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Check out the gallery – we have added new photos of Sophia and the gang from the awards this past weekend. Click on the images below to be directed to the album! More are coming! Also I have finished reading sharp objects – if you haven’t read it – do so before the show comes out in  a few weeks!

 

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This is a bit late but it’s been pretty busy. Anyways, here are some photos from late May of Sophia on set of the new Nancy Drew film. As its clear to see we will not be stepping back in time with this movie, but keeping it in the present. Click the photos below to see the gallery.

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Naomi Watts and It star Sophia Lillis will star in director Claire McCarthy’s next feature Burning Season. Watts, who recently starred in McCarthy’s Ophelia, will also executive produce. HanWay Films, who is working with Watts on The Wolf Hour, will introduce the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.

Adapted for the screen by emerging writer-producer Jenny Halper and based on Laura Van Den Berg’s short story What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, the film pits a mother-daughter relationship drama against the landscape of Madagascar, an island prone to forest fires where nearly all the species are indigenous – and many are endangered.

The film was developed by writer-producer Jenny Halper (The Kindergarten Teacher) and Emmy award-nominated producer Kate Sharp (The Hallow) through Sharp’s newly launched company Daughter Films. The script was featured on the 2016 Black List and the 2015 Athena List. Primatologist and professor of Anthropology Dr. Patricia Wright has served as a science advisor along with Duke University’s Tara Clarke. Sharp and Halper will also produce the film which is due to go into production later this year in South Africa and Madagascar. Burning Seasonwill be among the first English-language features shot on location in the latter.

In the movie, Watts will play primatologist June Engle who returns to a drought-stricken region of Madagascar in search of endangered species. Dragged along for the adventure are teenage daughter Celia (Lillis) and a handsome local researcher, Kiady. A complex emotional game of cat and mouse ensues between the three with devastating forest fires on their way.

HanWay Films MD Gabrielle Stewart commented, “It is a joy for me to be working with this formidable team of women. Ever since Claire McCarthy took me on an amazing journey to India in her first feature The Waiting City, I have been wanting to work with her, and I can’t think of anyone better to take us on an adventure to Madagascar along with Naomi Watts. Burning Season feels fresh and original; both a sensitive coming of age story whilst engaging us in the complexities of wildlife conservation versus the survival of very poor rural communities.”

Watts also noted, “This is a beautiful and timely story that raises important questions. My character June is a formidable and fascinating woman – an extremely accomplished scientist who pushes her young daughter to take a hard look at the tougher aspects of living in the world today.”

Watts is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, Steve Warren at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller and Slate PR. McCarthy is represented by CAA, RGM, and Eric Feig, Lillis by Abrams Artists, Untitled Entertainment, Ryan Levine at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein and Portrait PR.

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You guessed it! Sophia has been cast as this generations Nancy Drew! She is slated to play the iconic character in Nancy Drew and The Hidden Starcase – the second of  hundred and seventy-eight books in the series. it was originally published in 1930. Read the full article below! 

EXCLUSIVESophia Lillis, last seen as Beverly Marsh in Warner Bros’ blockbuster picture,  It, has been tapped as the title character in the studios’ Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase film adaptation, based on the popular Nancy Drew books.  Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, and Chip Diggins are on board to produce the project, which is expected to begin filming soon.

The Hidden Staircase, initially released in 1930 as the second volume in the Nancy Drew series, was written by Mildred Wirt Benson though it was published under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. WB made a film adaptation of this book in 1939 directed by William Clemens and starring Bonita Granville, who had toplined the previous Nancy Drew films.

Wendy Williams will serve as executive producer.

Lillis, who will next be seen in HBO’s eight-episode Amy Adams-starring drama series Sharp Objects, is repped by Abrams Artists, Untitled Entertainment, and attorney Ryan LeVine.

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Hey everyone! I’m sorry that it has taken this long to get this out to you guys, but without further adieu – here is Sophia’s  FULL Schön! Magazine interview.

On the phone with Sophia Lillis. 

Sophia Lillis shot into the spotlight in last year’s IT, but 2018 has even more in store for the sixteen-year old in the form of HBO’s Sharp Objects. We talk to this atypical teenager about ‘80s sounds’, staying in and spongebob squarepants. 

Sophia Lillis grew up watching classic European cinema which, she says, her parents “kind of drilled into my head and I learnt to like it!’ She caught the acting bug at seven after appearing in a production for her step-fathers film class and was soon enrolled at the famous Lee Strasberg Institute, where she honed her craft for several years. It was in 2017 though, in her first big studio production, that Lillis really caught the critics’ attention as Beverly Marsh in the adaptation of Stephen King’s horror IT. 

You did a few shorts and indie films before IT. How did they prepare you for that? 

I had experience of what set is like. Not everything is organized as they claim. Actually it’s disorganized. Everything Changes at the last second and if they can’t do something,they have to quickly think of another way to get that shot. Everything is so time-based and so mixed up and you just have to learn how to deal with that situation. When I was on set for IT, it was a studio film, and everything was bigger, but it still had that same feel.

You’re often described as a rising or breakout star. Does that put pressure on you? 

I don’t really pay much attention to it. I just think I got into this film and it was nice and hopefully it will lead to more films that I would enjoy doing.

You’ve been spotted at catwalk shows such as Miu Miu. Is fashion something you’re interested in?

Being in this career started this whole new world, including fashion. I didn’t really know much about it until after IT came out and all this publicity stuff came in. It’s a part of my life now, something I can’t ignore. I’m really starting to enjoy fashion. I want to know more about it.

Next up for you is Sharp Objects in which you portray a younger version of the character also played by Amy Adams. Did you get to work with her at all?

Besides transition scenes from younger to older, older to younger, no I didn’t really see her around.

So how do you go about making sure the performances work together and convincing the audience that you are the same person? 

We were similar already. They said I looked like her when she was younger, except they had to put a prosthetic on my nose because her nose is slightly different and that was not fun. It was a lot, a lot of makeup.

The story deals with Munchausen Syndrome. Did you know much about that before and how did you prepare for the role?

Yes, the mother has that. I read the book after I got the part. It tells the whole story, so I knew what my character was dealing with when she was my age. It is a bit scary to think about. It was a hard experience for my character to deal with this mother who doesn’t really feel, who doesn’t really love her.

That’s a bit of a recurring theme in your roles.

Yes, it seems to be. I always have really depressing roles and not good relationships with my parents, but I don’t think that’s true in real life!

And yet, I hear you are more into comedy and animation. 

I love animation, I love to draw so maybe one day I can do something with that – and also comedy. My favorite actors were Bill Murray and Steve Martin, who were both in Saturday Night Live and so I grew up loving them. I still do.

As well as drawing and painting, you’re into photography. Is that something you’ve ever thought of taking up professionally. 

I think I’m always going to be an answer. I started that job early and I think it’s stuck with me now. No, I enjoy it, but I do take a lot of after school classes. I take a figure drawing class, I’m going to start taking up tap dance, I have piano and singing lessons. So, it’s all filled up at the moment actually.

It must be difficult to juggle all of that with school and an acting career. How do you manage it?

It is hard to balance both, but I usually just try to organize my time, spend part of my time working on scripts and for auctions and then part of it on focusing on studying for tests. Once you have control over it and what time to switch, it’s easier to find time for both.

Mainly what I’m focusing on is high school, then I’m going to work more on acting. I do still audition, and some work is still up in the air, so I think there are a few things in store, but right now I’m working on high school and my school is very nice. They are a theatre school, so I am definitely encouraged.

You’re into a lot of 80s’ and 90s’ bands, which is quite unusual at your age. Are you not a fan of contemporary music? 

I tried getting into modern music but couldn’t. I don’t know why? I grew up listening to what my mom had on her phone – The Cranberries, B52s, Talking Heads – so I got really into the genre. I’ve started also getting a lot into musicals because my school’s in Times Square. There’s a Spongebob musical that’s out and I know it’s weird but it’s blocks from my school and I watched it and it’s really good!

So what would be on your ultimate party playlist? 

Honestly, I guess if I was ever at a party and in charge of the music, I think just musicals. I actually do only listen to musicals. There’s ‘Be More Chill’ which I got really into, ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is already on my phone, falsettos.

You’re not much of a party animal then? 

I’m definitely not. I share a birthday with my brother because we’re twins and he kind of wants to do something, go out. I just want to sleep. Staying at home would be the best birthday ever!

‘Sharp Objects‘ airs on HBO this Summer.

This Schön! 34 editorial was produced by

photography. Elizaveta Porodina @ Sonja Heintschel

fashion. Simon Elmalem

talent. Sophia Lillis

casting. Anissa Payne

hair. Mustafa Yanaz using Isle of Roses

make up. Anastasia Durasova @ The Wall Group using CHANEL

set design. Tom Wyman

lighting. Josef Beyer

photography assistant. Hadassi

fashion assistant. Karolina Frechowicz

location. Pier59 Studios

interview. Huma Humayun

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Click on the photos to see the Gallery below! I will be typing up the entirety of the interview and posting it tomorrow since it is not available on the Schon! website.

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Zimbio’s Rising Stars: ‘It’s Sophia Lillis On Fan Love And Defying Beauty Standards

We’re highlighting remarkable young actresses who are set to become the leading ladies of tomorrow.

The world is changing, and the team here at Zimbio is all about it. Now, more than ever, the concerns of women are being heard, respected, and valued through movements like Time’s Up and Me Too. And, now more than ever, it’s up to us to embrace and empower each other if we want these movements to stay soaring. That’s why the month of March — Women’s History Month — feels extra important this year. To celebrate, we’re calling out awesome young actresses you’ll be seeing much more of in the future, the rising stars who excite and inspire us. Whether we were touched by their courageous onscreen performances, brought to tears by their relatable characters, or captivated by their thoughtful posts on social media, we think every one of these actresses is on the road to becoming a household name.

Earlier this month, we featured Emma Kenney, best known as the spirited Debbie Gallagher on Shameless, then 16-year-old Talitha Bateman, who you’ll recognize from films like Annabelle: Creation,
Geostorm, and the new drama Love, Simon. Next, we put the spotlight on Shannon Purser, who readers will know as Ethel on Riverdaleand Barb on Stranger Things.

Now, it’s time for Sophia Lillis to take the stage. One of the most notable breakout stars of 2017, her performance as Beverly Marsh in It cemented her as one to watch. After appearing in HBO’s Sharp Objects, she earned a role in the upcoming drama Before I Sleep. She’ll also reclaim her role as Beverly in It: Chapter Two, which is currently slated to hit theaters in 2019.

You have so much support on social media! What’s the best message you’ve ever received from a fan?

Sophia Lillis: I have to admit I don’t spend a lot of time on social media, but I do love the opportunity to meet fans face to face. It’s really encouraging to meet people and find out about their lives, and I really appreciate all their support. I especially love that there’s so many young women that were impressed with Bev’s strength.

Is there any big acting goal you hope to accomplish in the future?

SL: I would love to be in a musical someday. I love musicals and the whole broadway scene. I need to work on my singing though!

What does the support of other young women mean to you?

SL: Practically my entire team is made up of extraordinarily talented and supportive women. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

What significance does TV and film have in your life?

SL: I spent a lot of time growing up — and still do, as I am still growing up — watching movies and TV. I stream a lot on my phone and definitely binge watch my favorite shows. I take a lot of inspiration and learn a lot, not only from the performances, but also in the way the show or film is shot or written.

What other actresses inspire you?

SL: There are a lot of amazing actors working today but I have to say I am particularly interested in certain actresses in older films. Acting styles have changed a lot over the years, but there’s a lot to learn from these performances. I have often mentioned Giulietta Masina, who was amazing. Lately, I’ve also been watching a lot of Anna Katina’s films. I love the strength and independence of their performances. There’s nothing cookie cutter about them.

What big obstacle have you faced in the industry so far?

SL: I think the way I look —a little androgynous, I guess, with short hair. A lot of studios like a more “feminine” look, particularly for my age group. I think as women get older they have a bit more freedom to sometimes move away from that look in acting. Hopefully.

What is it about acting that you love?

SL: I love being on set. Everything about making a film I love, especially the set design. I draw a lot, and the stuff they make is so amazing. It’s the chance to meet so many creative people. Some people find it chaotic, but I don’t know… it makes sense to me.

Can you share one important lesson you’ve learned since you began acting?

SL: When I was younger, I thought it was important to try to play the role the way the director saw it. That’s still very important, but I’ve learned that I also need to make suggestions and ask questions and even sometimes to say that something I’m being asked to do or say doesn’t make any sense. In the end, I am responsible for my character.

How do you cope with adversity?

SL: This is a difficult question. I know I have generally played characters with a lot of challenges — absent parents or worse. And I love these roles because there are so many levels and so much to explore and develop. But I’ve had a lot of support in my life from my family. Sometimes I talk to young women who’ve had these challenges and have said that they’ve found something in these characters that has helped them. I think it is the strength and independence of the characters I’ve played which they found helpful. I think it’s so important to have a goal and have it be your own thing.

And what’s your best fan memory so far?

SL: Probably the last Comic-Con I was at where all these young girls came up to me to take a picture. I was really proud that Bev spoke to them as well. I posted the picture on Instagram but here it is again:

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I am happy to announce that Sophia has been cast in a new role.  Before I Sleep is a  drama film in which Sophia will play Ally, a 14-year-old runaway from her mother’s home in Montana. She’s looking for her father who lives in LA, but she finds out he got killed in a car accident. Her father’s fiancée, Miranda (I don’t know who’s playing her yet), decides to drive Ally back home. The film is about their road trip together, and saving Ally from Jasper, a prostitution ring leader whom she stole a watch from in Reno, Nevada. There’s no release date yet, but it is currently in pre-production, and is being directed by Jan Eliasberg.

Click on the photo to be directed to the films website!

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The kids will be back this summer as our favorite losers when Chapter 2 begins filming. Alongside our beloved child versions of our favorite Stephen King characters – they will be joined by their adult counterparts. Anyway else as stoked as I am? 



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