Here’s what the 21-year-old Maleficent: Mistress of Evil actress had to share with the mag:
On her Cannes Film Festival looks and her love of Old Hollywood glamour: “At Cannes, you can go big and that’s what I wanted. I wanted to do separates, and I asked Dior if they would be into a ball skirt and shirt situation, and it morphed into the New Look. We added the hat very last-minute. It was exciting because I’m very nostalgic of the ’50s and ’60s. Old Hollywood glamour is so classic, I wish it would come back.”
On feeling most at home on the red carpet: “I dressed really crazy at school. So obviously people weren’t necessarily going to be like, ‘You’re so cool.’ The red carpet was like a home for me—from a young age, the fashion community embraced me. The red carpet felt safe. I don’t feel judged on it—I feel free to express that side of myself. It’s such a creative outlet, something I could really take control of.”
On how Disney princesses have evolved: “When I was young I watched all the animated Disney films, and they’re beautiful in their own way, but the women aren’t extremely complex and they do rely on the men a lot. The modern fairytale with a twist is so important.”
On working with her older sister Dakota Fanning: “We’d love to do something together… It would be great, because we don’t really talk about each other’s work. … She knows what I’m thinking, and she’s the best advice giver. As we get older, we get to be good friends.”
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