“Mission Impossible: Fallout” star Vanessa Kirby covers the August 2018 issue of Marie Claire UK magazine photographed by Kerry Hallihan.
Playing Princess Margaret being still her favorite topic of conversation: “I could talk about it forever, and I will talk about Margaret forever because I’m absolutely obsessed,” she laughs, recalling the time she went on a night out accidentally wearing a flashy diamanté necklace from the set. “Everyone was like, ‘What is that?’ It was plastic. We didn’t wear any real jewels,” she confesses. “The costume designer was like, ‘Don’t tell anyone that!’ They couldn’t trust us not to run off with them in the night. No, they couldn’t trust me, because I’m so clumsy. The girls [in the costume department] called me Bambi, because I’d fall over things and burn cigarette holes in my costumes.”
On Time’s Up and the responsibility she feels as a rising star in her industry: “The women we portray on screen are the images that go into our psyche and so it’s up to us to fight for women [we] believe to be real,” she says. “I don’t want to watch fantasy figures of women seen through the male lens; I want to see idiosyncratic, messy, vibrant, layered, weird women…because we are weird.”
On the post-Weinstein world having more relevance than ever: “I think that what [it] is doing really cleverly – and it’s dangerous in that sense – is looking at the insidious questions of, not just race and gender, but positions of service, and what it is to be an economic migrant in this country today,” she nods. “The responsibility, culpability and complicity within that dynamic; the idea that we’re liberal and yet we have these subtler values underneath that actually aren’t that inclusiv…even in myself, I’m looking at them. I’m beginning to ask the questions, am I complicit? What am I complicit in? What is my place in the world? I’m questioning everything in my daily life.”
[Photo Credit: Kerry Hallihan/Marie Claire UK Magazine]