We have added x1,053 HD screencaps of Ella as Emma in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to the gallery…
Are you staying in L.A.?
I’ve got some really good friends who live in Malibu, so I just extended my trip for a couple of days. So that’s where I am at the moment. The house is literally right next to the beach. My agent keeps being like, “Ella, stop tanning.” I’m like, “No! You will never stop me tanning.” I love a little bit of sun. I mean, I’m from England. What do you expect?
Did you watch Tim Burton movies when you were growing up?
Absolutely. I didn’t watch Beetlejuice when I was a kid, because my mum said it was too scary—I watched it when I was 11. But I grew up on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland, which are quite different from Beetlejuice. It’s not as gothic-y, but he’s still doing his fantastical, otherworldly, colorful imagery. People used to ask me, “Who is your dream director?” and every time, no hesitation, I was like, “Tim Burton. Straight up.” When you find out you’ve been cast in a Tim Burton movie, every actor is going to freak out a little bit, because it’s such a big deal. His movies are just so stylized and fantastical, so it wasn’t naturalistic acting. That was something I had to learn on this job that I’d never really had to do before. I had to be sort of freakish and underlying-ly creepy as possible.
How do you think the fans of Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children will react to Emma being an air controller as opposed to the fire controller that she is in the book?
That’s a great question, and I’m glad you asked it because it’s something I’ve had to deal with a lot over the past months as the trailers have come out. I even put out a statement just to try and chill everyone out a little bit. When I first read the script, I had read the books, and my brothers had read the books. I was attracted to playing a fiery character. Every female actor’s dream is to play a fierce character [like Emma in the book]. But, first of all, you have to trust Tim Burton. He’s such a genius, and he’s got so much experience that you need to say, “Screw it. I’m just going to put all my faith in Tim.” But more than that, the love story between Jake and Emma is so sweet—it’s a first love—and it romantically makes more sense for her to be so light and so floaty. And, it gave me a bigger opportunity to create this character arc, because if she’s so fierce and she’s so strong at the start, she has nowhere really to go, but if you make her timid and gentle at the start, she can discover her own strength. Listen, the film is based on the book; it’s not the book. I remember when I was younger I was obsessed with the Harry Potter series. And I sat on the sofa when I was a kid, going through the first book, trying to match it to the film, and 10 minutes in I was so confused and upset. My dad was like, “Ella, what’s wrong?” I said, “This stupid film is nothing like the book.” And so I understand why diehard fans of the book are going to be upset. Especially when you’ve made that connection to a character or a book. She’s very relatable, Emma, so of course people are going to be very protective over her. It’s still going to be a fantastic movie, and I actually think that people will be pleasantly surprised by the changes.
Since you can float, did you have to do anything that was high up?
Yeah, I did. I actually had experience in a harness attached to wires—floating in the air—when I did Maleficent [who could fly], so by the time I did Miss Peregrine, the stunts guy was like, “Oh, are you going to be OK in the air?” I was like, “Are you kidding me? Put me in there.”
I noticed that you have skydived before.
Yes! How did you know that?
I lurked your Instagram.
You did lurk. No one’s ever really spoken to me about that. I went traveling at the beginning of this year to Australia and New Zealand. I’m a strong believer that you need to live your life in order to be a good actor. My friends were going skydiving, and I was so scared. Part of my brain clicked, and I was like, “Fuck it, I’m just going to go.” It’s a sensory overload. Your whole body is having a panic attack, and your [mind is] calm. You’re just like, “I’m just going to jump out of a plane. No biggie.” Go and do it if you haven’t already. Everybody should go skydiving. It’s does great things for your self-esteem. I left school last year—I’m nearly 20—and it’s that awkward phase between being a teenager and being an adult, where you’re just trying to figure everything out. When you’re skydiving, and you’re up at 5,000 feet, it doesn’t matter—it gives you a lot of perspective.
I wanted to ask you about WildLike, which just came out on Netflix, about a girl who is molested by her uncle.
WildLike will always have such a special place in my heart. I read four or five scripts a week, minimum, and you develop this very good radar for what’s for you or not. This movie, I couldn’t put the script down. I was totally obsessed. The filming was three months in Alaska. All the cast and crew were really good friends. I was 15 when I filmed this movie. To take on that type of material when I was 15, I was scared. I didn’t know if I could do it. Frank Hall Green—the director—just brought out this incredibly emotional performance from me. That scene that I did when she’s on the phone to her uncle, I had a complete meltdown, and all these years of my own personal issues just came out. I’d say that was the job where I learned how to act. I came back from that, and I was a totally different person. I chopped all my hair off really short. I came back speaking with an American accent. All my friends were like, “Who are you? What have you done with Ella?”
What can you tell me about Access All Areas? The filming of that was done in the midst of a music festival, Bestival, which was probably really fun.
It was mental. I’ve never filmed at a music festival, and I’ll never do it again. Especially at a music festival in the U.K., where everyone wants to be funny and jump out in front of the camera, and be like, “Hey guys, wanna film me?” But surprisingly the footage actually came out really good. It’s a movie about four young people who run away to a music festival, and their parents chase after them. It’s a musical film, so there are three or four songs, and I get to sing a couple. I wanted to be a singer when I was a little girl. I think the actual story itself is a really lovely coming-of-age film. It’s British comedy, which is a very particular sense of humor, but I think most people get it. It’s very dry humor. It’ll probably be out late this year or early next year.
How did you get involved in Educate2Eradicate—your nonprofit that focuses on female genital mutilation and forced marriages?
Long story short, about two years ago, I met this incredible young lady [Arifa Nasim] who is an activist and philanthropist. She was the U.K. youth delegate to the U.N. I was like, “How have you done these incredible things at such a young age?” And she was like, “How have you?” It was an instant “bromance.” She was doing work for FGM and child and early forced marriage, and I’ll be honest, I didn’t have a clue what those things were. I watched her do a talk at a school, and I couldn’t sleep that night. I read this book the next day about FGM. The reason why I’m so passionate about FGM and forced marriage is because it’s such an underexposed issue. Nobody fights for it. Hardly any celebrities will outwardly speak for these issues, and it’s because it’s considered culturally sensitive. I don’t think cultural sensitivity is a reason to brush these issues under the carpet.
And you were the host of TEDxTEEN. Do you feel like you’ve been more of an activist lately?
I can tell you how it started. I did a movie called The Journey Is the Destination. I filmed it in South Africa last year for six weeks, and it’s this incredible true story about a young photojournalist called Dan Eldon, who was stoned to death in Somalia in 1993. But the movie doesn’t focus on his death. It talks about all the incredible, wonderful, philanthropic things that he did when he was alive. For example, when he was 14, he raised $5,000 for his sister’s best friend to have heart surgery. So I met the most fantastic people that wanted to continue Dan’s work in the form of creative activism, and I spent a lot of time with Dan Eldon’s mom, Kathy Eldon, who had set up this foundation called Creative Visions. That’s what inspired me to start doing active things rather than just talking. That’s why I wanted to get involved with TEDxTEEN. I think that work that young people do is incredible, and I will never, ever stop supporting that.
To showcase his latest Collection des Métiers d’Art for Chanel, designer and proud cat papa Karl Lagerfeld chose a very civilized setting: The winter garden at the Paris Ritz.
The storied hotel—which reopened in June after extensive renovations—was itself an inspiration for the handmade collection. “The Ritz has always been an international place, full of elegant people, and somewhere where one could come to see elegant, modern clothes coming and going,” Karl told The New York Times.“I wanted to recreate something of that at this show today, at what I consider the cosmopolitan spot par excellence.”
Audience members sat for tea, lunch, or dinner as a procession of models filed by wearing bouclé jackets, tweed suits trimmed with marabou and jewels, and sequined evening gowns. Ella attended alongside other celebrities, we have added x11 photos to the gallery… (plus the new poster for Churchill!)
Jordana Brewster, Jamie Chung, Ken Jeong, Boris Kodjoe, Piper Perabo, Molly Shannon and Wilmer Valderrama joined in on the fun to announce the nominees for the People’s Choice Awards yesterday and Ella’s film is up for an award …
Favorite Dramatic Movie
“Me Before You”
“Miracles From Heaven”
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
You can watch the People’s Choice Awards on CBS, airing live from the Microsoft Theater L.A. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 or stream it live on CBS All Access.
Brian Cox (seen on location, above) plays the British World War II leader, with Miranda Richardson as his wife, Clementine
Lionsgate Intl. UK has added “Churchill,” starring Brian Cox as the British World War II leader and Miranda Richardson as his wife, Clementine, to its 2017 movie release slate in the U.K. The film was acquired from Embankment Films.
The movie, which also stars John Slattery and Ella Purnell, was directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (“The Railway Man”) and written by Alex von Tunzelmann. It was produced by Nick Taussig, Paul Van Carter, Piers Tempest and Claudia Bluemhuber. The film is scheduled to be released in the summer.
The title marks the studio’s second partnership with Teplitzky and producer/financier Silver Reel, having released “The Railway Man,” starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, in 2013.
This addition to the slate builds on what already promises to be a record year in terms of the breadth of British product handled by the studio. The 2017 schedule includes Toronto Intl. Film Festival entry “Their Finest,” directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, which will be released in April, alongside Adam Smith’s “Trespass Against Us,” starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson, which is expected in cinemas in March. Later in the year the studio will release the Bill Nighy and Olivia Cooke starrer “The Limehouse Golem,” written by Jane Goldman.
The upcoming slate also includes Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” which has been earning rave reviews on the festival circuit, Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” Peter Berg’s “Patriots Day,” Dean Israelite’s “Power Rangers” and Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”
Lionsgate International UK has also invested heavily in British productions during 2016-17, and will add “On Chesil Beach,” starring Saoirse Ronan, which is shooting in locations across Britain; “Filmstars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” produced by Barbara Broccoli and starring Jamie Bell, Annette Benning and Julie Walters; “Submergence,” starring Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy; and “Ghost Stories,” also shooting and starring Martin Freeman, to its upcoming release schedule.
Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK and Europe, said: “As a company we’ve always taken pride in being the largest supporter in distribution of homegrown talent and material, and I’m delighted to say that this year is no different. I’m exceptionally proud of our upcoming slate and what looks to be our strongest year ever. To be able to release British films and support British talent within a slate that includes the festival sensation ‘La La Land,’ one of the best reviewed films of the year, and blockbuster titles ‘Power Rangers’ and ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is a truly unique opportunity for us as a studio.”
The latest British additions to the Lionsgate International UK slate follow in the footsteps of several pics from the U.K. released by the studio in the past year, including box-office hit “Brotherhood” from Noel Clarke in August, “Eddie the Eagle” in April, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” in January, and Duncan Kenworthy’s “The Pass” in December. These titles were scheduled alongside titles such as Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon,” the Gerry Butler-starrer “London Has Fallen,” the critically acclaimed “Sing Street” and horror pic “Blair Witch.”
Ella joined actresses Keira Knightley, Elizabeth Hurley, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Coleman at the annual awards which celebrates strong and inspiring women from the worlds of fashion, art, music, theatre and film. We have added x38 photos to the gallery…