Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway are both critically acclaimed box office beauties, but the Les Miserables costars have failed to make an impression on Manolo Blahnik. In the March issue of Interview, the 70-year-old shoe designer argues that the actresses pale in comparisons to veteran stars like Sherilyn Fenn and Lara Flynn Boyle.
After a recent encounter with Salma Hayek, Blahnik had a revelation. "She's a sweet girl, beautiful. I love that," he says. "This is what I really love: Where are those girls?"
Blahnik continues, "I was looking the other day, Lara Flynn Boyle in Twin Peaks and that other girl Sherilyn Fenn — they're old-school girls like Elizabeth Taylor, and I think that's so fabulous. David Lynch is demode now, if you look at his films. I looked at them the other weekend. I said, 'I'm going to stay in bed, I can't take anymore.' And so I watched the whole series of Twin Peaks. I was in heaven. And I realized how bad it is."
The next day, Blahnik watched the 1962 film L'eclisse starring Alain Delon and Monica Vitti. "Changed my world," he says. "What a glamorous and modern film. This is what a genius is — the thing of a genius. The dresses, the tiny heels, the Cardin look, the boys dressed up as Italian gigolos — it was divine, very modern."
"I saw these girls like Sherilyn Fenn and Lara Flynn Boyle that should be working now instead of these anonymous girls. They're all the same. I don't even know Amanda Seyfried or whatever — they're all the same!" Blahnik complains. "I try to remember—the only one I remember is Julia Roberts because she's particular. Anne Hathaway . . . Pretty? Yes. Wonderful actress? Yes. But, I mean, I don't even remember her. What is it about her?"
When interviewer Tim Blanks argues that Hathaway "was very good as Cat Woman in The Dark Knight Rises," Blahnik agrees. "I'm not saying she's ot beautiful or a great actress," he explains. "I just don't remember her."
Despite Blahnik's disdain for stars like Hathaway and Seyfried, they continue to work steadily. Hathaway is vying for the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Oscars on Feb. 24, and Seyfried is earning raves for her portrayal of porn star Linda Lovelace in the biopic Lovelace, in theaters June 28.
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