February 11,2014

EXCLUSIVE: Holliday Grainger has signed with WME for representation. The deal comes as the England native wraps Disney’s Cinderella, in which she plays mean stepsister Anastasia for Kenneth Branagh. Her credits include period pics like Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, Anna Karenina and Bel Ami. She’s next up in Lone Scherfig’s Posh. On the TV side, Grainger starred opposite Emile Hirsch in A&E/Lifetime/History’s Bonnie & Clyde two-part miniseries, a ratings hit when it premiered in December. She also played Lucrezia Borgia on Showtime’s The Borgias which ended its three-season run in June. She continues to be repped by LBI Entertainment and Troika in the UK.

February 10,2014
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Holliday Grainger has admitted it was “fun” playing an ugly sister in the new Disney adaptation of Cinderella.

The Bonnie And Clyde star and Downton Abbey’s Sophie McShera will play the vain, snooty daughters of the wicked step queen, played by Cate Blanchett, in the film directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Holliday joked: “I don’t know what I’m allowed to say – I think there’s somebody from Disney following me around with a sniper rifle listening in to all my interviews at the moment.

“It’s going to be a proper epic fairytale film, it’s going to be beautiful. And it was definitely an amazing experience working on such a huge scale production.

“Going from something like Bonnie And Clyde [the new TV miniseries which she stars in with Emile Hirsch] where it’s minimal crew and fast paced shooting, and certain things like they couldn’t afford a sign that said ‘school’ for one scene outside a school.

“And then you go onto something like Cinderella and there’s these huge beautiful, intricate sets and every detail is there and planned. You feel like you’re walking into another world, someone else’s world for a time, and wandering around being amazed by it all.”

::Holliday stars in Bonnie And Clyde which continues on Lifetime UK on Thursday, February 13 at 9pm.

February 6,2014
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Interview on BBC radio.

February 6,2014
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VB: What was your favourite part of playing Bonnie Parker?

HG: It’s been the first time in ages I got the chance to do action stuff! And it’s also about research. I always love the research, get my head in another character in another time, and choosing between the real character and the character in the script. She’s such a strong character, so interesting, so many layers, from needy innocence to selfish manipulation. I mean, just her character itself felt like an absolute joy and a privilege to play.

My favourite aspect of filming was getting to do the stunts and stuff; I have never really gotten the chance to do that before. It felt like I spent 9 weeks running in heels in the forest, shooting guns and dancing. It felt like this whirlwind of an action adventure!

VB: What was the most difficult part of playing Bonnie Parker?

HG: At first I thought that it was the accent but once I got on set, I’ve done so much research into that, I stuck with the accent all day on set and so after the first week, it was coming naturally.

I think the biggest challenge was knowing that I had to represent panic attacks and it’s quite scary. Because when I was talking to people, it is all about the feelings of the panic attacks. It is hard to decide how to physically portray it. I was more scared of making it look realistic.

VB: Emile Hirsch, how was it like working with him?

HG: He is brilliant! He is a really good actor. He is so good at portraying a character that’s different from himself. The way that Clyde walks, the way that Clyde talks, everything about Clyde, Emile kind of thought about and created it. It was kind of very spontaneous the way Emile works and very improvised, which makes it feel quite organic.

We wouldn’t over-rehearse, quite often we wouldn’t rehearse at all, we would just go and do a take and it will be maybe done in one or two takes. It makes it quite free and organic actually, that process.

VB: Without giving too much away, what is your favourite scene in Bonnie & Clyde?

HG: I think as an actor playing the character Bonnie, I really love the scene when she goes into PJ Lane’s house, and PJ comes out from the shower and then Bonnie just starts chatting to her; she doesn’t even threaten her really.

It really shows Bonnie’s slightly cool side, in that scene. Because it’s something so off the ordinary. Bonnie felt so much strength, so much like superhuman that she can walk into anyone’s house and talk like it’s normal. That kind of represents what an obscure life they were leading.

VB: The world has changed so much since the Depression but the public still loves a spectacle – do you think Bonnie and Clyde would enjoy the same fame today, especially with digital and social media?

HG: No, I didn’t think they would. I think it was partly they were so famous because of the fact that there wasn’t another Bonnie and Clyde. They were made famous because they were an outlaw couple and I think society needed that idea of a romanticized image of two people working against society, almost a Robin Hood idea of stealing from the bank and giving to the poor that Bonnie and Clyde represented.

I think we have such a wide access to stories from all over the world about real life; I’m not sure that the story would be so original today. What they did actually was quite mundane; I mean they only robbed a few banks, they mainly would rob groceries stores or something, I think that nowadays we would be like ‘oh alright, that’s vaguely intriguing’. And also, there’s no way they could have been on the run for so long; they would have been caught easily!

VB: What would you like to tell Malaysian viewers about Bonnie & Clyde?

HG: Enjoy it, not just as a piece of history but enjoy it as a mini series in itself and get stuck in the drama of it!

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February 5,2014
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Holliday Grainger says Spanx were her best friend while filming Bonnie and Clyde.

The Manchester born actress plays Bonnie Parker in a new Lifetime TV miniseries about the infamous outlaw couple, who came to prominence in the 1930s.

Despite her slim frame she had to don a pair of Spanx, the body shaping underwear, while filming which wasn’t always comfortable for her.

“Spanx were a necessity because the skirts were so figure hugging and they show off every little curve on your belly. They were my best friend on that job, but running around forests in woollen outfit, stockings and Spanx was roasting!” she laughed to British magazine Grazia.

“I even had to wear them in the lingerie scenes. There was something strangely unsexual about it. I felt like a toddler in these little shorts with Spanx underneath and shapeless bras. So unflattering.”

Holliday was helped by costume designers on the set of Bonnie and Clyde to get a real feel for 1930s fashion.

She also sought inspiration from Bonnie Parker’s actual diaries, which helped her to get into the mind-set of the villainous bank robber

“I lived and breathed Bonnie for a bit. I read her diaries, her letters and poetry. It was such an exciting role to play, and the costumes were just beautiful. It was all matching hats and belts and very try-hard in a way that isn’t fashionable now,” Holliday commented.

“The costume designer gave me mood boards for my trailer with all the front covers of ‘20s and ‘30s Vogue, which completely emulated Bonnie’s style. It made me feel like a ‘20s model.”

© Cover Media/Magazine: Grazia co uk

February 3,2014
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New interview with Holliday Grainger. She speaks with LifeTime UK about the american accent she had to do.

January 28,2014
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January 22,2014
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New event for Holliday Grainger. She is in Mexico to present Bonnie & Clyde History Channel. She is lovely!

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Mexico presents “BONNIE & CLYDE” History Channel

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January 18,2014
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The 18th Satellite Awards, honoring the year’s outstanding performers, films, television shows, DVDs, and interactive media, will be presented by the International Press Academy on February 23, 2014.

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film

Helena Bonham Carter – Burton & Taylor as Elizabeth Taylor
Holliday Grainger – Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive as Bonnie Parker
Rebecca Hall – Parade’s End as Sylvia Tietjens
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Coven as Fiona Goode
Melissa Leo – Call Me Crazy: A Five Film as Robin
Helen Mirren – Phil Spector as Linda Kenney Baden
Elisabeth Moss – Top of the Lake as Detective Robin Griffin

Congratulation to Holliday. We hope that she is going to win! 🙂

January 16,2014
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Scans: Fan The Fire Magazine – March 2010

Scans: Vogue UK – Nov 2012

Scans: Marie Claire USA 2013

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