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InStyle’s Nathalie Gough met Snow White and the Huntsman actress Lily Cole to get the low-down on working with Kristen Stewart, her favourite designer, and what’s in the supermodel’s beauty bag!
Tell us a bit about your character in the movie.
I play a girl called Greta who’s a young, peasant, rural girl, who’s caught in this war that’s happening, and is taken prisoner of war and has essentially the life force sucked out of her by Ravena, the Evil Queen.
What was it like working with Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron?
Great, it’s an amazing cast. I think that Kristen was really well cast as Snow White, there’s an edge to her that is really appropriate, particularly because the tone of this film is quite dark. And Charlize, I’d met before, and is a really cool, amazing woman, and is one of my favourite actors. She’s a really brilliant actor, so to get to work against her closely was a really good experience.
Lily was at the world premiere of Snow White And The Huntsman and also attended the after party of it.
2012 > 05.13.12 : “Snow White And The Huntsman” World Premiere
2012 > 05.13.12 : “Snow White And The Huntsman” World Premiere – After Party
British it-girl Lily Cole doesn’t want to be boxed in: The successful model launched an eco-friendly clothing line, has two upcoming films and a new television series in the works.
“I quite like breaking down this conception of art as this very kind of insular space,” Cole explained in a recent interview. “I’ve worked with a lot of artists through film as a medium… so I’d love to keep doing more within that medium. We’ll see how that manifests.”
The 23-year-old Vogue cover girl, who recently graduated from Cambridge with a degree in art history, will be interviewing top contemporary artists for a six-part Sky Arts series called “Lily Cole’s Art Matters.”
Cole also stars in Mary Harron’s coming of age drama “The Moth Diaries,” available now on Video on Demand and in theaters Friday. Her clothing line is called The North Circular. And in June she’ll share the big screen with Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart in the reimagined fairy tale, “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
Cole considers herself lucky to have teamed with directors, like Harron, who supported her studies, environmental activism and busy modeling schedule, but admits she’s not quite sure how she balanced it all.
“I don’t know. I’m kind of surprised I fit it in too,” she mused.
Mary Harron’s THE MOTH DIARIES (currently available on demand and opening in select theaters this Friday, April 20 from IFC Films) has been described as a vampire movie, but that’s not quite right. It’s just as much a modern Gothic mystery, and at its center is a beautiful enigma named Ernessa, played by Lily Cole, who explored her character in an exclusive Fango interview.
In the film, Ernessa is a newcomer to an elite boarding school for girls who draws classmate Lucy (Sarah Gadon) under her spell—much to the concern of Lucy’s best friend Rebecca (Sarah Bolger). Already grieving her father’s death, Rebecca becomes convinced that Ernessa is a vampire, and responsible for the deaths that begin to occur on campus. And yet, as presented by writer/director Harron (adapting Rachel Klein’s novel), those demises could just be accidents and Rebecca’s suspicions of Ernessa might just be jealousy. MOTH DIARIES is one of a few notable journeys into the unreal for Cole, who previously co-starred in Terry Gilliam’s THE IMAGINATION OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS and later this year appears in the epic screen fairy tale SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN.
FANGORIA: Ernessa is a difficult character to get a handle on, because we see her through Rebecca’s unreliable point of view. How concrete was the character on the page, and in your mind when you were performing her?
LILY COLE: That’s a very good question. I was really drawn to the character because, as you said, she’s unusual and hard to pin down, and I love the ambiguity of the narrative in general. You don’t know how much of it is Rebecca’s projection onto her, or how much to believe of what Rebecca’s accusing her of. I tend toward reality, obviously, in terms of the way I approach a character, because it makes it much more tangible and easier to relate to. And I really like the idea of the vampire as a metaphor for the dynamics in human relationships, where something can be manipulative and dark. We played with how far we could push those dynamics, while still having empathy for Ernessa, in a way, even if it doesn’t come across when you see it.
It was actually very interesting when I first saw the film; I was like, “Oh my God, she’s really creepy.” Because I didn’t set out to play her that way; even if you’re ultimately playing a creepy character, you have to empathize with where they’re coming from, to the point of becoming that person.
Former model Lily Cole has revealed that being part of the fashion world took its toll on her self-esteem and she only pursued modelling because it “paid her way through university”.
The 23-year-old has discussed the ups and downs of her modelling career, which started when she was 13. While she has since turned her attention to acting, the money in high fashion has been great for supporting her way through an art history degree at Cambridge university.
“That’s probably one of the reasons I continued modelling, because it paid my way through university,” she told Style magazine.
However it was not easy money for Cole. The pressure to look a certain way took a toll on her self-worth.
“For sure, it was challenged,” she said.
“Challenged from the perspective that I was in an industry where beauty was prized above all else, and where there’s no insurance policy. You’re self-employed and you’re young, so of course that means insecurity. But, at the same time, I’m much more confident now than when I was 13 – but it’s partially because I’ve used it to my own ends. I saw through it.”
The star believes her university studies “saved” her from the industry. She used to get caught up in the glamorous side of fashion but is now focused on her acting career, with her new film The Moth Diaries now out in America.
“I’ve had moments where I thought fashion was really important,” she said.
“I mean, I was a kid. I would sometimes get swept into that, but studying saved me in a way. I remember being at Milan Fashion Week, in that negative space, and then opening a book on socialism and reading a book about these big movements that changed millions of people’s lives, and suddenly your perspective goes whoop.”
Lily Cole is has graced the cover of Vogue, gained a Double First from Cambridge and been out with Jude Law. Now she wants to save the environment from the excesses of the fashion and beauty industry.
“I am concerned that when you buy something you are not knowingly or unknowingly causing someone else’s suffering in the world,” she says.
A risky choice perhaps for a multi-national company, The Body Shop, to choose as their first “brand ambassador” but one that surely the founder Anita Roddick would approve of.
Already Lily is burning with enthusiasm for Fair Trade, having just visited Ghana to see for herself where the ingredients for cocoa butter moisturiser come from. Instead of buying from unscrupulous traders, who often use child labour, the money goes straight to the community.
She shows off her new favourite item of clothing, a cape made from Ghanaian cloth designed by Vivienne Westwood.
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