Elle Fanning: Producing On ‘The Great’ & ‘The Girl From Plainville’ Helped Her Find Her Voice

After acting since the age of two, elle fanning There is a unique type of veteran. Now, at 24, she knows her way around a set, but still has the energy and enthusiasm to take on new challenges, like the shows she stars in, something she plans to do in 2020. had started. Greatthen this year plainville girl, Which is based on true events. Great Will start shooting for its third season soon. For Fanning, these roles have kept her on her proverbial toes, allowing her to expand her skills as a producer.

Deadline: You Were a Producer Great, What has production taught you about your profession that you probably didn’t know before?

elle fanning: I guess I’m still learning in that aspect of being behind the scenes, but it’s always been something I’ve been really attracted to. I think being a child actor, you grow up on a film set, but watching everyone around you, watching other people make decisions and put things together, and so I I’ve always been fascinated by it. So now that I get to pull back the curtains and be in rooms and be a part of the conversation that I wouldn’t normally be, I’m really happy to be in that space. I thrive when I can get creative and strategize and think about the best way we can put this show together.

editing room for me, I was a lot during that girl from plainville, And I loved the editing process. How the postproduction and editing of all this can change so much if you just move things around and choose other techs, and the nuance of that, I really liked. I have definitely evolved in my voice. strangely, like Great And playing Katherine has helped me because she’s a young woman, and too often, she’s not looked at with the greatest of respect. how to learn from tony [McNamara, screenwriter] writes to him and being able, I do not know, speak his mind. Especially because I have to remind myself, I’m obviously very young and still learning, but at the same time, I’ve been acting since I was two years old. So, in many ways, I think people like to think, “Well, you’re young, you don’t know.” It’s like, “Well, you know, maybe what do I do this time?” Just learning to speak and building up that confidence, I’m enjoying it.

Deadline: You say playing Katherine has helped you find your voice some more—how so? Are there any moments you can point to?

fanning: He’s helped me a lot. It’s an important role in my life and career, it’s very special… In one of the scenes in the second season I had the idea to do this, and Tony gave me permission, but we needed something to show that that Katherine was trying to have a good time, and what was her drunken party trick [while still being pregnant], And, obviously, I loved being in the belly of pregnancy because I could use it for so many different things, and do physical comedy. I’m not going to have it this year, but I enjoyed it. But I came up with the idea, “What if I do a pull because I can do a back-bend and serve macaroons on my stomach as a table top?” And Tony’s like, “Exactly. All right.” Then you’re in that moment, you’re like, “What am I doing, this is my job?” But it presented the show in the right way.

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Deadline: After starting at such a young age, what motivates you?

fanning: There’s a lot I’ve obviously done, but there’s still a lot for me I haven’t done. I like to challenge myself Great To plainvilleI only had two weeks in between shooting, and these roles probably couldn’t have been more different. So, the challenge of that and being able to make people swoon. I always like to prove people wrong [about] The box they want to put me in. And many times, I choose a project because it’s a director or actor I want to work with that I never have, and I feel like the list is still endless for me. And you can feel the acting muscle growing, I believe it’s a muscle, and you can feel it breaking open.

And I think with these two roles in particular, I think it’s even more open; Just getting ready to be adventurous and put myself out there. It sounds awkward, but the set is where I feel most comfortable, and feel the most and not even myself, which is probably what makes me the most of myself. I want to produce more, I feel now that I can find books and stories that I love, or articles. My ears and eyes are always open to stuff, which they are not so much when you are younger.

Deadline: Does Producing Inspire You to Go More Like Directing?

fanning: I would love to direct. This is definitely a big dream of mine. Yes. One day I I don’t know Not soon, but I will one day, 100 percent. I definitely feel that itch.

Time Limit: In the pilot episode of The Girl from Plainville, you give a look that sets the story in motion. How did you get under Michelle’s skin?

fanning: That scene was definitely a big standout when you read the script, and that’s the moment where you start to question Michelle’s intentions. For me, to play a role like this, obviously he’s a real person, but you have to distance yourself and not get bogged down by the fact that you’re playing a real person – which I didn’t have access to ; I didn’t think it was appropriate to talk to her and she doesn’t have much recordings, courtroom sequences, but that’s just a phase in her life. So, we have these seven years where we follow him, and he has so many different faces, and I think so many different people. What really clicked me to get into the role was his passion glee And fault in our stars, and that YA world. She was someone who I believe was extremely isolated and felt very lonely in the world, and was really constantly seeking attention. i think she is watching glee And reading those YA novels and watching those movies was her way of being able to be the star of her show and eventually get the attention she really wanted.

I think in that moment, it’s such the beginning of a scene because Lea Michele is grieving her real-life boyfriend, but starring in the show as Rachel, a character who dies in real life. Has been. Then Michelle, in a way, is emulating grief, which is what’s so terrifying about it. So, I was literally matching Rachel’s feelings in that scene and trying to emulate her exactly, because I think the more it looked like I was imitating, the more terrifying it would be. That it would feel and what was needed for the end. And the smile at the end, I remember in the script that said, Michelle feels like she’s nailed the performance, but I also felt, as Elle, I felt like I got it right. So, part of it was honestly ale, feeling like I grabbed it, and that’s what came out of it. But I think the smile, it’s like, “Whoa, wait, is she really upset that he passed away, or is this a purely planned manipulation?” Which is obviously a big question throughout the series.

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Elle Fanning as Catherine.
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Deadline: The character is based on a real person, so how much did you imagine compared to the facts you knew about him?

fanning: I think you have to really trust the people around you, and in our case, Patrick McManus and Liz Hannah, our showrunner, and Liz to direct a few episodes, and she’s really a close friend of mine. Friends and we worked together before. So being able to trust them and know that they can later calibrate the performance to what it needs to be. Because I think for me, Michelle—at least our Michelle—there’s really nothing more dramatic in life than a teenage girl. So, she is a teenage girl, but still her dramatization as a person increases a lot. So, I think it was calibrating when I wanted her plays to move, and when I felt it needed genuine emotion, there’s a difference.

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So, it was finding out every day. The show really plays with fantasy a lot, and as an actor I’m someone who lives in a fantasy world a lot of the time, and I have to remind myself to stay grounded. With Michelle, she thrives in her imagination, and with technology you can create an entire fantasy world for yourself. I really loved doing those moments of texting with Colton [Ryan], who plays Conrad. Because texting can be a really boring thing to watch onscreen, but I think for us, it was important to put them together, to show that there was a real relationship. They only met a few times, and for both of them, it felt very real.