Juno Temple has arrived, and it’s becoming impossible not to notice.
The 24-year-old British actress has appeared in 19 movies in the last four years, and while she says no one really ever recognizes — or, at least approaches — her in public, it can only be a matter of time before that anonymity is but a fond memory. The volume of her work alone should soon lead to the “celebrity spotting” tipping point.
With films like Killer Joe, Lovelace, Afternoon Delight, and Toronto International Film Festival selection Horns, she’s continuously played the alluring, slightly wild young woman who might make your conservative family trade nervous glances and gulp extra wine should you bring her home for dinner. If you’re casting for the girl next door who introduces a teenage kid to pot and The Velvet Underground, look no further.
And as the oldest child of filmmaker and music video director Julien Temple, it’s no surprise Temple has so often found herself in the role of the rebel, a theme that prevailed in her charmed, free-spirited, odd, and sort of dreamy childhood.
“The only time me and dad really had a fight was when I started getting into some bad ’80s electro that I’d put on repeat for a while,” Temple said, sheepishly admitting that she “went through a Gary Numan phase” in her younger, more vulnerable years.
“When you put that one song, ‘Friends Electric,’ on repeat…” she continued, sidetracking momentarily to mimic the cold, ringing pulses of the influential 1979 hit. “[Dad] was like, ‘You’ve got to change it up a little. You’ve got to throw some Kinks on every once in a while, just one Stones song, and then you can play it again! I’d be cool with that!’”