28 Aug 17

Like many, Laura Dern went to see “Wonder Woman” in theaters this summer and like most, she walked away feeling a deeper sense of poignancy than expected from a traditional summer superhero flick.

“I loved seeing it — and I really loved seeing it with my 12-year-old daughter,” Dern says, after bringing up the film herself from her home in Los Angeles. “People are like, ‘Well, you can’t turn this kind of film into a statement.’ It’s like, no. You infiltrate every story that you tell. It can be a traditional movie, but you respond to something different.”

At 50, the actress has been telling more stories than ever these days, heading into September with her sixth Emmy nomination for HBO sensation “Big Little Lies” — which earned a total of nine nominations — sandwiched between her role on the “Twin Peaks” revival and December’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” She’s just wrapped a new film with Kristen Stewart, and with several more on the immediate horizon, has a sharpened awareness of her power as a storyteller.

“Truth and lies have become a real interesting theme, more than ever, lately,” Dern says, hinting at the turmoil in the political world with the new president. “Frankly, you know better than me as a journalist; it’s a very interesting time to use our voice. So we get to ask questions right now, and where we put our energy, where we can kind of infiltrate a bit…It’s the same on a film – you never want to hit things over the head, but there’s a lot to be said right now and telling stories, whether they’re true stories that are blatant and correct about injustice and a longing for equality and human rights, or it’s disenfranchised characters who don’t even know they’re entitled to a voice – and how interesting to play people who have to make their way not feeling that their voice matters?”

Read the full article in our press archive and check the photoshoot.

20 Aug 17

When Savannah Knoop offered the director Justin Kelly the rights to her 2008 memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy, it began a nearly decade-long development process to bring the story to the screen. The film chronicles Knoop’s experience as she became swept up playing the mysterious alter ego JT Leroy, who was created by her sister-in-law, the San Francisco-based writer Laura Albert. In public, Knoop embodied the elusive gender-fluid teenage author who became a national phenomenon in the early aughts. Eventually, Kristen Stewart signed on to play Knoop, and Laura Dern took the buzzed-about role of Albert.

The story of JT Leroy is a saga worthy of the screen, and is one that still lives in infamy. Also the subject of last year’s documentary Author: The JT Leroy Story, the adventure began with an unknown writer called Terminator, whose acclaim in underground lit circles caused him to spiral into a fever dream of cult celebrity status. Revealed to be Jeremiah “Terminator” LeRoy (JT for short), the writer published a series of acclaimed magic-realist books chronicling his experiences as a queer, gender-fluid teenager, raised in rural West Virginia by his prostitute mother. Celebrities and the media devoured the novels, Sarah (1999), The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (1999), and Harold’s End(2005). Fashion and Hollywood became obsessed with the elusive author, who often appeared at photoshoots and events in a blonde wig, sunglasses, and black hat, hobnobbing with everybody from Winona Ryder to Asia Argento, Courtney Love, and Bono. But it was all a lie. Albert was behind the persona of JT, authoring the books and posing as him on phone calls and emails; Knoop became the public face, putting a person to the name for cameras and public audiences, while Albert tagged along as a brash, British woman named “Speedie.” When an explosive New York Magazine piece outed the two of them, Albert’s literary world came crashing down, and Knoop was left to pick up the pieces.

Now, with the film freshly wrapped, Kelly and Knoop (who co-wrote the film) are offering W an exclusive first look at Kristen Stewart in character as both Savannah and JT, and Laura Dern as Laura Albert. They also hopped on the phone to discuss working with the two A-list actresses, perfecting characterization through wardrobe and hair, and privacy and identity in a post-JT Leroy world.
You’ve been working on this project for a very long time. How does it feel to be on your last day of production?

Justin Kelly: It feels amazing. Savannah and I started working together in late 2009. We’ve been writing, rewriting, developing and getting it off the ground for so many years that it feels amazing. It’s wild.

Savannah Knoop: And it feels like it took as long as it needed to take. We just kept writing and working and thinking about it until it was time to go.

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19 Aug 17

Welcome to version #2 of Laura Dern Network, dedicated to Laura’s extensive career.
You may notice that each of the images in the background represents one of Laura’s projects from movies and tv-series. I felt the need to change, to focus on some different project than a photoshoot and I found that highlighting her career was the right direction for this fansite, after all this aims to be a tribute to Laura and her work, so what’s better than using it for the look?

The new look is matching and applies on the main site, photo gallery and video archive. I hope you like it as much as I do.

14 Aug 17

We already know so much about what to expect in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but this is totally fake news.

Laura Dern couldn’t divulge secrets from the galaxy far, far away when she popped in for Entertainment Weekly: The Show, but she did reveal what’s definitely, 100 percent not in the movie. For instance, fans should not expect Luke Skywalker’s first words uttered in the new installment to be, “Nah, I’m good.”

We can also presume the opening crawl won’t consist of emojis, the X-Wings definitely won’t turn into NC-17-Wings, and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) isn’t secretly the cousin of Ren from the Ren and Stimpy cartoon. Although, let’s not immediately ignore Dern’s idea that Mario Batali should have his own morning cooking show for Wookies called The Chew-bacca. Raise your hand if you’d watch that.

Dern is top notch when it comes to dodging spoilers for The Last Jedi, but we know she’ll play the magenta-haired Resistance officer Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. Director Rian Johnson showed fans at this year’s D23 Expo a photo of Dern wielding a blaster.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will open in theaters on Dec. 15. Watch Dern on EW: The Show above.


14 Aug 17

The gallery was updated with HD screencaptures of Laura in the latest episode of Twin Peaks. Take a look!

10 Aug 17

The gallery has been updated with 3 HQ stills of Laura’s appereance at Stephen Colbert and video from the interview in our video archive. Take a look!