Angourie Rice Has Roles In Two Of Summer’s Most Anticipated Films

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Get to know the 16-year-old actress

The following feature appears in the June/July issue of NYLON.

If Angourie Rice is any indication, there may now exist a generation for whom Ryan Gosling is less of a total babe and more of a “cool uncle.” The 16-year-old Australian actress, who memorably portrayed Gosling’s sassy, kindhearted daughter in 2016’s neo-noir comedy The Nice Guys, believes she landed her breakout role because she didn’t see Gosling as a heartthrob. “I never had a pillowcase with his face on it, and that worked in my favor,” she says. Rice is Skyping from her home in Melbourne, curled up on the sofa in her pajamas next to her dog, a whippet named Lola. It’s tomorrow morning there, and she’s only just woken up. “The future is pretty good so far,” she assures me.

The rare rising star who attends a regular high school, Rice is zealous about her academic pursuits, even with two huge summer movies on the horizon—Spider-Man: Homecoming and Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled.She’s currently busy preparing a speech for English class on the absence of career diversity for women in film. In fact, when Rice was offered the role of Betty Brant, who predates Mary Jane as Spidey’s love interest, she needed a few weeks to consider what it would mean for her schoolwork. Also, she was nervous. “Once you’re in the universe,” she says, referring to Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic world, “you can’t play another character. That’s it. You are that person forever. So, you know, it’s a bit of responsibility.”

The hardest part was withholding the news from her friends. When she departed for the Atlanta, Georgia, set last spring, her casting had yet to be announced. “I had to stifle every bit of excitement and push it deep down,” she says, wandering outside to her front yard. Marvel is famous for its “I’d tell you, but I’d have to kill you” policy—even now there’s little she can share. “Atlanta was stinking hot,” she offers. Nice try, Angourie (pronounced An-GOWER-y, after a surfer beach in New South Wales where her grandmother’s ashes were scattered). Since Tobey Maguire stepped into the role in 2002, Spider-Man has appeared on the big screen enough times for us to know a little of what to expect from this latest version, starring newcomer Tom Holland (The Lost City of Z)—like, say, an iconic kiss? “No comment,” says Rice, laughing, before relenting just a little: “They really wanted to bring youth to it, so this one is very much about high school life.” 

Around Halloween last year, Rice also traveled to New Orleans to shoot The Beguiled, an adaptation of Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 Civil War-era novel that follows a wounded Union soldier who takes refuge in a Southern girls’ academy where sexual tensions slowly erupt. Though it’s technically a remake of the 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood—an old trailer hilariously describes Eastwood falling prey to “these man-deprived women, these man-eager girls”—Rice hasn’t seen the original. “Yeah, I don’t think that’s what Sofia wanted,” she says, laughing again. Coppola flips the script to tell the story from the perspective of the female characters, played by Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Rice’s role model, Elle Fanning. Rice plays Jane, one of the few girls unruffled by the intrusion of the soldier (Colin Farrell). “I’m like, he’s making you all googly-eyed, snap out of it!” she says.

Rice spent much of the time on set enjoying one of her favorite American exports, Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked ice cream, with her younger castmates and trying not to disturb the spirit of a ghost dog rumored to haunt a nearby house. She recalls a beautiful, giggly revelry when everyone came together to shoot the film’s climactic dinner scenes, although admits she was downright terrified during an onscreen confrontation with Farrell. “I thought he was going to kill me—that’s how good he is,” she says, reenacting her barely suppressed anxiety: “In the back of my head, I had to keep saying, ‘It’s fine, he’s lovely, remember he was telling you that he keeps granola bars in his backpack in case he gets hungry.’”

It’s hardly surprising that Rice, who prefers classic films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Kiss Me Kate to Disney fare, continually gets cast in roles that demand an uncommon maturity. She comes by her profession authentically—mom is a playwright, dad is a theater director. In primary school, Rice would head across the street after class to where her parents were staging plays, and one time found herself reciting an entire monologue from a production called The Fiction Makers during the ride home. “That’s probably where I fell in love with performing,” she says.

At the moment, it’s Easter break, and Rice is waiting for word on a few roles that she’s keen on. She admires the careers of Saoirse Ronan and Rowan Blanchard, but she’s also happy when she doesn’t have to leave her life behind. “Every time I come back things have changed without me, and I have to find my way again,” she says. Her closest friends occasionally tease her about hanging out with celebrities while they study for math tests, but their support has kept her feeling normal. “They have their own things that they do,” she says. “This is my thing.” Then she says goodbye, and gets back to finishing a science report.

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video)


This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.


Photo by Darren Craig

It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.


Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.