Elle Fanning covers Marie Claire for February: ‘I’m a very nostalgic person and I daydream a lot’

She’s been in the world of showbusiness ever since she can remember, making her big screen debut aged just two years old.

But even so, Elle Fanning is yet to come to terms with social media. 

‘Twitter scares me,’ she admitted to Marie Claire, whose February edition she covers. ‘Oh my God, Twitter is so intense. Instagram I do enjoy; I have a private account and a public one.’

Retro vibes: For the February issue of Marie Claire, Elle Fanning posed in some fabulously retro ensembles that underscore her sentiment that she's a 'very nostalgic person'

Retro vibes: For the February issue of Marie Claire, Elle Fanning posed in some fabulously retro ensembles that underscore her sentiment that she's a 'very nostalgic person'

Retro vibes: For the February issue of Marie Claire, Elle Fanning posed in some fabulously retro ensembles that underscore her sentiment that she’s a ‘very nostalgic person’

She said paying too much attention to social media (and her 3.7million followers) isn’t good for her. 

‘I do think there are dangers that I totally fall into, of looking down that rabbit hole, comparing yourself to everybody else and seeing, Oh, their life, that vacation. I try to keep it light and tell fans about movies that are coming out or about a photo shoot. 

‘That can get really intense too. People can say they don’t read any comments, but… Mmm, yeah, you do! I do! Of course you look! “Oh, your ankles look huge.” What the heck?! It is bizarre, like, who is this person?’  

Elle modeled several vintage inspired looks for the magazine, from maroon fedoras and mod bikini tops to ’60s-style eyewear and ’70-style collars.

Timeless: In the snaps for the issue, Elle modeled several beautiful vintage looks, from maroon fedoras and mod bikinis to '60s-style eyewear

Timeless: In the snaps for the issue, Elle modeled several beautiful vintage looks, from maroon fedoras and mod bikinis to '60s-style eyewear

Timeless: In the snaps for the issue, Elle modeled several beautifully vintage looks, from maroon fedoras and mod bikini tops to ’60s-style eyewear and ’70-style collars

Prolific: The Maleficent star has been supremely busy as an actress, ever since starting out playing the younger version of her sister Dakota's character in the 2001 film I Am Sam

Prolific: The Maleficent star has been supremely busy as an actress, ever since starting out playing the younger version of her sister Dakota's character in the 2001 film I Am Sam

Prolific: The Maleficent star has been supremely busy as an actress, ever since starting out playing the younger version of her sister Dakota’s character in the 2001 film I Am Sam

The full interview with Elle can be read in U.S. Marie Claire , on newsstands January 21

The full interview with Elle can be read in U.S. Marie Claire , on newsstands January 21

The full interview with Elle can be read in U.S. Marie Claire , on newsstands January 21

The Maleficent star started out playing the younger version of her elder sister Dakota’s character in the 2001 Sean Penn film I Am Sam.

She has been busy ever since. One of her four upcoming projects is the Netflix film All The Bright Places, based on the Jennifer Niven novel, which hits the streaming platform next month. 

The film deals with depression and mental illness in the lives of the young people on screen, played by Elle and her costar Justice Smith.

‘It’s something people don’t want to talk about and want to shy away from,’ she observed about mental health issues in today’s youth. ‘It has to be out there for people to see it, to get help, to not keep it hidden.’

Regal: One of her upcoming projects is the Netflix film All The Bright Places, based on the Jennifer Niven novel, which hits the streaming platform next month

Regal: One of her upcoming projects is the Netflix film All The Bright Places, based on the Jennifer Niven novel, which hits the streaming platform next month

Regal: One of her upcoming projects is the Netflix film All The Bright Places, based on the Jennifer Niven novel, which hits the streaming platform next month

Just last year, the actress starred in her first sequel, again as Aurora opposite Angelina Jolie in the titular role for Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil. 

Elle was just 14 when she first worked with Jolie. Now 21, she says she discovered a different side to the iconic movie star.

‘Angelina’s and my relationship definitely changed,’ Elle explained. ‘She didn’t have to look at me as a kid; she didn’t have to censor what she could talk about. That was exciting, to have that relationship.’

All grown up: The film deals with depression and mental illness in the lives of the young people on screen, played by Elle and her costar

All grown up: The film deals with depression and mental illness in the lives of the young people on screen, played by Elle and her costar

All grown up: The film deals with depression and mental illness in the lives of the young people on screen, played by Elle and her costar

'70s babe: Just last year, the actress starred in her first sequel, opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, and she discussed how her relationship with the megastar evolved

'70s babe: Just last year, the actress starred in her first sequel, opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, and she discussed how her relationship with the megastar evolved

’70s babe: Just last year, the actress starred in her first sequel, opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil, and she discussed how her relationship with the megastar evolved

In 2017, she starred in two films with Nicole Kidman — John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties, and Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled.

And Kidman helped the younger actress access a bit more of an independent feeling on set. 

‘Because a lot of people are all, ‘You have to be so delicate. You have to choose this,” Fanning said of what she is often told. ‘[But] Nicole is like, ‘It’s OK, you’re young! Freedom!”

In addition to All the Bright Places, Elle will star as Queen Catherine in TV series The Great, opposite Javier Bardem and Salma Hayek in feature film The Roads Not Taken, and with her sister Dakota in a war film called The Nightingale. 

The full interview with Elle can be read in U.S. Marie Claire, on newsstands January 21. 

More to come: In addition to All the Bright Places, Elle will star as Queen Catherine in TV series The Great, opposite Javier Bardem and Salma Hayek in feature film The Roads Not Taken, and with her sister Dakota in a war film called The Nightingale

More to come: In addition to All the Bright Places, Elle will star as Queen Catherine in TV series The Great, opposite Javier Bardem and Salma Hayek in feature film The Roads Not Taken, and with her sister Dakota in a war film called The Nightingale

More to come: In addition to All the Bright Places, Elle will star as Queen Catherine in TV series The Great, opposite Javier Bardem and Salma Hayek in feature film The Roads Not Taken, and with her sister Dakota in a war film called The Nightingale

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