20 Jun 17

Laura Dern has appeared in major blockbuster hits, art house darlings and on TV. But the star who can be currently seen in the new “Twin Peaks” reboot and the forthcoming Star Wars installment “The Last Jedi” says there is still one dream role she has yet to play: Madge, the sassy manicurist from those old school Palmolive commercials.

Dern sat down with Ad Age backstage at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity Sunday to discuss her take on advertising today, her favorite apps and aging gracefully in Hollywood. This interview has been slightly edited for flow and readability.

Will you get to see any of the work while you’re here?
I don’t know if I’ll be able to. But I’m learning so much just getting to talk to brands and advertisers. It’s interesting to start to figure out how you can participate in the world, especially if you have a mission statement, a goal in mind, so you start to be able to invent where it is a match that also can be purposeful, be it a product you love or a cause you love.

What’s your mission statement?
I love being an actor, but as an individual and as a woman particularly who was not only raised by actresses but is an actress, I’m very excited about the paradigm shift in America, finally, about race and wisdom and sexuality being a little more like a fine wine as opposed to something that we’re supposed to hide or run from.

Check out the full interview into our press library.

19 Jun 17

Much more screentime on this last episode of Twin Peaks, much more feels and emotions. At a point it gave me goosebumps for the greatness of Laura’s acting in those seconds of silence and just looks. Take a look in the gallery for HD screencaptures from Part 7 of Twin Peaks Remake.

18 Jun 17

Laura Dern says narcissism in the acting world “can only last for so long,” and she ​called on the advertising world to change up press events to create a “teachable moment” where actors can discuss causes they are passionate about ​– rather than droning on about themselves.

The “Twin Peaks” and “Big Little Lies” star spoke in a Cannes Lions session ​that pitted Hollywood against the YouTube generation. She was joined on the ​Ketchum-hosted ​panel​ by comedian and YouTube creator Grace Helbig.

Dern said her Oscar-nominated role in the 2014 film “Wild” sparked a passion to raise awareness to fight lung cancer, as her character died from the disease. Dern said, “I was happy to do that, for me it was an act of service, a beautiful teachable moment.”

Read the full article in our press archive.

18 Jun 17

Take a look in the gallery for a few photos of Laura during today’s Cannes Lions Festival 2017: Day 2. Hopefully tomorrow will be more to add and/or switch the MQ with higher quality ones but for now, here’s your first look.

12 Jun 17

Finally Laura makes her “debut” into Twin Peaks, on last episodes and we learn her role is of Diane Evans. We have been suspended to know for quite a while. Take a look in the gallery for a few HD screencaptures from the episode, hopefully she’s going to be on more in the next ones.

07 Jun 17

Laura Dern holds all the secrets to the year’s most anticipated entertainment, but would we rather she tell us what happens or watch a great actress go to work?

“Big Little Lies.” “Twin Peaks.” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

These three projects don’t make up half of Laura Dern’s 2017 body of work, but they do represent defining moments in the year’s entertainment landscape. Few movies or TV shows have been met with as much anticipation or scrutiny, and this level of intense speculation can be tough on an actor who’s been sworn to secrecy.

“A woman came up to me and said, ‘You don’t even tell your kids what part you played? Is that painful as a mother to have to lie to your kids?’ And I got so flustered!” Dern said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “I’m not trying to hurt people by not talking about it!”

Luckily, Dern is a veteran. She’s weathered the storm of probing questions for blockbuster films like “Jurassic Park” and cult fandoms like “Enlightened.” She knows how to handle the pressure of a big budget and an equally big marketing campaign — all without lying.

“The most honest interview I could give about being part of ‘Star Wars’ is: ‘Oh my God! I’m in ‘Star Wars’!’” Dern said. “I mean, other than being on the set of ‘I Love Lucy,’ I don’t think there’s anything that made me more giddy than being part of ‘Star Wars.’ It really is like childhood play.”

Read the full interview in our press archive.