Many of you will have seen the recent candid photographs of Helena out and about in New York (sporting newly blonde hair with what looks like a pinkish tint), but if you haven’t…Helena is currently in New York! And the reason she’s in New York is because filming for Ocean’s Eight has begun. Hopefully we’ll get some more details about Helena’s role soon!
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.
I have uploaded some scans of a 1986 issue of Life magazine. As with all the magazine scans on this site, please do not remove the credit and/or upload these anywhere else; these magazines are from my personal collection of vintage magazines.
I’m having another rummage through my extensive magazine collection, and uploading scans to the gallery! Most of today’s new additions are recent press articles for Love, Nina (see below), but there’s also a vintage gem from 1986 in there!
I have officially entered the 21st century. I apologize in advance for my slow learning curve. I have yet to discern Twitter’s purpose.
— Helena Bonham Carter (@H_BonhamCarter) August 7, 2016
Helena’s PA, Donna Coulling, has said that the account is fake:
— Donna Coulling (@DCPAGirl) August 7, 2016
Eagle-eyed visitors will have noticed that there’s a new link on our menu that takes you to our Press Archive. While it is, at present, looking a little sparse, our aim is to gather as many articles and interviews as possible spanning Helena’s thirty-year career.
Jezebel reports that Helena is set to star in a new television mini-series based on Jami Attenberg‘s novel, Saint Mazie. Interestingly, Helena will also be producing the series, along with Suffragette producer, Faye Ward.
Helena will play Mazie Gordon-Phillips, who Attenberg described as a “deeply flawed, self-indulgent, extremely boozy” woman who had “quite a mouth on her.”
In a statement to Deadline, Faye Ward said:
“Our story unveils a woman in the middle of her life, a local legend who lifted the spirit of a community and yet barely moved beyond the perimeter of two square miles. She was in love with the streets and the people, she saw beauty in the dirt. It is exciting to think of Helena on screen oozing the spirit of this courageous woman. [Writer Clara Brennan’s] witty and political voice is perfect for Mazie and her world.”
Exciting news! Helena has reportedly been cast in an all-female spin-off of Ocean’s Eleven. Sandra Bullock is will be taking on the lead role as the sister of Danny Ocean, while Helena’s Cinderella co-star, Cate Blanchett will play the second lead akin to Brad Pitt’s character, Rusty. George Clooney, who played the role of Danny Ocean in the original films, is set to be a producer on the new film, which has a working title of Ocean’s Ocho. Star of The Mindy Project, Mindy Kaling and The Hunger Games actress, Elizabeth Banks have also signed up, while Jennifer Lawrence is rumored to be interested in the project.
The Hunger Games director, Gary Ross will be teaming up with the original director of Ocean’s Eleven, Steven Soderbergh. Continuing the female lead, Olivia Milch is credited at a writer on the film’s IMDb page. According to The Independent, the film’s premise will see the all-female collective team up in order to steal a necklace from the Met Ball so they can frame a villainous gallery owner.