In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Hollywood legend Dame Helen Mirren mentioned that Helena was in fact her style icon. Read the quote below!
Who is your style icon?
Helena Bonham Carter. I love her individuality and her personality. She has been totally consistent in her eccentricity and creativity in terms of clothing, and I think that’s the right way to approach dressing. I’m not saying Helena doesn’t look beautiful; she does. But looking beautiful is not the be-all and end-all of the whole process with her – being interesting, looking fun and comfortable are more important.
Helena Bonham Carter suffered from a lack of self-confidence when she was a young woman. The actress is loved for her eccentric style and often indulges fans with wacky outfits on the red carpet.
At 48, she’s finally learnt to accept who she is.
“When I was a young woman I had no self-confidence,” she admitted to German magazine Brigitte. “But I just can’t be bothered to worry about what people think. Life is too short. For no money in the world would I want to be young again.”
Helena has no interest in conforming to the Hollywood ideal of super-slim actresses. Instead, she’s happy to embrace her looks.
“I like to eat, that’s why I have curves, and it’s also benefited my face,” she said. “I think it’s sad that our lives are dictated by someone saying: ‘You can’t eat this or that if you want your body to conform to someone’s ideal.’ It means food becomes associated with guilt, but really it should be a source of pleasure.”
Helena might feel comfortable in her own skin, but she still doesn’t like watching herself on screen. The only exception is 2001’s Planet of the Apes, in which she plays primate Ari.
“In that film, my face disappears behind an ape mask and doesn’t distract me,” she explained.
Last month, Helena stepped out in London, looking gothic glam in a black lace dress with dark red lipstick. She has previously admitted she doesn’t always hit the nail on the head with her looks.
“Sometimes I see the end product and think, ‘Jesus, that’s not what I meant at all,'” she laughed in an interview with Style magazine.
Source: Belfast Telegraph
“Sometimes acting is like inviting a new lodger in and she was definitely the most fun to have around. I miss her. And the diamonds.” – Helena Bonham Carter, nominated for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor
According to Yahoo News, Helena Bonham Carter is “addicted” to Candy Crush Saga.
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet actress tries to limit the access her children Billy, 10, and Nell, 6, have to gaming devices, but feels a bit hypocritical because she plays the sweet-swapping game whenever she can.
She said: “The challenge is to find something we all like doing and to get the children away from the screens, like iPads. Although I can’t be too strict as I’m a bit addicted to Candy Crush.”
When they’re not playing computer games, Helena says her family love to get creative together, with her partner Tim Burton being a gifted artist.
She added: “Like anyone else we need to eat, run a household, but we’re good at games and making things. Tim is good at drawing and painting, that’s the one thing we like to do together, drawing and painting and making things.”
And the brunette beauty is fascinated by her kids’ imaginations.
She added to Britain’s HELLO! magazine: “Pretty much every child is born with imagination. I love my children and their unique perspective. A kid’s take on things is totally original, until it gets stamped out of them by school and the rest of us. The need to conform is pretty endemic in society.”
Helena Bonham Carter is worried she’s doing “badly” at parenting, says Contact Music.
The 48-year-old actress admits finds it difficult juggling her career with caring for Billy, 10, and Nell, six – her children with partner Tim Burton – and she is often left feeling she isn’t doing anything as well as she could.
She told HELLO! magazine: “Juggling motherhood with acting is hard and I’m always dropping balls all the time. You always feel you’re doing everything badly.”
“Tim’s taking time out now and I think I’ll do the same. We’re trying to be parents, which is harder than anything else.”
Helena knows she is in a ‘lucky’ position with her career, but admits her busy schedule leaves her exhausted. She explained: “The multi-tasking is tiring. I’m not saying it’s a big deal, not if you enjoy your work, and I’m lucky enough to make a living from something I love, but there’s always something.”
Despite the actress’ mother Elena suffering a breakdown when Helena was five, and her father Raymond left paralysed and partially-blind after surgery for a brain tumour seven years later, the Alice in Wonderland star insists she had a perfect childhood and hopes to be as good a parent as her own.
She said: “I had a very, very happy upbringing. I hope I can be half as good a parent to my children as they have been to me. And I know Tim is a great father.”
Helena Bonham Carter is at the opening of Universal Orlando’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley to talk MTV about being bad. But for her upcoming role as The Fairy Godmother in Disney’s live-action re-imagining of Cinderella, she’s channeling something completely different than the Harry Potter movie’s evil second-in-command, Bellatrix Lestrange.
“Yeah, she’s good!” Carter said, laughing, as she told MTV News about the Cinderella role. “She has a wand, she has teeth, but they’re perfect.”
Carter is well known for her out there — and in recent years, evil — characters like Lestrange, which she played over four Harry Potter movies, as well for scenes filmed for the new ride Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts, which opens on July 8. But when she graces screens in 2015, it’s for a part about as far from Lestrange as you can get.
Still, according to Carter, being pure good doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges.
“It’s an icon, it’s a tricky one because a fairy godmother, everyone has an idea of a fairy godmother,” Carter continued, as she sat right outside a replica of the Harry Potter films’ evil Knockturn Alley. “And also it’s kind of difficult to believe yourself as a fairy godmother, because it’s like a myth. You try and reinvent it, try to really believe having the thought of turning a pumpkin [into a carriage].”
E! News presenter Kristin Dos Santos recently caught up with Helena at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and received a little tour around Harry Potter‘s wizarding bank, Gringotts. Helena touches upon some of her favourite moments in the films, her children’s opinions on the films and whether she’s open to appearing in the upcoming prequel films.
A little clip from Helena’s currently released film, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet has been released online. Entitled “Insects”, the clip is focused on Helena’s character Dr. Clair.
Cinema lovers across the Square Mile could be in for a shock when they watch Suffragette, the blockbuster about the women’s rights movement of the late 19th and 20th century that is to be released in January.
As well as Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst, the movie will feature Helena Bonham Carter and her brother Edward — who stepped down in March as boss of Jupiter Asset Management. City Spy understands he will make a cameo appearance as his great-grandfather Herbert Asquith, Liberal prime minister from 1908-16.
The role, which may still end up on the cutting floor, is non-speaking as Edward does not have an Equity card. He had to dye his hair grey for his day of filming in April, causing some amusement in the Jupiter offices, where he still works four days a week as vice chairman.
Thankfully, not all Asquith’s traits have been passed down to his great grandson — the Yorkshireman was a famous opponent of women’s suffrage. Jupiter is a member of the 30% Club investor group, which seeks diversity on corporate boards.
Helena looked gorgeous whilst attending the opening of the Diagon Alley theme park at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, yesterday. We have added 19 images of her at the event to the gallery, you view them by the thumbnails below!