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    to take care of our dad.” The filming of August also coincided with Lewis’ 40th year, during which she rediscovered her love for the red carpet: “At 40, my eyes are open and excited by designers in a different way. I didn’t lean on that side of myself when I was younger.”

    Though she wears sequins and leather on stage, during film-related appearances, Lewis favors “clean, fresh elegance”. “I don’t like a lot of fuss,” she says of her style sensibilities. “I’m into strong shapes as I’m small and too much fabric can swallow me.” She prefers designers who convey “extreme femininity with rawness and edge”, such as Erdem, Vionnet and Vivienne Westwood. “I’ve tried to preserve that rebellious streak from when I was younger,” Lewis observes. “To me, the antithesis of my creative drive is conformity to something I’m not – I don’t ever want to be some trivialized or mundane version of myself.”

    Lewis’ 2014 diary is full. In March, she hits TV screens in M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines with Matt Dillon;

    “This LADYLIKE elegance and GRACE – it’s like color from a palette for me. I want to use the FULL spectrum”

    then later in films Hellion, with Aaron Paul, and Kelly and Cal, as a former punk rocker with two kids who settles in the suburbs. Is that a fate she imagines for herself? “When I’m in love I think about kids,” she says, “but I’d have to be in the right partnership.”

    In front of the camera in a delicate lace dress, with soft bangs framing her face and pointed flats on her feet, Lewis is the modern, very cool version of the debutante she once rejected, and I tell her so. “I love that!” she laughs. “I’m into contradictions. I like them for my characters and for myself. This ladylike elegance and grace – it’s like color from a palette for me. I want to use the full spectrum.” August: Osage County is out now


    Art direction: Jon Wetherell. Hair: Marki Shkreli at Artlist. Makeup: Chris Colbeck at Art Department. Fashion assistant: Charlotte Blazeby

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