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Elle Fanning: Is This the Face of a Future Oscar Winner?

July 25, 2011

Elle Fanning is the teenage dream. Willowy, bright-blonde and golden-skinned, she’s a luminous film star – actually, the best of her generation, an Oscar-winner in the making – a muse to fashion designers and first pick for the school volleyball team. This summer, when she stars in Super 8, JJ Abrams’s Seventies-set juggernaut of a family film, she’s going to become really famous. With her first appearance in the movie, casually rolling up a small-town street behind the wheel of her father’s muscle car, you hear the sound of a million adolescent boys’ hearts breaking.

Fanning has what Abrams calls an “other-speciesness”: an almost eerie understanding of how to play a character. “Only an actress of some supernatural life experience,” says Abrams, “that Elle for some miraculous reason possesses, could pull off that kind of stuff.”  Read More