14 Nov 17

This article originally appears in the November 2017 issue of ELLE.

Hollywood’s dearth of “complicated” or “difficult” female characters is one of those truisms so often lamented it’s become a cliché, and yet there are a handful of actresses who make a career of finding, landing, and embodying exactly those roles. Take Laura Dern, who has been pursuing atypical, sometimes deliberately unlikable characters for decades—and making them crackle with both sex appeal and humanity onscreen.

Consider her doe-eyed temptress in Rambling Rose (1991), an almost literal blend of the Madonna-whore archetypes that Hollywood has so often fallen back on (and which earned Dern her first Oscar nom); her punk-rock Bonnie to Nicholas Cage’s Clyde in Wild at Heart (1990); her pregnant drug addict in Alexander Payne’s slapstick feminist parable Citizen Ruth (1996). Dern’s mantra has always been to seek “wild places,” she explains—to aim for that “let’s hurl ourselves off a cliff” feeling. In the process, “she elevates every project she is in,” says Reese Witherspoon, who cast Dern as the fantastically brittle Renata Klein in this year’s Emmy-favored Big Little Lies on HBO. “Her ability to create characters who have both humor and deep emotional impact is unparalleled.”

Dern’s off-kilter sensibility belies her roots as a born Hollywood insider: Her father is the Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Dern; her mother, Oscar-nominated Diane Ladd. “One of the things that most fascinates me is that she’s so down-to-earth, it’s easy to forget that Jack Nicholson was probably at her third birthday party,” says friend Cheryl Strayed, who first met Dern when the actress played Strayed’s mother in 2014’s movie adaptation of her memoir, Wild (Dern nabbed her second Oscar nod for the role). “She’s Hollywood royalty, but you’d never know she’s got a crown on her head.”

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26 Oct 17

Almost two months after Twin Peaks left us again, we’re still pondering the meaning of the show’s hauntingly surreal final act. And also pondering the meaning of all the haunting, surreal things that happened throughout the rebooted series, an 18-part odyssey which ran throughout the summer on Showtime.

The mystery will deepen: On Dec. 5, Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment, and Paramount Home Media Distribution will release Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series on Blu-ray and DVD, with over six hours of special features. (Important note for completists: 80 minutes of behind-the-scenes material will only be available on the Blu-ray.)

EW is excited to exclusively share details of the home release, including a first look at the cover art and a behind-the-scenes clip (above). First, the cover. As noted below, the subtitle of the Blu-ray release is now A Limited Event Series, not The Return or The Third Season.

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22 Oct 17

The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures from Laura’s episode in The West Wing as Tabatha Fortis.

19 Oct 17

Yesterday Laura was one of Ellen’s guests and what important moment they shared, and funny ones.
Enjoy the HD screencaptures from clips and 2 of them added to the video archive.

18 Oct 17

As previously known, Laura is part of this group of Women of Hollywood multi-covers issue of ELLE. Thanks to my friend Luciana, who donated digital HQ scans, I have now added them to the gallery. Enjoy!

17 Oct 17

Annual celebration of Women in Hollywood by ELLE, how radiant and beautiful Laura was!
Hoping to find a video of her speech soon, in the meantime enjoy photos I added to the gallery. A big thank you to my friends Luciana and Lora for helping with some of those.