On Oct. 10, yeahstub.com had the opportunity to interview “Young Ones” star Elle Fanning. The Screen Media release is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet. The film focuses on Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) who lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee) and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. Read our exclusive interview below:
How was it being in the hot setting?
Elle Fanning: I think it got up to like 118 degrees one day. It was very hot. I mean we had to just kind of deal, but it was lots of water, which was ironic. Just being in that environment I think helped a lot with the characters, too because we are supposed to be dirty and hot, and then we kind of were covered in sand and stuff, so It definitely helped. I loved where we filmed, I thought it was a very unusual place, but was cool.
So after filming were you like I can’t wait to get in the air conditioning?
Elle Fanning: A little, but we stayed in houses. They didn’t have a hotel or anything, but we stayed in a house and we had air conditioning and a shower, and so you would go to wash it off. Springbok is 6 hours outside of Capetown, then from there was another 2 hours we had to drive to where the set was everyday.
Did you hang out with the cast?
Elle Fanning: We hung out a lot. We had dinner every single night together, we had family dinners, that was our thing. I also found a really good friend there, she was my neighbor in the house. She was my age, and so we hung out a lot. She brought me to her school she wanted to show me what it was like. Mandy we still talk.
Were the kids excited to meet you?
Elle Fanning: They thought it was really cool that I lived in Hollywood, and they wanted to know all about Hollywood. So that was the thing.
What do you think the future will be like?
Elle Fanning: Hopefully not like this, hopefully we still have water in it. Hopefully it’s more of a “techy” future instead of sad.
Speak about working with director Jake Paltrow.
Elle Fanning: I love Jake, I’ve known him a long time kind of through this movie because I knew about it about 3 years ago actually. He’s just amazing, he’s so into the details of things. We would talk about the certain color of nail polish forever, it had to be the right shade. I’m very much like that, I’m very meticulous, and I think the details make a movie special, and he definitely paid attention to them.
Tell us about your character’s emotional journey.
Elle Fanning: She’s a little crazy, definitely very emotional, and a helpless romantic. She knew what life was like before the drought, so I think it’s hard for her living without any water, so she tries to grab on to whatever she can which is Flem, so she’s like addicted to him, love obsessed.
Your character Mary is pregnant in the film.
Elle Fanning: It’s funny because Jake’s wife, she was pregnant at the time. So it was kind of nice, she would give me some pointers as her actual stomach was growing, my prosthetic was. So she would be like this aches here. It helped me a lot, but when you read the script, Mary is supposed to be young and that’s a key point to it, that’s why her dad disapproves of their relationship. It was a point in the film … I obviously don’t know what it feels like, but when you’re little … at least I did when I was really little, I stuffed pillows and pretended to be pregnant. It was a fun thing to do. Me and my sister would do that all the time.
The cast attended a special screening of the film this week at Landmark Sunshine and a party followed at Sons Of Essex. “Young Ones” opens in theaters Oct. 17.