The 17-year-old About Ray actress opened up about her new movie, prom fashion and ditching stilettos for life. Check it:
On her new movie, About Ray, about a transgender teen: “I know a lot of transgender teens from school… Some people transitioned over the summer, and when they came back, they told us what pronouns to use. My friends and I are very open about it and very accepting, but obviously it’s not always the case in other states or other schools. That’s why this movie is so important. When I took the role, I knew it would be the most challenging part I’ve ever done. But I also realized it could help raise visibility for these kids, so I was really honored to be asked.”
On what she’ll wear to the prom: I want to be in yellow. Pale butter, since everyone else will wear black.”
On disliking stilettos: “I’ll do it if it’s a pointed toe – a vintage pump. But what I can’t do is a peep-toe platform silhouette.”
FYI: Elle is wearing an Emilia Wickstead dress.
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“‘Wildest Dreams’ is a song about a relationship that was doomed, and the music video concept was that they were having a love affair on location away from their normal lives,” Joseph said (via E! News) about the backlash, which comes from an article by NPR titled ‘Taylor Swift Is Dreaming Of a Very White Africa,’ among others. “This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950.”
“There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screentime is Taylor and Scott. The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa and The English Patient, to name a few,” Joseph added.
“The reality is not only were there people of color in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color. I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African American man. We cast and edited this video. We collectively decided it would have been historically inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work,” Joseph said.
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The 30-year-old pro dancer spoke to People about getting Bindi, 17, as his partner for the new season.
“We are gonna bust out with a kind of on-the-nose song the first week,” he shared. “I’m in this space right now where I’m super pumped on life right now. I feel connected. I feel great. And then she walks in my life. You don’t understand what positive energy she is.”
Derek added, “I’m trying to figure out what it is,” he said of her spark. “I just got off a vacation on a lake, and I was thinking maybe it’s because she’s connected to nature and the animals or something. And if you’re that connected, you feel whole I guess. I don’t know what it is. I love her. She’s amazing. She’s a breath of fresh air. We all need a little Bindi in our life. Seriously.”
Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, and Rose Byrne are all returning for the sequel, which will also star Chloe Moretz as one of the sorority members. The plot of the movie is currently unknown, but it has been said that a sorority will replace the fraternity as Seth and Rose‘s problem this time around.