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STRIPLV: Elle, with The Beguiled, it seems like you’re determined to take on adult roles, especially after your recent work in The Neon Demon and Live by Night. Is that your plan now? FANNING: It’s a gradual transition. It’s something I’ve been thinking about ever since I stopped being able to play very young characters. But I think it’s going well because I’m always looking for the roles that represent the biggest challenges, and playing characters that are not only different from each other but also very different from me. That’s the essence of being an actor, and that’s why I love this job so much. I don’t even consider it a job, and I want to continue doing it all my life. STRIPLV: What was it like working with Sofia Coppola again? FANNING: She’s very calm and quiet, but there’s this underlying sense that she knows what she wants when you’re working with her. Sofia explains things carefully although she doesn’t want to tell you too much about what she expects from you. She just has to give you this serious look, and you know to better get the shot right! STRIPLV: What’s the atmosphere on her sets like? FANNING: Sofia likes to keep things very relaxed. There’s no loud voices or a lot of stress getting ready for the next shot. I still remember when I first worked with her on Somewhere, talking to her on the set about the next scene was like chatting on a living room sofa with a friend. All the directors I’ve worked with have left me free to express myself, but with Sofia, the atmosphere is more relaxed. STRIPLV: Last year was a pretty interesting time for you when you appeared in The Neon Demon and had a chance to go to Cannes for the first time. What was that experience like? FANNING: Cannes was a very special moment for me. I had just celebrated my 18th birthday, and the night of the presentation of the film in Cannes I should have been back home in the U.S. going to my prom. So I wound up inviting my best friend who was going to be my prom date to come with me to Cannes, and it was probably the best prom night imaginable! STRIPLV: What about the very intense and mixed response from audiences to the film itself? FANNING: Before the screening, Nicolas (director Refn) and I knew that there would be a lot of diverse and intense reactions to the film. But it was kind of terrifying and exciting to be there in the theater while some people were booing and others were applauding and cheering. It was the perfect reaction, and Nic wants to make films that are going to provoke. That’s the function of art. Then what made things surreal was the AmFar party, which was very glitter and glam like a 70s disco, a bit like The Neon Demon. I met some young people there, and most of them told me that they had enjoyed the film. It was one of the best nights of my life. STRIPLV: How does it feel to be out of high school and entering this new chapter in your life? FANNING: I’m feeling really happy although there are times when I feel like I’m in a kind of limbo. I’ve spoken to a lot of my friends, some of whom are now studying in university while others have decided to take a break, and most of us have this odd feeling to be out of high school and not being part of that world anymore. I had the advantage though of knowing that I had a career waiting for me when I finished high school, so that’s made it a lot easier for me. STRIPLV: Now that you’re older, is it easier for you to connect with some of the experiences that your sister Dakota has had? Has that brought you closer together? FANNING: Yes, it has. A few years ago the age difference between us made it harder for us to understand each other and we often argued about things. But lately we’ve started to become much closer, and I’ve even been able to hang out with her and her girlfriends and go to parties together. That’s something we were never able to do before. I’m so happy about that. STRIPLV: Your mother and father were both professional athletes earlier in their lives. Did they instill in you a sense of competition or drive to succeed? FANNING: Yes. I’ve always wanted to win and be successful. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being competitive. It makes you want to keep exceeding your own limits. I come from a family of athletes. Competition is in our blood. My mother was a tennis pro, my dad played baseball, my maternal grandfather was a pro quarterback (Rick Arrington, who played with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1970-72), and my aunt is a sports reporter. And when my sister started working a lot in television and film, that was also an inspiration and example for me. There’s a big part of me that feels like I have a legacy to uphold. STRIPLV: Even though you’re only 18, do you ever wonder about having children some day? FANNING: Sure. My parents have been together since they were very young. You almost never hear about that these days. I would love to have their luck in love. But for the moment I’m concentrating on my career. Love can wait.

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