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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.”

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“I am so lucky that I was raised by actors, because what I got used to in childhood was the ebb and flow of career,” says Laura Dern. The two-time Oscar nominee has spent her entire life on movie sets; the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, she’s worked in front of the camera for close to four decades. “There are these moments when you are working like crazy or have the opportunity to do something you’ve never done. And a time when you’re not working and you’re trying to figure out what creative passions there are in your life other than being an actor.”

Given her take on acting careers, 2017 is shaping up to be quite the tsunami, with Dern appearing in sitcoms, critically acclaimed prestige dramas, Sundance indies, a highly anticipated TV revival, and one of the biggest blockbuster franchises in Hollywood history. But whether Dern is acting in “Star Wars” for director Rian Johnson or sparring with Kristen Wiig on “The Last Man on Earth,” she’s driven by a desire to use her creative outlook to speak about life’s bigger questions. She makes this clear as she surveys her New York City hotel room after having enjoyed, as she puts it, a princess-for-a-night experience at the Met Gala the prior evening. “I feel like the good fortune of careers that are about voice is that we get the privilege of figuring out what we want to say with what we get to do. All of that keeps me going and re-energizes me in new ways depending on what’s happening in our culture.”

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Today on newsstands in NY and LA, the Vanity Fair issue with Star Wars covers is out. It’ll be out internationally on June 6, but thankfully to nice friends we’ve got scans from it to add to the gallery. I didn’t add the whole article but only the written part and few shots. You can find it fully on

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Laura Dern is not afraid to catch some air.

The Big Little Lies actress, 50, broke down her favorite travel moments for Conde Nast Traveler, and among some stunning locations (Marlon Brando’s private island in French Polynesia) and spectacular treats (the “crazy little baby wild strawberries” at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in the South of France), one special time in Minnesota stands out.

“I shot the film Wilson with Woody Harrelson in Minnesota, and we spent a lot of time on Lake Minnetonka,” Dern tells CNT. “Woody’s the wildest athlete I’ve ever met.”

The costars stayed active on set with some low-key activities like tennis, and some far riskier ones: “We’re kite surfing! Tightrope walking!” Dern recalls of her foray into extreme sports.

Harrelson, 55, proved a good influence not only on her fitness routine, but, thanks to a little friendly peer pressure, on her sense of adventure. “I ended up being so active,” she says, “because he was always like,  “Come on, Dern!”

Dern next appears in the Twin Peaks reboot and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.


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Once again, Annie Leibovitz and Vanity Fair have visited a Star Wars set to bring a first look at brand-new characters and exotic new worlds.

In the exclusive photo portfolio above, see Annie Leibovitz’s photographs from the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth film in the Star Wars saga coming to theaters December 15. The portfolio includes a first look at the characters played by Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern, at returning favorites Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac), and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, reunited as brother and sister Luke and Leia for one of the last times before Fisher’s death in December.

For more, read David Kamp’s cover story about the latest adventure in the galaxy far, far away, and keep coming back to for even more details from behind the scenes. The Summer issue of Vanity Fair will be on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on June 1, and nationally on June 6.


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The Twin Peaks revival is bringing a lot of names — both linked to the original and not — to its titular town. But the new name that’s perhaps bringing the most excitement is Laura Dern. While the reunion of Laura Dern and creator David Lynch’s creative talents is cause for celebration, it’s still not known what exactly the collaboration has produced. Lynch, Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, and Dern herself have all been very secretive about who Laura Dern plays in Twin Peaks.

Dern, fresh of a major supporting role in Big Little Lies, is one of many celebrities taking on a role in Twin Peaks but is only one of a few who’s new to Twin Peaks and is also a former David Lynch collaborator. Dern has previously worked with Lynch on his films Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, and Inland Empire, but this marks the first television collaboration between the two. With Lynch and Dern reuniting, chances are that whatever character the actress plays will have a very important role in the events of the revival. Dern could be playing a brand new role that takes Twin Peaks in a new direction, but it’s also possible that Dern could finally be putting a face to a familiar name.

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Laura made a surprise appereance on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt third episode of season 3, and she was so funny and hilarious. Take a look at HD screencaptures that have been added to the gallery!