GARDEN PARTY: So many bold-faced names turned out for the Dior couture show in Paris that it felt at times like an awards ceremony. Guests included Laetitia Casta, Carole Bouquet, Marisa Berenson, Zhang Ziyi, rapper ASAP Rocky, Pierre Bergé, Peter Marino, Charlene Wittstock, the Princess of Monaco, former First Lady Bernadette Chirac and Valérie Trierweiler, the partner of French president François Hollande.
Upon arrival, Sigourney Weaver pulled off her Chelsea boots to slip on black high-heeled Dior pumps. “I couldn’t face it,” she said, referring to the snow decking the Tuileries gardens, where the show took place inside a mirrored box containing a lush garden set.
Weaver revealed that Dior creative director Raf Simons would be dressing her and her front-row neighbor, Isabelle Huppert, in “Body Art,” Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s next film. “Isabelle plays a body artist. I play a journalist like you, so I’m studying you. What are you wearing?” she enquired.
Jessica Alba was also relieved to be out from the cold. “I love being warm and surrounded by so much greenery,” she enthused. Alba is heading straight from Paris to Park City, Utah, to present the comedy “A.C.O.D.” at the Sundance Film Festival (the acronym stands for Adult Children of Divorcees.) After that, she has a final day of shooting in Austin, Texas, on “Sin City II: A Dame to Kill For.”
Rosamund Pike marveled at the short-lived destiny of the lavish décor. “That’s what I think is so great about fashion: When people have the budget and the imagination to really create a set that’s just ephemeral and just for one day. It’s insane and it doesn’t happen in any other industry,” she said. The British actress is writing her first script, adapted from a novel, and expressed a growing interest in animation and fairy tales. “That’s the next thing I’d love to be asked to do – the voice of a character, something that my son could watch,” she said.
Chloë Grace Moretz has a slew of projects in the pipeline, including a remake of the 1976 horror classic “Carrie” – though she is not one for looking back. “To be honest, I didn’t watch the Sissy Spacek version at all before doing the movie, because I wanted to create my own character and have my own take on the role, and not be copying someone else’s brilliant performance,” she said.
Casta revealed her next movie, “Génération Mitterrand,” will be set during the reign of former French president François Mitterrand in the Eighties. “I play a young student who ends up in the Elysée [presidential palace] working with Mitterrand. It’s kind of a real-life story, you know?” she said.
Carole Bouquet will be taking to the theater stage as Medea. “She’s not an easy subject,” confided the French actress, who will be heading to India next winter to shoot with Afghan-French director Atiq Rahimi. “It’s going to be a psychological thriller about a two-faced French woman,” she explained.
Ruth Wilson is preparing to film the third and final season of television series “Luther,” before heading to the United States to shoot “A Walk Among the Tombstones” opposite Liam Neeson. She has two Hollywood productions set for release in 2013: “Saving Mr. Banks,” with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, and the eagerly awaited “The Lone Ranger.”
The latter required plenty of stunt action. “Falling off trains and things like that – so it’s not that you have to be that fit for it, necessarily. You have to be fearless. I am supposed to do it, and a bit stupid, so that’s why I enjoyed it,” she joked. At least Wilson doesn’t have to panic about slipping in the snow. “I can fall and roll at the same time – do a little combat roll,” she said with a grin.