Bella Heathcote (X2)

Posted on May 10, 2012

Actress-we-never-heard-of-before Bella Heathcote has an awesome name which sounds like a character in a 19th Century novel, and an impressive ability to really switch up her look on the red carpet.

For her Los Angeles premiere, she couldn’t have looked sunnier or more wholesome.

Bella Heathcote attends the premiere of “Dark Shadows” in Los Angeles in a Chanel Spring 2012 dress paired with Jason Wu sandals and Rona Pfeiffer jewelry.

Downright angelic. We call giant bangs like hers “booms” but we gotta say, she’s got the face to sport some booms. This look is pretty much perfect. We can’t find anything to complain about and it quietly makes an impact without seeming like it’s screaming for attention, which is exactly what an actress without a household name (yet) should be doing when she’s got a big film opening.

But then she went off to Jolly Old London Towne with a pip, pip, a cheerio, and a much darker look:

Bella Heathcote attends the premiere of “Dark Shadows” in London in an Emilio Pucci navy lace tiered ruffle dress with keyhole back from the Fall 2012 collection.

Which almost works for her except we don’t really like the dress. Too fussy and weirdly shaped. Also: black lace, which has become, we’re convinced, the mark of the devil and needs to be exorcised from the world’s red carpets. We are prepared to station ourselves at the Oscars next year with buckets of holy water.

Interestingly enough, she can work this kind of darker, sexier, edgy look easily as well as she can the more angelic one without really changing much about her styling. We like the idea of her working both sides of the coin, but she’s got to pick something a little less fussy than this for the dark side.

Even so, our ears, they are perked up. She’s making a splash and good for her. We’re keeping a couple of eyes on her.

[Photo Credit: PR Photos]

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  • snarkykitten

    both outfits are hideous and those bangs need to go, stat

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  • Paigealicious

    Love the white look. She resembles Jayma Mays in the face.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    she resembles a brunette Heather Graham to me

    • Paigealicious

       That too. Hello, fellow member of the House of Licious.

    • JosephLamour

      I also see notes of Keira Knightley.

      • Yep, that’s my thought – Kiera Knightley in training

  • When she’s super famous, I feel like she won’t look back at these carpet looks and think “well hay-zeus, what what I thinking?” the way that 100% of the Harry Potter child stars did.

  • Sara__B

    Yes, please. Show us more of her. I predict she’ll be worth watching.

  • terpsichory

    So, she’s the daughter of Cillian Murphy and Keira Knightley, right?

    • NinaBoo

      I was thinking Keira and Christina Ricci.  Those bangs…

      • terpsichory

         Not sure those are hereditary 😉

      • girliecue

        Christina Ricci better watch her back. The big-eyed, big-(fore)head-on-a-tiny-body unconventional beauty field has just become a little more crowded.

    • AthenaJ

      Glad someone else picked up on the Kiera resemblance!

  • petalfrog

    Her earrings for the white outfit are gorgeous and I want them.

  • Heather Graham and Sarah Polley had a baby!

  • Seems like that white dress is on backward. Her boobs look weird, as in non-existent.

    • Funny you should say that. I mentally turned the dress around and liked it better.

  • ccm800

    I think the holy water is an EXCELLENT idea. I love the booms on her – they showcase her square jaw and beautiful eyes.  I dont really like either dress – The white looks pretty cool in the over the shoulder back pose though.

  • formerlyAnon

    I don’t really like either dress. But I think she pulls ’em off. The first, way more so than the 2nd, which is iffy.

  • she looks fantastic, and also adorable. will be watching her. 

  • Jaspreet5

    She’s gorgeous and I love her bangs. 

  • First ensemble, perfection in every detail.  Second ensemble: OUT DAMNED LACE ABOMINATION!  That is one seriously fugly dress.  And she so doesn’t need to be sporting all the sheer stuff in various locations.  We can see quite clearly that she is lovely, and has a great bod.  Of course she is also, what, 12?

  • I like the back of the white dress better than the front.
    I like the navy/black lace together, but the ruffles and unlined lace and backless parts not so much = I’d love to see her in a navy  dress with maybe a black lace overlay.

  • I’m kind of obsessed with the second look. But I don’t know if in a good way or a bad way.

  • beebee10

    “station ourselves at the Oscars next year with buckets of holy water”Thank you for that! I am going to use that image as my ‘happy place” today when I need to breath deep and go inside myself to de-stress!

  • marilyn

    First look:  Great.   Second look:  She is fine but the dress is a hot mess.  It is black and  blue, has lace, has side panels and fringe.  Okay, we get it-she can’t wear undergarments with it.  Great.  It looks like a saloon girl dress.  Too much stuff is going on with that dress.  And the overall effect is tacky.

    Putting her two looks together, I am going to say that she likes fussy clothes.

  • Judy_S

    Pretty woman in both outfits, but I agree that the Chanel is lovely and the other one is not. Interesting that she and Eva Green both wore navy!

  • introspective

    1st dress is twee, but sweet. 2nd dress is overworked and unfortunate. brings to mind a lot of met gala fug.
    her face is stunning, her bangs are a bit much, and that name stands out in a crowd. so dont be surprised if in about a year we’re sick of her.

  • Laurie Bergman

    The white dress looks like a deflated-and-shortened version of Florence’s Met Ball McQueen, even though this is a Chanel. I like it on her.  The black dress is intriguing, but has too much going on.  She has a youthful confidence that’s very appealing.

  • This girl is gorgeous, but I can’t get past those bangs. Honey, bangs like that are for ugly girls.

    Oh, and I guess the first dress is kind of cute.

  • TheOtherChristina

    I like how her bangs are cut but the way they are styled is really grating on me. Flat flat flat flat flat CURL. They are fighting her forehead and no one is winning.

    Love the good angel/bad angel thing, though. Nice job, previously unknown Brontë heroine.

  • Second dress is ugly but she almost sells it. It works from the shoulders up- the ruffled collar is a nice frame for her neck- and it does show off her arms.

  • MoHub

    Her name is like something out of Thomas Hardy.

  • SewingSiren

    Both looks are great and appropriate considering the occasion. I prefer her in the white. The movie however,appears  to be a real stink bomb .

    •  Sorry to hear that!   I love Tim Burton, and the Johnny Depp, HBC connection makes it high on my list.  Where did you hear about it?

  • sashaychante

    I like the white much more.  The black lace I could almost like, but the sheer side/hip panels…just NO.  This sheer hip panel thing seems to be trend, and it’s just not flattering.  

  • ChelseaNH

    She needs to learn to say no to all the ruffles, but she definitely has potential.

  • Call me Bee

    Interesting!  She seems to have a good sense of style, and I like that. 

  • SpcilK

    Stunning face!!

  • Cathy S

    I prefer the white dress. She looks really nice. The black dress is certainly dramatic but I’m not feeling it.

  • TieDye64

    Adore the first look. The second dress is just too ugly. Having said that, this chick (whoever she is) is giving great face and even in   the ugly lace it isn’t taking away from her looks. Girl seems to have some presence.  

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I think both of those dresses are pretty fugly, but I can’t deny that she looks great and she’s working it. Never heard of her either, but I already like her for not being boring and predictable.  

  • MilaXX

    So the cast of Dark Shadows is going to so the entire press tour dressed either pseudo goth or like their characters. I don’t like either dress, but think they both look okay on her, but the white is more successful than the black.

  • EEKstl

    She could be one to watch but I agree, 2nd dress is fugly.

  • judith traherne

    I really like the bodice of the white Chanel but the under-skirt looks like a half-slip that lost its elastic and is slithering down. The other one, though, the less said about it the better.

  • Stitchy McYarnpants

    The first dress is cute, but I worry about the buttons in the back. That third one is dangling already. The second dress looks like a sexy maid costume. A nice one, but still, like something Alice might wear if Sam took to her to the annual Butcher’s Fetish Ball.

    Also, the wall of bangs to wide-eye ratio is a tough one to calculate. Deschanelification is imminent.

  • fashionablylate

    LOVE the first, like the second – the dress does have issues, but she makes it work. Definitely one to watch.

  • poggi

    While I don’t love the black dress (in fact, I agree with all of your criticisms), I still like the overall effect.  It makes me focus more on her face, especially her eyes (maybe to avoid looking at the rest of it).  She looks more striking, arresting even, in the black outfit, although the white is far prettier.  

  • Both dresses are difficult but I think she makes them work. Love her bangs. 

  • I don’t like either dress, but she wears them well. In regards to the first dress: are lamp-shade dresses having a moment? It’s got a definite whiff (a mere whiff, compared to that one we saw a few days ago, I forget who was wearing it) of stacked lamp-shade to it. The second dress is just far too fussy and I really despise any kind of cut-out like that. 

    • AthenaJ

      It was Flo at the Met Ball with the mega lampshade-esque McQueen dress.

      • I thought it might have been her but couldn’t remember for certain. Thanks!

  • margaret meyers

    Bang! Bang!  She got us with both barrels.  Love it.

  • mjude

    i have to say i like her look

  • Judy_J

    Is the exposed hip some kind of new trend?  I’m frightened, Auntie Em.

    Seriously, though, she’s a pretty girl with an interesting face.  I like that she can go from the light to the dark side so seamlessly.

    • That strip of skin by the hip bothers me too. I can’t tell if the second dress is only mildly terrible or just awful. 

  • I like both dresses but those bangs, I just… no.

  • erinbinek

    Love her first look but that second one is terrible. Who else wore this hideous dress recently? I vaugely remember seeing it before.

  • Susan Crawford

    I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing much more of Ms. Bella in no time at all. She is able to rock some fashion, all right, and channel some Audrey Hepburn, mixed with a little Keira Knightley and a couple teaspoons of Natalie Portman for extra flavor.

    As for her two looks, the first is picture-pretty, youthful and on trend in a really GOOD way. The second, darker look is pretty cool, and the spiderwebby lace surely reflects some of the oddball creepiness of “Dark Shadows” – can’t say I’m in love with the dress, but she is giving it a good werq-out in London Town.

    • formerlyAnon

       Agree that she has the body and face to take over our media input. (I love her face). Now, if only she can act.

      • Susan Crawford

        Boy, formerlyAnon, you really want EVERYthing, don’t you! 😉

  • Whoever does her makeup is a genius. Her face fits perfectly with each look. 

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    I like the Chanel – really pretty and feminine.  Truly dislike the Pucci black lace dress.  I agree – when will it end??  Hair and makeup are flawless in each look.  Pretty young girl.

  • Amy Ellinger

    Her face is absolutley fascinating! 

    Every angle reminds me of a different person- Olivia Wilde, Kiera, Cillian (aka yespleasenow) Murphy.  Seriously perplexing, in an awesome way. Get her in a good editorial, stat!!

  • carolynmo

    Both are very interesting looks, especially the white, which inspired a triple take. But boy–fantastic shoes!!!

  • Aurumgirl

    She is so pretty, but I hate both dresses!

  • Even though I don’t like the white dress so much, she really pulls it off with style. And the booms do suit her – when they’re straight. What is up with them in the second lot of photos though, they’re totally lopsided! 

  • gabbilevy

    Audreybot 2.0.

  • Esz

    She looks like a mix between Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley don’t you think?

  • Qitkat

    What an awesome name! She intrigues me. I like that she is pulling off both these looks.

  • guest2visits

    She’s quite beautiful; thought the hair was fine in both pics. The white dress wasn’t pretty until the close-up at her back,
    and I didn’t like the tight lace-up heels.    There’s nothing to like about the weird black apron-dress, but I really liked her shoes.

  • Lisa

    I like both of her extreme “Virgin vs. Vamp” looks – she really pulls them both off very well!  Who the hell is she?  

  • mayavaly

    Designers have got to stop immediately with the lace side panels (or cut outs for that matter). They’re just horrid. Bella, however, is stunning, and her shoes are so damn sexy, they are verging on indecent. 

  • quiltrx

    I can’t even see her because OMG I FORGOT JONNY LEE MILLER IS IN DARK SHADOWS.  Can you tell I’m excited for this weekend????

  • Sophie Collier

    I kinda like the weird Victorian goth dress.  

  • librarygrrl64

    Looking at the thumbnail too quickly, I thought it was Alexis Bledel for a moment.

  • H3ff

    She has a stunning jawline.