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« I’m going to say it right now—I’ve never been good at interviews,” Lily-Rose Depp announces a few minutes after we meet. “I’m shy in these situations, and I just get really nervous and stuff.”
We’re at a café near her mother’s apartment in Paris, and Depp is sipping an espresso while gamely facing a series of questions from a stranger with a tape recorder. The advance word on the 20-year-old actress is that, shyness aside, she’s unfailingly well-mannered and likable—a reputation that she substantiates even before we meet when she calls my cell to ask if we can postpone our interview by a whopping half hour. (“I’m really sorry!”) Surely when your father is Johnny Depp and your mother is Vanessa Paradis, you’re aware that being 30 minutes late for an interview is not the end of the world. But she thanks me for being flexible and apologizes again.
As for the nervousness thing, any interviewer meeting Depp might wonder why she’s chosen to work in a field that sets her up for a lifetime of public scrutiny. As she sits on a banquette wearing scuffed white Reeboks and a plain cotton dress that only accentuates the pouty-lipped splendor of her face, Depp maintains a poised, friendly bearing and a direct gaze. But the handful of interviews she’s given so far have revealed basically nothing, aside from her belief in the importance of maintaining her privacy. When I begin with an innocuous question about where in L.A. she celebrated her recent birthday, her evasive answer (“At, like, my friend’s place or something”) makes her limits clear. After she relaxes a bit, Depp acknowledges that fame in general is something that gives her “a ton of anxiety.” So what led her to pick a career that invites even more of it? Since getting her first taste of acting a few years ago, she replies, she’s had no choice but to make it her life’s work. The only place where she’s truly free of self-consciousness is, in fact, a movie set, where she can be fully immersed in a character. “When I’m acting, I’m not thinking about myself,” she says. “Because I’m not there. You know?”
Whatever her strategy, it seems to be working. After starting out with a couple of minor roles in smallish films, she’s now showing an impressive capacity for both depth and range. In Louis Garrel’s love-triangle drama A Faithful Man, released in the U.S. this summer, she takes what could have been a crazed-stalker character and delivers a complex portrait of a young woman discovering her emotional and sexual power. Next year, in Nicholas Jarecki’s gritty drug-cartel thriller Dreamland, she plays a ravaged addict whose brother (Armie Hammer) traffics in opioids. And in Netflix’s big-ticket historical drama The King, due out later this year, she stars alongside Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattinson, playing the strong-willed princess Catherine de Valois.
Although Depp went to school in L.A. and fills her conversation with breezy California slang (her favorite activity when not working: “rolling super-deep with my friends”), she’s still something of a mystery to American audiences, a silent sphinx known mainly as a model. For that she credits her paparazzi-magnet parents, who split in 2012 but remained determined “to keep my brother and me as much out of the spotlight as they could,” Depp says. “Now, I’m choosing to do this job, and I know what comes with it. But when you’re younger, you don’t get to choose.” Even when she discusses her fashion gigs—she launched her career with a Chanel eyewear campaign at age 16—Depp can still sound like a starstruck newcomer. Recalling her first day on the set of her shoot for the fragrance N°5 L’Eau campaign, she says, “That whole day is like a blur of dreaminess.”
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Lily-Rose is on the cover of the newest edition of the V Magazine which will be on sale on November 08. You can pre-order your copy of V116 at shop.vmagazine.com! Like V Magazine itself, the final cover star of the year, Lily Rose Depp, is on the verge of her 20s. In her interview with friend fellow Chanel ambassador Kristen Stewart, Lily says she’s never felt more independent, and she’s looking forward to this typically tumultuous decade with optimism and creative ambition. Captured in raw, real form by friend and collaborator Luke Gilford, Lily Rose’s last editorial as a teen is sure to define this enigmatic Hollywood scion for decades to come. Elsewhere in the issue, we go “Radio Ga Ga” for Rami Malek and get an inside look at Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria. Paloma Elsesser and Ashley Graham give “cheek-to-cheek” a whole new meaning, and haute couture and Cruise 2019 light up the winter season. On the cusp of a new year, it’s time to party like it’s 1999 – or 2099. You can check the photoshoot in our gallery and the interview below:
KRISTEN STEWART: I saw the pictures. They look really nice and honest.
LILY-ROSE DEPP: Oh, thank you. That’s actually what Luke and I were going for. Luke is a really good friend of mine and has been for years. It’s nice being able to work with people like that—like doing this interview with you—someone that I know. Luke knows me so well and I’ve shot with him before, just by ourselves.
KS: It’s a gift that’s usually not given, being able to fully share your truth. And actors are desperate for that.
LRD: The first shoot I ever did with Luke was very simple because we were just shooting for fun. I did my own hair and makeup and we just pulled clothes from my closet and my mom’s closet.
KS: By the way, the entire world listens to that and literally goes, screw you. [Lily-Rose laughs.] Because we all go through our mom’s closet, but like, yours is definitely a different story.
LRD: Yeah, it’s definitely not the same vibe as everybody’s mom. I definitely am lucky because my mom has kept all of her old shit from when she was younger. So it’s like a gold mine in there. But we just did it so simply. It was literally just us picking stuff out and just taking pictures. You can tell that when I’m looking into his lens, it’s like I’m looking into my friend’s eyes.
KS: It’s dope that you’re already able to work with people who allow you to do that. It took me years to be able to gure out exactly how to own my voice and not feel nervous about it or like I was providing answers to questions that I didn’t really have answers for. And then all of a sudden I’m saying something I don’t mean.
LRD: I am really shy when it comes down to it, which is why I love acting so much. It allows me to get out of my own head. I have a way easier time acting like someone else than acting like myself.
KS: What have you been doing? What’s feeding you right now?
LRD: Well right now I’m preparing for this role I’m going to be playing next year. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say what it is yet, but it’s something that requires a lot of research and preparation. I’m just getting a head start on the research process and really enjoying it. And I just shot this Netflix movie called The King earlier this summer. I play a French princess with a French accent, so that was really fun. I recently went to TIFF with Louis Garrel’s movie.
KS: Wow. How does it feel to work with someone like that? Because that blows my fucking head off.
LRD: We started rehearsing months before because it was really particular shooting certain things. We shot really fast and on film, like on 35 millimeter. We kind of had to know the shape that each scene was going to take before we even got there.
KS: Yeah and he’s also the son of a brilliant director. It’s kind of in both of your breeding. It’s trippy.
LRD: For sure. And I think that he has great respect for his father who is a great director. And I have so much respect for both of myparents as well. It’s definitely something that we were able to level with each other about.
KS: That’s cool. Dope. Where are you living right now? I know you’re in Paris right now, but is that where you’re based?
LRD: I’m based in L.A., but I kind of feel like I’m based in both places. I definitely feel like I get more done in Paris. I also like walking, and being able to walk around my neighborhood.
KS: Yeah, with L.A., you’re just kind of floating around. Whereas in New York… you hear [the city] all the time. So you’re like, I should be engaging with that.
LRD: It’s funny you should bring up New York, because I’m staying in New York for a few months this fall. I feel like with every change like that, you grow so much. And I feel like this year I’ve done a lot of growing and become more independent. So I think that will be good for me.
KS: That will be so much fun. The first time I stayed in New York for an extended period of time was on a movie and… This is going to sound super irresponsible, but I didn’t sleep there that much because I was so excited to be there.
LRD: I have a good feeling about it. It goes with my trying to be more independent. I feel like I’ve come into my own a lot as a woman this year so I feel like it’s going to help me continue on that road.
KS: Wow, that’s good. That’s a nice thing to be able to fully say. [That’s] fucking amazing. What about Chanel stuff? I literally remember seeing you in a makeup room and you must’ve been 14 or 15 and I was like, “She looks fucking cool. I want to be friends with her.”
LRD: I did my first campaign for them when I was 15, which was crazy. I remember when they told me, I thought I was dreaming. For a 15-year-old girl to be told that, I was just so excited and just couldn’t believe that they wanted me. Karl [Lagerfeld] and I actually met when I was like eight, with my mom. He’s so sweet. It really is rare to find someone like that who is such an icon in so many ways, and has been for so long, but who is just such a genuinely sweet and welcoming person. We will send each other pictures of our cats.
KS: That’s so sweet! Yeah, not to be a weirdo, but you meet the very best and the very worst type of people in fashion. Like literally, the worst, mean, nasty, just like crawling and climbing up, awful people. And then you meet the most creative, wild, just completely unique individuals.
LRD: I also think the way that fashion ties into cinema is really interesting. To me, the hair and makeup and costume of a character are so crucial to me.
KS: Totally. I kind of hate when people ask me this in interviews, but I also feel like it’s an interesting question: What is your favorite movie?
LRD: It’s okay, I get it all the time. I feel like I grew up watching so many old French movies. I grew up watching so many Louis de Funès movies. La Boum, which I love. Nobody’s gonna know what that is. It’s this old French movie. And then Peau d’âne with Catherine Deneuve is one of my favorite movies ever. It’s iconic.
KS: You’ll have to forgive me because you’re all French and shit. [Laughs.] What’s the English title?
LRD: I actually don’t know…I’m going to look it up right now. I wonder if it’s called Donkey Skin? Probably not. That’s not a very nice title. But that’s one of my favorites. Catherine Deneuve plays this amazing, magical princess and then she puts on a donkey carcass and runs away into the forest.
KS: Honestly, it’s pretty cool that you grew up with that. You know, most people don’t have a real reason to start watching French films and foreign films at such a young age. It’s very cool that you started so little. You’re lucky for that.
LRD: Don’t think that I didn’t watch Twilight when I was younger, too! I was a huge fan. You’re not gonna escape it.
KS: [Laughs.] Oh my god, that’s so funny. So what the fuck else? Do you read a lot?
LRD: I do. I read a lot. I’ve been obsessed with Haruki Murakami for years. He’s my favorite author. I’m reading The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll right now, which I’m really enjoying. My little brother actually, who’s 16, is reading constantly. This summer, we were on vacation and he’s like, “Oh, have you read Bukowski? I’m loving this book.”
KS: That’s so cool and so cute. By the way you should definitely read Bukowski, he’s my fuckin’ boy. He’s one of my all-time favorites. Would you ever want to make a movie? Are you interested in directing at all?
LRD: I don’t know. I would never say never. Maybe later in life. Would you want to direct a movie?
KS: Yeah, yeah totally. I’m really reaching towards that right now. Let me just tell you all about it. [Laughs.] I feel so self-conscious talking about myself in your interview. But I’m adapting a memoir right now. I’ll text you about it. You should read it.
LRD: I would love to. That’s awesome that you’re doing that. Certain books really pull you in and really take hold of your imagination. And it’s like creating your own movie in your head, which is something I love about reading.
KS: I only started reading off my phone out of necessity, like if I’m on a movie or something and don’t have a book. I also just got super crazy addicted to podcasts.
LRD: I just listened to this podcast that compares the lives of Jane Fonda and Jean Seberg who are two people that I find so interesting. And I was just walking on the treadmill for half an hour, just learning all of this new information.
KS: Dude, I can’t believe you just said that. I just played Jean Sebergin a film I wrapped like two weeks ago, about her affiliation with the Black Panthers and the FBI take[down]. That’s so random.
LRD: Oh my god, that is incredible! That’s such a sick role. I can’t wait to see it.
KS: Wow, what a trip. Yeah, it actually was…fucking…It was a lot. Oh man. More to talk about.
Source: V Magazine!
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