Lovely tumblr! I have a question: Do you think Emma Ferrer will make it big on the model industry?
Thank you! I honestly cannot say. She certainly has the height to be a model! She is lovely girl and very beautiful and it helps that she is related to fashion royalty. I think with any profession you have to have equal parts passion and drive. If she is serious about becoming a modeling she definitely has the connections and it appears that the fashion industry is already taken with her. I couldn’t imagine a more exciting way to spend your twenties than traveling the world and wearing haute couture. I wish her the very best!
Is it true that Audrey was almost unknown when she did Roman Holiday? If so, how (or why) was she chosen to play Princess Ann - and not an already famous actress?
It’s true. At the time of Audrey’s audition for Roman Holiday she had only acted in a handful of British films. Most of her roles consisted of one or two lines with the exception of the Secret People and Monte Carlo Baby. She was also performing on Broadway for the first time as the title role in Gigi. The role of Princess Ann was intended for Jean Simmons who at the time was unavailable and couldn’t get out of her contract (I’ve read that Elizabeth Taylor was also considered). William Wyler decided to change directions with casting and wanted an unknown without an American accent for Princess Ann. It was Paramount’s London production chief Richard Mealand who recommended Audrey for the lead role. He had scene her bit-part in Laughter in Paradise and was impressed. William Wyler put Thorold Dickinson in charge of Audrey’s screen test because he had worked with Audrey previously in the Secret People. Her Roman Holiday screen test took place at Pinewood Studios in London on September 18, 1951.
"We did some scenes out of the script. Paramount also wanted to see what Audrey was actually like not acting a part, so I did an interview with her. We loaded a thousand feet of film into a camera and every foot of it went on this conversation. She talked about her experiences in the war, the Allied raid on Arnhem, and hiding out in a cellar. A deeply moving thing." Thorold Dickinson (Audrey Hepburn)
What cemented Audrey’s chances of playing the princess in Roman Holiday was what happened after Dickinson yelled “cut”. On Wyler’s instructions, he kept the cameras rolling unbeknownst to Audrey.
"First, she played the scene from the script, then you heard someone yell ‘Cut!’ but the take continued. She jumped up in bed and asked, ‘How was it? Was I any good?’ She saw that everybody was so quiet and the lights were still on. Suddenly, she realized the camera was still running and we got that reaction, too…She had everything I was looking for—charm, innocence and talent. She was also very funny. She was absolutely enchanting, and we said, ‘That’s the girl!’”. - William Wyler (Audrey Hepburn)
*immediately checks I haven’t accidentally posted any random nudes on this blog* … Ahem… You’re gonna have to be a bit more specific :D but as 100% of what I post on this blog is indeed Audrey, I’ll go ahead and say YES, she is Audrey.