In this Screen Tests interview, The Neon Demon and Live By Night actress Elle Fanning talks about how she cries over ‘Say Yes to the Dress’, crying over old videos of her sister Dakota Fanning on talk shows, her crushes on Jared Leto and Ryan Gosling, and her fangirl encounter with Leonardo DiCaprio
Elle Fanning followed her older sister Dakota into movies at a precocious early age, but it was in Sofia Coppola’s small 2010 film Somewhere that she first stood out as an actress of astonishing grace, at 13 years old. This year, she graduated from high school into some very adult onscreen parts, from Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, in which she plays a good-girl model turned bad, to Ben Affleck’s upcoming Live By Night, in which she plays an aspiring Hollywood actress who resorts to pornography. For our Royals portfolio, we paired this teenage screen veteran with Anya Taylor-Joy, who is the latest fresh-faced star to emerge from the indie film scene.
How did you get involved with The Neon Demon?
I had seen [director Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 film] Drive. I was filming a movie in Springbok, South Africa, which is a six-hour drive outside of Cape Town. They only had, like, two TV channels. One was in Afrikaans, and the other one was a movie channel that only played either The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or Drive, and that was it. So I I know those two movies by heart. And I looked up Nick because Drive is so different, so interesting. Then I kept hearing about a script out there that was super wacky — Nick’s new film — and it was about models. He asked me to come over to his house in L.A. to meet with him, and I was like, “Oh god, I gotta look like a model.”
What do you play in Ben Affleck’s upcoming Live By Night?
It’s set in the 1920s during the Prohibition. Chris Cooper plays my dad, he’s a sheriff in Florida. And then I go to L.A. to become an actress. I want to go to Hollywood, but I kind of just make it to L.A., you know what I mean? And I become kind of [a] porn [actress] in the 1920s. And then I get addicted to heroin while I’m out there.
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