Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning Reveal What Makes Director Sofia Coppola So Unusual


Actress Kirsten Dunst and director Sofia Coppola have tag teamed on films for nearly two decades now, from the 1999 cult classic The Virgin Suicides to the new thriller The Beguiled. So it's no surprise to hear that there's a great deal of admiration and respect between them.

Dunst, who appears on the cover of Dazed's summer issue, took the opportunity to shine some light back on Coppola in an interview with the magazine.

“I've always looked up to [her] as a sort of older sister," she said. "On The Beguiled we became better friends than we’ve ever been.”

That level of love and respect doesn't just come from Dunst. Fellow Beguiled star Elle Fanning, who has a separate Dazed cover out this summer, shared similar sentiments about her director.


“Everything comes together to make a Sofia Coppola film, which is unique," said Fanning. "It’s not just the acting. She is involved in every single decision and detail to make it look the way she wants. Even the table reads are beautiful.”

VIDEO: Elle Fanning on Her Favorite Red Carpet Looks

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All that attention to detail makes for another Coppola trademark: emotionally complex characters—and Fanning's portrayal of Alicia in The Beguiled is no exception. “I always thought that Elle’s character was like the naughty girl that got sent to our school to be reformed because she was a sexual deviant," said Dunst. And if that's not enough to make you want to head to the theater ASAP, we don't know what is.


[MUSIC] When dressing for big events I guess my approach, well I guess for, if it was like a movie premiere I kinda get inspired by the character that I'm playing in my film. So I take a little bit of that so it makes it unique to that moment. For the film, like when I did Malificent, I was very princessy on the red carpet. I wore a lot of big, kind of gowns. And it was very girly. And yeah, so, it's fun to create those memories and have that. And just like, kinda Do you what you want on the red carpet cuz you wanna feel comfortable and feel confident. Well there's always new trends that are popping up and I tend to always, I definitely experiment with them. And I always try them, even if they're wacky. Even if it's socks with sandals. I'll dive right in. [LAUGH] And I'll go for it. In the next five years I'm definitely gonna go through a lot of different kind of ranges and yeah, even if I look back on it and I'm like oh my god, that was hideous, that was terrible, in the moment that's what I wanted to wear and that's what I wanted to look like so hopefully I'll be experimenting a lot cuz I'm all for that. [MUSIC] I think I get a lot style tips from my Mom and she's very classic. She's always been like you just want to look classy, and so she, like, her style icon is Grace Kelly. And so So for me I think that that's definitely passed down to me and my sister, I love her. Her wedding dress is the ultimate thing, I hope that I look like that on my wedding day. Who else, Kate Blanchette for me, I always think that she looks incredible on the red carpet, she just Just beautiful, and wears the best clothes. And it's like adventurous too. Like that Givenchy light purple dress she wore. I'm not sure where she wore it, but that was like my favorite thing for the longest time. She just looked amazing. And she had like just cut her hair. I was super cool. Yeah, so I guess those two. They're two blondes. [LAUGH] I love blondes. [LAUGH] My best red carpet moment, Toronto film festival and I wore this mew mew suit head to toe purple, kind of Austin Powers suit [LAUGH]. And I loved it so much, I had seen it in Carly Klosward on the runway, and I remember seeing it on and I was like that's amazing, and so I wanted to wear Wear it so badly, and they allowed me to. I remember going into the [UNKNOWN] store, and they had it there. And they're like, this was on Carly. And like oh my god, I tried it. And definitely the pants were way to long, because she has much longer legs than than me. But yeah, they pinned it up and made it fit and everything. Yeah, that was a huge moment. I wore like the huge clunky [UNKNOWN] shoes as well, it was like the head to toe thing, I'll always remember it, one of my favorites. The Red Carpet's always really exciting to me, like I get nervous, like [SOUND] you know there's so many people there and like lots of lights [LAUGH]. Yeah, and each one is, I don't know like the adrenaline's pumping and you also It's exciting cuz then the whole day you're waiting for that event and then they come and people do your hair and your make up. And it's always like it's leading up to that big moment when you step out of the car and I like that feeling. It's kind of like no other when you step our and you're there. And it's happening. But it always goes so fast that each one is very exciting for me, it's fun. [MUSIC]
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