Intro for October 16, 2015
A “divine child”. This is how they refer to Lily-Rose Depp in a new profile about how she’s the new “It”. Lily-Rose was born to inherit Chanel. She’s fronting a Chanel campaign now. And, of course, she’s acting. As she tells i-D:
"For now, what I like most is making films. I'm a Gemini, very spontaneous. For now, I'm having fun doing it, we'll see what happens later."
For some reason though, they ask her about the spotlight, um, as if it would be something she’d run from. Like they weren’t talking to her backstage at a fashion show but rather had just cornered her in a small university town where she’s studying to be an accountant. What is the point of wondering if the spotlight is a pain in the ass when the person asked to be standing in the spotlight? I guess just to hear her answer that she actually didn’t ask for it:
"I grew up with the media circus. My whole life. My parents were very calm about the photographers, the fans, and all that. But I understood right away that I hadn't done anything to deserve that attention. No matter what happens, it will be there. I didn't choose it. You just can't take that too seriously. You need to live your life. And stay calm."
Reading this article, it reminded me of what Fran Lebowitz once said about the children of celebrities. It was during a larger discussion about race and privilege and she was comparing the experience of being born to someone famous to the advantage of being white. So every time some kid of a famous person claims they have to work just as hard or harder, I think about Fran’s words:
“It is now common -- and I use the word "common" in its every sense -- to see interviews with up-and-coming young movie stars whose parents or even grandparents were themselves movie stars. And when the interviewer asks, "Did you find it an advantage to be the child of a major motion-picture star?" the answer is invariably "Well, it gets you in the door, but after that you've got to perform, you're on your own." This is ludicrous. Getting in the door is pretty much the entire game, especially in movie acting, which is, after all, hardly a profession notable for its rigor. Additionally, children of movie stars, like white people, have at -- or actually in -- their fingertips an advantage that is genetic. Because they are literally the progeny of movie stars they look specifically like the movie stars who have preceded them, their parents; they don't have to convince us that they can be movie stars. We take them instantly at face value. Full face value. They look like their parents, whom we already know to be movie stars.”
Lily-Rose isn’t claiming (yet) that she’s got more to do beyond the door, but the answer to the “we’ll see what happens later” comment about her career beyond acting is…well… ANYTHING can happen later. This is why you’re so calm.
Have a great weekend!
Yours in gossip,