Earning her honor
BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2019-05-28
US actress Elle Fanning at age 21 has lived a life in film. AFP

As the old saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And neither should we judge movie stars by their ages.

At just 21, Elle Fanning made history by becoming the youngest jury member at the Cannes Film Festival. This year it lasted from May 14 to May 25.

“I was in complete shock when I got that phone call and that question if I wanted to be a member of the Cannes Jury,” Fanning said during a press conference.

As it turned out, it not only shocked the US actress, but also brought criticism from those who believed Fanning was too young compared to other veterans in the industry.

But Fanning’s acting experience was in fact a good argument for her jury membership. As the Daily Mail noted, “Fanning has been a Hollywood fixture for longer than you realize.”

The 21-year-old has been in many big productions. She began acting in I Am Sam, at age 2. With lead roles in movies like Super 8, We Bought a Zoo and Maleficent under her belt, she’s appeared in 60 projects and is one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars.

Fanning’s dedication to work numbers her among the few former child stars who continue to act as adults.

In her latest movie Teen Spirit, which hit US cinemas last month, Fanning plays a pop singer. Since she had no singing experience, Fanning had to work with Grammy-winning music producer Marius de Vries for three months before the filming started.

“I would go to his apartment and sing through all the songs every day,” she told Variety. “He videoed me and recorded me singing everything and made me watch it back again and again to improve my skills.”

With such rich acting experience and dedication to her art, Fanning certainly was able, as the Daily Mail put it, to “represent a new class in film” at the Cannes Film Festival.

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Luo Sitian)
Jury  评审团
Veterans  老手
Fixture  ???/td>
Under her belt  收入囊中
Dedication  致力


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