Elle Fanning – MovieActors.com

Fanning in Maleficent.

About Elle Fanning (1998 – ____)

Mary Elle Fanning was born on April 9, 1998 in Conyers, Georgia, the daughter of Heather Joy (née Arrington), who played tennis professionally, and Steven J. Fanning, who played minor league baseball for teams affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals and now works as an electronics salesman in Los Angeles. Her maternal grandfather is American football player Rick Arrington, and her aunt is ESPN reporter Jill Arrington. Fanning is the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, who is also an actress. She has Irish, German, English, and French ancestry. Fanning and her family are members of the Southern Baptist Convention. She has been quoted as saying, "We're just normal sisters. We both go to school and we just play together."

Fanning started acting before turning three years old. She began her acting career by playing the younger version of her older sister Dakota's characters in the mini-series Taken and the movie I Am Sam. In 2002, at the age of four, Fanning won her first role independent of her sister in the comedy Daddy Day Care. Anecdotal evidence of her emerging skill was seen in the decision to cast her in the role of Ruth in The Door in the Floor (2004) opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger. The film's producers originally planned to hire identical twins for the intense shooting schedule but were so impressed with Fanning that they used only her. Late in 2003, Fanning appeared in Because of Winn-Dixie in the small role of Sweetie Pie Thomas. In 2004, she did voice work in the English dubbed version of Miyazaki's animated film My Neighbor Totoro, in the role of Mei. Later that same year, she filmed I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. In early 2005, Fanning filmed scenes in Charlotte's Web as the future granddaughter of Fern Arable played by her older sister. However, the scenes did not make the final cut. In mid-2005, she played Debbie, the daughter of Richard and Susan Jones (played by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) in the film Babel. In early 2006, Fanning filmed scenes in both The Nines and Déjà Vu. In mid-2006, she filmed The Lost Room a sci-fi TV mini-series. Also in 2006, she appeared on the episode "Need to Know" of House: MD, playing the patient's daughter. She also appeared in an of Criminal Minds in 2006, playing the supporting role of Tracey in "The Boogeyman".

By the end of 2006, Fanning began to book lead roles. The first of these was the one of Emma Learner in Reservation Road — as the grieving daughter of Grace and Ethan Learner. The film deals with the aftermath of a tragic car accident in which Emma's brother is killed. In early 2007, Fanning reunited with her Babel co-stars, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, in a small part in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as the younger version of Blanchett's character. Mid-year 2007, Fanning filmed the title role Phoebe of Phoebe in Wonderland. Phoebe in Wonderland also starred Felicity Huffman and was released in March 2009. From July through October 2007, Fanning appeared in The Nutcracker in 3D, playing Mary. The movie was filmed in Budapest, Hungary and was released late 2010. In March 2008, Elle and Dakota were scheduled to star in My Sister's Keeper, but the opportunity fell through when Dakota learned she would have to shave her head. The sisters were immediately replaced by Abigail Breslin and Sofia Vassilieva.

Variety reported in April 2009 that Fanning would be starring in Academy Award-winning screenwriter Sofia Coppola's 2010 film, Somewhere. The plot centers around a "bad-boy" actor who is forced to re-evaluate his life when his daughter, played by Fanning, shows up unexpectedly. In late 2010, Fanning began working on Francis Ford Coppola's 2011 film Twixt, which Coppola based on a dream. She plays the role of a young ghost named "V". In 2011, Fanning starred in J. J. Abrams' sci-fi-drama film Super 8 as Alice Dainard. The film was released in June of 2011, and centers around a group of kids who are forced to deal with strange happenings in their small town.

In December 2011, Fanning appeared in Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo. She played Lily, a thirteen-year-old who is working at the zoo's restaurant and lives on the property with her only parental figure, Kelly (Scarlett Johansson). In September 2012, Fanning starred as Ginger along with Alice Englert who played Rosa in the drama film Ginger & Rosa that took place during 1962 in London. The film was directed by Sally Potter and was released on October 19, 2012. Fanning has received widespread acclaim for her performance, with A. O. Scott of The New York Times writing that she "shows a nearly Streepian mixture of poise, intensity, and technical precision. It is frightening how good she is and hard to imagine anything she could not do."

Fanning also starred alongside Angelina Jolie in the 2014 Walt Disney film Maleficent, directed by Robert Stromberg. Jolie played Maleficent, while Fanning played Princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty.

In 2015, Fanning co-starred in Jay Roach's Trumbo as Dalton Trumbo's (Bryan Cranston) daughter Nikola.

In 2016, she appeared as Jesse in the psychological thriller The Neon Demon, directed by Nicholas Winding Refn. It did poorly at the box office. That same year, she appeared in Mike Mills's 20th Century Women, opposite Greta Gerwig and Annette Benning. She then co-starred in Ben Affleck's Prohibition-era drama Live by Night.

In 2017, Fanning will appear in Shawn Christensen's feature-length drama, Sidney Hall.

Elle Fanning's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2001I Am SamYounger Lucy Diamond Dawson
2003Daddy Day CareJamie
2004The Door in the FloorRuth Cole
2005My Neighbor TotoroMei Kusakabe (voice)
2005P.N.O.K.Rebecca Bullard
2005Because of Winn-DixieSweetie Pie Thomas
2006Déjà VuAbbey
2006BabelDebbie Jones
2006I Want Someone to Eat Cheese WithPenelope
2007The NinesNoelle
2007Reservation RoadEmma Learner
2007Day 73 with SarahSarah
2008The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonDaisy Fuller (Age 7)
2008Phoebe in WonderlandPhoebe Lichten
2009Astro BoyGrace
2010The Nutcracker in 3DMary
2011Super 8Alice Dainard
2011The Curve of Forgotten ThingsGirl
2011We Bought a ZooLily Miska
2012Ginger & RosaGinger
2012Leaning Toward SolaceSara
2014Low DownAmy-Jo Albany
2014Young OnesMary Holms
2014MaleficentPrincess Aurora
2014The BoxtrollsWinnie
2015TrumboNikola Trumbo
2015Three GenerationsRay
2016The Neon DemonJesse
201620th Century WomenJulie
2016BallerinaFélicie Milliner
2016Live by NightLoretta Figgis
2017Sidney HallMelody
2017The BeguiledCarol
2017How to Talk to Girls at PartiesZan
2017Mary ShelleyMary Shelley

Elle Fanning's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2002TakenAllie Keys – Age 3
2003Judging AmyRochelle Cobbs
2003CSI: MiamiMolly Walker
2004CSI: NYJenny Como
2006House M.D.Stella Dalton
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitEden
2006The Lost RoomAnna Miller
2006–2007Criminal MindsTracy Belle
2007Dirty Sexy MoneyKiki George
2014HitRecord on TVDaughter

Memorable Quotes by Elle Fanning

“ I would love to work with Marion Cotillard... and my sister! I've never worked with Dakota before in a movie. It'd be so cool to be on screen interacting with each other one day. It will happen, I'm just not sure when. ”

“ I would like to be a teenager in the '60s or '70s. It just seemed so free, so cool, just roaming around. We can't really roam around now. ”

“ To me, acting is just kind of making believe and dressing up. You put on your costume and walk a certain way and feel your character. Then cut, and you're Elle again. ”

“ I used to keep a diary when I was little, but I don't do it anymore because of my perfectionist nature. I was using so much White-Out. ”

“ People's obsession with beauty and like, perfection, it can really destroy you. And wanting perfection, it's like, what is perfection, you know? It doesn't exist. Perfect doesn't exist, so you drive yourself crazy wanting it. ”

“ Dakota [Fanning, her sister] is my favorite actress. ”

Things You May Not Know About Elle Fanning

Her mom named her Mary and her dad named her Elle, so her name is Mary Elle Fanning. Like her older sister, Dakota Fanning, she uses her middle name instead of her first name.

Casting notes for the role of young Ruth Cole in The Door in the Floor (2004) originally called for identical twins, because producers believed the workload of the character to be too much for one little girl to take.

When she attended her first Hollywood premiere, she was only three and a half years old.

Is near-sighted and uses contact lenses most of the time. But she loves collecting "nerdy" looking glasses.

She says that she likes roles which are challenging and different. She decides on her next roles with her mother, but in the end, it always comes down to Elle's opinion.

To bond before filming Somewhere (2010), Elle's onscreen father, Stephen Dorff, cheered her on at a volleyball game at her school and took her to Color Me Mine.

Elle Fanning, with Matt Damon, Patrick Fugit, Scarlett Johansson,
Colin Ford, and Maggie Elizabeth Jones in We Bought a Zoo (2011).
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Fanning in Twixt (2011)... bottom picture with Val Kilmer.
Fanning in Trumbo (2015).
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In The Nutcracker in 3D (2010).
With Melissa McCarthy in The Nines (2007).
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Fanning as Jesse in The Neon Demon (2016).
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In The Door in the Floor (2004)... top picture with Jeff Bridges.
Fanning in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).
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In Super 8 (2011)... top picture with Ron Eldard and Joel Courtney...
second and third pictures with Joel Courtney...
bottom picture with Courtney and Riley Griffiths.
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In Somewhere (2010)... second and fourth pictures with Stephen Dorff.
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In Reservation Road (2007)... top picture with Joaquin Phoenix and
Terry George... bottom picture with Jennifer Connelly and Mira Sorvino.
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Fanning in Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)... second picture
with Bill Pullman... third and fourth pictures with Felicity Huffman.
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As Princess Aurora in Maleficent (2014).
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In Low Down (2014)... top picture with Glenn Close... bottom picture with John Hawkes.
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In Ginger & Rosa (2012)... first and third pictures with Alice Englert... second picture with Annette Bening... bottom picture with Oliver Platt, Timothy Spall, and Annette Bening.
In Déjà Vu (2006) with Paula Patton.
With Adriana Barraza in Babel (2006).
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Elle Fanning in Three Generations (aka About Ray) (2015)... top
picture with Susan Sarandon... second picture with Sarandon and Naomi Watts.