It wasn’t 17-year-old Mackenzie Foy’s first time at a fashion show this past Couture season. In season’s past, she’d seen Saint Laurent and an Erdem for H&M show. Not bad for your first three big fashion moments. Albeit her third, this show, though, was arguably her most important to date.
Foy, who plays the role of Clara in the upcoming The Nutcracker and the Five Realms, joined the ranks of Hollywood greats like Penelope Cruz, Tracee Ellis Ross, and her former Twilight co-star, Kristen Stewart, when she was invited to go to her very first Chanel show.
The experience, she told me over the phone, was fully emmersive and more than just “a show.”
“I got to learn a ton of stuff from the history of Chanel,” Foy tells InStyle. “Everything they do is in someway involved with Coco Chanel’s history and her personal life. Now, I can look at [the collection] in a different way and see, ‘oh that’s inspired by this or that.’ I didn’t realize how much history is in all other pieces.”
Introducing your new favourite film star.
“Anne Hathaway once told me that I shouldn’t judge myself too much.” 17-year-old actor Mackenzie Foy tells me down a crackly transatlantic call. She’s just woken up in LA and is lounging around in her pyjamas when we jump on a call. We’re currently musing over the best piece of advice that she’s received from the impressive list of cast-mates she’s amassed over the past few years. Her former colleagues include some of Hollywood’s finest: Michael Caine, Timothée Chalamet, Jessica Chastain and Matthew McConaughey, to name a few, and for a talent who hasn’t even reached the age of 18 yet, it’s a pretty impressive feat.
Born and raised in California, Foy has been acting almost her entire life. Securing her first movie role at the age of nine, she established herself as one to watch by playing Renesmee Cullen, the baby of Bella and Edward in the film adaption of Stephen Meyer’s vampy Twilight series. Progressing quickly up the ranks, she later bagged herself a lead spot in Christopher Nolan’s time-travel epic Interstellar as the young Murph Cooper; a role for which she won the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor and fully cemented herself as one of Hollywood’s most promising rising stars.
Rising star Mackenzie Foy has said that she’s looking forward to completing her final year of high school and trying her hand at directing after starring in Disney’s forthcoming blockbuster, The Nutcracker.
The US model and actress, 17, is set to become a household name thanks to her role in the eagerly-awaited fantasy epic, starring opposite Keira Knightley and Morgan Freeman and set for release in November.
Foy said she was in the shower when she got the call from director Lasse Hallström, telling her that she’d landed the role of Clara.“I was actually in the shower when my mom ran into the bathroom and told me Lasse was on the phone,” she said in an interview with Rollacoaster Magazine.
“He asked me if I would be Clara and, of course, I said yes. I was just ridiculously excited to go on a new adventure.”
She added: “It was amazing. It was just like ‘wow, we’re doing this!’ The costumes, the hair, the make-up, the set design; everything is so detailed and absolutely stunning.
“It was really fun working with Lasse. In the beginning process for the film, Lasse and I had a lot of meetings where we would talk and develop Clara. I had a wonderful time creating Clara’s story with him.”
Foy first rose to fame as a child star in the final two Twilight films, before landing roles in hit horror The Conjuring and Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar in 2014.
But it seems that the teenage star has even higher aspirations as she wants to try her hand at directing after she leaves school.
“I’ll be working on my senior year, which is very exciting. It’s so cool to be finishing high school. I want to be a director once I finish high school,” she said.
“I pretty much want to make films that will make people end up looking at the world in a different way, so that they will feel inspired and learn something new.”
Ah!!! This is a super exciting post. Mackenzie was included in Refinery 29‘s top actresses from 2017 from Generation Z. Mackenzie is included on this list with a lot of amazing other young actors including her friend Joey King, Jazz Jennings, Malina Weissman, and many other amazing human beings. You can read Mackenzie’s interview below and check out the full article by clicking here!
From Renesmee Cullen to co-starring alongside Misty Copeland in next year’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Who do you consider a role model in your industry and why?
“I consider Yara Shahidi to be a role model in this industry because not only is she an extremely talented artist but she is also kind, smart, and funny. She’s a good person for young people to look up to. She shows people that anything is possible thorough hard work and kindness. On top of all of those wonderful qualities she’s incredibly smart. I have never met anyone who can even compare to her intelligence. Did I mention she’s going to Harvard?! She’s going to change the world. I’m proud to say that she’s one of my oldest friends and one of the coolest people I know.
Who’s your celebrity crush
What do you wish people knew about you?
“My dad is teaching me how to drive a stick shift so that I have a better chance at surviving the zombie apocalypse.”
Today an animated adaption of The Little Prince premieres on Netflix, featuring one very talented 15-year-old as its lead voice actor. Meet Mackenzie Foy, who you may recognize as Bella Swan and Edward Cullen’s young daughter in Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Having grown up dancing, Mackenzie turned to tae kwon do and found the sport equally satisfying for helping her develop incredible power, strength, and diligence. Oh, and did we mention she has a black belt, too? When she wasn’t showing us her high kicks and her nunchaku skills on set, Mackenzie chatted about what she learned while voicing her character in The Little Prince, The Little Girl.“I used to be a dancer, but my studio closed, so I wanted to find something active that would be fun to do with my brother. In tae kwon do, we learn to be respectful to everyone. Respect is definitely something that I already had before going into tae kwon do, but it enhanced. And being able to do things under pressure is really important.”“When I do tae kwon do, I feel happy. It’s a very safe place for me. I love being physically fit and being able to do kicks and real push-ups. If I ever was in danger, I could fight. I could protect myself or someone else. It actually took me six years to get my black belt. It taught me that getting what you want takes a lot of hard work and time.”“I filmed The Little Prince for about four years on and off. It was really fun, and I have great memories. A lot happened in those four years: I mean, I aged significantly, I worked, the film changed. To get connected to the story, I read the original book and studied the personalities of The Little Prince and The Aviator so that way I could incorporate them into the role of The Little Girl because she is not a character out of the original series.”“The Little Girl taught me to be hardworking and do what you need to do, but also have fun. You can be silly at times too. My character dealt with a lot of pressure at a young age. I can relate to that. We all deal with that. When I’m in a situation where I am under a lot of pressure, I usually just take a deep breath so I don’t get anxious. And my mantra when I practice tae kwon do? Don’t fall down.” — as told to Maddie Sensible
Mackenzie stopped by KTLA this morning and did some more press! Check out her interview below.