Elle Fanning: ‘I fainted in an audition once… fainting is something I do.’

The Duchess of Cambridge sits near the Duchess of Sussex as they attend the West

Elle Fanning covers the November issue of InStyle to promote Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. She’s absolutely adorable, inside and out. She just seems to be made of kittens. She radiates joy. This interview is mostly about fashion and how much fun Elle has with fashion, but there are some cute stories about Angelina Jolie too! You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Her life goal is Phoebe from Friends: “I was always curious and mischievous. Like when I watched Friends, I loved Phoebe. I loved that she was gawky. I had a real awkward phase. I grew 12 inches in a year. I didn’t want to be like everyone else in school. There was a certain confidence that I had, that I was like, “I want you to make fun of me because that makes me feel cool.” There is, like, a fairy-tale aspect to that, so that was always kind of in me. And I was already doing films and stuff.

Her school experience: “I was home-schooled until the third grade. And then my mom kind of realized, “OK, you need to be around other kids.” [laughs] I went in fourth grade, and I was there until senior year. I went to all of my proms. The first prom was in ninth grade. I wore a white Ralph Lauren dress that we found at the mall. It was long and flowy with a V-neck tank. For the second prom I went to the Paper Bag Princess [in L.A.] and got a vintage bias-cut pink John Galliano dress.

Being around celebrities: “Super 8 was a big film, and we went to a couple of award shows, and experiencing all of that was extremely new. I also love seeing celebrities. I’m not jaded by that at all. I met Beyoncé at the Met Ball the first year that I was there [in 2011, when she was 13]. I totally freaked out over that. Leonardo DiCaprio, I totally freaked out over him too.

She faints all the time: “Oh, auditions, I can’t [do them]—I mean, obviously, sure, I can, but they make me so nervous. I fainted in an audition once. It was with Jessica Chastain. I didn’t get the part… I was young, but, yeah, I fell down in front of people. It was very odd. There were glaring lights, and I felt so hot. I fainted in Cannes this year too. Fainting is something I do. I was on my period. It was such a crazy feeling. It honestly happened at the best moment because I wasn’t on the red carpet. Could you imagine? That would have been kind of epic, though.

Advice from Angelina on how to do interviews: “Sometimes I feel like I don’t know all the information. Like, am I qualified to speak on this? But I also think it’s OK for people to say that they don’t know or aren’t sure yet. Angelina [Jolie] said that to me after a recent interview we did for Maleficent 2. She said, “You know what? It’s OK not to answer things.” I mean, I’m still learning.

What she learned from Angelina: “I was so young when I did the first film with her. I was very nervous then. My mom was with me. Now that I’m grown up, she sees me in a different way. We talked about different things. We went paintballing… she’s aggressive. We would do outings because her kids were there, so she was trying to schedule activities on the weekends. I had never gone paintballing before. We were in full-on armor. We were the only people in the place, with all of her kids. She and I were not on the same team. I was so bad. I hit their security guard in the neck, and he was on my team! [laughs] Angelina’s really good… I was good at hiding. I would just hide.

[From InStyle]

I love that her mom figured out that she needed to go to school, and that was probably one of the big reasons why Elle turned out so well-adjusted as she transitioned from child star to adult star. She was around kids her own age who had nothing to do with the film business. Of course, I doubt many of her classmates wore vintage Dior to the prom!! Lordy. As for Angelina organizing paintballing excursions with Elle and the kids… that’s adorable. Elle LOOKS like a Jolie-Pitt too, I wonder if Angelina ever got confused.

The Duchess of Cambridge sits near the Duchess of Sussex as they attend the West

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  1. veroS says:

    Love their friendship

  2. Lucy2 says:

    I love the advice about not having to answer everything, or saying I don’t know yet. I think more people should say that rather, than ramble on about stuff they have no clue about.

    I’ve fainted twice in my life- it’s scary. Both times I fell, everything went black, I couldn’t move, but I could hear people talking to me. Weird!

  3. Sandra says:

    Her big sister Dakota seems to have done well transitioning from child star to adult, also. She seems to be a great role model. Their parents obviously have a handle on things and did a great job raising those girls…

    • smcollins says:

      I agree. Their parents weren’t Lohan-level stage parents. It seems like acting was treated more like a hobby than a career, allowing them to have normal (ish) childhoods. I remember an interview with Dakota when she was still pretty young where she talked about having chores and a small allowance. She was also a cheerleader at her (public) high school. They were treated & raised like “regular” kids which, when compared to someone like Lindsey Lohan, can make all the difference.

      • Genessee says:

        They did not go to a public high school. Both Elle and Dakota went to Campbell Hall School, a religious private school in the San Fernando Valley.

  4. Emily says:

    The fainting … in high school and into university I would see stars and throw up whenever I got my period. I can relate. It didn’t get better until I was 25 and 10lbs heavier.

    • Alyse says:

      I used to faint heaps in highschool. Nothing ED related. Our bodies are generally confused then 2bh

  5. Valerie says:

    I’ve only fainted once. Not something I’m eager to repeat! It must be worse at an audition or in a crowd, but at least there are people around to help, haha.

  6. Thea says:

    She went to Campbell Hall (where tuition is from 36k to 43k, depending on your grade), So I’m sure other kids could afford vintage Galliano from the paper bag princess.

    The Olsen twins also went to Campbell hall.

    • lucy2 says:

      I was thinking that too – no way she was the only one in her school with money!

    • Libby says:

      Yeah I was going to say that too. I’m an alumna myself and I can say that ALL the kids she went to school with are either in the industry themselves or their parents are.

  7. JustMe says:

    I love that Angie’s so competitive lol

  8. BeanieBean says:

    Great interview. I fainted a fair amount from 6th grade to 8th. First time was 6th grade choir practice. I’ll never forget it. We were preparing for the upcoming Christmas show, standing on bleachers in the gym, which had the heat on & the windows closed. I was standing on the second highest riser, singing, & just sort of crumpled straight down. I’ve always been lucky in not getting hurt when falling. My dad once was napping on the couch, then the phone rang & he jumped up to answer it, then fainted face down & bloodied his nose. My sister was the one who made the call & was recalling confused. He said hello, then she heard a thump, then nothing.

  9. Sof says:

    Angelina being aggressive and good at paintball fits right with the mental image of hers I have created over the years!
    So far I’ve enjoyed the movies Elle has been in and her red carpet style is good aswell.

  10. Neners says:

    I also have a minor fainting problem lol I faint about once or twice a year. Usually it’s in the shower with all the steam and such. Last time it was in a nightclub because someone was smoking a blunt on the dancefloor and it was hot with no ventilation. Everyone thought I was That Messy Drunk Girl. So embarrassing!

    I feel your pain, Elle!

  11. tmbg says:

    A little OT, but you know, I don’t think Angelina has been on the cover of a US InStyle ever. It appears she’s been on foreign ones, but not ours. How is that possible?!

  12. classicmoviecat says:

    It’s scary to faint. I’ve fainted once, that I remember. It was 90-100 degrees, and i went to a store that had no windows open and the AC was off. I tried to run to the door, but just remember sitting down halfway through and blacking out.