Born in the Irish countryside, 36-year-old Catrioina Balfe began her career in the spotlight as an international runway model, walking for the likes of Michael Kors, Chanel, Dior and Balenciaga, before she was bitten by the acting bug and headed west to LA to try her luck on the silver screen. It wasn’t long before she landed the lead on the STARZ hit TV show “Outlander,” which helped her nab a role in “Money Monster,” which premieres tomorrow night at the Grand Palais. The film follows Lee Gates, a wealthy financial talk show host (George Clooney), who is held hostage on his live TV show by a man who lost his entire life’s savings after falling victim to a corporate financial scheme that Clooney promoted on his show. Balfe plays the financial company’s communications director who has a moral awakening halfway through the film, when she realizes the extent of her boss’s deceit and her role as a cog in the American money wheel. For her audition, director Jodie Foster had Balfe embrace her Irish heritage, and asked her to read in her natural Irish accent. “Originally I auditioned with an American accent, but she wanted me to do it in my Irish one, to show how my character probably didn’t come from much, how she had to work her way up, like the image of the American dream.”
Caitriona Balfe wears a Louis Vuitton dress.
Photo by Victoria Stevens. Styled by Tara Swennen and Louis Vuitton. Hair by Marcus Francis at Starworks, makeup by Mary Wiles at the Wall Group. Photo Editor: Biel Parklee. Text: Gillian Sagansky.
When 34-year-old Rebecca Hall first came to Cannes in 2008 for Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (in which she played Vicky), she didn’t even bring a dress to walk the carpet. “I got to Cannes and was like ‘wow, this is a huge thing…’ but I learned from my mistake!” quips Hall, who’s saving grace was Alberta Ferretti who came to the rescue at the last minute. With that behind her, the London-born actress returned to the Grand Palais, fully equipped in Dior Couture, for her film “The BFG,” Steven Spielberg’s remake of Roald Dahl’s 1982 childhood classic. Shot in Vancouver, the film follows an orphan named Sophie who teams up with the Big Friendly Giant to defend the world against evil people-eating giants. Hall plays Mary, the Queen of England’s maid, who comes to Sophie’s rescue. Hall lovingly describes her character as “a quite rotund, fleshy maid with a feather duster,” and promises that she bears no similarities to her character besides her English origin. “I brought my own idea of how I see the world to the character,” she begins. “Perhaps our warmth maybe similar, but beyond that no. She’s frightfully British and put together – she wears tweed and this crazy ’80s, early ’90s posh British hair.”
Rebecca Hall wears Alexander Wang dress, CVC Stones necklace, Shahla Karimi ring and bracelet, and Saint Laurent sneakers.
Photo by Victoria Stevens. Styled by Alexia Niedzielski. Hair and makeup by Stephen Sollito. Photo Editor: Biel Parklee. Text: Gillian Sagansky.
Although she didn’t dance as a child, it didn’t take long for 16-year-old Lily-Rose Depp to learn the moves for her role as the renowned modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan in “La Danseuse,” which premiered on Friday night in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival. As part of her audition, director Stephanie Di Giusto left Depp with a choreographer for an hour to learn a dance routine. By the time Di Giusto came back, Depp nailed the routine and landed the part. “It was important to Stephanie that I could move my body in a kind of abandonment,” begins Depp, “we showed her what we’d done, and I guess she liked it!” La Daneuse is based on the story of Loie Fuller (Soko), one of the pioneers of the modern dance movement, and her heated, manipulative, relationship with Duncan, which eventually led to Fuller’s downfall. The film also stars Gaspard Ulliel as one of Fuller’s financial supporters, and Melanie Thierry as her producer. Depp first got wind of the role through Soko, who was a friend prior to shooting, and says one of their most memorable bonding experiences was when they were shooting in a castle and they had to cling to hot water bottles to keep warm. For the film’s premiere, Depp wore Chanel, a deep-rooted relationship which began when she met Lagerfeld when she was eight years old with her mother Vanessa Paradis, and father Johnny Depp. “I looked through all the Chanel shows,” explains Depp as to what led to the final sartorial decision of the night. “I picked a dress that Karl had paired with a little white t-shirt. I loved the armlets, I felt it was Cleopatra-esque.”
Photo by Victoria Stevens. Photo Editor: Biel Parklee. Text: Gillian Sagansky.