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  • shows people don’t pay attention to who we are, just surface stuff: sisters, blond, blue-eyed, kind of the same age… We don’t even think we look alike! Our personalities are worlds apart; we both feel that, we both know that. Anyone who knows us knows that.”

    In fact, the family are incredibly tight-knit, and the sisters jet back for vacations as often as their schedules permit. “If my Mom doesn’t hear from me in a day, I get The Text,” Fanning teases. “Which is like” – she puts on her best ‘Mom’ voice – “‘Well, you never called…’ or something passive-aggressive like that. Then I do the exact same thing to her,” she laughs.

    Despite the close family bonds, Fanning is fiercely independent and content in her own company. “It actually comes from being a bit of a control freak,” she admits. “I don’t like anyone doing anything for me. There are all these people on set who want to take care of you – ‘Can I get you water? Do you want this? Are you hungry? Are you tired? Do you want a Coke? Are you cold?’ It

    “People unfortunately love to see Conflict. And if it’s between Family? Between sisters? Even Better

    comes from a lovely place, and some [actors] need that, and that’s fine. Me, I feel like if you give into that, you become this person who doesn’t know how to do anything for yourself. I take a lot of pride in [being self-sufficient]. I’m a proud person.” She can be alone for months on end, she says, without company. “A lot of the time
    [actors] have people who travel with them, but I’m not afraid of being alone. I crave it.”

    Suggest Fanning is uptight at your peril. When asked how she escaped her teenage years so elegantly, without one catastrophic incident, she replies, “That you know of! It’s not to say I was a bore,” she continues, a touch defensively, “or that I didn’t have fun, or make mistakes. But

    Dress by Giambattista Valli; boots by Miu Miu; headband by Jennifer Behr;
    rings (set of five)
    by Valentino


    Words: Emma Sells. Fashion: Jessica Steuart. Photograph: Bruce Anderson

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