Elle Fanning lands on the February 2012 cover of Teen Vogue. In the accompanying interview, the adorable 13-year-old actress dishes on acting while in school, working with big name celebrities, but also fashion, her crush on Ryan Gosling, and her relationship with her sister Dakota.
Described by the magazine as being ‘down-to-earth, full of energy and life — and one of the sunniest people you’ll ever meet’, Elle says about attending a regular school that, “It’s not a super actor school, which is good. I like being around people who are just kids.” Besides, the lovely actress doesn’t think she’s that different from other kids of her age. “Some people do piano lessons after school; I do movies,” she told Teen Vogue.
In her new film, ‘We Bought a Zoo’, Elle stars alongside Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. On working with big celebrities, she admits that, “I always feel like they’re just a name — like they’re not real at first. Then once you get to know them, you’re like, That’s Scarlett and Matt! It’s not, like, Matt Damon.” In the movie, Elle plays a twelve-year-old experiencing first love. Speaking about her acting method, Elle confesses that, “I never really pull from experience. I just sort of make believe. That’s why I like acting. You can create or imagine anything. It’s not like I’ve fallen in love, but I’ve had crushes and things.”
Elle told the magazine that her Hollywood crush is Ryan Gosling. “Me and my friends saw ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’, and we were freaking out. Everyone falls in love with him after that,” the young actress says. Still, in real life, Fanning is not interested in dating yet. “In seventh grade, it was sort of a big deal to have a boyfriend. You’re not in elementary school anymore, and you feel a lot older. But you can’t do anything. Your mom has to drop you off! It’s sort of awkward. You’re sitting here, and the parents are over there. I don’t know—not for me,” she says.
Elle is known for her passion for fashion. “You should see my computer at home,” Elle says. Instead of Facebook and Twitter she looks on style.com and street-style blogs. “Even before there’s a premiere, I’ll know my favorite dress from one of the collections,” she explains. The actress admits that she is very excited about Louis Vuitton’s spring collection. “Oh my gosh! They looked like little cupcakes and pastel pastries – so pretty,” Elle says.
Her sister Dakota also talked about Elle’s big interest in fashion, “She’s the go-to fashion person in the family. Elle knows every single model, every single collection, every single piece from every single collection. She has a real passion, and it’s not at all in a materialistic way. She genuinely appreciates the workmanship and creativity,” Dakota said. On her relationship with her sister, Elle told Teen Vogue that, “I remember the first time Dakota asked me for fashion advice about what to put with what, I was like, My big sister is asking me?”
Elle confesses that, “I’m always quirkier! If people say something is sort of weird, I’m like, Oh, that’s a great compliment!” The actress also says that she’s not into looking too adult. “I’d much rather look like a two-year-old than a 21-year-old,” she says. “You don’t want to do everything right now. You want to wait for that special moment,” the actress told the magazine.
Read Elle’s full interview in the February 2012 issue of Teen Vogue.
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