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Emma Watson, 'Bling Ring' cast on Sofia Coppola's directing style

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Bling Ring Reviews
Merrick Morton

“Can you be a little less of a bitch to those girls?” Sofia Coppola asks Claire Julien, which actually sounds like a fairly bitchy thing to say to someone.

Coppola isn’t being cruel or dismissive, though. She’s just directing Julien’s character Chloe, a jaded, cooler-than-thou Los Angeles teen who gets swept up in the now-infamous “Bling Ring” — the group of brand-obsessed high schoolers who robbed their celebrity idols of more than $3 million in shoes, clothes, and other glossy signifiers of wealth and status.

“You’re kind of friends with them…you don’t know them that well,” Coppola continues in a behind the scenes look at the filming of The Bling Ring, her fifth feature. “But,” she adds dryly, “you’re still a badass.”

Based on Nancy Jo Sales’ Vanity Fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” the film chronicles the rise and fall of the starry-eyed and sticky-fingered teens. Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga also star as a pair of Adderall-riddled aspiring actress/model types, who are more than happy to casually walk into Paris Hilton’s home and pick up a few shiny things before heading out to party. Check out EW’s exclusive first look at one of the DVD/Blu-ray extras (available for purchase and download today) to hear Watson and Farmiga talk about Coppola’s unique way of prepping her young actresses for a scene.