The Irish Times interviewed Christina Ricci about her time filming Bel Ami. Here is a preview of the article, and you can read the entire interview here.
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“We had movement classes and lessons,” she says. “There was a lot about the way women sat and held their hands out. The hardest part was you had to sit without using your hands to steady yourself. I am bit clumsy. So that was tricky.”
The fragrant Robert Pattinson plays the cynical accidental journalist whose adventures drive the plot of Bel Ami. They must have had some interesting conversations about the pressures that early success can bring. There are few idols more hotly pursued than the star of the Twilight films.
“He’s wonderful,” she says. “He’s handling everything very well. He never brought any of what he was going through to the set. He was always incredibly well prepared, very professional and a very great actor. I loved working with him. We joked a lot. Made fun of each other and had a great laugh.”
Did she have advice for him? “Not really. He seems to be handling it all very well. I can’t imagine being as famous as he is.” There comes a point when every teenage actor has to decide whether they will stick with the business for the rest of their lives. Following the patterns set by Jodie Foster, stars such as Julia Stiles and Claire Danes have managed to attend college while still keeping a tentative toe in the theatrical world. Christina did apply to university. But, after several deferrals, she decided that she was fated (or doomed) to live life in front of the camera. If you are hoping for some nuanced analysis of that decision, you are about to be disappointed.