Actress Dakota Fanning and writer-director Naomi Foner of 'Very Good Girls' interview one another
Fanning, who’s been in the public eye for years, co-stars with Elizabeth Olsen and Boyd Holbrook, in a tale about two girls who make a pact to lose their virginity
In “Very Good Girls,” opening Friday, Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen play Brooklyn teens eager to lose their virginity before college. Their mutual infatuation with a local guy (Boyd Holbrook) creates bad decisions all around.
In real life, Fanning, 20, seems to always do things right — ever since co-starring, as a kid, opposite Sean Penn in “I Am Sam” (2001), Denzel Washington in “Man on Fire” (2004) and Tom Cruise in “War of the Worlds” (2005).
“Very Good Girls” was written and directed by Oscar-nominated writer Naomi Foner (who’s also Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s mom). She and Fanning interviewed each other in this Daily News exclusive.
Naomi Foner: So, our movie is about friendship and truth and a lot about female sexuality.
Dakota Fanning: Yeah. Obviously there’s a guy, but really it’s about the girls’ friendship, and about what girls go through.
When I read the script, I was [at] a similar time in my life. I was graduating from high school and leaving for college and going through those changes, so it really resonated with me.
NF: Your sister Elle is 16 and also an accomplished actress. Has doing the same thing made you two better friends?
DF: Elle and I really don’t talk about acting very much. I don’t know if that will change as we get older. In terms of understanding what she’s doing with her life, we both have an understanding [of filmmaking] that not many people have. But I don’t think it’s made us closer. Our closeness has come from just being sisters.
Could you make some GIFs about the little parts of this interview where Elle is looking directly at the camera while her answers are being translated? It really feels like she is looking directly into your eyes. So gorgeous! www[.]youtube[.]com/watch?v=i1Jq36S49iA&hd=1
Did you like Very Good Girls? What's your opinion on it?
I actually really liked it! Given the plot I thought I wouldn’t find it so interesting (~2 girls trying to lose their virginities) but there’s actually so much more to the story. It’s refreshing to see Dakota doing more mature roles, too.
Elle Fanning to Star in Neil Gaiman Adaptation 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties'
Maleficent star Elle Fanning is attached to star in How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an adaptation of a Neil Gaiman short story that will be directed by John Cameron Mitchell.
Howard Gertler, who received an Academy Award nomination for the documentary How to Survive a Plague, will produce with Gaiman and Mitchell.
The short story, published in 2006, told of two teen boys who go to a party in 1970s London. While one has no trouble scoring a girl right off the bat, the shy one is left to fend for himself and has to find a way to make conversation. He soon finds out that the girls at the party are more than they seem. The story was nominated for a Hugo Award for best short story and won the Locus Award in the same category.
The script by Philippa Goslett and Mitchell turns Parites into more of a two-hander love story focusing on a schoolboy and punk who uses music and art as a way to escape and a female alien tourist (Fanning) who wants to escape her tour group and explore the most dangerous place in the galaxy, the London suburb of Croydon.
Michael J. Werner and Winnie Lau of Fortissimo Films are executive producing.
CAA, which packaged the project, is arranging financing and will represent the film’s North American distribution rights.