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People in Film | Elle Fanning

Posted October 26, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Elle Fanning"

Elle Fanning may have started as her older sister Dakota’s double, but with Somewhere she shows she has a marvelous talent all her own.

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Elle Fanning Goes Somewhere

"I just do; I put myself in the character’s place. Acting is making believe, then being natural – and going with whatever happens."  Elle Fanning

In a 2009 interview with Vanity Fair, Elle Fanning described her introduction to the art of film acting as follows: “I was 18 months in I Am Sam with Sean Penn. I rolled around on the grass.” For that film, and for Taken the next year, Elle was cast as a younger version of her sister in the film. But starting in 2003, when Elle was picked to be a rambunctious ward of Eddie Murphy’s Daddy Day Care, the young star was off and running. In the next seven years, she would appear in 13 features (starring in most), show up in eight major TV shows (several in recurring roles), and star in a few shorts here and there. She would also evolve from rolling in the grass with Sean Penn to becoming one of the best young actors working today. In Phoebe In Wonderland, Fanning’s performance as the emotionally disturbed girl in the tile brought descriptions like “wondrous” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “a touching, subtle portrayal of a troubled child” (Stephen Holden, New York Times). For playing the mute daughter of Ryan Reynolds in The Nines, Peter Sciretta at Slashfilm.com suggests that she “displays a charisma and cuteness that makes you wonder if she might someday surpass her older sister Dakota."