Elle Fanning Says ‘All The Bright Places’ Is Important Because ‘Depression & Mental Illness In Young People Is So Real’

Elle Fanning is touching on an important issue in her new film “All the Bright Places”.

Fanning, 21, opens up about mental illness as the cover star of the Feb. 2020 issue of Marie Claire magazine. The actress explains the significance of her Netflix movie and also dishes on her relationships with Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman.

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Elle Fanning. Photo: Thomas Whiteside/Marie Claire
Elle Fanning. Photo: Thomas Whiteside/Marie Claire

“Depression and mental illness in young people is so real, and it’s something people don’t want to talk about and want to shy away from,” Fanning says. “It has to be out there for people to see it, to get help, to not keep it hidden.”

Fanning and Jolie reunited for the sequel to 2014’s “Maleficent”. Fanning shares how her relationship with Jolie has changed from when she was 14.

“Angelina’s and my relationship definitely changed,” Fanning says. “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.”

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Elle Fanning. Photo: Thomas Whiteside/Marie Claire
Elle Fanning. Photo: Thomas Whiteside/Marie Claire

The actress also reveals the advice Kidman gave her: “Because a lot of people are all, ‘You have to be so delicate. You have to choose this,’ and Nicole [Kidman] is like, ‘It’s OK, you’re young! Freedom!’”

“All the Bright Places” premieres Feb. 28 on Netflix.

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