After what seems like an eternity, the final countdown to Sofia Coppola’s latest film, The Bling Ring, has begun. With just two weeks to go before its release, Sofia sat down with her friend and former socialite Lee Radiziwell for T Magazine to chat about everything from celebrity culture to what it was like growing up in the Coppola family. The whole interview is definitely worth a read, so check it out here; in the meantime, here are a few of our favorite sound bytes:
On celebrity culture and extremity:
“When I read the Vanity Fair article about these kids, it summed up everything that I think is declining in our culture. And it just doesn’t feel like anyone is talking about it. Kids are inundated with reality TV and tabloid culture so much that this just seems normal. When I go to a concert, everyone is filming and photographing themselves and then posting the pictures right away. It is almost as if your experiences don’t count unless you have an audience watching them. There are even videos of kids having their sweet-16 birthdays and they want a red-carpet V.I.P. theme. This movie was about an extreme version of this.
“After seeing Cinderella, Romy [Sofia’s six-year-old daughter] keeps telling me that she wants to be on the Broadway stage. I’m hoping she’ll outgrow that. We’ll see. Romy is in the Girl Scouts and I was around this group of 6-year-olds, and we were talking about things and a few of them said, ‘I want to be famous.’ I thought, Where does that come from? I don’t think we knew about that when we were 6 years old.”
On Paris Hilton and privacy:
Sofia actually filmed in Paris Hilton’s house; about the experience, the filmmaker said, “she was really helpful to us.” When Radziwill remarked how amazing it was that Paris “let that all be photographed,” Sofia replied, “I know, I was surprised. She wasn’t there, but she let us into her closets and we were in her bathroom. I think it was also this idea of no privacy—no privacy, or mystery or anything.”
Sofia thinks that in addition to the absurdities of celebrity culture, a lack of family culture contributed to the way the kids of the Bling Ring evolved. About her own family, which has always been close, Sofia said, “It was always interesting and I really enjoyed that my parents [Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola] always included us in their lives. So we got to be around all these interesting people and go on adventures…. I think our family is so close because we would go on location with my dad sometimes, and we weren’t around neighborhood kids and so we had to hang out with each other and be friends with each other.” Which isn’t to say that they haven’t had hard times—Sofia’s oldest brother, Gian-Carlo, tragically died in a speedboat accident when he was just 22.
On traveling with her dad:
“The Philippines for Apocalypse Now was the most exotic. I was really little. I was about Romy’s age. We were there for more than a year. That was the most exotic and fun, but I always liked to go on location. When we moved for The Outsiders to Tulsa, Okla., my parents just put us in the local school. So I felt like I got to really have a sense of different kinds of people…. We did not have a boring childhood.”
For more, head on over to T Magazine’s website. Be sure to catch Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga and Paris Hilton herself in The Bling Ring when it hits cinemas on June 14!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
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