IN 2009, SINCERITY WON OUT OVER STAR POWER, AND THESE ACTRESSES USHERED IN THE AGE OF THE NUANCED, SENSITIVE STARLET. HERE, THEY TALK ABOUT THEIR STANDOUT ROLES AS NAZI DESERTERS, SCI-FI HEROINES, AND PATIENT TEACHERS IN THE FILMS OF THE YEAR
Photography Paul Jasmin
Text as told to Jonathan Shia
Up in the Air
“It’s incredibly rare to find a role that’s this juicy written for a young woman. For the most part, girls my age in movies exist to fall in love with a guy who’s on a journey and she’s just sort of something that happens along the way. Here I get to have my own journey and my own problems and I fall apart and have to pick the pieces back up and it has nothing to do with the fact that she’s young and female. She just happens to be young and female.
I certainly never seriously considered a corporate lifestyle, but especially for women, I think that it feels as though that’s the final place where you need to prove yourself and if you can conquer that world, then you’ve sort of managed to conquer the fact that you were born a woman. I think if I didn’t have certain emotional outlets, particularly acting, I could have ended up more like Natalie. I can see how frustrated she is by being a woman and not being taken seriously and what that makes her do and the way that makes her behave.
I’m drawn to characters who are more outspoken and more independent than I am in life. They give me a chance to say all the things I wish I could say in my real life that I don’t. They let me exercise a part of myself that I don’t on a daily basis.”
Top Chloé by Hanna MacGibbon
Styling Jessica de Ruiter