Bel Powley is blowing up. The British actress wowed audiences this year at the Sundance Film Festival with her breakout role in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, holding her own with Alexander Skarsgård and Kristen Wiig. Her performance as Minnie, a teenager who enters into an affair with her mom’s beau, won her a number of nominations, including the Gotham Award for Best Actress. She also boasts a handful of movies coming out opposite Kristen Stewart, Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, and Liv Tyler—to name a few.
In her latest film, A Royal Night Out, Powley plays a young Princess Margaret, sister to the soon-to-be Queen Elizabeth. Set on VE night in 1945 London, the story takes Margaret and Elizabeth out on the town, disguising their royal identities. Wide-eyed by the reality of the celebration, the adventure brings the sisters to revelations about the people of the country they would soon lead. We had a chance to chat with Powley about playing a princess, feminism, and her how she stays grounded as her star rises.