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.
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].” Continue reading
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