Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue is out and getting a lot of praise for being one of its most diverse. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, the cover features a diverse group of A-listers. Some like George Clooney and Julia Roberts are Hollywood veterans, others are up-and-comers. I was particularly surprised to see fellow Frenchie Léa Seydoux in the bottom right corner, though I barely recognized her at first.
Currently known for her part (and blue hair) in Blue is the Warmest Color (la Vie d’Adele), mademoiselle Seydoux has been a feature of French cinema since 2006. She’s actually kind of French cinema royalty since her grandfather is the president of Pathé, one of the oldest film production company in the world, and her great uncle is the president of Gaumont, the first and oldest continuously operating film company in the world. She starred in a number of American productions, including Tarentino’s Inglorious Basterds and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. She’s currently nominated for a BAFTA’s EE Rising Star Award, along with fellow Vanity Fair Hollywood issue cover girl Lupita Nyong’o. Whether she wins the BAFTA or not, I think we can agree Léa Seydoux is one of France’s most compelling young talents right now, and it’s great to see Vanity Fair recognize that.