Helena was recently interviewed by Architectural Digest about Howards End, Alice in Wonderland, and her home.
Has a house ever stirred up so much drama as the one in Howards End? (Downton Abbey notwithstanding.) The wealthy Wilcox family’s stately English countryside cottage—as depicted in the Academy Award–winning 1992 Merchant Ivory film and the 1910 E. M. Forster novel on which it was based—is, understandably, the object of everyone’s desire. But there’s more at play in Howards End than mere aesthetics: The question of who will inherit the house becomes a commentary on Britain’s evolving class system. The newly restored film, which is being rereleased in New York today (and in Los Angeles on September 2), is also just plain gorgeous to behold. Helena Bonham Carter’s performance as bohemian sister Helen Schlegel is equally admirable. AD spoke with the actress—who called in from a park bench in England—about everything from her memories of making the movie to her own fantastical home. Here’s what she had to say.
Does the movie still resonate with you today? I think it’s a classic. The definition of a classic is that it has something to say in every age. There are things that don’t change in humanity—the lack of tolerance, the class disparity—so the central messages remain true. Of course, the one thing that makes it connect, and that is so fundamental to remember, is that despite any divide, we’re all so fundamentally similar. I should read the book again.
Continue reading the interview over at our press archive.
Helena was interviewed by Josh Rottenberg for Los Angeles Times about Through the Looking Glass, in cinemas from tomorrow! Photographed by Brian van der Brug.
Helena Bonham Carter has never been afraid to let her freak flag fly, either on-screen or off. In Disney’s return trip to Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical Wonderland, “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” opening Friday, the two-time Oscar nominee reprises her role as the bombastic, egomaniacal Red Queen, who tries to thwart Alice (Mia Wasikowska) as she travels back in time to try to save Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter.
On a recent afternoon in Los Angeles, we spoke to Bonham Carter about standing apart in homogenized Hollywood, working with frequent collaborator and longtime partner Tim Burton, from whom she separated in 2014, turning 50 and scaring small children.
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.