To say we’re obsessed with Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled would be an understatement. We were lucky enough to sit down with one of the stars, Oona Laurence, to get all the set secrets. She may be young (only fourteen!) but Oona is easily one of the coolest girls we’ve interviewed. We chatted with the actress about what it was like being on a set full of inspirational women, her ideal food day, and her personal favorite movies. Spoiler: she loves Italian food and is a musical theatre nerd just like us. Get to know the coolest fourteen-year-old you’re likely to come across (Also, if you’re wondering why we shot her with mushrooms, you’ll just have to see the movie to find out…)
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I’d have some waffles for breakfast with eggs on the side, a Chipotle burrito for lunch, and a nice salad with a green juice to drink for dinner.
What was your favorite part of shooting The Beguiled?
Meeting all the inspiring people who were a part of it was probably my favorite part of shooting. Angourie, Emma, and Addison and I became so close and always had the best time on set, and getting to work with Kirsten, Elle, Colin, Nicole, and Sofia was a dream come true.
How was it working with Sofia Coppola? Any fun, or amazing advice she gave you?
It was amazing! Sofia’s so talented and creative, and it was so humbling working with someone whose movies are so visually gorgeous and keep you on the edge of your seat. She didn’t give me any direct advice, but just being around her taught me so many things, like how important it is to stay humble.
What fun stuff did all the actresses do on set to get comfortable and loose?
I remember while we were shooting the scene where Colin is on the table with his broken leg, we joked around and came up with songs about the anatomy book, Henry the turtle, and mushrooms.
How was it working with experienced actresses like Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst? Do you look up to them as role models? Did any of them give you good advice on set?
Like I said, it was like I was dreaming! All of them were so kind and friendly to me, and the entire cast got along so well. I think just being in their presence was inspiring, but I think what I learned from all of them was that, although joking around is fun, it’s important to know that you are in a work environment, and being professional and serious about your work is incredibly important on a movie set.
It was a pretty serious movie, but what was something funny that happened on the set?
I think everyone on set got along beautifully, so everyday was like a party on set. I remember when we were shooting the first dinner scene, Elle had to put whipped cream on her apple pie for a shot, and we ended up doing the shot so many times that, in the end, there was more whipped cream than apple pie on her plate.
Was shooting any part of The Beguiled scary?
Definitely! The broken leg looked so realistic; it was definitely scary looking.
What was it like having Colin Farrell as the only man on set?
Colin basically gets along with anyone since he’s such an easy going guy, so I don’t think it made a difference that he was the only dude on set. But he was definitely a good sport about being objectified in the movie.
What was your favorite movie growing up?
My favorite movie growing up was probably Mean Girls; I’ve probably watched that movie fifty times.
What’s your favorite food? Do you like mushrooms?
My favorite food is probably any kind of Italian food or breakfast food. No, I am not a fan of mushrooms.
Are there any favorite restaurants you and your family like to go to? What are they?
You’ve been acting since such a young age – what advice would you give a young person wanting to be an actor?
Always keep it real, and never overact.
You originated the role of Matilda on Broadway, did you like that movie growing up? What are your favorite musicals?
I was such a fan of the book and the movie, so being in the musical was so much fun. My favorite musicals right now are Heathers, Dear Evan Hansen, Bring It On, Waitress, and Hamilton.
Do you like to cook? If so what do you like to make?
I can’t really cook well, but I can make a mean omelette!
What is the best advice you have ever received? What is the worst?
I think the best advice is that never be afraid to be yourself, because in the end, nobody is better than anyone else, and we’re all just humans. I’ve never really gotten bad advice.
Are you into social media? What are your favorite platforms?
Yes I am! I’m very active on Snapchat and Instagram, and I have a Twitter account as well, but I’m not as active. I think my favorite platform is Snapchat because I can really just be myself, and my fans can get a glimpse of what my everyday life is like.
If you could have any five people over for dinner, who would they be?
Emma Stone, Emma Watson, Lin Manuel Miranda, John Krasinski, and Millie Bobby Brown.
*Oona Laurence, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann