just always be kind of floating, you know,” says the actress who spent the last six months between the UK filming Neil Gaiman’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties and in Louisiana, shooting Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled.

Remaining close to her big sister, she says, “We’re sisters so of course we do have our moments as you know, like if I steal any of her clothes, that’s not good. But I really look up to her, I mean she’s my big sister. Since she did movies first, I started out because of her so she led the way to that.”

Attending her first Paris runway aged 13, she quickly became the face of Marc Jacobs and still enjoys promoting designers on social media. When we meet today in West Hollywood, she’s wearing a silk lilac confection by Vivetta. “I love fashion because I can turn into anyone I want to be,” she says, those bright blue eyes widening with enthusiasm. “I got this dress from Vivetta because I have a shirt of theirs that I loved and wore on Instagram so then they sent me some clothes.”

Debuting her public Instagram account on her 18th birthday last year along with her first selfie and a birthday cake, she takes her fashion choices seriously. “It’s not just a petty thing. Like the fashion industry is a whole industry so I enjoy being a part of that.” Part of her charm lies in a stubborn refusal to adopt the airs and graces of an older person, readily giggling as phrases like “totally cool” and “freaking out” spill from her lips. Considering she only has only a minor role in Live By Night, her Loretta Figgis is a powerful presence, carrying many of the film’s best lines such as, “This is heaven. Right here. We’re in it now.”

The sentiment particularly resonated with Fanning who, together with her sister, attended daily chapel services at Campbell Hall Episcopal school in North Hollywood and whose family are members of the Southern Baptist Convention. “We’re all living on this earth so it’s what you do now, from the start to the finish and all the in between, that matters and what is going to make you feel the most fulfilled,” she muses. “It’s right here in this moment that you have to seize it and do what you want.”

Borrowing from the film’s title, she surprisingly reveals an affinity for night-time, preferring the dark shadows to the bright California sunshine. “I am definitely a night person. I stay up very late. It’s hard for me to go to sleep early. I feel safe at night. The darkness makes you feel comfortable in a way. Also maybe, there’s a hidden aspect to it, where you feel that you can kind of sneak around. I don’t know, I just prefer the night to day.”

Live By Night is at cinemas now.

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Elle UK: On Phobias, Friends And What Love Feels Like

Quick-fire questions with February cover star Elle Fanning

According to IMDB Elle Fanning has taken on 55 different roles (with a further seven films coming) since her first acting gig, aged two, in I Am Sam, alongside her older sister, actress Dakota. Needless to say she’s pretty busy. Which is why ELLE’s February cover star Elle likes a quick-fire round of questions.

Here she reveals her karaoke song, what’s always in her fridge, and why she ALWAYS takes the stairs.

Favourite ever film?
Harold and Maud, it’s my favourite ever love story.

On your speed dial?
My sister – we talk a lot.

Music you play on repeat?
I LOVE Dolly Parton, she recently had a concert in New Orleans while I was there filming and I missed it but she’s the coolest.

Favourite food?
I love mac and cheese – crispy on top, creamy underneath. Mmmmm.

Best teacher?
My science teacher at school. I was actually quite good at science and he had snakes and all this cool stuff.

Feminist icon?
Sofia Coppola – she’s a woman in power and a mom and the classiest lady. And Annette Bening.

Karaoke song of choice?
No One by Alicia Keys – you can really scream it.

What does love feel like?
Love is overwhelming. In a good way, but it can overpower everything. You think about it all the time and days go by staring at your phone.

Always in your fridge?
Dr Pepper – I love it. I don’t drink much coffee so it’s my go to.

Most overused word?
I say LIKE all the time, it’s the Cali girl in me. And I say neat a lot.

Worst habit?
I used to bite my nails.

Item in wardrobe you want to keep forever?
I have these really soft red boxer shorts with a Dr Zeus pattern.

Biggest Phobia?
Elevators – I always take the stairs. I got trapped in one once.

Favourite website?
I don’t do online shopping really as I like to try the stuff on. So I guess Netflix now – I’m on it a lot. I’ve just got hooked on Making A Murderer.

Designer you’d wear forever?
I love Rodarte. I’ve known them since I was young and they’re so classy.

Dream dinner party guest?
David Blaine – I am OBSESSED. In his new documentary he catches a bullet in his teeth – and it’s insane. I don’t understand how he’s not dead!

The actress you’d love to work with?
My sister. We’d love to not play sisters but everyone says we look so alike – we don’t see it – so maybe it’d be hard.

Source: Elle UK

20th Century Women | Official Trailer #1

Watch the new trailer for 20TH CENTURY WOMEN from acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award®-winning BEGINNERS), and starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Billy Crudup – In Theaters December 25th.

RELEASE DATE: December 25th
DIRECTOR: Mike Mills
CAST: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Billy Crudup

Live By Night | Official Trailer #1

LIVE BY NIGHT in theaters January 13, 2017 – directed by and starring Ben Affleck.

Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) directed and stars in the dramatic crime thriller “Live by Night.” Affleck also wrote the screenplay based on the award-winning best-seller by Dennis Lehane, marking the second collaboration for the fellow Boston natives, following the acclaimed drama “Gone Baby Gone.”

“Live by Night” is set in the roaring `20s when Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police Superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll. The fiery affair ends in tragedy, setting Joe on a path of revenge, ambition, romance and betrayal that propels him out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa’s steamy rum-running underworld.

“Live by Night” is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Out of the Furnace”) and Jennifer Davisson (“The Ides of March,” “Orphan”), under the Appian Way banner; and Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Across the Universe”) for Pearl Street Films. Chris Brigham, Chay Carter and Dennis Lehane are serving as executive producers.

Starring with Affleck are Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”), Chris Messina (“Argo,” “The Mindy Project”), Sienna Miller (“American Sniper,” “Foxcatcher”), Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avatar”), and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (“Adaptation,” “The Town”). The cast also includes Max Casella, (“Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Blue Jasmine”), J.D. Evermore (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Remo Girone (“Heaven”), Robert Glenister (“Persuasion”), Anthony Michael Hall (“Foxcatcher”), Matthew Maher (“Gone Baby Gone”), Miguel J. Pimentel, Chris Sullivan (“The Drop”) and Titus Welliver (“Argo,” “The Town”).

Behind the scenes, Affleck collaborated with three-time Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Richardson (“JFK,” “The Aviator,” “Hugo”) Oscar-nominated production designer Jess Gonchor (“True Grit,” “Foxcatcher”), Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg (“Argo”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Argo”). The score is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Martian,” “Gone Baby Gone”).

August 16 | Variety’s Power Of Young Hollywood

Elle Fanning attended Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood at NeueHouse Los Angeles on August 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. I’ve added new pictures of Elle to the gallery. I’ll add more pictures soon!

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Tiffany & Co. Cast Lupita Nyong’o, Elle Fanning in First Celeb Campaign

Grace Coddington, who joined as the brand’s creative partner in April, also cast Christy Turlington and Natalie Westling.

For one of Grace Coddington’s first gigs as a creative partner of Tiffany & Co. — a position she took on in April after stepping down from her role as creative director of American Vogue — the fashion icon handpicked Lupita Nyong’o, Elle Fanning and models Christy Turlington and Natalie Westling to star in the new “Legendary Style” campaign.

Not only did the women receive the honor of being plucked by the fashion legend herself, but they also make history as the first celebrities to star in a Tiffany campaign.

Though she’s been known to express disinterest in celebrity, Coddington told Business of Fashion that the goal in casting the ads was to “find people who are beyond the average celebrity” and who “have to have more to them,” rather than cast any old Kardashian/Jenner.

The portraits, shot by David Sims against a backdrop of the brand’s signature robins egg blue, are juxtaposed with black-and-white close-ups of the jewelry on the body instead of still-lifes, as is Tiffany tradition. Coddington notes that these small changes help give the 179-year-old jeweler an edge.

Proud to share my @tiffanyandco collaboration for the #legendarystyle campaign with creative partner @therealgracecoddington

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

June 14 | “The Neon Demon” Hollywood Premiere

Elle Fanning attended the premiere of Amazon’s ‘The Neon Demon’ at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on June 14, 2016 in Hollywood, California. A lot of pictures have been added to the gallery. Enjoy! Thanks a lot to Prisc who donated some high quality pictures of Elle to me.

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