Vanessa is featured on Harper’s Bazaar April UK Issue with a wonderful and lovely new photoshoot. There’s two covers, so you might be able to get the normal cover (with the beige cardigan) on newsstands and the special cover if you’re a subscriber (red jumpsuit). You can see the full interview on the magazine insert or on the released video which is available by on the magazine’s official youtube page here. Up next, we will add Pieces of a Woman blu-ray screencaps since the digital version of the movie was out this week.
Vanessa graced our screen while Zooming for Golden Globes as she was nominated for best actress. Unfortunately she didn’t win, but she is already a winner in our eyes with, not only, an amazing career but also the gracious look she had. She was accompanied by her sister Julie, and hopefully will have screencaps from the event soon added to our gallery. For now, enjoy photos from the event powered by Gucci and Cartier.
Kirby – who was nominated for her role in Pieces Of A Woman – chose a sleek and simple black Gucci dress for the occasion, which featured a halter neckline and a cut-out detail at the front. Elevating the evening look, she paired the ensemble with some sparkling Cartier jewels in the form of two rings and one pair of statement platinum earrings, both featuring red and white diamonds. The look was typical Kirby, who always exudes that pared-back elegance on the red carpet, something which she says is a direct result of being on set most days.
“When you have to dress up as different characters for your job, I prefer to just keep my personal style quite neutral,” she told us. “I have a uniform pretty much, all black!”
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Vanessa has been selected for W Magazine cover as one of the best performances selected by the magazine. She was photographed by Juergen Teller and a interview follows:
After her acclaimed portrayal of Princess Margaret in The Crown, Vanessa Kirby gives one of the year’s most visceral performances in Pieces of a Woman, as a mother who loses her child mere moments after meeting her. When a home birth ends in tragedy, she must wrestle through agonizing grief, isolation, and the devastation of loss. For W’s annual Best Performances issue, Kirby opens up about filming that haunting 30-minute birth scene, presenting a movie at a festival during the Covid-19 pandemic, and dipping into an American accent.
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Vanessa graces the cover of The Wrap as to promote Pieces of a Woman, see the full interview under the cut, and our gallery for magazine scans and the available photoshoot pictures.
Vanessa Kirby Watched a Woman in Labor for 8 Hours to Prepare for ‘Pieces of a Woman’ Birth Scene
Vanessa Kirby has been the talk of awards season since she stunned audiences with her performance in “Pieces of a Woman,” a rare movie in this COVID year that debuted in front of a live audience. Kirby won the Venice Film Festival’s best-actress award, as well as Golden Globe and SAG nominations, for her performance as a woman who loses her baby during childbirth and spirals downward in the aftermath. Her work as Martha pulses with the raw pain and jagged wound of her loss.
The 32-year-old British actress won attention in recent years for her sharply etched turn as Princess Margaret in the first two seasons of “The Crown,” challenging her sister the queen (Claire Foy) with sarcasm, wit and an unrestrained penchant for alcohol. Kirby also had roles in the “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbs & Shaw” and has been filming alongside Tom Cruise for two upcoming “Mission: Impossible” films. And she stars with Katherine Waterston in the new indie drama “The World to Come,” about two 19th-century frontier women in unhappy marriages who strike up a tentative romance.
Wrap editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman spoke via video to Kirby in London while both were in pandemic lockdown.
After shooting such an intimate film about such a vulnerable topic, how did it feel to watch it on a big screen with a large audience at the Venice Film Festival?
I was surprised at how vulnerable I felt about it, actually. I felt it quite intensely three times. Before I watched it myself for the first time. Then on my way to the premiere, my hands were shaking and I found it incredibly hard to watch. I almost didn’t want to. And then the week leading up to the release I felt physically quite sick.
I’ve only really just started to think about why — it was the biggest privilege of my life, going that deep into that female experience. When you leave parts of yourself on the floor, on the screen, it feels like someone is seeing inside of you. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Like having really thin skin. It’s such a profoundly painful experience, losing a baby. I had to live in that pain consistently in the shoot.
What did you do to prepare to play Martha?
I was quite daunted by it. On the page, I thought, it’s such an unusual exploration of grief. It reminded me of “Three Colors: Blue” (by Krzysztof Kieślowski) with Juliette Binoche — it’s always been one of my favorite films because her restraint is so unexpected.
Inherently, in a trope way, it’s a more masculine thing to keep it all in. I looked at performances that I most loved where it was all volcanic under the surface. I’m naturally quite an expressive person, I have trouble concealing how I feel. The biggest challenge is to work out, to trust, that as long as I could touch the depth of the feeling intensely enough inside and really feel it, I had to hope the audience would feel it too.
I felt an intense amount of humility. I’ve had losses in my life, extremely painful ones, months of going through grief and trying to find my way out of it. Those months can feel so lonely, with the world carrying on around, and you’re alone in your experience, having to keep going, and inside it’s this existential, cavernous vacuum of grief. I knew I could apply my own experience of grief and fully, sensorialy, understand the women I spent time with and shared their experiences with.
Actress Roundtable: Zendaya, Kate Winslet, Carey Mulligan, Vanessa Kirby, Andra Day and Glenn Close on “Supporting Other Women Without Judgment”
The six actresses also candidly discuss what outsiders get wrong about acting, juggling work and family and how #MeToo has changed the culture for the next generation: “We’re getting all the bad stuff out of the way.”
On a mid-December morning, six actresses behind some of the year’s most dynamic performances came together for The Hollywood Reporter‘s Actress Roundtable: Hillbilly Elegy‘s Glenn Close, The United States vs. Billie Holiday‘s Andra Day, Pieces of a Woman‘s Vanessa Kirby, Promising Young Woman‘s Carey Mulligan, Ammonite‘s Kate Winslet and Malcolm & Marie‘s Zendaya. The group, who gathered via video conference from homes and sets in L.A., Montana, Atlanta and the U.K., discussed the business side of acting, their weirdest pandemic habits, the dangerous Hollywood misconception about creative genius — and the fact that “how women’s voices are being received [is] the biggest thing that has shifted.”