As Juno Temple and I sit outside at Los Angeles’ Burbank studios to discuss her role in Disney’s Maleficent, a crow swoops down like a dark shadow over us and lands, menacingly, on our table, its black iridescent wings outstretched. In the Californian sunshine, this aerial assault is so timely, it’s as if the studio has engineered it for us. “It’s Maleficent!” Temple cries, her eyes widening in cartoon-style, “Like Angelina Jolie is present.”
The 24-year-old British actress stars as the young fairy Thistletwit, alongside a winged and horned Jolie, in the revisionist tale about the Mistress of All Evil from Disney’s original 1959 Sleeping Beauty. Whether you think the film, directed by special effects guru Robert Stromberg, is a triumph or something slightly short of that, the casting is spot on. Jolie is a dead ringer for the dark queen, even without visual enhancements; and the mental leap from Temple, tiny and ethereal in a dinky lilac vintage dress before me, to a bonkers, teenage pixie is small. She’s like a sprite in beaten-up biker boots; and she says she feels an affinity to fairies too. “I had this imaginary world where fairies were my friends. If you told six year-old Juno that she’d one day play a Disney fairy, she’d totally freak out,” she enthuses at an alarming speed, her Somerset-bred accent now submerged in thick, twangy Los Angelino (she has been a city resident since 2008). Her vocal pitch and perpetual sense of wonder could still be mistaken for a six-year old’s. “I still have one foot in that magical world. I never want to lose that.”
Yesterday was the world premiere for Juno’s Disney film Maleficent, and she hit the red carpet looking amazing in a suit! I’ve added 21 HQ pictures have been added to the gallery so far, with hopefully some more on the way.
Update: An additional 53 HQ pictures have now been added!
Public Appearances > 2014 > May 28 | “Maleficent” World Premiere
The first official clip from Maleficent has just been released online, and we get a quick glimpse of Juno as Thistletwit. Watch it in full below:
The feature adaptation of Joe Hill’s Horns made its festival debut at Toronto last year, and we know the U.S. rights were picked up not long after, but we’re still waiting for word on when we’ll see Daniel Radcliffe and his horns on the big screen. While there’s still no official word of that yet, stateside, the UK release for the film has been set for October 31, and word is, we might expect a similar timeframe for the U.S. release.
Nerdist caught the Tweet announcing the October 31 release date for Horns in the U.K., after which author Joe Hill followed up with his own Tweets on the subject of the U.S. release, indicating that we might expect it to arrive in theaters “roughly the same time”…
Directed by Alexandre Aja and based on Hill’s novel, the story centers on Radcliffe’s Ig Perrish, a guy who wakes up one day — a year after his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) was murdered — to find he’s sprouted a set of horns, which give him the power to cajole people’s darkest confessions and desires to him. He eventually seeks to use this dark gift to uncover the truth about Merrin’s death, which most people think he’s responsible for.
Juno Temple and Jesse Plemons are in talks to join Black Mass, the Johnny Depp-starring Whitey Bulger biopic.
The true-crime thriller from Warner Bros. and Cross Creek Pictures will star Depp as the South Boston criminal mastermind, who was sentenced in November to two consecutive life terms plus five years after being found guilty on 31 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion and weapons charges (including his role in 19 murders).
Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper is directing the project, while Joel Edgerton will play FBI agent John Connolly, and Guy Pearce will play Whitey’s brother Bill Bulger. Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson is currently in talks to join the drama.
The film is loosely based on the New York Times best-seller Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, written by Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.
Temple will play Deborah Hussey, a prostitute and the stepdaughter of Flemmi (Whitey’s trusted lieutenant), who threatens to expose Whitey’s crimes. Plemons will play Kevin Weeks, a blue-collar tough guy who is part of Whitey’s inner circle.
I’ve just added a gorgeous photoshoot that Juno did recently for The Edit‘s March issue. Enjoy!
Photoshoots & Portraits > Session 066
She takes all her clothes off (artfully so, and certainly not for the first time) in Afternoon Delight, the first of a veritable barrage of Temple this spring/summer. Directed by Jill Soloway, best known as the TV producer behind Six Feet Under and United States of Tara, the female-centric cautionary tale for both sexes won the Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance last year. It revolves around Temple’s character, McKenna, who ponders trading her life as a stripper (and the rest) for one as a semi-respectable pseudo-nanny for Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and her wealthy family.
“From the beginning the excitement was reading this incredibly brave story about women, coming from the mind of such a smart, sexy, powerful, intelligent woman as Jill. Having a conductor like her was such a blessing.” One of her most intimate scenes, in which McKenna gives Rachel a lapdance, was filmed “pretty early on and I was beyond nervous”, says Temple. “But Kathryn is literally one of my favourite women in the entire universe. If I’d fallen flat on my face she’d have been there to cuddle me.”
Far from falling flat on her face, Temple has not put a foot wrong since she committed (for now anyway) to a life in Los Angeles, far from the madding crowd of upper-class girls on her early résumé. She lived in LA until she was four and then grew up in a 16th-century house in Somerset, attending weekly boarding school in Taunton and later, Bedales in Hampshire for her A levels in textiles and drama. She has appeared in both St Trinian‘s remakes and the boarding school drama Cracks, and recently filmed a new version of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, opposite Carey Mulligan. These days, though, she is more likely to be found in an LA indie production than a period drama. “I love independent films and, based out of LA, you get sent so many great scripts. There might be no money but like this one, they can turn out to be such a delight.”
A Japanese trailer for Maleficent has been released online, and gives us our first proper look of Juno as Thistletwit. Check it out in full below: