4:37 pm - 09/23/2012

Grainger: Estella fascinates me

Holliday Grainger said the new film version of Great Expectations shows things from Estella's perspective.

Charles Dickens' classic novel is narrated by Pip, who falls in love with the beautiful but rather selfish Estella. Holliday revealed she was pleased that Harry Potter director Mike Newell's new film shows more to Estella, who she plays.

She said: "In the novel you never see it from Estella's point of view, throughout it's like you're watching her. And so it's only really at the end that you figure out exactly why she's become who she is.

"It's such a complex history of emotional damage really, and that kind of fascinates me. It's such a deep level of hurt and anger and how she's managed to restrain that and still maintain that kind of composure, I've always found her fascinating."

Mike said Helena Bonham Carter was perfect for the role of mad spinster Miss Havisham.

He joked: "Well she's mad. Helena is mad and that links up precisely with the madness of Miss Havisham.

"The wonderful thing about her is that she's so courageous and she throws herself right into something like that - most people would hold back, but not her."

He also revealed he hoped the new adaptation of the story, which has been retold time and again on television and film, would introduce it to a new generation.

Mike said: "I thought it was a very contemporary project and I thought that young people would be very interested in seeing the emotional troubles of people at the period of the story, so it was a very up-to-date subject for me."


Flawless Porcelain Goddess

alaynestone 23rd-Sep-2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
She is how I pictured Estella to look, tbh. I didn't like the actress who played Estella in the tv mini from last year.
heartstopper 23rd-Sep-2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
she was so not right for the part :/ i always imagined estella like jean simmons in the 1946 version

scarletfbl 23rd-Sep-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
She is very, very beautiful.

I have a confession: OP, I kinda ogle your icon from time to time. I apologize.
pippopippo 23rd-Sep-2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
my princess
mistycreed 23rd-Sep-2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Flawless Queen. <3
seaghostsoaring 23rd-Sep-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
There have been like a bajillion adaptations of this book -- especially recently -- but I'm excited for this one if they are doing it from Estella's perspective. She's one of my favorite literary characters.
_pinkpornstar_ 23rd-Sep-2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
She is flawless.
punkylana 23rd-Sep-2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
she's so beautiful, ugh.
myblackass 24th-Sep-2012 12:10 am (UTC)
I have no opinion on the actress but I want to see this.
lucifersam 24th-Sep-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
hmm more estella. I like it.

gorgeous princess. ilh <3
xcollsangelx 24th-Sep-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
She is flawless.

lovelydress2087 24th-Sep-2012 03:42 am (UTC)
If anyone can make me like the character of Estella it's this beautiful creature. I need more of her in my life. Come back Borgias, come back.
izbetterthanu 24th-Sep-2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
I fucking love Estella. Most intriguing character in the book imo. Funny how age changes your perspective though, when I first read the book in elementary school I didn't know what to think of her. Gwyneth was also a flaw free Estella idgaf.
sixseventytwo 24th-Sep-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Just repeating all of the "flawless" comments. Love her, excited to see her in this!
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