Helena Bonham Carter for Vogue UK

Posted on June 03, 2013

Ohmigod, this bitch is AMAZING:


Helena Bonham Carter covers the July 2013 issue of Vogue UK magazine in a Ralph Lauren dress photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Lucinda Chambers.

On playing different roles: “I learned how to be a southern belle, which I’ve always rather wanted to be. And how to be a whore, which I’ve also rather always wanted to be. And I learnt how to fire a double-barrelled shotgun from a prosthetic leg. It’s frighteningly empowering firing a gun, you know? I’m afraid I learnt that too…”

On doing character research: “The research is what I get off on. My mom is a psychologist and I’m very similar to her. I love the challenge of working a character out. Ultimately, I don’t agree to do a film because I think it’s going to be a success. I do it because I think I’m going to learn something from the character I’m playing. I’m not sure what yet, but I know I am going to learn something from Elizabeth [Taylor, in an upcoming BBC film]. I know that, somehow, I’m going to grow as a soul from playing her.”

On acting being less of a priority since becoming a mom: “It’s not my sole purpose so there’s less pressure on it. Which, of course, means I do it better. But I also find it’s less important to me now whether I’m crap or good. I take myself so much less seriously than I used to. I used to be so self-critical, it was painful. Now I think, ‘OK, so I acted badly today. I’ll try and act better tomorrow.’ I mean, for God’s sake, it’s not like I’m a surgeon or anything. It doesn’t really matter, does it?”

Ralph Lauren Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Bruna Tenorio

Giambattista Valli Spring 2013 Couture Collection/Model: Julia Nobis (ELITE)

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Esther Heesch (NEXT)

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Esther Heesch (NEXT)


We see no need to dirty this up with our thoughts. Bow down, peasants.



[Photo Credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Vogue UK, style.com]

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  • steeg of their own

    So fucking fierce. Whoever styled this shoot deserves a raise.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    she looks seriously amazing, love her even more after reading the interview.

    • poggi

      Yes self-awareness is rare commodity among actors and actresses. The ability to commit to it fully and at the same moment realize just how silly it all is in the big scheme of things makes me love her.

  • StellaZafella

    Brando once said something to the effect that “Acting is what people do until they grow up…”
    HBC has grown up verrrrrrrrry nicely…in all ways.

  • oatmealpie

    She looks so much like Winona Ryder on the cover.

    • random_poster

      I got Keira Knightly.

      • Faerie Nuff

        I thought it was Keira Knightly from the thumbnail.

    • StellaZafella

      I see Leslie Caron in the cover shot…the B&W could be Audrey Hepburn.

      • marlie

        I see Leslie Caron too!

        • Coolekat

          For sure it isn’t HBC we’re seeing – she morphed into Leslie!

  • lovelyivy

    She is indeed the anti-Lohan. Can’t WAIT to see her Liz.

  • Silly Grrl


    • Little_Olive

      Cover WERK, indeed! That should be a new category at TLo Sartorial Labeling Co.

  • AndreaSkates

    She has a face that was made for black-and-white photography. And I mean that in the most complimentary way: color just gets in the way of appreciating that astonishingly gorgeous bone structure.

    • 3boysful

      I know–you don’t really register those cheekbones, then–wham.

  • GorgeousThings

    Wow!!!! That’s all I can say in the face of that.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Wow indeed. Words fail me.

  • Ellie Rowe

    Simple, classic, love it.

  • Little_Olive

    I love how she can walk around looking batshit crazy and then deliver *this* -and maintaining some of the quirkiness, no less. Beautiful. Wish there was a wee less Photochop there.

    Also “Does my wardrobe show my age?” Eehhh… shouldn’t it?

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Good lord I hope so.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    HBC rarely ever disappoints. Whether she is on the street, on the carpet, on the screen or in print, she is always interesting, stunning, and leaving me wanting more.

  • random_poster

    This peasant is truly bowing down. She is amazing!

    • joything

      This peasant, too. I weep with desire.

  • marlie

    She looks AMAZING. And I’m in love with that McQueen cape.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I’m just sighing with delight.

    • decormaven

      Joining in the refrain…

  • TSkot

    How much better she looks with just a little… what’s the word… taming?

  • Le_Sigh


  • teensmom99

    Even if were to ignore that amazing styling, it goes to show you how great skin and great bones are invaluable assets.

    • Eric J.

      As far as the cover goes, so is Photoshop.

      • teensmom99

        I realize the cover is photoshopped to high heaven but I think in general she is so beautiful and can get away with a lot thanks to good skin and good bones.

  • MilaXX

    LUV HUH!

  • Griffinqueen

    I might have an age bias here, but as I contemplate HBC and Debbie Harry this week, I’m thinking that these “old” broads are creating a new standard of beauty. It feels like a genuine pardigm shift. Wishful thinking on my part? But who can deny the ferocity!

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      It’s Talented, Grounded Women with Fierce-ass Cheekbones season! At least it should be.

    • Little_Olive

      Except we only know they are “old (er)”, because they have eliminated most every sign of wisdom from her faces. Good thing both bitches master their “I’m cooler than you” eye gaze.

      • filmcricket

        Right? HBC is gorgeous but all I can see in this is the Photoshop that’s trying to make her look 22. Debbie Harry was ‘shopped too, but she still looked vaguely in her own age category. This is just depressing.

  • Rebecca Bledsoe

    Looking at these photos I just have to say that whoever thought of casting HBC as Elizabeth Taylor is a freakin’ genius.

    • demidaemon

      I know that movie will blow LL’s out of the water; hopefully, it will burn out the memory of that Lifetime travesty as well.

  • majorbedhead

    She even makes a mullet skirt look fabulous.

  • natasha2marie

    Second pic makes me think of a stylized Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations.

  • Anniebet

    Dammit, I want moar!

  • http://twitter.com/Hussified Coleen

    She is a.maz.ing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aboutelle Ashleigh Boutelle

    what’s a “w***e”? oh….I just got it!!

    • OrigamiRose

      Wait, what was my question too, but I still don’t get it :(

      Oh wait, scrolled down, got it.

  • unbornfawn

    I just love her more and more.

  • Maryanne525

    Snaps, head tilt, hair flip, bow down, I said “yassss honey, werq” out loud. All of it. She deserves it and more. Loving her in this!

  • girliecue

    Danaerys Stormborn on GoT may be a beautiful badass, but HBC’s exquisite face and fierceness could bring all Seven Kingdoms and more to their knees in an instant. Her Royal Worshipfulness indeed!

  • MitchellGilburne

    All I can think upon viewing these images is: Helena Bonham Carter IS *The Borg Queen*

    Let’s hope they keep it up with these Star Trek movies…

  • mjude

    i am bowing the fuck down. she is just stunning in the photos.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    And here we have HBC for the win, again. Not that she cares. And yet she’s still serving it.

  • Rand Ortega

    JEEZUS PUHLEZUS! It’s as if Joan Crawford, Bette Davis AND K. Hepburn had a baby. This is FIERCE from another dimension. I’m completely tripped out! Mila & I were just talking about her being the 1st female Dr but now I’m thinking she’s even too much for that!

  • Rand Ortega

    OMG! I forgot! She’s playing La Liz! Train wreck, “Private Lives”, wanted Burton back Liz. I feel faint.

    • alyce1213

      That stirred a memory. Thirty years ago, I was walking past the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on W 46th St (where they were doing Private Lives), a limo door opened, and out walked Elizabeth Taylor — two feet from me — in jeans and a big mink coat. Talk about faint!! She was about 50 then, and the most exquisite woman I’ve ever seen in person. I actually couldn’t move for a couple of minutes. How could Burton resist?

      • Rand Ortega

        Wow. That is too cool for school. Have you read his diaries? They’re absolutely amazing. She was like a drug to him & the man definitely had the addiction gene. But he had the same effect on her. I think that’s why I find their relationship so fascinating. They were these 2 people who found in each other the embodiment of unbridled, obsessive passion. That’s really rare.

  • golden_valley

    I’d forgotten what a fantastically photogenic face she has.

  • http://thishotoldbroad.blogspot.com/ Sara Leigh Merrey

    She looks simply amazing. I’ve always loved HBC, and she just gets better with every year. And those hats are absolutely fantastic!

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    She has, and always will be, unnvervingly gorgeous.

    • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

      I agree. I remember her, in that film with Cary Elwes, Queen Christina. If, I’m remembering the title of the film. They were so young and pretty in it.

  • msdamselfly

    That picture at the cafe is gorgeous

  • girliecue

    I can hear those pics giving a silvery laugh and carelessly drawling,, “No, dahling. We rich really aren’t like you at all.”

  • capybara_cafe

    It’s so nice to see her NOT looking like she just crawled out of a dumpster. Wow. Kudos to whoever did the hair and makeup.

  • Judy_J

    These photos are stunning. She has cheekbones to die for!

  • GTrain

    THAT is how it’s done. Brava, Madame

  • Fifi LaRoux

    I want to be her friend for like a day. It would be so much fun.

  • nannypoo

    It’s nice to see her without the outrageous clothes for a change because she is really beautiful and that can get lost in all the layers and embellishments. I love her either way. And her comments are smart and rational, which makes me like her even more.

  • siriuslover

    LOVE HER!!! And let’s see, Lohan, HBC…is there really any contest? I hadn’t heard about HBC’s version though.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She’s just all-around delightful. I’m excited to watch her play Liz.

  • kimiakay

    A great spread from Vogue for HBC. Tell Anna ( or whoever in the UK) to lay off the Photoshopping, Helena. You don’t need it.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    I needed that after that terrible (but totally expected) funk last night’s Games of throne left me. WERQ HBC.

  • KayEmWhy

    Stunning! Can I take her home?

  • beebee10

    Your Royal Fierceness has served us some FACE.

  • fursa_saida

    I do not blame Tim Burton one bit. I would totally leave my wife for this fabulous queen and take every possible opportunity to work her into my work life.

  • Buffy

    there is only one word – wow

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    I wish she dressed this way on the red carpet.

  • prettybigkitty

    She just skyrocketed to the top of my favorite actress list.

  • jmorino08

    Screw the Pope, I now worship at the foot of HBC! All hail the Queen of Fierce!

  • PeaceBang

    Fell in love with her twenty-five years ago, fell in love with her again tonight. Absolutely breathtaking. I want a copy of the magazine!! Also, what movie did she do where she fired a gun with a prosthetic leg!?

    • cowper

      She’s in the Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp, I believe.

  • Qitkat

    I love her quotes, but seriously did not recognize her. A beautiful mannequin here, sorry. Too far, Vogue UK.

  • formerlyAnon

    Those “coffee, streetside” photos fall just a little bit short of being classics. And I’m fairly sure it’s the over-busy-ness of that hat + her makeup, and not her fault.

  • j_anson

    It just makes me want to weep even more when she pulls the same messy witch-woman look EVERY public appearance. :

  • PeggyOC

    See, Helena, you can do something besides demented Victorian ragamuffin.

  • Diego!

    She is even fiercier than Queen Hellen Mirren!

  • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

    I know talking about Photoshop is old news, but honestly, it’s a good thing your heading said who it was or I’m not sure I’d have figured it out.

  • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella


  • Not applicable

    did she lose a lot of weight? she looks incredible (not that she didn’t before- but these photos are like time travel)

  • Corsetmaker

    So yeah, looks brilliant. Stunning and interesting woman. Interesting bit in the article about trying a stylist but hating being told what to do and then still getting criticised. And that after all she’ll get the work anyway.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    LOOOOOOVE!!! What else needs to be said? She can handle crazy, and she can handle glam. Love her!

  • Carly Warnock

    Sometimes I forget how beautiful she is.

  • Camille Chapman

    I wish we saw her in more simple things like this with her hair back. We can really see and appreciate how fabulously beautiful she is!

  • Diva in 4 Inch Heels

    I think HBC is wonderful and I’m thrilled to see that she’s going to portray Ms. Taylor.

  • snarkykitten

    um different roles? what different roles? she always plays the same batshit broad.

  • Sweetvegan

    She looks amazing.