Fanning Elle Biography
Elle Fanning born Mary Elle Fanning is an American actress and fashion model.
Elle Fanning Age
Elle was born on April 9, 1998, in Conyers, Georgia. She is 20 years old as of 2018.
Elle Fanning Parents | Elle Fanning Family
She was born to Heather Joy (née Arrington), a former tennis player and Steven J. Fanning, an electronics salesman in Los Angeles. Her maternal Grandfather Rick Arrington is an American Football Player and her aunt Jill Arrington is an ESPN Reporter.
Dakota Fanning Elle Fanning | Elle Fanning Sister
She is the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning. The two sisters began acting at a very tender age.
Elle Fanning Boyfriend
She is rumored to be in a relationship with actor and screenwriter Max Minghella. The two were seen together holding hands, kissing and laughing while walking down a street in London in August 2018.
Elle Fanning Child
she has no child.
Is Elle Fanning Related To Dakota Fanning
she the younger sister of Dakota Fanning who is also an actress.
Elle Fanning Body | Fanning Height
- Height: 175 cm (5 ft 9)
- Weight: 59 kg (130 pounds)
- Body Measurements: 34-25-35 (87-63.5-89 cm)
Elle Fanning Work as a child
Before turning three years old, Fanning started to act. She started her acting career by playing the younger version of characters from her older sister Dakota in the Taken mini-series and the I Am Sam movie. Fanning won her first role independently of her sister in the Daddy Day Care comedy in 2002, at the age of four. The decision to cast her in Ruth’s role in The Door in the Floor (2004) opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger showed anecdotal evidence of her emerging skill. Originally planning to hire identical twins for the intense shooting schedule, the producers of the film were so impressed with Fanning that they only used her.
Late in 2003, Fanning appeared in the small role of Sweetie Pie Thomas in Because of Winn-Dixie. In 2004, she did voice work in Miyazaki’s animated movie My Neighbor Totoro’s English dubbed version, in Mei’s role, opposite Dakota who voiced Satsuki, the older sister to Elle’s character. She filmed I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With later that year. Fanning filmed scenes in Charlotte’s Web at the beginning of 2005 as Fern Arable’s “future granddaughter” played by Dakota.
The scenes did not make the final cut, though. She played Debbie, Richard’s daughter and Susan Jones (played by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) in the Babel movie in mid-2005. Fanning filmed scenes in both The Nines and Déjà Vu at the beginning of 2006. She filmed The Lost Room, a mini-series of sci-fi television, in mid-2006. She also appeared on House’s episode “Need to Know” in 2006: MD, playing the daughter of the patient. In 2006, she also appeared in a Criminal Minds episode, playing Tracey’s supporting role in “The Boogeyman.”
Fanning started to book lead roles by the end of 2006. The first of these was Emma Learner in Reservation Road — Grace and Ethan Learner’s grieving daughter. The film deals with the aftermath of a tragic accident involving the killing of Emma’s brother. In early 2007, Fanning joined her Babel co-stars, Brad Pitt, and Cate Blanchett, as the younger version of Blanchett’s character in a small part of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fanning filmed Phoebe’s title role in Wonderland in mid-year 2007.
Felicity Huffman was also starred by Phoebe in Wonderland and released in March 2009. Fanning appeared in 3D in The Nutcracker from July to October 2007, playing Mary. The film was shot in Budapest, Hungary and released at the end of 2010. Fanning and her sister Dakota were scheduled to star in My Sister’s Keeper in March 2008, but when Dakota learned that she would have to shave her head, the opportunity fell through. Abigail Breslin and Sofia Vassilieva immediately replaced the sisters.
In April 2009, Variety reported that Fanning would be starring in the 2010 film, Somewhere, of the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Sofia Coppola. The plot centers around a “bad-boy” actor who is forced to reassess his life when his daughter arrives unexpectedly, played by Fanning. During the 2010 awards season, the film was released. She took out the Golden Lion at her first film festival, the 67th Venice Film Festival. At the end of 2010, Fanning started working on the 2011 film Twixt by Francis Ford Coppola, which Coppola based on a dream. She’s playing a young ghost called “V.” Fanning starred at J in 2011. Super 8 as Alice Dainard’s sci-fi-drama film by J. Abrams.
Fanning appeared at Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo in December 2011. With her only parental figure, Kelly (Scarlett Johansson), she played Lily, a thirteen-year-old who works at the restaurant of the zoo and lives on the property. Fanning starred as Ginger in September 2012 along with Alice Englert who played Rosa in London’s 1962 drama film Ginger & Rosa. Sally Potter directed the film and released it on October 19, 2012.
Fanning was widely acknowledged with A for her performance. The New York Times ‘ O. Scott writes that she’s showing an almost Streepian mix of poise, intensity, and technical precision. It is frightening how good she is and hard to imagine anything she could not do.” Ty Burr, film critic for The Boston Globe, praised her “luminous naturalism that seems the opposite of performance” and felt that “Fanning easily convinces you of Ginger’s emotional reality.”
Elle Fanning 2014 onwards
In the 2014 Walt Disney movie, Maleficent, directed by Robert Stromberg, Fanning starred alongside Angelina Jolie. Jolie was playing Maleficent while Fanning was playing the Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora. She appeared in the independent science fiction western Young Ones the same year and starred on the life of jazz pianist Joe Albany in the biographical Low Down, where she plays the role of the daughter of Albany, Amy-Jo, from whose perspective the story is told. In 2015, Fanning co-starred as Dalton Trumbo’s (Bryan Cranston) daughter Nikola in Jay Roach’s Trumbo and played the role of a young transgender man in 3 generations (formerly known as About Ray), along with Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon.
In 2016, she appeared as Jesse in Nicolas Winding Refn’s psychological thriller The Neon Demon. At the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016, the film had its world premiere. On June 24, 2016, it was released and did poorly at the box office. She appeared in the 20th Century Women of Mike Mills that same year, opposite Greta Gerwig and Annette Bening. On October 8, 2016, the film had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival and on December 28, 2016, it started a limited release. She then co-starred in the Live by Night drama of Ben Affleck’s Prohibition-era released on December 25, 2016.
Fanning appeared in 2017 in the feature-length drama of Shawn Christensen, The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25. Fanning also appeared in the same year in the British-American science fiction romantic comedy film How to Talk to Girls at Parties by John Cameron Mitchell (based on a short story by Neil Gaiman), in The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola, in the Irish-American romance film Mary Shelley directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, and in the music video for the single’ Good Morning’ by Grouplove.
In 2018, Fanning starred in I Think We’re Alone Now, directed by Reed Morano, alongside Peter Dinklage. On January 21, 2018, she had her world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The release of Momentum Pictures is scheduled for 14 September 2018. She also starred opposite Ben Foster in Galveston, directed by Mélanie Laurent, who made her world premiere on March 10, 2018, in South by Southwest. That same year, Fanning starred at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018 in Teen Spirit, directed by Max Minghella. The release is scheduled for April 5, 2019.
Elle Fanning Upcoming work
Fanning starred at the New York A Rainy Day of Woody Allen. Filmed in 2017, the film still has to be released. Fanning currently has three post-production films, including All the Bright Places, directed by Brett Haley, opposite Justice Smith, based on Jennifer Niven’s novel of the same name. Unlike Javier Bardem and Salma Hayek, Molly directed by Sally Potter. Fanning is set to take up Princess Aurora’s role in Maleficent: Evil’s Mistress. The release is scheduled for October 18, 2019.
Elle Fanning Lesbian
Elle Fanning and Jena Malone have a lesbian sex scene in the horror movie she starred in the Neon Demon.
Elle Fanning Neon Demon
She stirred as Jesse in 2016 horror film The Neon Demon which is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, co-written by Mary Laws, Polly Stenham, and Refn.
Elle Fanning Maleficent | Elle Fanning Aurora
Elle was starring in the magnificent movie as Princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty. She featured along with Sharlto Copley as the male lead, King Stefan, Princess Aurora’s father, described as the half-human, half-fairy son of a human king.
Elle Fanning Babel
She was cast as Amelia’s child as Debbie Jones in the Babel, a 2006 drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga.
Elle Fanning Benjamin Button
She stirred as Daisy Fuller in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a 2008 American fantasy romantic drama film.
Elle Fanning Singing
Ellen Fanning will be taking up takes the role of a teenager named Violet, who will be competing in an international singing in an upcoming musical drama.
Elle Fanning Super 8
In 2011, Fanning starred in J. J. Abrams’ science-fiction-drama film Super 8 as Alice Dainard. Plays the role of a young ghosted called “V”. The film was released on June 10, 2011.
Elle Fanning House
Her childhood home in Studio City was purchased for $1.325 Million in 2003. It is 3,582 square foot French country-style home.
Elle Fanning Ballet
Elle Fanning is a great ballet dancer. She shows off her skills by teaching viewers how to do it in one of her presentations.
Elle Fanning Gym
She has been working on her fitness. Elle Fanning has been hitting the gym in studio city, showing her toned abs on display afterward.
Elle Fanning Cannes
Elle Fanning is but only 19 years old but has a great sense of fashion. She attended the Cannes film festivals in 2017, and every time she stepped out she looked stunning bringing out her well-cultivated fashion fairytale.
Elle Fanning Somewhere
She stirred as Cleo in the American drama film somewhere, Marco’s 11-year-old daughter.
Elle Fanning Kiss
Elle got her first kiss on camera. she got to pick out her kiss partner out of a binder of boys.
Elle Fanning Vogue
Elle Fanning first appeared on her first ever Vogue magazine cover for their June 2017 issue and she looked so adorable.
Elle Fanning Movies
2001 I Am Sam as younger Lucy Dawson
2003 Daddy Day Care as Jamie
2004 The Door in the Floor as Ruth Cole
2004 Husky as Edna
2005 My Neighbor Totoro as Mei Kusakabe (voice)
2005 P.N.O.K. as Rebecca Bullard
2005 Because of Winn-Dixie as Sweetie Pie Thomas
2006 Déjà Vu as Abbey
2006 Babel as Debbie Jones
2006 I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With as Penelope
2006 Husky 2: Together Again Edna
2007 The Nines as Noelle
2007 Reservation Road as Emma Learner
2007 Day 73 with Sarah as Sarah
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as Daisy Fuller (Age 7)
2008 Phoebe in Wonderland as Phoebe Lichten
2009 Astro Boy as Grace (voice)
2010 The Nutcracker in 3D as Mary
2010 Somewhere as Cleo
2011 Super 8 as Alice Dainard
2011 The Curve of Forgotten Things as Girl
2011 Twixt as V
2011 We Bought a Zoo as Lily Miska
2012 Ginger & Rosa as Ginger
2012 Leaning Toward Solace as Sara
2014 Young Ones as Mary Holms
2014 Low Down as Amy-Jo Albany
2014 Maleficent as Aurora
2014 The Boxtrolls as Winnie (voice)
2015 Trumbo as Nikola Trumbo
2015 3 Generations as Ray
2016 The Neon Demon as Jesse
2016 20th Century Women as Julie Hamlin
2016 Ballerina[a] as Félicie Lavois (voice)
2016 Live by Night as Loretta Figgis
2017 The Vanishing of Sidney Hall as Melody Jameson
2017 How to Talk to Girls at Parties as Zan
2017 The Beguiled as Alicia
2017 Mary Shelley as Mary Shelley
2018 I Think We’re Alone Now as Grace
2018 Galveston as Raquel Arceneaux
2018 Teen Spirit as Violet
2019 All the Bright Places as Violet Markey
2019 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil as Aurora
2019 A Rainy Day in New York
Elle Fanning TV Shows
2002 Taken as Allie Keys – Age 3
2003 Judging Amy as Rochelle Cobbs
2003 CSI: Miami as Molly Walker
2004 CSI: NY as Jenny Como
2006 House M.D. as Stella Dalton
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Eden
2006 The Lost Room as Anna Miller
2006–2007 Criminal Minds as Tracy Belle
2007 Dirty Sexy Money as Kiki George
2008 City Seventeen as Samantha Page
2014 HitRecord on TV as Daughter
2020 The Great as Catherine the Great
Elle Fanning Twitter
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Elle Fanning Interview
Selena Gomez interviews Elle Fanning for LOVE19
Updated: January 30th, 2018
Hearing Gomez quiz Fanning over the course of an hour with intelligence and humor, it’s clear the both is both genuine and values by both. Theirs is a union that is forged in a world – both inside and outside of the industries – that is in tremendous flux, and they are both passionate about using their profile, talent and opportunities to push for acceptance, change and responsibility. Gomez, in particular, gets quite emotional while talking. Maybe it’s the time difference and the rush of early morning caffeine. More likely, however, it’s the commitment she pours into a relationship that quite clearly means so much. One hears so much about how the industry pitches young women, and men, against one another in the battle to catch (and build) the brightest stars; to hear two women ignore the noise and allow their respect for one another cut through is a rare, treasured thing indeed.
‘Elle, when we’ve spoken before we always talk about the women who have inspired us along the way, the women who have shaped us…’
‘I know – we’re always having the most intensive conversations in such random places! I feel I owe a great deal to those who have been around me while I grew up. I have had so many strong women in my life. My grandmother, Mary Jane, is a person who had just always been there I needed someone. I really hate auditions, for example, I’ll never forget at one audition when I was 12 I was just not having a good time at all – in fact, I fainted. My grandmother took me to Burger King to make me feel better, rather than scolding me for messing up. Such a simple act of kindness stayed with me.’
LOVE: You first met one another on the set of Woody Allen’s new movie, A Rainy Day in New York. How was the whole, now infamous, audition process?
EF: ‘Auditions are such awkward things for me anyway. The funny thing is, Selena and I didn’t have any scenes together. I came in for a wardrobe fitting and Selena was there on her first day in the trailer and we just started chatting. But we were in New York together and filming in New York can feel very different – especially when Selena was there on set as there were crazy paparazzi. They can get really close, which can be distracting and intrusive. But you have to shut them out and not pay attention to the cameras- well, apart from the one they’re filming the movie with.’
LOVE: What was meeting Woody like?
EF: ‘I had to fly into New York for one day for the audition. All I knew was that it was a film with three young people in it. That’s it. I stayed in a hotel that was across the street from his office. On the day, his assistant came over and collected me. Only then did I receive some sides – a few lines to run through in the actual audition. I almost preferred it, actually, as I just didn’t have time to get nervous. And that sort of thing is impossible to prepare for, so… It was an odd experience meeting him. I went in, said, “Hi.” I read the sides – it was all of about five minutes. Then Woody turned and said, “That was fine.” Fine! That’s it! And, “Nice to meet you.” Then I left.’
SG: ‘Elle, does the pressure ever get to you in those situations?’
EF: ‘I do put pressure on myself, and I am something of a perfectionist and I want to do right, right away. Auditions to me are so bizarre because it takes a while for you to find that character and for it to be perfect, and the pressure is that you need to have that character down immediately. And I don’t even know any of these strangers [in an audition] that are expecting me to perform this sort of conjuring trick for them. Normally – although not with Woody – what you’re asked to do can be fairly intense, emotionally; you have to tap all this sentiment for people you’ve only just met. You say. ‘’Hi!” And then you start crying. Like, it’s a little awkward.’
SG: ‘Can you talk about a role that you think allowed you to see yourself, or your talent, in a different light? I loved what you did with director Nicholas Winding Refn in The Neon Demon…’
EF: ‘I feel like I have had quite a few moments and quite a few films where I have broken a barrier for myself. Moments when people started recognizing me rather than recognizing Dakota Fanning! When I got the script for The Neon Demon, I wen to meet with Nicholas and after the meeting, I decided that I wanted to do it. But then you start to think about it a bit more, and it was so wild and very different from movie to anything I had done previously. I was excited but nervous. I was only 16 at the time, so I knew that if I took on this part I would change. And I think I did change, in a good way. It was such a divisive movie, however; people either loved it or they hated it, and we differently experienced the hate in Cannes – they were so vocal about it. Nicholas taught me to be OK with people hating something. He was obsessed with people having strong opinions. He taught me that you don’t want to be involved in movies where people are like “Oh, it was fine.” You want to have an impact, good or bad.’
LOVE: Elle, are you good at taking criticism?
EF: ‘You kind of get used to it. I have always been able to brush it off. I was talking to someone the other day about work and I was saying that for me it’s so much about the experience you have on film. And once you’ve had that experience, then people are going to take it that way they want. I put so much into it myself, but they are going to take different things from it. And of course, you hope that it will at some stage touch someone in a way you hoped it would. That isn’t very ambitious, I know, but some of my favorite movies I worked on god terrible reviews. You should never really listen to reviews, anyway. When you work on a movie it’s like they’re reviewing your child or something; your flesh and blood that you have spent so long nurturing and crafting. Is a parent going to take someone else’s word against their kid? Working with Nicholas definitely made me feel like I was more of a risk-taker. I like doing things that are out of the box, and making people feel a little uncomfortable and not knowing what to expect. I like doing things that people don’t like sometimes.’
SG: ‘That is so cool, and you took that chance when you were 16 and you were faced with these choices that you made a brave decision to go and do something unexpected. It shows you are going to be a person that takes risks, and I relate to you being someone how is there and questioning your place in all this, and making a choice to go against the grain a little bit.”
LOVE: As you learn to take risks, Elle, are you now picking parts for different reasons? To provoke?
EF: ‘Earlier on, I didn’t have a choice about the projects I took on – and that’s not meant as an exaggeration, it’s just reality for a working actor. You know, you go for a part and you get it and then you’re happy that you’re working. But once you get a little success under your belt you feel the pressure to navigate your career in a way, and you have to think about hat you want to do next. But I do have this weird sixth sense. Not that I’m psychic or anything like that, but I do have an intuition about my work, a good sense of whether I should be doing something or not. I do have longings to to play certain characters but it mostly comes down to stories. If the characters but it mostly comes down to the stories. If the character is super cool it helps, of course, but if the story isn’t all that then you’ll never accomplish what you hope to achieve. It’s also about the people who are making the film. Sometimes I just want to really work with a particular director. I do try and take different roles each time, or different from the roles people expect me to take. When you start to understand how people perceive you, you want to push that down. That’s one of the greatest things about being an actress: that you are able to do things, to be people, who you would never be in the real world. And you can do that on screen. I like that side of acting. I definitely have two different versions of myself: there’s Elle, here and now, and then there’s Elle as an actress.’
SG: ‘That is a side of being a woman that is enjoyable. I think it’s OK to say we like playing dress-up and inhabiting someone else’s life for a bit. It feels so cool to pretend to be someone else for a bit. It’s exciting.’
EF: ‘the delving into the clothes bit, working with the costume department, is such a very fruitful part in the whole process, too.’
LOVE: Elle, style-wise have you ever been through a Nineties grunge phase?
EF: ‘It’s funny, as I think my style is quite boyish. Or it can be. Which may be the public don’t see as much. I think when most people think of men, they think about the big ball gowns and the puffy princess dresses, and I love dressing up in that way. But right now, for example, I’m wearing a chain choker and a pair of pants that are totally ripped at the bottom. And I think I go towards that look more, personally. There is no dressing like a man or woman now; the sex doesn’t matter so much. I like that being undefined. I don’t want to be just one thing. I am OK which chipped nail polish and smudgy make-up, you know?’
LOVE: Is it fun to kick against that more ethereal image that the public has of you?
EF: ‘It is fun. I do like to shock people. I mean, it’s still pretty tame, but its good to have that element of surprise. I am fascinated with surprised, actually. With work, I do the same thing. If someone, says, “Oh well, Elle isn’t right that part,” then it pushed me more to want to show them that I can transform into something. And being a chameleon is such an important part of acting.’
LOVE: Elle, a couple of your forthcoming films have strong links with music: How to Talk to Girls at Parties, shot in London, and Teen Spirit. For the former, did you immerse yourself in the British punk scene of the late Seventies, when it’s set?
EF: ‘Yes, I did. Although thankfully I play an alien in that film, so I didn’t have to know as much about punk music as everyone else. But we had a punk performance, a bit in the film where we sing a punk song. And John Cameron Mitchell, the director, is so in the known with the punk scene, and he got all these real hardcore punks to be the extras as the audience when we shot this song. So having been there all day, these punks were so amped up when we came to shoot the scene. And then John was screaming at me to spit on them, make out with them. It was crazy! So, I was jumping all over people, making out with people. I was so cool.’
LOVE: and Teen Spirit is set in on the Isle of Wight?
EF: ‘Yes, I play a wannabe pop star who has entered a sort of X-Factor singing competition, I had to sing live, though. I definitely used to sing around the house when I was younger – I know I used to annoy my sister, as she used to yell at me to shut up. But I remember a time when I’d take singing lessons and I remember thinking I maybe could be a pop star. I love the adrenaline of a live performance.’
LOVE: Did you get a kick out of singing in front of a crowd for the film?
EF: ‘You know, I can totally see how pop stars get addicted to that performance thing. I wanted to keep doing the scene. I was swearing and dying and had given my all on each take, so I can see how appealing that is. Also, the attention you get as a pop star, the crowd – I love it. I think being an actress is a quieter sort of fame.’
SG: ‘Elle, I want to know: do you have a plan? Are you seeking certain roles out?’
EF: ‘Well, I am not interested in playing “the girlfriend of…” or “the wife of…” in a movie, you know? Just a sideshow to some heroic leading-man character. Not that many women really want to play those roles nowadays. I want strong female characters that are making things happen. But being only 19 there aren’t that many parts for young women that are so central, holding up the whole film. For me, it’s about looking for my own material and bringing on people that U can work with. It’s something that I’m starting to do, some projects, books I enjoy, but it’s up to young women to go out there and find that material. We have to do it ourselves. It’s not going to just appear. Look at someone like Margot Robbie and the I, Tonya movie; I respect her so much that she produced that film and she went out there to make it happen. She’s amazing.’
SG: ‘I feel nowadays women feel more comfortable about doing that, that they have the belief that you can go and find those projects and people will support them. There have always been strong women characters out there, of course, but now we want their stories heard, and to hear that you are actively going and seeking this sort of thing out to produce is brilliant. It’s nice to know there is a lane for it.’
EF: ‘I mean, I feel like I’ve been looking for this stuff for years bit I’m only just now being able to do something about it.’
SG: ‘Totally. Can you tell me about people you have worked with that have really made an impact on you?’
EF: ‘Woah. I mean, I’ve worked with so many good actors and directors. But when I met Nicole [Kidman], that was someone I had always looked up to. Then I got to do two movies with her, one after the other, so I got to know her a little better. I got to witness her grace and also the way she is on set her character development. She has always been a role model of mine and I just adore her. She took on this very maternal role for me – she took me under her wing and gave me some great advice, which was interesting, because when people give you advice in this industry, usually it isn’t specific. People don’t sit you down and go ‘OK, I am going to tell you everything you need to know.’ That never happens! When people asked me before, ‘Have you learned anything from anyone?’ I would say that I had observed someone, but it’s not like they sat me down and told me the secrets of Hollywood! Nicole was more direct, and a great teacher in some ways.
SG: Exactly, I mean, if anyone has the Hollywood handbook, please can they pass it our way? I would love to have one. You learn by experience, as does every woman and man. And I agree with you, Elle, on that: experience is key. I remember working with Ethan Hawke once – not that I was super stoked about that movie, but it was one where I learned so much from him. I get that question a lot, about getting advice.
LOVE: By the sounds of it, you guys had an instant rapport when you met on the Woody Allen project, even a connection. Is that fair?
SG: ‘It was like that, and that is rarely the case. Acting as a process is a little weird and surreal and its work, not like hanging at a bar, but sometimes you can just click with someone. But for me it’s those moments when you are not on set – and this was what it was for me and Elle. Those moments when you have your guard down a little, you’re relaxed, not in a place where another is judging you; it was so cool. You have to earn people’s trust, and you have to work at that. But with Elle, it was so clear that we had something, and I felt safe to just sit down and say all this stuff that was coming out of my head at the time. I like to think of ourselves as very close in age; I had such a connection with her, and what we have been through and what we have walked through. I guess I felt that we had seen life in a way that others haven’t. And I got to hang out with some of her friends that she’d grown up with, and she got to meet some of my friends. I get quite emotional when I’m talking to Elle about this…’
EF: ‘Oh, me too. Selena, you are so open and trusting, it’s so special. You want to listen to people. I mean, we have all met people who sit there and say that they are listening, but really they’re just nodding at the right place. Selena is right there with you, asking questions. Selena, you are so good at that; you just want to hear what everyone else has to say. That’s rare.’
SG: ‘The sad thing in our industry is that so many good intentions fall by the wayside. The cliché of ‘yeah, we’ll get lunch’ or ‘we’ll catch up’, And I don’t blame anyone for it – it’s life it happens all the time, not just in our industry. But sometimes I know I will have had a cool conversation with someone, and I know I probably won’t speak to that person ever again in my life. Elle and I will be at the craziest places, like some massive ballroom in LA, and we’ll be like, ‘How are we having this conversation here and now?’ You search for those moments.
LOVE: as the younger generation, do you feel a sense of responsibility to bring about real change in the industry? Is this a watershed moment?
SG: ‘Yes, it is, and I do feel that sense of responsibility. But it’s not just our generation: it is older men and women and the generation above that have set a great precedent for us. Women of whatever age should agree to support one another. Hearing that from my mentors, people I look up to, help when I go into a room full of powerful people; now I feel confident enough to go and make my case of hold my head high. It actually makes it more comfortable. It’s all the women who have come before us who have given us the strength of voice, and that is so important now. All the girls in my lane, music or acting, I just hope they know that I’ve got their back, and it’s not what I’m doing that drives me but what they do and how they inspire me. And I hope there continues to change.’
EF: ‘Women should support other women. I do feel a shift in that, and I do feel like we support one another. We’re not so competitive. That’s what Selena does so well: she really wants to best for everyone. And I guess we should all try and be a bit more gracious with our ambition.’
SG: ‘Before I go, I would like to say that I have never met a more genuine, more eloquent, purer, more vulnerable young woman in her position than Elle. To have everything she is given, it was really… I’m sorry, I don’t know why I get so emotional. But I mean it, it was so special to see. It’s not something where we just did a project and then you know, ‘Let’s get lunch!’ I saw her grow into the woman she is going to be, and the people around her really are special. I couldn’t have been more honored to work with her. And I can’t wait to do more with you, Elle. Sadly, I think this is just the beginning for you, so I’m sorry and God bless! In the best way!’
EF: ‘Oh gosh, this is too much…’
SG: ‘She knows that I am there, and will always be there for her. Call me any time with whatever you want! I need to say that before I head off.’
LOVE: It’s been a pleasure speaking to you both, thank you.
EF: It’s been so fun. Selena, can you text me later please?
SG: ‘I will.”
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