According to studies, it takes ten seconds to get a first impression of your counterpart and to put it in a suitable drawer. However is Bazaars Encounter with Elizabeth Debicki reduced to her voice. The Australian calls in from her living room The Angels on the occasion of her film “Tenet” (in theaters since August), the latest work by Oscar winner Christopher Nolan (“Inception”).
A very strong woman: In conversation with Elizabeth Debicki
The only thing known about the action spy film with sci-fi elements is that the 29-year-old plays a leading role in front of various world scenes alongside John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Kenneth Branagh. You don’t find out much more from Debicki: “I’m sorry, but I’m really not allowed to tell anything, not even anything about my character.” And she doesn’t want to be the one who spoils the surprise for others. “Because we haven’t been allowed to go to the cinema for so long and have been robbed of the collective experience of solving a narrative puzzle together, I find it more understandable than ever before, one Film like ‘Tenet’ not to spoil ”, says Debicki.
Be aware of how frustrating this is. On the other hand, she notes with a slight surprise: “We want to have answers to all questions immediately and at the same time we want nothing more than to be really surprised.” When was the last time she was really surprised? “In the cinema in the film ‘Parasite’. I deliberately didn’t read any reviews beforehand, didn’t want to know anything. I felt like I was on a roller coaster! ”Debicki’s voice is deep and powerful. Her accent is more standard British – posh even – than Australian, that cute southern hemisphere dialect that sounds more like the beach and surfing than Shakespeare. If one had to classify Elizabeth Debicki solely by the sound of her elegant voice, one would see an English private student from the best family in front of you, studying, reading, articulating.
Dancing hardens you. I don’t know any tough people as dancers
A completely different picture than the one that has been made after appearing in films such as “The Great Gatsby” by Baz Luhrman, “Widows” by Steve McQueen alongside Viola Davis or most recently alongside Mick Jagger in “The Burnt Orange Heresy” by Debicki . Her beauty also complicates the classification: her skin shimmers in milky perfection like after ten years of daily 10-step skincare routine, her flax-gold hair shines in the spotlight, as if every treatment in the world had been applied, her tall, narrow body seems modeled by countless yoga classes. In addition, her body length of almost 190 centimeters gives her a certain inviolability, a literal superiority. In addition, she often plays the wife of elderly men in films (Hugh Laurie in “The Night Manager” and now Kenneth Brannagh in “Tenet”) – Trophy Wife one calls this role in English, the beautiful, but unqualified trophy. From a woman’s point of view, a highly suspect figure.
From dance to film: Elizabeth Debicki’s multifaceted career
Elizabeth Debicki was in Paris born the eldest daughter of two Australian dancers. When she was five, her parents moved to Melbourne with her family, and she herself began taking ballet lessons from an early age. “Dancing hardens you, I don’t know any tough people as dancers. They know from the start that they have a professional expiration date, and yet they continue to rehearse, yet they endure the pain that is a natural part of their job. ”As an actress, did she benefit from her own dance training? “Of course, in many ways: On the one hand, of course, in purely disciplinary matters, but also in a physical sense: I know, for example, how to occupy a room, how to use a room. Through my dance training, I am able to define a figure through its posture. That’s a big advantage.”
After her parents ended their active dance careers, her father took a job as a technician in the theater. Although the now five-member family repeatedly struggled with financial bottlenecks, Debicki was able to enjoy an expensive school education – based on scholarships. Did she dance or audition for it? “I wrote an exam,” she replies dryly. Short pause, then: “I was a good student too.” So good that she landed a place on the law faculty of the University of Melbourne at 17 – so much too hasty prejudices about beautiful women. At the last minute, however, Debicki decided to study acting. There she was trained for the stage.
She made her film debut in Baz Luhrman’s “The Great Gatsby” (2013), a year later she appeared on stage alongside Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert in “The Maids” in Melbourne, moved to London and traveled the world to film. which she now sorely misses. “I’ve always struggled with the nomadic life of acting, longing for a permanent home,” says Debicki, “and yet in recent weeks I haven’t missed anything as much as mobility. All the things – from the way I greet my friends to the fact that I commute between two cities on two different continents – none of them are taken for granted. “
Looking ahead: what we can expect from Elizabeth Debicki
Professionally, she is looking ahead: Next, she will play alongside Ralph Fiennes, the Chicago doctor Edith Farnsworth, whose weekend home designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is one of the most famous hotels in the world. The real Edith and the star architect fought a year-long legal battle over Farnsworth House. There is no record of a husband behind whom she could hide; on the contrary, Farnsworth was considered a clever and deeply independent woman. Like Elizabeth Debicki herself. The artist and director Steve McQueen raves about her: “Really exceptionally talented people have no restrictions as if, maybe or but. Elizabeth is an extraordinary woman in every way. Where is your career headed? To heaven!”
Last year she was honored with the “Face of the Future” award from the “Women in Hollywood” gala. “Debicki”, as she is called (“My first name always disappears first”), posed on this occasion in a white double-breasted suit by Max Mara, solo, on the red carpet, by one Trophy Wife not a trace. Rather, she seemed equally cool and approachable. It is simply too big to be stereotyped anyway. In every sense.
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