Elle Fanning Reveals That She Lost A Role At 16 Over A “Disgusting” Reason

June 7, 2023 / Posted by:

Elle Fanning recently said that she lost out on a big movie franchise because she didn’t have enough Instagram followers at the time. Well, during The Hollywood Reporter’s Comedy Actress Roundtable, Elle shared another reason for why she lost out on a role, and this slides into To Catch A Predator territory. Elle says that when she was 16, she lost a role for being “unfuckable.” Well, it wasn’t for a Woody Allen movie since Elle did one of those, which she regrets.

THR’s Roundtable included Elle, Jenna Ortega, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Natasha Lyonne, Ayo Edebiri, and Devery Jacobs. Elle has been in the business since she was a child, and so, of course, she’s seen and heard some creepy things. Elle tells the other actresses that she had “an amazing manager and agent” who mostly kept her in the dark about the grotesque shit men would say about the then-teenage actress. But eventually, something made it through. Elle laughed while telling the story about the “disgusting pig” who made that comment, but Sheryl looked like she was ready to throw hands. via Insider:

“I’ve never told this story, but I was trying out for a movie,” Fanning said. “I didn’t get it. I don’t even think they ever made it, but it was a father-daughter road trip comedy. I didn’t hear from my agents because they wouldn’t tell me things like this–that filtration system is really important because there’s probably a lot more damaging comments that they filtered–but this one got to me. I was 16 years old, and a person said, “Oh, she didn’t get the father-daughter road trip comedy because she’s unfuckable.””

When asked how it affected her, Fanning said, “I don’t feel like it damaged me, but it definitely made me very aware of myself.”

Natasha, also having been in the business at that age, told a story of a producer who wanted her to eat a banana for an audition for Lolita.

“I remember auditioning for Lolita, the [1997] remake, when I was 14 or 15, and it was like, “Can you eat this banana slowly?”” Lyonne recalled.

“I was already a bit of a tough guy, so I was like, “So you mean eat the banana slowly?”” she said. “But it’s sick. Ultimately, it seems like your question is one about stepping into autonomy–and certainly being able to find a measure of autonomy, that’s the blessing of having some success. You can be a little more selective and wise about what you’re stepping into.”

Here’s the roundtable; Elle tells her story around 17 minutes in:

Here’s a list of other 16-year-olds who should have lost that role because they were unfuckable: ALL OF THEM!

Pic: YouTube

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