The First Actresses: Interview

Helena was interviewed as part of the National Portrait Gallery’s The First Actresses exhibition, where a number of actresses including Emma Thompson and Helena herself have spoken about why they became actresses in the first place, and the people who inspire them and the challenges they face.  I found this a very interesting and insightful short interview, and quite inspirational! Helena is a very thoughtful, intelligent woman and I’m sure you’ll all agree that she makes an important point about how views have changed, in particular attitudes towards women and their appearance.

When did you decide that you would like to become an actress?

I remember wanting to become an actress since about five years old. I blame a lot of it on an actress friend called Lisa Harrow who swept into our lives about then. She seemed impossibly glamorous and beautiful and both my brothers and father had massive crushes on her. I remember thinking whatever she is doing she has got it right. I still wonder today if Lisa had been a plumber, my life would have taken a different turn. Later on, when I was thirteen my father became dreadfully ill and it was then that I looked up theatrical agents in the yellow pages and phoned one up and got on her books. It might have been a curious reaction to have when your father was critically ill in intensive care, but looking back with the long, birdseye view that time can give, I can see it made perfect sense: I did it in attempt to escape and create my own reality, which is what acting can be – a loss of yourself into somebody else. A holiday from myself. What I can’t get over is that I have been paid very good money taking all these holidays.

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Helena to star in Akira?

With the Jaume Collet-Sera helmed US remake of Akira now officially green lit the talk now turns to casting the beast. Word began to circulate late last week that Tron: Legacy star Garret Hedlund is in talks to play Kaneda and while Twitch is indeed hearing those talks are ongoing – albeit in the early stages – there are two other parts that are much more advanced.

Twitch has learned that Gary Oldman has been offered the role of Colonel while Helena Bonham Carter has been offered Lady Miyako.

We must bare in mind that they have only been offered the roles, and they haven’t been officially accepted.

Source: Twitch Film

Helena at the National Portrait Gallery

First of all, I’m terribly sorry for being so slow lately! I’ve had a lot on with revision and trying to find a job, and I’m also trying to update the whole site and run it on my own while Jamie is busy at uni – I’ve got candids waiting to be uploaded, over 1,000 screencaps half-sorted, and I’ve still not sorted out my massive Helena folder! I’ll get there in the end…

Anyways – Helena lives! We finally have new pictures of Helena attending a private viewing at the National Portrait Gallery with her mother, Elena. Thank you to Lindsay and Helena Source for posting/sending the pictures. In case you are wondering, the woman posing with Helena is actress Zoë Wanamaker, who played Madame Hooch in the first Harry Potter movie.

Harry Potter Comptetition Winner!

Congratulations to Sarah McBain, who was the lucky winner of our Harry Potter-themed competition, courtesy of BuyHarryPotterCostumes.com! The correct answer was B, Hermione Granger; both Bellatrix and Hermione’s wands share a dragon heartstring core and, interestingly, it is Hermione who ends up using Bella’s wand in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, while Ron uses the wand of Peter Pettigrew, which also has a dragon heartstring core.

A Salute to Helena Bonham Carter, Woman of 2011

Apologies for not posting about this sooner, I just totally forgot, but I’m sure you all know anyway! Helena of course won Woman of the Year, 2011, beating the fantastic JK Rowling. You can view BBC America’s salute to Helena in photos here.

She’s been a critics’ darling and a fashion fascination for three decades. And now actress Helena Bonham Carter, 45, is the very first winner of the Anglo Fan Favorites women’s tournament, pulling out a 55-45 percent victory over Harry Potter novelist JK Rowling. Dame Maggie Smith, the 76-year-old recent Emmy winner for Downton Abbey, overwhelmed 21-year-old Emma Watson 68-32 percent in the third-place matchup.

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Where I Go

Now on the verge of receiving BAFTA’s Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year, Helena Bonham Carter first made Florentine getaways fashionable as a girl of 18, when she starred in the Oscar-winning A Room with a View—all about the life-changing potential of a Tuscan adventure. She never could quit those trips—herewith, her favorite foods, shops, and pastimes in beloved Firenze.

To get away from it all, I go to … Florence, Italy.

My favorite way to travel there is … Car, plane, car. Not long, and always worth it.

My favorite place to stay is … In a house my great-grandmother bought just after the Second World War, that she left for all her descendants to enjoy. I go because it’s a pocket of paradise, and it’s a place in the world that unfailingly fills one with bliss.

My ideal travel companions are … My children, who love eating the tomatoes out of the earth, and my boyfriend, [Tim Burton,] who loves painting on Uncle Frank’s balcony. My mother, who loves reading in the cool of the bedrooms, and my brothers and their families, who all love the pasta.

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Till Human Voices Wake Us

I’ve added 608 medium quality caps of Helena as Ruby in Till Human Voices Wake Us. It doesn’t get a lot of recognition, but I actually quite enjoyed this film and Helena’s accent was awesome – took a little getting used to, but it was brilliant. Be aware that the caps may contain spoilers if you have not seen the film (though to be honest they’re not very spoiler-y). Anyways, enjoy!

Gallery Update

I have decided it is about time I tackled my ‘Helena’ folder as it has become quite messy and unorganised lately. I’ve added a few film stills of various quality, but I’d like to draw your attention to the pictures from La Maschera! They are medium quality and tagged, but its barely noticeable and I think they are great regardless! Enjoy.


 

Helena vs. JK Rowling

Helena is up against the legendary JK Rowling in the final round of the Anglo Fan Favourites: Woman of the Year. As it stands, Helena is in the lead with 55% of the votes, but it’s a painful decision between the two woman as both are equally magnificent!

Once again, here we are on Center Court. Two strong competitors have survived the test of four weeks and thousands of votes. Either contender will wear the name “champion” with honor and dignity. But only one will be the Anglo Fan Favorite of 2011.

In the near court, we have JK Rowling. The world’s first billionaire novelist, an industry unto herself. A woman whose new releases inspired millions of loyal followers to queue up along cold streets at midnight… for a book. A woman whose rags-to-riches story is as compelling as her fiction.

In the far court, you have Helena Bonham Carter, a one-time costume drama ingenue who aged into one of movie’s most charming eccentrics. An actress of astonishing range, who, in one year (2010), played the campy Bellatrix Lestrange, the terrifying Red Queen, and the reserved, acerbic Queen Mum (opposite men’s runner-up Colin Firth). A BAFTA winner and two-time Oscar nominee.

Voting ends tomorrow, 6th October.