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Laura Dern is not afraid to catch some air. The Big Little Lies actress, 50, broke down...

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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— May 28, 2017   0

Once again, Annie Leibovitz and Vanity Fair have visited a Star Wars set to bring a first...

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 VF.com 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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— May 24, 2017   0

The Twin Peaks revival is bringing a lot of names — both linked to the original and...

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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— May 22, 2017   0

Laura made a surprise appereance on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt third episode of season 3, and she was...

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!




— May 21, 2017   0

The gallery has been updated with over 90 photos of Laura at the Twin Peaks Series premiere...

The gallery has been updated with over 90 photos of Laura at the Twin Peaks Series premiere that took place yesterday. Go ahead and take a look, she was gorgeous!




— May 20, 2017   0

The multifaceted veteran actress is both hard to categorize and curiously undercelebrated A bold proclamation, from a...

The multifaceted veteran actress is both hard to categorize and curiously undercelebrated

A bold proclamation, from a May 4, 1986, New York Times headline: “LAURA DERN IS A TEEN-AGER TO TAKE SERIOUSLY.”

Then 19 years old, Dern — the willowy, blond daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd — was promoting Smooth Talk, a coming-of-age drama adapted from a short story by Joyce Carol Oates. Dern played Connie, a troubled, sexually curious 15-year-old who gets involved with an older man, played by Treat Williams. It was a decidedly adult role for a young actress, but that wasn’t out of character for Dern; she’d already played a blind teenager in the tearjerker Mask and a girl whose teacher comes on to her in, well, Teachers. Those were the breaks for a girl a little too off-kilter to be in the Brat Pack. “People now tell me it’s a good thing I stayed away from teen films,” Dern mused in the profile. “Well, it wasn’t my choice. I wasn’t hired. You name a movie with a young girl in the last five years” — Flashdance, Pretty in Pink — “and I’m sure I was up for it.” Said her costar Williams, quite prophetically, “She’s not as salable a persona as some of these other young actresses. She’s not so easy to categorize. So I see a longer path for her, but ultimately a more rewarding one.”

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— May 20, 2017   0

The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures of Laura from her guest appereance in The Last...

The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures of Laura from her guest appereance in The Last Man on Earth. Go over and take a look!




— May 16, 2017   0

Laura Dern may be one of the few people on the planet right now who knows more...

Laura Dern may be one of the few people on the planet right now who knows more about Twin Peaks than you do. Not much, but just enough to be able to render something of a review. In a recent interview with W‘s Lynn Hirschberg, Dern described the experience thusly: “What I know is he blew my mind in ways that were even more unexpected. And I’ve known him my whole life…It’s like a dream you wake up from and you can’t believe you’ve been there but you want to fall back asleep to get back inside of it, but it scares you. You know, it’s amazing. ”

Dern, who is on something of a roll—having become an unlikely heroine through Big Little Lies, and with two high-profile projects in the works, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi—has the unique distinction of being one of the few actors who’s achieved muse status with David Lynch, having now worked together four times, including the new Twin Peaks. The daughter of Academy Award-nominated actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, the actress, twice Oscar-nominated herself most recently for Wild, recalls in the interview how she fell in love with acting, visiting the sets of Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese in her youth, the physicality of her roles, and her memories of auditioning with Kyle MacLachlan for Blue Velvet.


— May 16, 2017   0

Take a look in the gallery for photos of Laura from both Christian Dior Cruise 2018 Show...

Take a look in the gallery for photos of Laura from both Christian Dior Cruise 2018 Show and After Party and Perrier-Jouet Toasts Mother’s Day in Celebration.




— May 12, 2017   0

Laura Dern recognizes that there can be a major generational gap between mothers and their daughters that...

Laura Dern recognizes that there can be a major generational gap between mothers and their daughters that becomes especially apparent when it comes to making their voices heard and giving back.

There’s a scene in HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” which Dern says is one of the most interesting of the series, that demonstrates this tension perfectly: Dern’s character Renata Klein ferociously confronts her daughter, Amabella, about who’s been physically bullying her at school and urges her to speak up for herself. Amabella, who’s in first grade, expresses fear over using her voice to reveal the truth and doesn’t think that it will truly be heard.

It’s this fear of being silenced, ignored or not being able to make a difference that Dern sees as a major hurdle in getting the new generation of children to also give back. Recognizing this, the 50-year-old actress has partnered with Johnson & Johnson and the United Nations Foundation for the Global Moms Relay, which will see J&J donating $1 for every photo shared on social media to one of five nonprofit partners dedicated to health and wellbeing.

The accessibility of the campaign is what attracted Dern to accepting an invitation to take part. I recently caught up with her at the Moms + SocialGood launch event in New York City to talk about the causes she most fiercely advocates for, what Sting and Trudie taught her about encouraging children to give back and the “delicious fun” she had playing Renata Klein on “Big Little Lies.”


— May 10, 2017   0

Between traveling to space in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, intentionally mispronouncing Reese Witherspoon’s character’s name in...

Between traveling to space in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, intentionally mispronouncing Reese Witherspoon’s character’s name in Big Little Lies, and an upcoming guest spot in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Laura Dern is having a 2017 for the ages. But her most mysterious — and possibly splashiest — role will come in Showtime’s rapidly approaching Twin Peaks revival. Of course, given the level of secrecy around David Lynch and Mark Frost’s return to the classic TV series, we have no idea who Dern will play when she joins the cast, but Variety’s cover story on the revival heavily features Dern. It also includes a few stunning photos of her hanging out with Lynch and her Blue Velvet co-star Kyle MacLachlan, who plays Twin Peaks’ agent Dale Cooper, in a car. We can only hope that we’re in for a whole lot of Dern.


— May 10, 2017   0