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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Elle Fanning trades in her gym shorts for a cool denim dress while out on Saturday afternoon (August 22) in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The 17-year-old actress recently chatted with Out mag about taking on a transgender role in About Ray.
“It did make me very nervous when I was asked to do this film,” she shared. “It was a big responsibility. I was really moved by Ray’s story.”
Elle added, “I have a lot of transgender friends, so it was interesting for me to read this script and try to really understand the struggle of my friends and how they think and handle these issues. They are really incredible people.”
While the cute couple headed to catch a flick on the big screen, the 17-year-old’s sister Dakota was seen out earlier in the day running a few errands.
“I could not have chosen a more blonde, more feminine actress who had a big a mountain to climb,” director Gaby Dellal told Refinery29 about casting Elle in About Ray. “And that’s what I’m interested in.”
She added about the role, “The part is a girl and she is a girl who is presenting in a very ineffectual way as a boy. She’s not pretending to have a deeper voice. She’s just a girl who is being herself and is chasing the opportunity to start hormone treatment. So to actually use a trans boy was not an option because this isn’t what my story is about.”