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In a new interview for Billboard, Elle talked about wanting to play a popstar and the feeling of letting loose on stage. The article drops some of the big names she got to work with while recording tracks for Teen Spirit, and explains the song selection by director Max Minghella. You can read it in full below. Additionally, our gallery has been updated with a photo session featured in the March 9 issue of the magazine.

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“I always had this dream of being a pop star,” says Elle Fanning. Sitting at a corner table at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont in a gauzy ivory dress, the 20-year-old actress is so happy to be talking about how her dream finally came true in the new movie Teen Spirit that she lets her mint tea go cold. “That feeling, like I can just let loose and perform, was so attractive.”

In Teen Spirit, Fanning plays Violet Valenski, an introverted but tenacious English teenager who enters a singing competition in the hopes of escaping her dreary home life. Throughout the movie, Fanning sings various pop showpieces, in the end taking the stage in front of a live studio audience to deliver a primal performance of an unexpected song. To anyone familiar with Fanning’s career, her magnetism onscreen is no surprise. Still, watching her as Violet is like witnessing a best new artist Grammy winner at the moment of birth.

Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Max Minghella (perhaps best known as Nick on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale), Teen Spirit, which LD Entertainment and Bleecker Street will release on April 5, follows Violet from her humble beginnings, half-heartedly singing ballads in a local pub, to the titular televised competition. The role required Fanning not only to cover existing songs like Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own,” but to also record an original track with producer Jack Antonoff, which Fanning calls a “super surreal” experience. “Jack did [Taylor Swift’s] reputation. He recorded [Lorde’s] ‘Green Light,’” she says. “I felt like, ‘Wow — maybe I am good.’”

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March 6th, 2019  No Comments Maleficent 2

The first official poster for Maleficent 2 has been released! Disney has also confirmed the film is set to premiere on October 18, 2019.

angelina jolie, elle fanning, maleficent 2, poster The sequel was originally set for a May 29, 2020 release date, but has since been moved up. Jolie will be joined by actress Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, as well as Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith. Other actors include Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Robert Lindsay and Harris Dickinson. Directed by Joachim Rønning, Mistress of Evil is being written by Linda Woolverton, Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

The film is set several years after the first Maleficent, and will continue to explore the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora as they “form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.”

Source: IGN

March 5th, 2019  No Comments Appearances

Elle attended the Miu Miu Fashion Show earlier today, and our gallery has been updated with images of her at the event.

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March 4th, 2019  No Comments Candids

Elle is in Paris for the Fashion Week! She will attend (and maybe hit the runway?) the Miu Miu fashion show tomorrow. Our gallery has been updated with candids from March 03.

February 24th, 2019  No Comments Interviews, Miu Miu, Photoshoots

Elle has been promoting Miu Miu’s new fragrance, Twist, and a new (albeit brief!) interview for InStyle has been released. We’ve added the featured image to our photo gallery.

elle fanning, miu miu, twist, 2019 You’ve played everything from a Civil War-era schoolgirl to a princess. How does your love of fashion and costumes translate on the red carpet?

I’m pretty fearless. I’ve always respected fashion and the imagination of it all, how you can put pieces together to create different characters. I also love the style of people who are just authentically themselves, like Brigitte Bardot and Patti Smith. You can tell when someone has been forced into a look, but I’ve always been drawn to those who own it. The fashion world accepted me, whereas maybe in school I wasn’t accepted.

What happened to you in school?

We had a uniform, which I’m a big advocate of, but on Fridays we’d have free dress. I would come in something crazy, and my friends would be in Converse, T-shirts, skinny jeans, the normal things. I’d definitely be looked at a little funny. My mom allowed me to dress the way I wanted to express myself. I got glasses when I was 7; she let me pick out really wacky frames. I was so grateful she allowed me to be that way.

Are you as daring with your hair and makeup?

I’m pretty natural with my makeup. I don’t wear tons of foundation, even on the red carpet. My sister [Dakota Fanning] is really good at doing makeup. I’m definitely more obsessed with my skin-care routine because I sunburn so easily. I use grape-seed oil from the grocery store to remove makeup. But I like to keep up with trends and be experimental with red-carpet looks. I’ve tried drastic ponytails and extensions, and my hair has been many different colors­—brunet, red, pink. Whenever I wear a wig in a film, I normally have pink hair underneath. It’s temporary, so whatever.

So is beauty about self-expression or self-care to you?

It’s a bit of both, and also about self-love, like taking the time to pamper yourself. I take a bath with salts every night. It’s a real ritual for me, a time to decompress.

You’re the face of Miu Miu’s newest scent, Twist. Is fragrance a part of your beauty routine?

I wear my fragrance every day; I’ll put it on in the morning and then probably [add] more at night. How it wears on your skin is important. Twist is very clean and fresh, but it has an edge, which I love. When I was younger, I would mix perfumes together, thinking it was so grown-up. Working in films from a young age, I remember how [certain] actresses smelled. Like Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie, they smell a certain way, I guess because of their fragrances. I worked with Patricia Clarkson when I was 9, and I ran into her randomly at a restaurant on my 18th birthday. I thought, “Oh, wow, you smell
the same.”

February 11th, 2019  1 Comment The Great

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the rumors: Elle will be starring as Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great, in Hulu’s series “The Great“. The series is currently expected to premiere in 2020.

The Great features Fanning as the Russian empress as the genre-bending, anti-historical series follows the rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great. Nicholas Hoult also stars. Rounding out the cast are Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge and Sacha Dhawan.

The Favourite screenwriter Tony McNamara created, wrote and executive produced The Great. From producer MRC, the series was also executive produced by Marian Macgowan, Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Ron West, Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding, Fanning and Matt Shakman, who directed the project. (Valence Media, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, also owns MRC.)

February 2nd, 2019  No Comments Miu Miu, Photoshoots, Screen Captures

Elle is the face of Miu Miu’s Twist fragrance, and a promotional video has just been released! In addition to that, the brand has shared new images from its photoshoot. Our gallery has been updated with those, as well as screen captures of the commercial.

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January 21st, 2019  No Comments Candids

Elle is in Paris! She’s likely going to attend events at Paris Fashion Week, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for pictures. Our gallery has been updated with candids from today!

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January 19th, 2019  No Comments Teen Spirit

The SXSW 2019 line-up has been announced, and Elle’s “Teen Spirit” will be screened at the event! You can see the full list here.

Teen Spirit (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Max Minghella
The film follows Violet, a shy teenager who enters an international singing competition with the help of an unlikely mentor. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story. Cast: Elle Fanning, Zlatko Buricteent, Rebecca Hall (U.S. Premiere)

Current Projects
All the Bright Places (TBA)
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.

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.

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.

Teen Spirit (2019)
Elle Fanning as Violet

Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition.

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