Helena Bonham Carter by Tim Walker
for Vanity Fair
By the sea, Mr. Todd, that’s the life I covet.
By the sea, Mr. Todd, oh, I know you’d love it!
You and me, Mr. T, we could be alone, in a house what we’d almost own.
Down by the sea, wouldn’t that be smashing?
THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!
My confidence came to me very late in life. I felt distinctly unworthy because I had such an instant success. I was quite exposed, and I never went to drama school. I didn’t feel very good — and I’m pretty self-critical now. But I’ve started to get off my own back, because, you know, acting is just pretending, after all. In our society, there’s a lot made of acting, when ultimately the essential thing is you’re playing — you’re paid a lot of money just to play, and you’ve got to be responsible and take it seriously, but, at the same time, Jesus, it’s not a Nobel Prize endeavor. - Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter sits, as still as a porcelain doll in her layers and layers of lace and taffeta silk, in a darkened room, plotting her revenge on men.
She resembles some preserved exotic fruit: perfect on the outside, but rotting from within for 20 years.
‘In a sense, she’s a feast for the eyes,’ said Elizabeth Karlsen, who is producing director
Mike Newell’s new version of Great Expectations with Stephen Woolley and executives from BBC Films and Lionsgate.
The Oscar-nominated actress is playing Miss Havisham in Dickens’ masterpiece, which is
being filmed on locations in and around London.
‘She’s this lonely soul who has become a manipulator,’ Karlsen noted.
Helena’s magnificent costume was designed by Beatrix Aruna Pasztor. It looks so exquisite it could have been part of a glossy feature, created by Grace Coddington, for U.S. Vogue.
Joining Helena in the film are Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, Holliday Grainger as Estella, Robbie Coltrane as Mr Jaggers, Jason Flemyng as Joe Gargery, Sally Hawkins as his wife.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Irvine — soon to be seen in Steven Spielberg’s much-anticipated epic War Horse — as Pip, the lad of whom much is expected. [x]
GOING TO FUCKING DIE
Helena Bonham Carter photographed by John Swannell for Harper’s Bazaar December 2011