At just 16 years old, actress and fashion newcomer Lily-Rose Depp has majestically impressed us all with her ability to shine in front of the camera and carry herself like a certified superstar. And while we’re sure her beloved father, Johnny Depp, taught her a thing or two about entering the spotlight, it’s mom Vanessa Paradis who’s thoroughly impressed with how she’s handling fame.
Last night in London, Paradis and the younger Depp stepped inside the Saatchi Gallery to greet other Chanel muses like Rita Ora and Julianne Moore for the fashion house’s "Mademoiselle Privé" exhibition party, where portraits photographed by Karl Lagerfeld hung among those of the mother-daughter duo and other celebrated stars. So what was Paradis’s reaction to seeing her daughter’s striking photograph? “It’s very emotional to see Lily-Rose’s picture hanging up on the wall,” she told InStyle. “It’s like when you hear one of your first songs for the first time on the radio. The songs exist but they exist even more when people can get to it, so I get goosebumps.”
The French singer went on to describe Lily-Rose’s strong-willed character. “She does what she wants to do. I was not surprised she has gone into this industry. I was surprised it happened so soon, but not surprised this is what she is doing, she’s made for it,” Paradis added, explaining how the two turn to each other for advice. “I ask for her opinion and she asks for mine, of course. As mother and daughter we talk and we do talk about the business, but honestly she’s got it so good and I’m very happy.”
As for Lily-Rose, mom is certainly a role model. “She just gives me the same advice that any other parent would, just do your best, and she’s proud of me, she’s supportive,” Lily-Rose told InStyle, adding “It’s cool that my mom is in the exhibition too. She’s worked with Chanel a long time, so it’s nice. She looks beautiful. She’s a good lady, so she looks great.”
Lily-Rose considers Lagerfeld “the best person I’ve ever shot with,” but despite her experience, the young star believes this is only the beginning. “I’m just starting out so I still have a lot to learn,” she said. “I learn from my directors, I learned from my co-stars, I learned from the camera crew, everyone on set has their own way to work and their own things to bring to the table, so being in that environment makes you learn the most.” We can’t wait to follow this young starlet's burgeoning career.
—With reporting by Chloe Mac Donnell