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May 22nd, 2020  No Comments Interviews, Press

On IMDb’s new podcast, ‘Movies That Changed My Life,’ the star of Hulu’s ‘The Great’ opens up on just that — the films she watched growing up that influenced her career.

Elle Fanning is allergic the phrase “strong female characters.”

That’s what the star of Hulu’s new MRC-produced series The Great explained on the latest episode of IMDb’s newly launched podcast Movies That Changed My Life.

“What does that mean?” Fanning asked, in reference to her character Catherine, as in Cathering the Great, to host Ian de Borja, best known for his work on The IMDb Show. She wanted to show all sides to the historical figure, who gets a reimagining in the Tony McNamara-created series in which she stars opposite Nicholas Hoult. “I was really aware that I wanted to humanize her. She makes mistakes; sometimes she waivers, sometimes she’s weak and sometimes she’s incredibly brave. There’s room for that on TV — to have complicated female characters.”

There’s nothing complicated about Movies That Changed My Life. The weekly series features actors and filmmakers discussing the movies that inspired them and helped launch their careers. The podcast joins other popular IMDb original video series including The IMDb Show, IMDbrief and What to Watch. The inaugural episode features Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright, who was followed by Joel McHale, Judy Greer, Felicia Day and Kevin Smith.

New episodes come out every Thursday wherever podcasts are found, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, IMDb.com/podcasts and through IMDb’s iOS and Android apps.

Says Nikki Santoro, head of IMDb Consumer: “These personal and in-depth conversations with our customers’ favorite actors and filmmakers will reveal the defining moments in their lives, ultimately providing listeners with a greater understanding of their favorite performers, as well as recommendations for new films to add to their IMDb Watchlists.”

On the episode with Fanning, she also dishes on her upcoming film The Nightingale, a role that put her opposite sister Dakota for the first time in their careers; how the first time she watched The Neverending Story was with Bijou Phillips at Sean Lennon’s apartment next to John Lennon’s piano; and how she would dress up as the iconic Sandy while watching Grease. To listen to Fanning, click here.

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May 22nd, 2020  No Comments Interviews, Media, Press, The Great, TV, Videos


“I’m kind of allergic to the term ‘strong female character’,” Elle Fanning says with a knowing smile about playing a famous historical figure who also happens to be a woman. “I don’t really know what that means,” she laughs. “I want to play a human who has many layers, who doesn’t always have the right answer.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Fanning above.

“The Great” is an uproarious genre-bending exploration of the early life of Catherine the Great, following her rise from young outsider to the longest-reigning ruler in Russia’s history. It features razor-sharp dialogue, hilarious over the top performances from Fanning as Catherine and co-star Nicholas Hoult as Emperor Peter and lavish production and costume design.

It is an edgier, more contemporary take on an especially depraved and backward 18th century Russia, that according to Hulu’s cheeky advertising campaign for the show “occasionally” incorporates historical facts. Catherine arrives in Russia after it is arranged for her to marry Peter, but she soon realizes that if she is going to survive, she will need to usurp her new husband Peter and take the crown herself. To do so, all she has to do is kill her husband, beat the church, baffle the military and get the court onside.

Fanning was fascinated with playing Catherine, because she was given the opportunity to portray the famous monarch as a real person with flaws, emotions, desires, fears and ambitions. “I wanted to humanize her,” Fanning admits. “She is this historical figure and we know what she did, she did incredible things but I wanted to figure out what makes her tick. I didn’t want to make her the strongest person in the room.”

At the same time, Fanning recognizes that Catherine was a powerful and transformational figure who was “truly a feminist icon,” she says. “She is the woman who truly went head on with the man and ultimately took him down. She went head to head with him. The power of that and what that says is so beautiful,” she explains. “What she represents today and now is taking down the man. She’s the original!”

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May 19th, 2020  No Comments Media, The Great, TV, Videos

Watch as Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning reveal who’s “most likely to…”

May 19th, 2020  No Comments Interviews, Media, Press, The Great, TV, Videos

Watch stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, plus creator Tony McNamara and exec. producer Marian Macgowan, discuss their hilarious, historical take on the rise of Catherine the Great.

May 18th, 2020  No Comments Gallery Updates, Scans

We’ve added HQ scans of Elle’s latest features in magazines in the gallery, enjoy!

May 18th, 2020  No Comments Gallery Updates, Stills, The Great, TV

‘The Great’ is out on Hulu! Are you liking it so far? We’ve added lots of stills and promotional pictures from the show in the gallery, check those below:

May 18th, 2020  No Comments Interviews, Press, The Great, TV

Warning: This article contains spoilers about The Great.

Disembodied heads, men in bear suits, and outrageous love scenes were all in a day’s work for Elle Fanning on the set of her new Hulu series The Great (now streaming).

In it, she plays the eponymous young Catherine the Great, the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, as she plots to overthrow her husband, the mercurial Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult). Created by writer Tony McNamara (The Favourite), the satirical dramedy prides itself on only being “occasionally true” and frequently anachronistic, and as such it revels in its ludicrous moments.

EW spoke with Fanning about all those wild scenes, the changes she insisted on as an executive producer, the future of the series, and more.

 This is the first time you executive-produced a TV series. Why was this the right project to jump into that?

This wasn’t necessarily something that I went after to produce, the script kind of came to me. And it was a gift in that way because Tony had thought of me when thinking about doing the show. The script that I read [first] was actually a film script that was based off a play that Tony had written and had put on in Australia. And the script spans all of Catherine’s life, mostly, so the young part was just a sliver. So when he gave it to me, he’s like, “Well, you know, there’s maybe the possibility of it being a TV show and you could play the young version, and the first season would be about her rise to power.” I hadn’t even seen The Favourite, so I had nothing to compare it to. So of course the script shocked me in a new and amazing way. And he asked me if I wanted to produce it and come on and go and pitch with him. And so it really was all amazing luck.

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May 17th, 2020  No Comments Media, The Great, TV, Videos

There’s something to be said, given all Catherine the Great did in her lifetime as the late 18th-century ruler of Russia, that the unfortunate bestiality rumor — you know, the one about the horse — remains.

“Fake news,” said Elle Fanning on the Variety After Show, presented by National Geographic, on Instagram Live. “It’s pretty sad [that] this extraordinary, almost — dare I say — first feminist icon has been reduced to this horse rumor,” she said.

Fanning plays the Russian empress in her new Hulu satirical series, “The Great,” which kicks off with Catherine’s arrival in the country to wed the mercurial, temperamental Peter (Nicholas Hoult). Her optimism about the union is quickly dissolved as Hoult’s Peter soon reveals his capacity for cruelty and selfishness, leading to her plans for a coup. The show, as Variety critic Caroline Framke puts it, “straddles the line between period drama and slapstick comedy with acrobatic ease.”

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May 17th, 2020  No Comments Media, The Great, TV

The stars of the new TV miniseries about Catherine the Great, ‘The Great’, already have a great deal of experience behind them, even though they’re still pretty young. Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning both started out as child actors — Hoult made his first film when he was just 7 years old, while Fanning made her debut at age 3! Now that they’ve both made it to adulthood while maintaining successful careers, they told us why they feel like they were able to beat the notorious child actor curse.

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Current Projects
The Nightingale (2021)
Elle Fanning as Isabelle

The lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart at the onset of World War II. Based on Kristin Hannah’s novel ‘The Nightingale’.

The Great (2020)
Elle Fanning as Catherine

A royal woman living in rural Austria during the seventeenth century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.

All the Bright Places (2020)
Elle Fanning as Violet Markey

The story of Violet and Theodore, who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they discover that even the smallest places and moments can mean something.

Maleficent 2 (2019)
Elle Fanning as Aurora

The complex relationship of Maleficent and Aurora continues to be explored as they face new threats to the magical land of the Moors.

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