Big Little Lies actress Laura Dern takes the cover story of American Vanity Fair‘s February 2019 edition lensed by fashion photographer Julia Hetta. In charge of styling was Samira Nasr, with beauty from hair stylist Esther Langham, makeup artist Francelle Daly, and manicurist Gina Edwards.
“No one has to speak about their experience, it’s also remarkably brave to sit in your own home and look in the mirror and say: this is the truth of what happened. I will tell you I experienced everything barring assault. I mean, there were a million of these circumstances where . . . What director or casting director needs a 13-year-old to go to the Chateau to audition in a room, sitting on a bed beside the director, to read a scene together alone? You just don’t create that scenario. There was behavior that was definitely the worst kind of behavior that somehow I got myself out of or someone stopped it.
The tragedy of my life is that when things were in the gray, I didn’t know they were wrong. I didn’t know I was entitled to say something as simple as ‘I feel a little uncomfortable. Can someone else be in the room?’ or ‘No, I don’t want to come with you to get a book you’re going to give me as a wrap present in your hotel room.’ Or, you know, that ultimate grooming line for young girls – ‘I see you, and I understand you like nobody else does.’” – Dern for Vanity Fair.