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At 22, British actor Juno Temple is on fire: she's just been cast in Disney's live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, 'Maleficent' with Angelina Jolie; her latest movie 'Killer Joe' screened at Cannes and is opening this summer - plus she plays Catwoman's sidekick in the much anticipated Batman sequel, 'The Dark Knight Rises'. She talks to George about the influence of her father, director Julien Temple, and the magical Jean Cocteau film that made her want to be an actor.
She's in the red chair tonight, along with the Honourable Tony Clement.
On her father & the movie that he showed her that made her want to be an actor:
George: A few years ago I interviewed your father (her father is documentary filmmaker who's made great films about the Sex Pistols and Joe Strummer, which is one of the finest pictures)... You're the kid who grew up in a really strong punk bloodline. Is that why you got into the arts?
Juno: I think I was definitely born with the bug, I came out with it. It was inevitable, kind of. But I have this vivid memory of being about 3 and half years old, having chicken pox on my parents' couch in Los Angeles and my dad put on Jean Cocteau's 'La Belle et la Bête' on this giant projector screen - and it literally blew my mind... I remember it so vividly: it's this specific scene where Belle is being carried by the Beast and she's in a corridor, she's being carried, and she's all dressed in rags... and he's walking through this incredible corridor carrying her, and there are these "arms" - which are real human arms that have these lamps in them - and they kind of open as he walks past - and he carries her through this doorway and as she goes through the doorway her rags turn to riches - and I remember seeing that and thinking 'That is the most magical thing I've ever seen and I wanna do that'. (But) I also watched cartoons and stuff (laughs).