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In Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones, Elle Fanning plays a girl in a dystopian future, where water is scarce and her family must fight to survive. “It’s set in Colorado,” says Fanning, “but we filmed it six hours outside of Cape Town. It was 112 degrees almost every day, and the town we were shooting in ran out of water! The whole town! It’s something that happens there every two years, but it was not planned at all. It worked for us.” The film, costarring Nicholas Hoult, Aimee Mullins, and Michael Shannon, is one of Fanning’s pet projects. “I met Jake when I was 12, and he became really close to me. We couldn’t believe it was finally at Sundance, you know? We were so excited, like, We did it!”

Young Ones, along with Jeff Preiss’s Low Down, marked Fanning’s return to the festival, which she last attended when she was nine years old. “It was the first festival I ever went to,” she says, “so it’s sort of a special one. I love that it’s not super glamorous. Everyone’s in boots and big jackets and everything. To be there with two films makes it feel like a really exciting year.”

Low Down arrived atop a wave of buzz, generated by its real-life source material, Fanning’s dramatic performance, and an incredible cast, including Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage, and John Hawkes. “It’s based on a memoir by Amy Albany, and I play Amy. Her father was Joe Albany, a jazz pianist in the ’70s who was also a heroin addict. She wrote about growing up with this genius dad who was kind of touched by God with his piano skills, but was also really struggling with addiction.” It’s Fanning’s first time playing a character based on a real person, so she felt pressured to get the details exactly right. “Amy was on set every day. I felt like she was really open and I could always ask her anything. We created a really good friendship. I think it was kind of an out-of-body experience for her.”

Fanning lived through her own out-of-body moment with her next film on the release schedule, Disney’s big-budget spectacle Maleficent. “I just kind of look at Maleficent as a gigantic thing,” she says with a laugh. “I’ve never done a movie with so much green screen and scanning. For every outfit or hair change I had to go into a room, stand on a pedestal, and they would spin me around so they could add things visually later. It was like, Wow! This is different.” Though Princess Aurora isn’t based on a real person, the desire to do justice to a Disney classic took its own kind of toll. “I look at her as a real person, you know? In the animated film she has her specific gestures and she speaks in a certain way. I wanted to embody her in the way that all Sleeping Beauty lovers see her.”

When asked about working with Angelina Jolie, Fanning finds herself at a loss for words. “It was huge!” she exclaims, short of breath. “I mean, she looks unbelievably gorgeous and elegant…and she’s playing evil! She has horns. Whenever she walks into a room, you just stare at her. And she was walking around on set in the whole costume with both her twins, one on each hip. It made her seem even more otherworldly. But she was incredible, we had the best time. I really love her.” 

Perhaps some of Jolie’s wickedness has rubbed off. “Just because I have blonde hair and pale skin, I think people look at me and they see the princess. Maybe next I’d like a darker role. I try to do as many different films as I can, because it’s more exciting and more fun that way. I’m ready to get a little grungier.”

EXTRA CREDITS

makeup Erin Ayanian  hair Jenda Alcorn  Photo assistants Check Wu and John Beecroft  Stylist assistants Verena Hafner, Whitney Meyer, Christopher Lee  Retouching Gloss 

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