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Emily Beecham Talks Disney's CRUELLA and Why Bowl-Cuts are Liberating

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By Beca Dalimonte

Emily Beecham has been keeping busy! The 35 year old actress known for her lead role in Daphne as well as her roles in Hail, Caesar! and Into the Badlands will also be playing a role in the highly anticipated 101 Dalmatians prequel, Cruella.

The film will be set in the 1970's London, starring Emma Stone as the young Cruella De Vil. Beecham's role in the film is still unknown and, as to be expected with an upcoming Disney release, she's been sworn to secrecy.

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Fortunately, not everything about Cruella is a secret, and Beecham was able to say that "the costumes are amazing."

"[They're] very Vivienne Westwood inspired, that London look," she continued. "And the whole screen quality is quite dark and down. Craig Gillespie directed it who directed I, Tonya and Lars and the Real Girl, so I think he's brought quite an edginess to it."

This makes sense, as Maleficent, another Disney live action prequel following the story of a villain rather than a hero, also had an "edgy" vibe to it.


Not everything will be doom and gloom for the puppy obsessed fashionista, however.

"There's lots of kids, lots of animals and he's brilliant with the children. I think it will be very humorous," Beecham said, adding on to her earlier statement. "There's a real naturalness to the acting and he wanted us to improvise and make up new stuff."

When asked by Bustle what cartoon baddie she'd most like to bring to life, Beecham decided on "the horrible warty wicked witch" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A role that would surely be a lot of fun to act and watch!

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In addition to working on Cruella, Emily Beecham is also celebrating the release of her new film Little Joe, which won her the highly sought after Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film features Beecham in a red bowl-cut, a hairdo viewers may initially mistake for a wig.

The style is anything but, with Beecham saying that "having a style rooted in practicality over being attractive was liberating."

"Jessica [Hausner, the film's director] asked me when we first met if I’d be up for cutting it off and I said, ‘Yes, 100 percent.'"

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In the film, Beecham plays Alice Woodard, a plant breeder and single mother who creates a plant that requires more care than an ordinary plant but makes the owner very happy. She names the plant "Little Joe" in honor of her son.

The film had a limited run at the MoMA in January of 2020 and can now be bought and viewed in the US on several online streaming services.

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