One of the biggest questions from Ransom Riggs fans was why the characters of Emma Bloom and Olive Abroholos Elephanta were swapped for the film adaptation of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Olive (Lauren McCrostie) is supposed to have an air peculiarity, but on screen she has fire. “I’m really glad you asked that because it’s something I do enjoy addressing,” actress Ella Purnell, who plays Emma, said during an interview.
“Obviously, the decision did not come from me, it came from [screenwriter] Jane Goldman and [director] Tim [Burton] and the producers, and when I first read it I was kind of bummed because I wanted to be the fiery, badass character, like every girl does,” she recalled. “Every girl relates to her because you want to be Laura Croft. But when I sat down and thought about it, I was actually really glad that they gave me the opportunity to create a whole new character because if you try to exactly replicate a book as well-loved as this book, you will never please everyone. So you might as well make an adaptation of the book.”
Emma and Olive aren’t the only differences from page to screen: Purnell noted how the ending is completely different, while Samuel L. Jackson plays an amalgamation of characters from the book in the form of Mr. Barron.
“There are several reasons why I’m happy that they [made the change],” Purnell continued. “First of all, I got the opportunity to create a new [character]. Second of all, I didn’t try to go near fiery Emma. I created a whole new character. I didn’t even read the books before I felt like I actually had an idea of who movie Emma was. Third of all, I think it’s much more common to see girls playing with fire, boys playing with fire. You see it quite a lot on the big screen, but how often do you see a girl being dragged along by a rope? That’s so rare, and that’s so Tim Burton. Fire isn’t that Tim Burton, but a girl with these big gothic, lead shoes? That’s very Tim.”
She concluded, “Fourth of all, I think, from an actor’s standpoint, emotionally it gives me somewhere to go. If she’s already really, really strong at the start — I mean, I suppose that’s a whole other emotional storyline that I haven’t thought about. But for me, it made much more sense to start a little bit damaged, a little bit hurt. She’s been betrayed, she’s lost her trust, and she’s been dealing with these feelings of hurt and betrayal and sadness for 60 years, and she goes on this whole journey where she steps into herself. She becomes slightly more confident, she becomes slightly more protective of her younger siblings, and she grows into herself a little bit. She may be thousands of years old, but, at the end of the day, she’s a 16-year-old girl. She wants a boyfriend. No, I’m joking.”
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is in theaters everywhere.
Ella Purnell attended the Miu Miu show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 today (October 5, 2016) we have added a few photos to the gallery..
A little candid video has surfaced too…
We have added some photos of Ella from Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children Press Conference on September 21st 2016
We have added the Schon magazine scans and feature to the gallery … you can also find the photoshoot by Mark Rabadan here.
Ella Purnell pulls down her denim overalls, baring her torso and belly button ring. “I love this look,” the 19-year-old actress says, giggling, as a photographer snaps shots of her inside a Los Angeles studio. She flashes her Adidas Superstar kicks, laces undone, as she twists into different poses like a pretzel. “I love the ’90s!” she yells, twirling her newly-curled locks. “I love everything about it! There is something so beautiful about the grunge and carelessness. The style, the mood, the music, the fashion. Kate Moss, Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp in their prime!”
Just minutes later, Purnell swaps looks, this time donning a Phlemuns sweater dress and vintage earrings. Her hair is slicked back from a mixture of smoothing balm, elixir restore and repair oil. It looks like she dived into a swimming pool and popped out five seconds later. Her face is sometimes buried in her iPhone, but she’s chipper and bubbly, smiling ear to ear. She’s fresh off the plane from East London and psyched to be visiting the States for ten days doing publicity for her new fantasy movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, out this Friday. She admits that she could never do modeling professionally, even if she’s good at it. “I don’t care what I look like,” she admits. “I don’t dress up much. I wear trainers and jeans. I would probably get so tired of people talking about my appearance all the time.”
It’s an ironic statement for a girl who got her start modeling as a baby. She switched to acting at age nine, when she started taking classes at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Two years later, she auditioned for the play Oliver! and was cast in a London performance for one year. She says she absolutely loves theater and has also be into singing since a very young age. She would often strum on the guitar and play piano while singing classical tunes in French and German. She describes herself back then as a shy girl with glasses and greasy hair, sharing moments by herself reading in a corner at school. She didn’t like sports or socializing much, but she had a big imagination. She would play spy games with her only friend in grade school. “Everyone would think, ‘What are these girls doing?’ But we didn’t care. I was weird and didn’t want to be cool. I was never the popular girl,” she says. “I wasn’t really bullied, I enjoyed being by myself. It taught me how to be independent.”
Purnell received her first taste of movie stardom when she played younger versions of Keira Knightley’s character in 2010’s Never Let Me Go and Angelina Jolie’s title protagonist in Walt Disney’s 2014 Maleficent. Most recently, she wrapped the aforementioned Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, directed by Tim Burton. She spent six months bringing life to character Emma Bloom, a girl who has the ability to manipulate air. For a week straight, she performed in a large tank surrounded by a green screen as the camera captured her underwater. Interestingly, her biggest fear is drowning, which nearly happened to her in ocean when she was 13 years old (she was rescued by a passing boatman).
On set, not everything went to plan. Tim Burton smashed his head into a lighting device, and he ended up going to the hospital. They thought he might have had a concussion, but he quickly recovered. Another day, the set got so smoky that the sprinklers turned on in the electrical room and everyone scrambled to get the equipment out. Still, the film was completed and looks to be classic Burton. “He’s a genius. He’s an easy, beautiful and kind soul,” Purnell says of the director. “He’s so smart and open to everything: your interpretation, views and opinions,” she adds. “With his talent and level of fame, he doesn’t have to be that way. But he is so wonderful and humble. He would always give me great scene advice like, ‘Don’t let your sentences tail off.’ I appreciated that.”
As she twists her petite frame into different poses like a pretzel, Purnell radiates with confidence, and that shy kid in school feels like a lifetime away. She credits her current poise and sense of self with something her mother taught her when she was young — that every woman is beautiful. “If someone is going to say I’m too skinny, I don’t care. I grew a thick enough skin to deflect from it,” she declares. “I’m just happy with myself and where I am at in my life right now.”
The actress indulged in a little Sunday funday over the weekend, heading to Disney’s California Adventure Park with some pals. Ella was joined by American beauty Chloe Grace Moretz and the duo were pictured hopping on the California Screamin’ roller coaster together.
The cast of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out to campaign for their latest film in equally compelling fashion. Directed by Tim Burton, the movie provides a glimpse into a fantasy world, not dissimilar to the setting for the premiere: the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City. In addition to the cast and crew, guests including Zac Efron, Alysia Reiner, and Patti LuPone walked the red carpet lining the Fifth Avenue address before taking the elevator up to the eighth floor, perhaps more commonly known 10022-Shoe, for the after-party, where Café SFA chef Alex Reyes served up unexpected bites on trays in theme-appropriate winged shapes.
For her part, actress Lauren McCrostie endorsed a conscious approach to eveningwear in a plunging creation by the rising label Vaute. “It’s like haute, but it’s spelled with a ‘V’ because it’s vegan haute couture,” she said of the eco-friendly frock, which was made right in New York and sourced from recycled plastic bottles. Echoing the transformative power of fashion brought to life in film was costar Samuel L. Jackson. “Fantasy always involves a lot of frills,” Jackson said. “The satin, the bows, the tweeds, the plaids or tartans, the buckles on the shoes—all those things that are accouterment but that we might not appreciate.” The Academy Award–nominated actor made quite the case in Giorgio Armani—when Jackson asked photographers if he was blocking the view of the Marc Jacobs Fall 2016 fashion, which filled the Saks Fifth Avenue window displays behind him, one quipped, “You are fashion!”
Ella Purnell, whose character wears a major pair of towering platforms in the film (now included among the Saks Fifth Avenue window display), also turned the red carpet into her own personal runway in a silk faille Dior gown paired with metallic sandals. “The shoes had to sell the fact that she’s weighed down because she’s lighter than air,” costume designer Colleen Atwood explained of the inspiration behind the scene-stealing accessory audiences will recall from the trailer. But as dreamy a notion as custom creepers are, which are said to boast their own magical powers, the reality was somewhat different. “I’d put on my dress and I’d feel like a princess, like a fairy, and then look down and see these huge bricks of shoes, and say, ‘Oh, there’s the Tim Burton part of this,’ ” Purnell said with a laugh. “But you get used to them after about six months.”
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Here are some recent interviews with Ella for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children …
Ella and Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children were featured in SFX Magazine’s November 2016 issue…