With a handful of anticipated films on the docket, Elle Fanning has quietly worked her way into the Hollywood big league while seamlessly stepping into her most significant role yet: adulthood.
Elle Fanning wants you to know that she is 18.
“Did I already say that I turned 18?” she asks. She did. Twice.
“Whenever I see someone I tell them right away that I turned 18. It’s like it has never happened to anyone else,” she says, and she laughs a big, goofy 18-year-old laugh.
The younger Fanning (sister Dakota is now 22) is officially an adult. And no one can blame her for being excited to retire the line “child actor,” two words that bear the weight of baggage from misspent youths and wayward souls, from her résumé. On set for this shoot at the historic Paramour Estate in Silver Lake, a long day spent pouring her lanky 5-foot-9-inch frame into a collection of very glamorous gowns, she is gracious and grounded, silly and smart. Back in her civilian clothes, a white Vivetta minidress and Gucci loafers with pearl-encrusted heels, her pale hair twisted into a topknot, she looks and acts every bit the part of a teenager with an exceptional job, an interesting paradox of esteemed professional and a young woman who stayed a child for as long as she possibly could.
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Photography by Beau Grealy.
Styling by Alison Edmond.
Written by Christine Lennon.