On the Contrary
A moment with Stacy Martin, the face of Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue.
As soon as the camera starts flashing, the French-English actress Stacy Martin contorts herself into a series of uncomfortable-looking poses in front of a billowing parachute. Martin, the face of Miu Miu fragrance, is trying to help the photographer get the perfect shot. “You never know what you’ll do when you have a huge parachute blowing behind you,” she says, laughing about “getting into character” on this shoot introducing Miu Miu’s happy new scent, L’Eau Bleue. “You have to make shapes that will tell a story, which is completely different from the way we communicate in film.”
Martin is no stranger to storytelling. Following her 2013 breakout role in Lars von Trier’s controversial Nymphomaniac, she became the face of Miu Miu’s first-ever scent. In September 2015, the debut Miu Miu Eau de Parfum campaign featured Martin as a retro, cat-like beauty alongside the bottled lily-of-the-valley-and-Akigalawood blend. For L’Eau Bleue, a fresher, greener iteration of the original (think earthy notes blended with honeysuckle and fresh flowers) out this month, Martin’s reprise has her acting out a lighter, dewier tribute to mornings during springtime. “L’Eau Bleue feels a little more peppy,” she says. “It’s like when the season changes, so do all of the smells around you. There’s something that surrounds you. Like wearing a fragrance, it can change you.”
The exterior of the new bottle is a near replica of its predecessor’s, but this time the pillowed-glass body—a nod to the house’s signature matelassé handbags—is translucent blue. (As with the original, the vintage-inspired cap, topped with a pastel-yellow disk, is a modernized take on the stoppers women once used to apply perfume to their necks.) Both fragrances are meant to represent the many facets of the Miu Miu woman: She’s fun but serious. She’s cultured but not pretentious. She’s timeless—maybe even ageless. She’ll be able to pull off a pair of bejeweled heels when she’s 80. And, above all, she’s nonconformist but not eccentric. “It’s the idea that you can be very girly and strong at the same time, and there’s a freedom within the woman,” Martin says.
These genre-defying codes are what have always defined the world of Miu Miu, the fashion line Miuccia Prada launched in 1993 as a younger, more playful companion to her namesake brand. And most, if not all, of them apply to Martin herself. In person, she’s reserved but talkative, awkward but poised, modest but self-assured. You instantly get the sense that there is a lot more she wants to talk about than her beauty secrets.
“I find it infuriating when someone criticizes me for working in the fashion space. Why is that a problem? Why can’t we like fashion and also have an important career?” Martin wonders. “You can have style, and that shouldn’t negate that you believe in women’s equality. You can be feminine and fashionable by being yourself, instead of what women and girls are expected to be. Miu Miu represents that energy.”
After some time off to find the right scripts, Martin will be bringing her own delightful blend of contradictions back to the big screen very soon. In Redoubtable, Michel Hazanavicius’s upcoming comedic biopic about Jean-Luc Godard, she plays the actress and writer Anne Wiazemsky, who married the 36-year-old New Wave filmmaker when she was only 20. Martin has the lead role alongside Nat Wolff in Jess Manafort’s indie thriller Rosy, and has been cast in Kirsten Dunst’s feature-film directorial debut, The Bell Jar, with Dakota Fanning, which starts shooting this year.
“You have to find your own way of working in this industry, and for me, Miu Miu has been a big part of that,” Martin explains. “It has to feel like me.” She doesn’t want to let her guard down long enough to show us exactly who that is, but it’s appropriate for a Miu Miu woman to leave an air of mystery.
Today, January 1, Stacy is celebrating her birthday. I’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Stacy! And to have a wonderful day.
I’ve added a photo of Stacy attending the screening of Past Forward, a film by David O. Russel, presented by Prada in New York City (November 16).
Patricia Arquette, Bel Powley and Stacy Martin Join Kirsten Dunst’s Directorial Debut ‘Bell Jar’
Patricia Arquette, Bel Powley, and Stacy Martin have joined Dakota Fanning and Jesse Plemons in the movie adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar,” which will be Kirsten Dunst’s directorial debut.
Cornerstone Films has launched foreign sales at the American Film Market. The film is going into production in early 2017.
Fanning is playing the lead role of Esther Greenwood in the film, based on Plath’s 1963 novel. Plemons will portray the Lenny Shepherd character.
Dunst has adapted the script with Nellie Kim.
Priority Pictures optioned remake rights from Studio Canal. “The Bell Jar” was made into a feature film in 1979.
Priority’s Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, and Greg Little will produce alongside Fanning and Echo Lake Entertainment’s Brittany Kahan. Celine Rattray and Dunst are executive producing.
In the book, Greenwood takes an internship at a magazine in New York City, and then begins to suffer a mental breakdown when she returns home to Boston. The novel is the only book ever published by Plath, who committed suicide in 1963.
Arquette won the a supporting actress Oscar for “Boyhood.” Powley starred in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” and Martin starred in “Nymphomaniac.”
Arquette is represented by the Gersh Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment. Powley is repped by UTA, The BWH Agency and Authentic Talent and Literary Management. Martin is repped by WME, 42 West, and Greg Slewett as her attorney.
Stacy Martin on sex, politics and starring alongside Robert Pattinson
She made her name in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. Now she’s starring alongside Robert Pattinson and modelling for Miu Miu. Stacy Martin talks to Hermione Eyre about sex, double standards and why she hates the red carpet
We need to get real about sex,’ exclaims Stacy Martin, tearing apart her croissant in the breakfast room of the Mandarin Oriental hotel. ‘We need to unromanticise sex a little bit. Culturally we’re shown an impossible fantasy of how women should present themselves, how they should behave with men.’
This, she explains, was why she accepted her career-making role in Lars von Tier’s Nymphomaniac — widely considered one of the most sexually explicit films ever made. ‘I think as women, we have a responsibility towards young girls growing up to say, for example: “Look, losing your virginity will suck, but it’s going to be OK, keep at it!”’
Martin may look like she is made of porcelain but she is full of fire. Today, the 25-year-old actress took a taxi from her home in Stoke Newington, though she usually gets around town on her vintage Honda motorbike. In a navy-and-white striped cowl neck, high-waisted Topshop jeans, and Converse trainers, she’s dressed like your average east London cool girl, except for an achingly smart Miu Miu ‘Dahlia’ bag swinging from her shoulder.
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After Nymphomaniac, the breakthrough actress looks towards a towering future…
“I really want to be in a Japanese film and only speak Japanese,” says Stacy Martin of the unusual directions that her future career could take. “It would be so confusing as I don’t look Japanese at all.”
It’s the sort of mind-meltingly audacious idea that prime Takashi Miike would’ve conceived and one – that on the surface at least – sounds unlikely. And yet it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. For one, the challenge of the language is something that this former long-term Tokyo resident is optimistic that she can rediscover. More importantly, however, her nascent career has already seen her forge connections with outlandish and remarkable talent.
Her recent past boasts a lead performance in Lars von Trier’s provocative Nymphomaniac, while her future will deliver a role in the The Clown, which stars Charlotte Rampling and features Terrence Malick as executive producer. The present brings High-Rise, another collaboration with a singular talent: Ben Wheatley, the genre-splicing director of cult oddities Kill List and Sightseers.
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