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by Natasha Wolff

In late March, Elle Fanning was supposed to go off to Budapest to film The Nightingale, based on Kristin Hannah’s bestselling novel about two sisters struggling to survive in Nazi-occupied France. Her co-star—for the first time since they made plays together at home as toddlers—was meant to be her older sister, Dakota, who is four years her senior.

But, as happened with most Hollywood movies and television series in production during the COVID-19 crisis, just a few days before the siblings were set to depart from Los Angeles for Hungary, shooting on The Nightingale was canceled, its release date postponed indefinitely.

“We’ve dreamed of this for a long time, and we talked for a while about what project could get us together,” says the 22-year-old Fanning, who underlines that they will star in The Nightingale at some point in the future. “We thought maybe we didn’t want to play sisters, but we’ve grown up in this industry and have a unique understanding of what it means to be sisters. So, at least the sister part we’ve got down.”

Though they were already quite close, at the moment, they are closer than ever, hunkered down at the family home in California’s San Fernando Valley, where Fanning usually lives with her mother and grandmother when she’s not filming somewhere on location. Now, Dakota, who was recently living in New York City, is bunking there, too.

“It’s a rare occasion that we get to be together,” Fanning says. “So we’re enjoying each other’s company.”

It will be easy, then, for the entire Fanning family to have a premiere party for her new series, The Great, which they can all binge together on Hulu. On the show, Fanning stars as a young Catherine the Great, sowing her seeds in a new marriage to Russia’s Peter III, played by Nicholas Hoult.

The series marks Fanning’s first real foray into comedy. But it’s a specific kind of comedy—a satirical, genre-bending romp through 18th-century Russia in the vein of 2018’s The Favourite, which The Great creator Tony McNamara also co-wrote, earning him an Oscar nomination.

“Being asked to play Catherine in this show was a gift,” says Fanning. “Tony wrote a play in Australia that was very much in this witty, irreverent voice.” McNamara had originally planned to adapt his play into a feature film, but in this time of peak streaming television, decided to develop it into a series. He asked Fanning to play Catherine and help produce the show.

“As Catherine is gaining her voice on The Great, I was gaining mine,” she says. “I went to pitch meetings and saw the mechanics of the series from the beginning.”

Fanning lived in London for six months while filming the series. She loved the opportunity to flex her comedic muscles with the wordplay, banter and rhythm in McNamara’s scripts. “That was hugely appealing for me. I love challenging myself,” Fanning says. She believes the experience was a boost for her abilities, even in a career that includes two Sofia Coppola movies (Somewhere and The Beguiled) and roles opposite co-stars like Annette Bening, Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie and Jeff Bridges. “It’s all very Shakes­pearean and I had to get used to it and not be embarrassed.”

Fanning believes the hilariously dark show is exactly the entertainment we need right now. “Fun, laughter and escapism are really important,” she explains. “But it also grapples with themes that are super relevant, even though it’s historical,” she adds, especially in its depiction of Catherine attempting to gain her footing in the patriarchal and misogynist Russian court.

Despite the seemingly elevated historical setting, “I think it’s totally bingeable,” Fanning continues. There’s plenty of bawdy humor and surprising twists: “With shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, you need time to process between episodes; it’s heavy. But with The Great, it’s light enough that you can watch it all in one go.”

And Fanning knows a thing or two about bingeing. She has a taste for reality television and has been watching the Michael Jordan documentary series The Last Dance (“We’re huge sports people,” she says of her family) and old standbys like MasterChef Junior and 90 Day Fiancé with her mom. “We have a whole ritual around it,” Fanning says of 90 Day Fiancé. (Dakota, meanwhile, is watching The West Wing from the beginning.)

Being in quarantine has given Fanning more time to keep up with her Campbell Hall friends via Zoom happy hours. Their group meetings are called “See You Next Tuesday” because they meet on Tuesdays. (It’s the kind of joke you’d find in The Great.) Fanning sips Aperol spritzes while they reminisce about high school, just like the sophisticated 22-year-old that she is.

Indeed, Fanning turned 22 in April amidst the shelter-in-place restrictions in Los Angeles. How did she celebrate? Not necessarily with an Aperol spritz; she says she listened to the Taylor Swift song “22” and ordered in Chinese food from Chin Chin. To top it off: a strawberry shortcake from Big Sugar Bakeshop featuring the cartoon character Strawberry Shortcake wearing a quarantine-friendly facemask.

“I do sort of have a strawberry obsession,” Fanning explains. “I’ve been doing Strawberry Shortcake coloring books while in quarantine.”

Friends sent her a recorded birthday message via Cameo from some of her favorite cast members on a recent season of Love Island, while Coppola sent a birthday video over text from Napa.

“She’s way too chic for Zoom,” laughs Fanning. Fanning was embraced early on by the fashion industry. She loves Miu Miu, Dior, Gucci and Valentino, while the Rodarte designers, sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy, are friends. But she isn’t dressing up at the moment. “It’s mostly sweatpants and T-shirts, like everyone else,” Fanning says. As the weather gets warmer, she’ll start pulling out her sundresses, and she’s having fun with her hair, blowing it out and curling it at home to pass the time.

“I also dyed it pink myself,” she says.

Social media has become a welcome distraction. “It’s a nice place where we’re all together,” she says of her high school friends and the pals she’s made in the business over the 20 years she’s been working. She’s been learning TikTok dances, “but I won’t post them,” she says, and has gotten into Chelsea Peretti’s comedic makeup tutorials and Karen Elson’s singing clips on Instagram.

She’s been using her own account to show off her photography skills and picking up some cooking tips. “My grandmother loves hearty Southern food,” Fanning says. “I’ve always loved cooking and helping her in the kitchen.”

They’ve been meal planning, ordering groceries, mixing spinach dip, making lamb chops and perfecting the poached egg. Fanning is also finding inventive ways to use leftovers, including quesadillas made from, well, anything. “Just add whatever you have in the fridge and fry it up,” Fanning says.

If she’s not quite Julia Child, we can let it slide. She happens to be one of the best actors of her generation, so forgive her if she’s already looking forward to her first meal out of quarantine: guacamole, sweet corn, hard-shell beef tacos and churros from Casa Vega in nearby Studio City.

“Also, just hugging someone that you haven’t been able to in a long time,” Fanning says.

Confira a entrevista original aqui.

Eu estou andando atrás de Elle Fanning em direção ao L.A’s Chateau Marmont — não de uma forma medonha — e a primeira coisa que percebo é o quão perfeitamente, bem, “Elle Fanning” ela é. Ela está vestindo um mini vestido pastel xadrez fofo e sandálias Gucci, e seu cabelo está preso em um topete. O look completo é finalizado por um par de brincos vintage com pingentes de margarida. Ela também está 10 minutos adiantada. O que é tão atraente em
Fanning — além de margaridas e pontualidade — é a sua franqueza, particularidade que ela irradia aonde quer que vá. Um desejo genuíno de experimentar coisas, de atuar, de se lançar ao mundo. E, claro, o seu apreço exuberante pela moda é o motivo de ela estar na capa desta edição de Best Dressed. Fanning já vestiu vestidos de baile de princesa (que ela também usará em Maleficent Mistress of Evil, divulgado este mês), peças da brilhante Rodarte, e também da artística Miu Miu, porém a sua glória final foi um renovado Dior New Look no Festival de Cinema de Cannes em maio. Em Fanning, porém, todo visual é novo.

LAURA BROWN: Elle, você se joga de cabeça em tudo o que faz. Eu lembro que você chegou ao InStyle Awards em 2017 em um vestido Versace, rindo como se você tivesse 6 anos de idade.

ELLE FANNING: [Rindo] Oh meu Deus, eu odiava profundamente a franja falsa que eu estava usando naquela noite. Mas, hey, aquela era a fantasia! Era uma estampa Warhol de Marilyn Monroe, e eu a amava tanto, então, obviamente, vesti aquele vestido.

LB: Parece que esse sentimento de “Eu irei presenciar essa experiência” é algo que a governa.

EF: Sim, eu sempre fui uma pessoa curiosa e arteira. Quando eu assistia Friends, eu adorava Phoebe. Eu amava o quão desajeitada ela era. Também passei por uma fase realmente esquisita. Eu cresci 30 centímetros em um ano, e não queria ser como as outras pessoas da minha escola. Considero que eu possuía certa confiança que me permitia ser assim: “Quero que você tire sarro de mim porque isso me faz sentir bem.”

LB: Ah, o velho “Agora sou uma deusa: desajeitada e estranha.”

EF: Exatamente! Existe um toque de contos de fadas nisso, então sempre foi algo presente em mim. E, bem, eu já estava gravando filmes.

LB: Você teve a oportunidade de estudar em uma escola com muitos artistas?

EF: Eu estudei em Campbell Hall, que fica no Valley [em San Fernando]. Porém, fui educada em casa até a terceira série. Então, a minha mãe entendeu que, “Ok, você precisa conviver com outras crianças” [Risos]. Eu fui para a quarta série, e ali fiquei até o terceiro ano. Eu fui a todos os meus bailes de formatura.

LB: O que você vestiu nos seus bailes de formatura?

EF: O primeiro baile aconteceu no nono ano. Eu escolhi um vestido branco da Ralph Lauren que encontrei no shopping. Era longo e fluido, com um decote em V. Para o segundo baile eu fui ao Paper Bag Princess [em L.A.] e comprei um vestido vintage John Galliano rosa com corte enviesado.

LB: Você usou um Galliano no seu segundo baile de formatura! Isso é bem avançado.

EF: Oh, sim! Eu não o vesti desde então. Eu deveria, talvez, para o red carpet. Você sabe, eu sempre fui interessada em moda. Eu amo me vestir e brincar com personagens diferentes. Minha irmã Dakota e eu, quando éramos pequenas, costumávamos criar cenas apenas uma para a outra. Muito Miranda Priestly de O Diabo veste Prada, e muitos trabalhos de escritório.

LB: Oh, poetry. Was your desk job always in fashion?

EF: From what I remember it was. We would dress a certain way and then put Coca-Cola in wineglasses. It was a lot of Dakota screaming at me.

LB: Well, that’s what it’s like. [laughs] Who were some of your style heroes as a kid?

EF: I loved Samantha from Bewitched. I would put a Brownie uniform on for some reason and make tea. That was me playing Samantha. I also loved Alexa Chung and her ’60s tomboy style. My mom would take me to [the clothing store] Opening Ceremony all the time. That was a big deal.

LB: I remember seeing you really wearing fashion when you were just 16.

EF: Yes, that was for the first Maleficent. That was a very important moment because it involved a huge press tour. That’s when I learned how to express myself through clothes.

LB: Alongside that, when did you first compute that your life was getting bigger, externally?

EF: I saw things happening to my sister, so it wasn’t completely foreign to me. People would confuse me with her all the time. It was a relief when people saw me as myself. Super 8 [written and directed by J.J. Abrams, 2011] was a big film, and we went to a couple of award shows, and experiencing all of that was extremely new. I also love seeing celebrities. I’m not jaded by that at all.

LB: I remember seeing you really wearing fashion when you were just 16.

EF: Yes, that was for the first Maleficent. That was a very important moment because it involved a huge press tour. That’s when I learned how to express myself through clothes.

LB: Alongside that, when did you first compute that your life was getting bigger, externally?

EF: I saw things happening to my sister, so it wasn’t completely foreign to me. People would confuse me with her all the time. It was a relief when people saw me as myself. Super 8 [written and directed by J.J. Abrams, 2011] was a big film, and we went to a couple of award shows, and experiencing all of that was extremely new. I also love seeing celebrities. I’m not jaded by that at all.

LB: Worse than an audition?

EF: Oh, 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.

LB: You literally just fell down in front of people?

EF: 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. I fainted in Cannes this year too. Fainting is something I do. I was on my period. It was such a crazy feeling. It honestly happened at the best moment because I wasn’t on the red carpet. Could you imagine? That would have been kind of epic, though.

LB: She’s so Best Dressed that she fell down. Aside from that, how was being on the grand jury in Cannes? You killed it on the red carpet.

EF: I was there the whole time, two weeks. It was intense. You also have to watch the films and be serious about it. Cannes is the biggest red carpet in the world and is the moment that you can kind of pull out all the stops with the clothes. My stylist [Samantha McMillen] and I didn’t have that much time to plan, probably a month. We went to different designers, and I had the idea about the Dior, complete with the hat.

LB: That was your idea?

EF: Yes! It was one of my favorite things I’ve worn. I love feeling confident in what I’m wearing. You can tell when somebody is forced into something.

LB: What was it like walking in the Miu Miu show last year?

EF: Oh! That was crazy! 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.” The whole theme was rockabilly-grunge. I tried to keep a straight face, but that’s not my go-to. I was cracking up.

LB: You’re young and visible, so how do you handle when people ask you to be politically engaged publicly?

EF: Sometimes I feel like I don’t know all the information. Like, am I qualified to speak on this? But I also think it’s OK for people to say that they don’t know or aren’t sure yet. Angelina [Jolie] said that to me after a recent interview we did for Maleficent 2. She said, “You know what? It’s OK not to answer things.” I mean, I’m still learning.

LB: You’re 21 now. What was your first official beverage?

EF: I think it was a martini at Craig’s [in L.A.]. I loved it, except they didn’t give me my olives. I love olives. We had dinner there. Then we went to karaoke in Koreatown, and we drank a lot.

LB: So proud. Who was there, and what did you wear?

EF: I wore a dress from For Love & Lemons. It was long-sleeve and pink with a heart. Dakota was there. [Rodarte designer] Laura Mulleavy was there. [Film director] Gia Coppola was there.

LB: Now that you’re getting older, what are you ambitious for?

EF: Oh, man, I’m ambitious for a lot of things. I love game shows and want to create one. All I watch is Game Show Network. I love America SaysIdiotestChain ReactionFamily Feud. I don’t know exactly what my show would be, but I really want to do that. I want to direct something, maybe sing a country album. I love Johnny Cash, so I could possibly do a cover album. And a clothing line.

LB: You also have a very fancy L’Oréal contract. What’s your idea of “worth”?

EF: My mom, my sister, my grandmother, and I, we all live together. So, there is a strong sense of female empowerment that I’ve always had in my life. It’s significant to know that there are so many different types of women. I hate that in order to be strong you have to look like this or to be soft you have to look like this. Those stereotypes are just not true. My worth is knowing I can be anything. In Maleficent I play a princess [Aurora] who is strong in being completely feminine and isn’t afraid of that feeling. It’s a quality I also have. And, obviously, this version is different from the first one. I’m not fighting with a sword just so I can be stronger.

LB: To be worthy.

EF: Yes, exactly.

LB: I read that you’re a cousin of Kate Middleton. Have you interacted or gotten in touch with her?

EF: That came from somebody doing an [search] on me and my sister, but no. [laughs] I’ve never met any of them. She probably doesn’t even know who I am.

LB: Are you obsessed with the royal family, like everyone else in the world seems to be?

EF: I’m in London a lot, so I feel like I’m in the know, and I do read the Daily Mail. [laughs]

LB: Click bait! Last one. What did you learn from working with Angelina and Michelle [Pfeiffer] on Maleficent 2?

EF: When I heard that Michelle was going to be in the film, I realized that the second movie is going to be about power. It’s about three generations of women in power and how they represent it in different ways. And, with Angelina, I was so young when I did the first film with her. I was very nervous then. My mom was with me. Now that I’m grown up, she sees me in a different way. We talked about different things. We went paintballing.

LB: Are you an aggressive paintballer? Is she?

EF: Oh, she’s aggressive. [laughs] We would do outings because her kids were there, so she was trying to schedule activities on the weekends. I had never gone paintballing before. We were in full-on armor. 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! [laughs] Angelina’s really good.

LB: I mean, I’ve seen Salt. She’s a trained assassin.

EF: Totally. I was good at hiding. I would just hide.

Entrevista original aqui.

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