‘InStyle’ Cover Beauty Elle Fanning Talks Femininity, Politics, And Paintballing With Angelina Jolie

Elle Fanning, the “Maleficent 2” star, elegantly stuns on the cover of InStyle‘s November issue.

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During the InStyle interview, Elle discusses female empowerment, addressing politics in public, and getting outshone by Angelina in paintball. This is what she had to say about her strong female influences:

“My mom, my sister, my grandmother, and I, we all live together. So, there is a strong sense of female empowerment that I’ve always had in my life. It’s significant to know that there are so many different types of women. I hate that in order to be strong you have to look like this or to be soft you have to look like this. Those stereotypes are just not true.”

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Elle’s home life seems to be packed with girl power, and her work life definitely doesn’t lack it, either.

“When I heard that Michelle was going to be in the film, I realized that the second movie is going to be about power. It’s about three generations of women in power and how they represent it in different ways. And, with Angelina, I was so young when I did the first film with her. I was very nervous then. My mom was with me. Now that I’m grown up, she sees me in a different way. We talked about different things.”

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For example, Jolie mentored Fanning on how to deal with politically driven questions. Elle states:

“…I also think it’s OK for people to say that they don’t know or aren’t sure yet. Angelina [Jolie] said that to me after a recent interview we did for ‘Maleficent 2’. She said, ‘You know what? It’s OK not to answer things.’ I mean, I’m still learning.”

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Courtesy InStyle — Pamela Hanson/LGA Management

Elle also talks about her fun outing with the Jolie crew:

“We went paintballing. Oh, she’s aggressive. [laughs] We would do outings because her kids were there, so she was trying to schedule activities on the weekends. I had never gone paintballing before. We were in full-on armor. We were the only people in the place, with all of her kids. She and I were not on the same team. I was so bad. I hit their security guard in the neck, and he was on my team! [laughs] Angelina’s really good.”


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