And she does it like you’ve never seen her before in all her Gothic glory – clad in a series of designer wear ranging from Dolce&Gabbana to Alexander McQueen, from Bottega Veneta to Valentino and veils by New York vintage – styled by Karl Templer and photographed by Mert and Marcus. In the interview, the One Day and Love and Other Drugs star talks about growing up in New Jersey and finding her long-lost twin Snooki, her role in the upcoming movie Catwoman and visiting Africa.
On growing up in New Jersey
My feeling about growing up in New Jersey was, “How come I’m not in New York?” That being said, I’m older and I have a better worldview now, and so I think I grew up in an incredibly privileged position. The town I grew up in is beautiful. I got a great education, and I’m very grateful for it. But it’s not a place I wanted to stay. I left when I was 16, just to follow my dreams . . .
On Jersey Shore and Snookie
Absolutely. I like to watch MTV for escapist pleasure, but when I saw Snooki, I saw my twin. I couldn’t lose myself in the show anymore because there I was.
On her new movie One Day
I’ve got to say, having the book as my guide was a godsend because normally you create a whole backstory for your character; you create a whole inner life and an inner monologue. Whenever I felt lost or unsure or like something was a little vague and I wanted to get more specific with it, I had the book. The movie is different than the book, but I tried to get as much of Emma from the book into the movie—just little things here and there. One of the things was the accent. I wanted to make sure that the accent changed over the course of the movie, and that it wasn’t just a standard Yorkshire—I don’t know if that even exists—or a standard London accent. I wanted to make sure that the accent grew with her.
On Visiting Africa
I went to Africa for the first time with an initiative that I work with called The Girl Effect, and I just realized that all these feelings that I was having, maybe even the negative ones, were a privilege to be had, and that good, bad, middling, whatever the Oscars were . . . It is the only place to be. And it motivates you, especially, when you think about how much attention the Oscars gets, and then you see people who don’t receive a lot of attention, but quite frankly could use some.
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